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By Dana Paperman
For Senior Voice 

Tai chi instructors certified to train Alaskans

 

May 1, 2018

Linda Ebeling photo

Tai Chi student Dean Sumark observes, while student Heli Hansen teaches Valerie Sutter the opening form in Kenai.

In partnership with the State of Alaska, Dept. of Health and Social Services, the Seward, Kenai and Fairbanks senior centers sponsored educational workshops to "train the trainer" in Tai Chi For Arthritis and Falls Prevention, during a two day intensive workshop, certifying 15 new instructors in the state of Alaska. These instructors are committed to teaching in their local area communities, between Fairbanks and Juneau, and all the way to the western shore of Homer.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention is an evidence-based health promotional program. Evidence has shown tai chi being one of the two effective exercises to prevent falls. Dr. Paul Lam's "Tai Chi for Arthritis" program is proven effective for fall prevention and improving health and the quality of life for those who live with arthritis.

Tai Chi originated in ancient China and although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.

There is much more to tai chi than one can see. Yes, it is aesthetically pleasing, easy and enjoyable to practice. It can be a meditation and an integral exercise for all parts of the body and the mind. It brings tranquility and helps you think more clearly. Tai chi can be many things for different people; regular practice will bring better health and wellness.

Numerous studies have shown the flowing movements of tai chi improve muscular strength, flexibility, fitness and immunity, relieves pain and improves quality of life. Aside from the health benefits, tai chi runs deep and strong. It's easy to learn and becomes a way of life for many practitioners. Yet, because of its depth, no one ever knows it all, and thereby lies the fascination and the never-ending challenge of the art. There will be times, no matter how brief, when a practitioner will enter a mental stage of tranquility, moving to a different world, time and space, a world where there is no schedule, no hustle and bustle.

To find a registered tai chi instructor in your area, contact your local senior center or go to http://www.Taichiforhealthinstitute.org.

 
 

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