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Posted on: January 25, 2023

Tai Chi for Arthritis Registration Open

Tai Chi Greenwich Middle Falls 3-2023

Washington County Public Health, in collaboration with the Office for the Aging & Disability Resource Center, is once again offering the “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention” program to Washington County residents.  

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice of slow, continuous, whole-body movements, strung together in a “form.”  Like dance, the movements are learned and followed one after another, in a particular order.  

Tai Chi has been shown to increase strength, flexibility, sense of wellbeing, and balance.  It has also shown to decrease pain in joints, stress, high blood pressure, falls and fall risks. 

There are many types of Tai Chi, however medical studies have shown that practicing “Tai Chi for Arthritis” in particular reduces pain significantly, prevents falls for the elderly, and improves many aspects of health.  For these reasons, Arthritis Foundations around the world have supported the program, including the American Arthritis Foundation.  Also, the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention) recommends “Tai Chi for Arthritis” on their official guide for falls prevention!

Feedback from previous students in Washington County include, 

“My balance is better, arthritis improved.  I’m amazed how a few moves can so change how one feels.”

“I am delighted to have much better balance and my legs are stronger.”

“This has helped with overall strength and balance.  It has also loosened up some joints.”

“I feel more confident in my daily activities-less worried about falling.”

The Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention class is Free.  Class will be held twice a week for 8 Weeks.  Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. and will start March 6, 2023, at Middle Falls Fire Department, 1034 State Route 29, Greenwich, NY, 12834.  Participants can choose between 2 session times: 9:30am -10:30am OR 10:45am-11:45am.   

You must register with Public Health before classes begin. Call 518-746-2400 ext. 3478 to register.  Please leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached for a call back and registration confirmation. (Must be a Washington County Resident.)

About Tai Chi for Arthritis Classes:

  • Classes are Free
  • Participants will be spaced out, but will have to wear a mask
  • Classes are taught by Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors.
  • Classes are held 2 times a week, for 8 weeks 
  • Students will be given handouts to support what is covered in class, to help with practice at home.
  • Classes are tailored to all abilities; any ability levels are welcome!  
  • Step-by -Step instruction makes it EASY to learn!

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