Tai Chi for Arthritis Begins On January 7

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an easy-to-learn, safe, and effective exercise program that improves health of the mind and body.

A class is being offered through the University of Missouri Extension on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ste. Genevieve Progress Sports Complex, starting January 7, 2020.

Tai chi is an evidence-based exercise program with many health benefits. It combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. Tai Chi exercises the joints, muscles and internal organs while simultaneously strengthening the mind. Tai Chi relieves stress and brings harmony to the participants. Scientific studies have shown Tai Chi to improve health, quality of life, and balance. The fluid, gentle movements improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness, as well as relaxation, balance, posture, and immunity. The Arthritis Foundation USA supports Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program as an intervention for fall prevention.  Tai Chi is appropriate for individuals with or without arthritis, joint and muscle pain, or elevated risk of falling.

A registration fee of $50 is required before the first class and must be paid to the Ste. Genevieve County Extension Office. Online registration can be done at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/tai-chi-for-arthritis-falls-prevention-ste.-genevieve.

For more information, contact the Ste. Genevieve County Extension office at 573-883-3548.

The class is being taught by a certified instructor, Bethany Bachmann, University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist. Class size is limited to 12, so prospective participants are urged call immediately to reserve a spot.

(Information in a release from the University of Missouri Extension.)

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