FAIRBURY – A 12-week session of Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance will be offered at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center beginning March 3 and continuing through May 21. The class is geared toward helping the older population with balance and relaxation. Registration will be limited, with first priority given to first time participants and those 55 and older. Preregistration for Tai Chi is required by Thursday, Feb. 27.
Free demonstration classes will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The first session will be held from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. The second demonstration will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m. and will demo a new 20-minute Tai Chi format. Those interested are encouraged to attend the demonstration that would fit their schedule for a 12-week session.
Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance is an exercise program proven to benefit health and prevent falls by 50 percent or more. It originates from China as a mind body practice and is sometimes described as “moving meditation.” Tai Chi was created to ease pressure on joints and encourage mobility and stability. It is a very gentle form of exercise that will also increase balance, flexibility, strength, endurance and mental focus/concentration. The Tai Chi movements are very relaxing and work together to reduce stress, blood pressure and the risk of falling. The movements can be performed sitting, standing or utilizing a chair for balance.
The Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance class will be held on Monday and Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Burkley Wellness Center. If there is sufficient interest, a 20-minute Tai Chi class may also be held from 12:15 p.m. to 12:35 p.m.
To preregister for Tai Chi class call 729-6888 or pick up a registration form at the Bob and Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center. Preregistration is required by Thursday, Feb. 27.
Tai Chi is FREE to BWC members and will cost $120 for non-members (the wellness center guest fee for class days.)
For more information contact Kathy Helmink RN, CDE Director of Wellness/Disease Management, at (402) 729-6888.