Tai Chi and arthritis


Carol Emerson

Lately, I’ve been learning first-hand how tai chi can help with arthritis. I turned 70 and as many of you may have experienced, things can start to go awry. Well, it seems I have some arthritis! And one thing I’ve found is that doing tai chi, especially the exercise we call “tai chi walking,” has helped immensely to create more mobility in my feet.

There is quite a bit of information you can find about how tai chi benefits us as we age. Increased flexibility and range of motion are some of the main ones. It is so important that we all keep as active as possible to keep our bodies moving smoothly and efficiently. Just because we used to be able to do things, doesn’t mean it is a forever guarantee (without effort on our part).

One of the great things about tai chi is that it is very gentle and easy on the body. When done slowly and deliberately, with focused awareness, tai chi brings relaxation to both the body and the mind.

As we move into monsoon season, you might want to come inside to a cool studio and learn a little tai chi. Tai Chi classes taught by black belt instructors are offered all year right here in SaddleBrooke. No experience is necessary. If you do have some limiting medical issues, be sure to check with your doctor first! See you soon!

Beginning Class: Tuesday 9:05–10:05 a.m.

Intermediate Class: Saturday 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Advanced Class: Saturday 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Location: SaddleBrooke One Fitness Center

Cost: $10 per class, cash or check

For questions or to register, call Carol or Ken at 520-784-1475 or 520-373-3778. Private lessons available by appointment.