Tai Chi offers health benefits for Wellington seniors

Enliven Tai Chi instructor Chris says seniors enjoy the many health benefits of the modified classes.

Improved balance, focus and a reduced risk of falls – these are just some of the health benefits Tai Chi enthusiasts are known to enjoy, especially seniors.

That’s why Enliven positive ageing services is inviting Wellingtonians to come along to its modified Tai Chi classes – and offering first-time participants who attend class on or before March 22nd their first session free of charge. 

“Tai Chi is great for people who might not feel comfortable at a traditional gym, or who want to focus on other aspects of health like breathing, stress relief or their mind-body connection,” says Enliven Tai Chi instructor Chris Mori.

“Apart from the physical benefits, many of them like getting the chance to meet new people in the community and quite a few friendships have started at these classes.”

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese practice which involves performing a series of movements in a slow, focused manner. Enliven’s classes have been designed to help elders reduce their fall risk and improve their general health, balance and coordination. 

Valerie Hagan-Pratt, who has been taking Enliven’s modified Tai Chi classes in Island Bay for several years, says the sessions have helped her stay healthy and make exercise a priority. 

“I’ve found Tai Chi a nice, gentle way to get my whole body moving, and many of the exercises are simple enough to keep doing at home in between classes. 

“As someone who’s definitely not a gym person, that’s been really beneficial for me and helped me make exercise a regular part of my life.”

Enliven’s modified Tai Chi classes are held at Island Bay Community Centre, 137 The Parade, Island Bay as well as other location across the Wellington region. To learn more about these sessions or Enliven’s modified Tai Chi classes call 04 439 4967 or visit www.enlivencentral.org.nz.

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