The objective of tai chi is to achieve physical balance by strengthening muscles and improving co-ordination, while at the same time improving mental balance. This is why tai chi is effective for fall prevention.
Tai chi movements are slow, smooth and continuous, helping to strengthen internal muscles, like the deep stabilizers that support and strengthen the spine. Additionally, tai chi practitioners move against a gentle resistance to build full muscular strength. Slow and smooth movements calm the mind, helping to reduce falls resulting from sudden movements that lead to significant blood pressure drop, especially in elder people taking medication that can cause change of blood pressure.
Tai chi practitioners are mindful of transferring weight with each step, helping to improve mobility, coordination and balance. This, in addition to emphasis on upright and supple posture, further strengthens muscles.
Integration of Mind and Body:
Tai chi is an internal art, which stresses the integration?and balance?of mind and body. Tai chi practitioners focus, calm their minds, and loosen and relax their joints and ligaments.
A number of studies indicate that being confident results in less falls, since the fear of falls increases the risk of falling. Practicing a mind-body exercise, such as tai chi, builds confidence, thus alleviating the fear of falling.
Tai Chi #9506
From February 3, 2015 to February 24, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
9:30am to 10:15am
Health & Fitness
8 openings remaining
18 and up
Multipurpose Room - Palm Desert CC at Palm Desert Community Center
Desert Recreation District