Health Education

Tai chi for Arthritis 12 Forms

TAI CHI

A Community Health and Wellness Program offered by Lourdes

Cost

  • $45 Community rate
  • $30 Lourdes PFAP/MEDICAID/Veterans
  • $30 Lourdes Associate/Volunteers
  • $60 Multi Course Rate

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese art embracing the mind, body, and spirit and is one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body. Tai chi can be pleasing to do, easy to learn and maybe practiced almost anywhere. It is used by people of all ages to relieve pain, stress, and anxiety, and to promote inner peace. The upright posture aligns the spine; the deep diaphragmatic breathing nourishes and relaxes muscles and brings about feelings of positivity and well-being, and the slow movements take most of your joints and muscles gently through their complete range of motion. With regular practice, tai chi can increase flexibility, build strength, improve balance and coordination, enhance the immune system, and enhance concentration and memory.

       

 TCA 12 - Tai chi for arthritis - Extension movements: The second of the three Tai chi for arthritis classes that teaches the next 6 form sequence of Sun style Tai chi, to build on the previous 6 forms completing the Tai chi for Arthritis Fall prevention program - an evidence-based fall prevention program.  Classes are offered for 2 days a week for 8 weeks, Recommend to attend at least the 12 of the 16 classes:  Pre-requisite Class: TCA-6  or TCA6-C 

 Tai chi for Health classes is a series of short-form tai chi movements that address a specific disease condition through movement therapy and application of tai chi principles. 

Each specific class is  8 weeks long that meets twice a week for a total of 16 classes.

Each class session leads to the next covering the sequence of 12 warm-ups,  specific core movements, and 3 cool down forms.  

The emphasis is on teaching the practice of tai chi principles through the forms, strengthening one's core, and improving one's posture, balance and stamina.

One of the best features of this program is that it can be adapted to fit just about any fitness level making it generally safe for all ages. The gentle flowing low-impact movements are easy on one's joints, in particular, if one has limited mobility. 

 

Registration:

- You can register online, call 607-698-6081 and leave a message or email  LourdesTaichi@ascension.org.  

- Please note the location of classes being offered: Not all classes are offered at Lourdes Vestal. 

- A consent form, participant information sheet, and fall assessment questionnaire need to be completed initially if new to the program and then annually. 

- Fall scores > than 4 will require a complete balance assessment before the start of classes and towards the end of the session

Registration Fee, Class cancellations, refunds, and payments:

The total cost for the 16 classes is $45.00 - Payment option available at the full community rate.

Registration fees vary based on your classification. Please check the registration fee that applies to your classification. 

Tai chi Fee schedule 2020.pdf

Registration fee is non-refundable if the registration is not canceled before the start of the second class. 

Payments are via cash or check payable to Lourdes Hospital to be given to the instructor on the day of orientation or by the first day of class. You may pay via credit card through this secure website.


Attire:

Please wear comfortable loose clothing and well fitted flat shoes. (no flip flops, No Crocks, no running shoes, No heals

Bring a sweatshirt or a jacket as room temperature may not be suitable for your need, so you can layer up or layer down if you get too cold or warm.

Be courteous  and respectful to your self and others practice -please observe the following:

Please arrive to class on time 

Turn off cell phones before entering the classroom

Limit the use of fragrances, as some participants may develop respiratory symptoms due to the smell of perfumes.

Please do not enter the classroom, if another class is in session.

For classes that take place at 219 front street, Binghamton - Please arrive 10 minutes early to each class and wait in the center oral health lobby and the instructor will let you in at the time of your class. If you are late for a reason, the secretary will let you into the secure area.

Class attendance, and your practice

Participants are encouraged to attend all classes and to practice tai chi daily to gain the maximum health benefits of the program.  

Also, it is recommended that participants consult their physician before participating in a tai chi class.   

Participation is not limited to individuals with arthritis, or those at increased risk for falls or anyone can benefit from this program. 

Instructor approval required before participation 

For any questions, you can email us to lourdestaichi@ascension.org or call the registration line and we will call you back

Registration fee is refundable only if we receive your registration cancellation prior to the start of the second class. The full price of the registration fee is expected once you have attended greater than 4 classes. In case of payment options, you are obliged to pay the entire fee,  after dropping out past the 6th class.   All cancellation requests should be emailed to LourdesTaichi@ascension.org or by calling the cancellation line 607-203-8098.  In the case of illness and attendance of fewer than 4 classes, you will be given a credit to attend the next session of classes.