Tai Chi for health improvement classes to begin in August

Tai Chi classed for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis offered. This class is also for those wishing to explore the health benefits of Tai Chi.

Registration is open for Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation® classes beginning Aug. 4. The classes will be from Aug. 4, - Sep. 24. Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday with Level 1 classes from 11a.m. to 12 noon in the Fellowship Hall of Highland Presbyterian Church 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN.

The fee for the eight week class is $80 Advanced level classes are offered from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The fee for the eight weeks is $60.

The instructor, Donna Dixon a registered nurse and registered clinical Exercise Physiologist, and is experienced in exercise instruction and planning for individuals of all levels of fitness. Ms. Dixon is an ACE Certified Group Fitness and a certified Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Instructor. She has practiced Tai Chi since 2004.

For more information or to register call 865-803-8887 or e-mail questions to donnasuedixon@hotmail.com.

Tai Chi is a progressive exercise that increases flexibility, muscular strength, and fitness with many other advantages. This specialized program has been shown to help decrease the discomfort of all forms of arthritis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. The program, which exercises the muscles and tissue around the joints, results in better support and protection of the joints.

This program is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that have been known to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements do not require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. It is especially suitable as an exercise because its movements are slow and gentle, and the level of exertion is adjustable to suit each person’s physical condition.

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