The public is invited to register for Tai Chi classes held in the out-patient center at Asbury Place in Maryville. The cost is $60 per person. The program will be held every Wednesday for six weeks from March 12 through April 16. Class times are 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Asbury Place is located at 2648 Sevierville Road. Pre-registration is required by calling 865-984-1660, extension 3377. This program is sponsored by the National Arthritis Foundation and Asbury Place.
Tai Chi has been proven to increase strength, improve balance, reduce pain, increase motion and reduce stress. The course instructors will be occupational therapist, Amy McCallum and physical therapist, David Nelson. McCallum graduated from The University of Tennessee, Medical Science Center, Memphis. Nelson graduated from The University of Dubuque and The University of Iowa. He also completed a one year post-graduate program on arthritis through the American Physical Therapy Association.