Tai Chi for health improvement starts in March

A Tai Chi classed for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis is being 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 with classes beginning March 24 and ending on May 15. Sessions are held on Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Highland Presbyterian Church located at 721 East Lamar Alexander Pkwy. in Maryville. The fee for the eight week class is $80.

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

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, fibromalygia, 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.

For more information or to register contact Donna Dixon at 865-983-3857 or e-mail donnasuedixon@hotmail.com. Donna Dixon is also the co-owner of the Palace Theater in downtown Maryville.

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