Location: Senior Healthcare Center at Crown Pointe
2205 NW 40th Terrace, Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32605
When: Every Thursday, 9:30-10:30am
Where: Senior Healthcare Center at Crown Pointe
Instructor: Paul Gebhart, (352) 379-6124
About the Class
Tai Chi is a series of slow, flowing movements that enhance your energy level, enable you to develop greater flexibility and fluidity of movement, and results in mental and emotional calm.
Tai Chi is led by instructor Paul Gebhardt at Senior Healthcare Center at Crown Pointe’s community room. There is a $7.00 fee for each class paid to the instructor and each class lasts for one hour with breaks throughout the class.
You will learn a number of individual patterns as well as a choreographed series of Tai Chi movements.
Contact Paul Gebhart for more information at (352) 379-6124.
Tai Chi Benefits
Would you like to feel more peaceful, calm and relaxed? Would you like to have better balance and be more flexible? Would you like to be more alert and mindful? Would you like to perform a series of slow physical movements yet feel as if all your muscles have been exercised? Would you like to have techniques that have been proven to promote good health? If so, maybe you might want to give Tai Chi a try!
Tai Chi is a holistic art that comes from China. It is practiced for its physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual benefits (it is not religious). It is used to prevent various health issues as well as to heal them when they occur. Its movements are gentle, usually slow, but extremely powerful. Its power comes from focusing the mind, body and breath in each movement. Tai Chi does not involve watching a newscast or listening to your Walkman while working out on an exercise machine—full focus is given to the movements or patterns that are being performed. In practicing Tai Chi, a major focus is on relaxation—the more relaxed and calm you are the greater the benefits!
What are some of the benefits that people, especially seniors, have enjoyed and experienced from practicing Tai Chi? The information below comes from a March 22, 2010 publication of INSIDE ELDER CARE:
- "Relieves the physical effects of stress
- Promotes deep breathing [inducing greater relaxation and less cardiovascular stress]
- Reduces bone loss in menopausal women
- Improves lower body and leg strength
- Helps ease arthritis pain
- Reduces blood pressure
- Requires mind and body integration through mental imagery
- Accumulates energy [levels] by releasing endorphins rather than depleting it
- Enhances mental capacity and concentration
- Improves balance and stability by strengthening [the] ankles and knees
- Promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks
- Improves conditions of Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson's