Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall Tai Chi Classes in Minneapolis

Curious about what tai chi can do for you? This fall, Great River T'ai Chi gives you the opportunity to explore this ancient practice that can truly help you in mind and body.Under the guidance of experienced teachers, you'll learn about balance, body alignment, and realxation and breathing.
Featured recently in Jane Brody's Personal Health column in the New York Times, T'ai Chi is excellent for fall prevention, balance, stress reduction, and more. Recent studies have affirmed its use in treating fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other conditions.

Our beginners' classes start Sunday, September 26th  from 6-7 pm, and run through December 5th (new students may enter until October 10). The tuition for the 10-week class is $150. Ten percent discount for students, seniors, and family/household members coming together. Registration is at class. Class will meet at 1940 Hennepin Avenue South 2F (at Franklin) in Minneapolis, just south of downtown Minneapolis.
For further information, call 612-822-5760.

Intermediate and advanced classes are also offered at Great River. Intermediates meet Sundays from 7-8 pm, and continue study of the tai chi "form." Advanced class is held Thursdays from 6-8 pm, and features Form Review this fall.

Form Review Workshop, Thursdays, 6-8 pm,

This fall, we offer our popular "Form Review Workshop." We'll go through a cycle of Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang-style short form in detail over the span of eight weeks. This workshop is suitable for current students, inactive students, newcomers with background in other styles of tai chi or other martial arts, as well as motivated beginners. Tuition: $176 total, or $23 per evening.

Tai Chi Helps Fibromyalgia

Tai Chi has been practiced for hundreds of years, and has been studied scientifically for several decades. Medical reserachers have clearly demonstrated tai chi's usefullness for treatment of numerous conditions: arthritis, diabetes, balance problems, fall prevention, bone density loss, high blood pressure, shingles, stress, anger management, schizophrenia, and for improvement of general well-being.

"The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.
A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Tai chi patients were also more likely to sustain improvement three months later."

Read the complete New York Times article here.