Falling Does Not Have to Be a Part of Aging
You might know someone who’s fallen and had a hard time recovering. Falls as we age can be devastating, but they don’t have to be a part of aging. Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balanceâ (TJQMBB) is an evidence-based balance and fall prevention program. It meets on Wednesdays and Fridays, 11:45-12:45 at Studio JAMM (152 2nd St.) October 9 through November 15.
Like classic Tai Ji, this practice includes slow, low impact, and controlled movements and body positions. But the eight core movements in this class have been adapted to specifically improve the parts of your body needed for increased balance, strength, flexibility, and reflexes. It also helps memory, cognition, breathing, mindfulness, and body awareness.
Dorothy Ives shares her experience, “I’ve had several instances of saves due to your class that would have been significant falls. One of them was noteworthy as it was in the location of one of my worst falls (the last time I was in the area helping my mom) – one where I landed on my back, slamming the back of my head onto the ground. Though I stumbled on the same surface irregularity, I recovered, step-stepped forward, throwing my arms out, wider slightly crouched stance. The majority of my recoveries were less dramatic but a clear outgrowth of our class.”
Decades of studies have shown that participation in TJQMBB 2 days per week or more has resulted in 58% improvement of falls reduction in older adults, and 67% improvement in people with Parkinson’s. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has ranked TJQMBB top in the nation for balance and fall prevention. The National Council on Aging and WA State Health Dept. have also endorsed this program.
This is session 1 of 4; cost is $120; for more information and to register: http://bit.ly/MIM-Qigong.
Stephanie Prima, owner of Move Into Mindfulness LLC, is a Holistic Health Coach, certified Qigong instructor, and certified instructor of Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balanceâ (TJQMBB). She teaches classes and works with private clients to help people age with less pain and the energy of a much younger person.