Tai Chi

What is tai chi?  An ancient martial art developed in China

Short for Tai Chi Chuan

  • Tai = Supreme/Without Limits
  • Chi = Ultimate/Universe
  • Chuan = Fist

Many different forms including: Yang, Chen and Sun styles

Is practiced today primarily for its health benefits:  “Meditation in motion” and “Medication in motion”

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention?
Tai chi program originally developed to help people with arthritis decrease pain
and increase activity
Program was subsequently studied and scientifically shown to decrease
participants’ risk of falling
It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National
Council on Aging (NCOA) to decrease your risk of falling

Key elements of tai chi:
Slow, smooth and continuous movements against a gentle resistance
Gentle, upright posture
Increased awareness of weight transfer
Loose and relaxed joints (“song”)
Mental quietness and serenity (“jing”)

Benefits of tai chi:
Improved balance (Decreased risk of falls)
Decreased pain from arthritis
Improved relaxation/mindfulness
Reduced blood pressure
Improved bone density
Increased muscle strength

How does tai chi improve balance?


What you should know about tai chi classes at STEPS for Recovery…

  1. Classes are small (6 people) to allow for individual attention and modifications
  2. Class is designed for individuals who have never done tai chi before
  3. If you can walk without someone else’s help, you can do this tai chi class!
  4. Most of the class is done standing, but there will be parts in sitting
  5. If you want to sit at any time, you can participate while sitting and still benefit
  6. Class will move slowly so there is time to learn if you are new to tai chi
  7. Handouts will be provided to help you practice at home; the more you practice, the more you will get out of class

The next tai chi class at STEPS for Recovery will be:
Mondays 12-1pm
June 11- August 20, 2018
$75 for 10 classes


Call (919) 535-3930 today to reserve your spot in class!



Return to Driving Following Stroke, SCI and Brain Injury

Return to Driving Following Stroke, SCI and Brain Injury

Notes from our February 23, 2018 discussion. 

The topic of driving after a stroke or brain injury is popular.  A panel discussion with several members of the community who have successfully returned to driving.  We will discuss how to initiate the process, tips on when it the right time to seek medical drivers evaluation and vehicle adaptations which can help with driving.

We will also have an opportunity for you to share your ideas for future next step meetings.

Spouses and caregivers are welcome.

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