-creating strength and relaxation for mind and body through safe, nurturing movement-
Certified Tai Chi Practitioner, Kim Kubsch, teaches 15 easy and gentle Tai Chi-QiGong classes each week to people who are recovering from surgery, an injury or manage a chronic disease. Ms. Kubsch said, “Whether it be shoulder, spine, knee or hip injuries, all movements of this Tai Chi form can be modified for safety and comfort. One of the beauties of Tai Chi is all ages and abilities can benefit from the slow, continual movements. Participants can stand or sit and wheelchairs, walkers and power chairs are welcome!”
For those doing physical therapy and rehabilitation, Tai Chi is a highly adaptable adjunct to other kinds of physical therapy. It can aid in recovery from injuries and after a heart attack or surgery. The exercises take your joints through their full range of motion, and can thus restore lost flexibility. Physical therapists can individualize tai chi programs for various problems.
In addition, Tai Chi improves balance, coordination, and reduction in falls. Guidelines about fall prevention in older people from the American Geriatrics Society recommend tai chi because it targets strength, gait, and balance. Research has shown that tai chi can improve balance and coordination, as well as reduce the risk of falls.
In a study from Tufts University, people over 65 with knee osteoarthritis who took tai chi classes twice weekly for 12 weeks experienced less pain and had improved physical function, compared to a group that did stretching and received counseling.
Tai chi promotes relaxation and can relieve tension and anxiety. In a UCLA study, older people with moderate sleep complaints who took up tai chi reported better sleep and daytime functioning after 25 weeks.
Arizona resident, Sarah shared, “I was attracted to Tai Chi-Qigong because of balance issues caused by an inner ear problem, plus a hip replacement surgery. Not only has my balance improved, I have also experienced increased strength in my hips and I enjoy a new sense of calm. The focus on breath is something that benefits me in my daily life. This practice enriches me physically, mentally, and has my recovery.”
Ask you doctor if Tai Chi could be an option that is beneficial for your recovery plan.
About the Author: Tai Chi by Kim Kubsch of Safe Movements teaches easy and gentle Tai Chi. Each class, individually tailored to the participants, is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching through a series of movements that continually flow.
Kim is a certified Tai Chi-Qigong Practitioner (ATCQA) and is certified to teach PWR! Moves for Parkinson’s. In addition, she is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and focuses on “active aging,” Kim teaches easy and gentle classes Tai Chi and Qigong five days a week. Traveling to fitness centers, 55+ community centers, assisted living centers or to private residences, she shares “meditation in motion” to help restore health and harmony in their lives. Kim has been featured on ABC 15-Sonoran Living, 202 Magazine, KOY 1230AM-Danny Davis and Senior Focus Shows, The Arizona Republic, All-day Energy book, SanTan Sun, Sun Lakes Splash, and various wellness publications.
Her DVD’s include “Hello Tai Chi, Goodbye Stress and Practice Easy Tai Chi-Qi Gong with Kim Kubsch.” For more information, visit www.safemovements.comSharing is Caring!