Tai Chi for Arthritis

I have changed my page on tai chi to reflect the fact that I am now certified and plan to start teaching Tai Chi for Arthritis.  This a Sun style form, as opposed to the Yang style I am used to.  It emphasizes gentle curved movements in comparison to the more linear style of the Yang forms and an open and cupped hand, frequently with a bent wrist rather than the “beautiful lady’s wrist” of the Cheng Man Ching style I have been doing for 40 years.  I like the form, which includes qi gong  moves and was adapted by Dr Paul Lam, an Australian doctor, to help people with arthritis.  It has impressive credentials, starting with an endorsement from the American Arthritis Foundation, and the Center for Disease Control.  And a teaching philosophy which makes it much more accessible.  I think I’ll give it a try!

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