Please review our most frequently asked questions. Simply click on the question in bold to view the answer and additional information. If you have a question to add, please email us.
What is the best way to know if Tai Chi For Arthritis / Tai Chi for Health might help me?
Read the other FAQ and ask yourself, does THA / THA sound like something I’d like to try? Check out the participant testimonials and class times, pricing, instructional methods under the CLASS tab.
If the answer is yes, you can register on line by visiting our class registration page accessed from the HOME PAGE or the REGISTER Tab. Simply click on the preferred class location to begin your registration. If you still have questions you may call or email the instructor. (link to instructor@wnctaichiarthritis)
When and how do I register?
Most of our classes are offered in a series of 10 weeks, depending on the class and the season of the year. You can register on line by visiting our class registration page accessed from the HOME PAGE or the REGISTER Tab. Simply click on the preferred class location to begin your registration. If you still have questions you may call or email the instructor. (link to instructor@wnctaichiarthritis). PLEASE REGISTER one to two weeks in advance of the class to assure your place. Payment is expected at the first class by check or cash. While it is preferable to start at the beginning of a series, new students may be accepted up through the third week of most classes.
Can I make up classes that I miss?
What should I wear to class?
Do I need to bring anything to class?
What is the age range of participants?
How long does it take to learn Tai Chi?
Is practice important in developing Tai Chi skills?
Yes! We hope you will fall in love your Tai Chi practice. Here’s why
Fall in Love with Your Practice:
When hard work trains and refines your body or your mind to perform a single task beautifully, effortlessly, strongly and gracefully, then it is called a practice. This can be the practice of your abilities and skills at something that greatly interests you, be it your writing, your dance, your art, your cooking, your communication skills, your yoga, your running, your photography, your meditation, your fill-in-these-blanks passion. …… Practice is tangible. Motivation and inspiration are sometimes fleeting but practice, you can hold on to it. You can count on it. You can schedule it. You can plan it. You can commit to it. You can return to it anytime so long as you believe in its power and its rewards. So whatever your goals, your desirable skills, your artistic aspirations and dreams of creativity, build a consistent, unshakable practice around it. Stay the course, detach from the end-goal and delve into the world and wonder of your practice. Fall in love with the slow, the steady, and after a while, the significant progress which awaits you. Fall in love with your practice …..
The Importance of Practice excerpt from Farnoosh Brock’s blog: http://www.prolificliving.com/the-importance-of-practice-use-it-or-lose-it/ “A genius! For 37 years I’ve practiced fourteen hours a day, and now they call me a genius!” —Pablo Sarasate (Spanish violinist)
While you may gain benefit from a tai chi class that lasts 12 weeks or less, you may enjoy greater benefits if you continue tai chi for the long term and become more skilled.
How do Tai Chi for Health and Tai Chi for Arthritis Programs differ from traditional Tai Chi?
The carefully developed pedagogy is learner based and non competitive with the goal of nurturing success and developing a life-long practice of Tai Chi. Difficult or unsafe movements have been modified or eliminated from routines to reduce the risk of injury. The body is not held in static positions. Participants are taught to respect their body’s comfort zone and never to perform a movement that causes pain, rather to adapt the exercises to suit their abilities and to rest whenever needed. Chairs are provided and participants are encouraged to sit and rest intermittently. Warm up exercises are designed to promote body awareness, flexibility, and balance while integrating the fundamental movement principles of Tai Chi which support fitness and good health. High quality DVD’s and training booklets are available to facilitate a home practice and to guide practice between classes. Students enrolled in class have access to written, illustrated instructions on the website for some class material. Dr. Lam and his team of Master and Senior trainers travel the world to certify instructors and maintain consistent, quality instructors. Unlike other Tai Chi programs, TCH instructors must be re-certified every two years. The re-certification process includes a written test, a demonstration of proficiency with teaching and understanding of Tai Chi principles and demonstration of proficiency with Tai Chi skills and practice.
Who can benefit from Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Health programs?
Everyone! The Mayo Clinic Newsletter says: ” Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive and requires no special equipment. ”
Tai Chi for Arthritis and other Tai Chi for Health programs are appreciated by healthy individuals to manage stress and maintain balance and vitality. These programs are also effective for Fall Prevention. They are useful for those who want to prevent falls or who have fallen previously and those who are fearful of falling.
Additionally the programs are used as a compliment to medical treatment and provide symptom relief with many chronic diseases including Arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Stress, Depression, Osteoporosis, Cardiopulmonary Disorders, and Diabetes. People living with chronic pain or chronic illness as well as those undergoing treatment for cancer, orthopedic or cardiac rehabilitation also benefit from a tai chi practice. They find it improves sleep and quality of life.
What are the advantages of the Tai Chi for Health Programs vs. Traditional Tai Chi?
– Proven effective for health by medical studies
– Enjoyable and safe
– Created by Dr. Paul Lam and his medical / tai chi colleagues to make your tai chi journey more rewarding
– Taught by certified instructors with CPR & first aid training
– Hour for hour, practicing a Tai Chi for Health program is probably the most effective exercise to improve health and wellbeing. You can start as a beginner and continue to progress to higher levels no matter your age or physical condition. More importantly, Tai Chi helps you to know and like yourself better. This will lead you to health and harmony within yourself and with others. It is so enjoyable that millions of people around the world are practicing it.
What are Evidence Based Community Programs?
Evidence based programs must be rigorous, and extensively evaluated using a control/comparison group, with documented and published outcomes.
Evidence has shown our Tai Chi Arthritis programs meet the highest level criteria for Patient Centered Community Programs. These programs are endorsed by the CDC, the Arthritis Foundation and the National Council on Aging.
We offer a series of evidence based programs throughout the year. Many participants continue the program indefinitely, to enhance their personal practice and to enjoy socialization with our supportive community.
Can Physical Therapists and PTA's receive continuing education credit?
The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy awards 12 points of continuing education credit for physical therapists and PTA’s who successfully complete the Level I courses taught by Anne Plyler. See their web site for details: continuing competence activity code#0472010C http://www.ncptboard.org
To receive credit, participants must sign in to every class they attend during the 12 week series and provide their current license #.