The cost of the 12 week program is $140.00 for 12 weeks, $70.00 for 6 weeks program payable at the first class by cash or check.
Checks for classes at First Baptist Church are made out to First Baptist Church Asheville.
For classes at the Jewish Community Center checks are made out to JCC of Asheville.
Checks for classes at Homewood Event Center are made out to WNC Tai Chi Arthritis
New Series Tai Chi for Arthritis Level 1 & Level 2 (3 locations)
Beginning April 16 a 12 week series @ Homewood Event Center 11:00-12:00 am
Beginning April 16 a 12 week series @ First Baptist Church of Asheville 4:00-5:00 and 7:30-8:30 PM in the 1st floor Donna Painter Lounge
Beginning April 23 New 6 weeks series of TCA Classes at Asheville’s Jewish Community Center 1:00-2:00 in the gym
Tai Chi for Energy – 12 Week Series (1 location)
First Baptist Church of Asheville 5:30-6:30 pm in the 1st floor Donna Painter Lounge
Call 828-253-8649 for payment details or questions. Classes meet 1 hour per week for 12 weeks.
In severe weather class may be canceled according to the AB Tech School Schedule http://www.abtech.edu. If bad weather seems likely, please check AB Tech’s web site. If their classes are called off, ours will be too. An opportunity for making up weather scrubbed classes is available by extending the class series. Cancellations will also be posted on our Facebook page (see link on our home page)
To join any class series please register on-line. Classes fill quickly so early registration on this web site is advised. Payment is expected at the first class.
Students accepted into the Level II classes need to have completed a Level I class. Level II teaches 9 additional new TCA movements in different directions. Here’s a link to view the Level I & Level II Tai Chi for Arthritis forms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTlu6CN7vL0
Students accepted into the Tai Chi for Energy classes need to have completed a Level I class. Here’s a link to view the Tai Chi for Energy form: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQFDSEDIHco
Classes at First Baptist Church of Asheville meet in the Donna Painter Lounge on the First Floor. Enter from the Oak Street Parking lot and follow sign on the glass door to our classroom (it’s on the same level as you enter). Please ring the bell to gain entrance to the building. This meeting space provides generous parking, handicapped spaces, barrier free access and an open, comfortable practice space with plenty of chairs for those who need them. (link to map)
For classes at the Jewish Community Center Gym on Charlotte Street, park behind the building, enter at the rear entrance on parking lot level. Check in at the registration desk as you enter. Take elevator to 2nd floor and follow signs. (link to map).
For Classes at Homewood Event Center, generous parking is available on the street in front of the building with handicapped spaces and ramp access as well as behind the building with an elevator to the 2nd floor. (link to map)
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 course; see their web site for details: continuing competence activity code #0472010Chttp://www.ncptboard.org
Tai Chi for Arthritis Course Learning Objectives
1. Allow participants to experience the health benefits of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program in a safe, comfortable, learning environment.
2. These benefits may include: improved flexibility and muscle strength, calmer breathing, a deep sense of relaxation and well-being and improved balance.
3. Participants will learn and be able to demonstrate Warm Up and Cool Down exercises, tai chi walking, qigong exercises to enhance energy and two tai chi practice programs: the six Basic Movements and six Advanced Movements.
4. Students will learn a brief history, four principle styles, basic principles and current research in Tai Chi including the medical benefits of Tai Chi as reported in the literature.
5. Students will be provided with resources / references for improving their knowledge of Tai Chi, Arthritis, and opportunities for more in-depth study and deepening of their practice.
Tai Chi for Arthritis Course Instructional Methods
Classes will be experiential in a group learning situation. The instructor will encourage students to listen to their bodies and create an atmosphere where students find it easy to stay in their comfort zones. Instructor will teach and encourage visualization. The class will include warm up and cool down exercises, reinforcement of basic principles, learning part of the TCA form, and a review of previous learning. A step wise progressive method as instructed and mandated by the Arthritis Foundation will be followed, utilizing:
1. “Watch Me” Instructor shows complete movement to give overview, facing students).
2. “Follow Me” Instructor breaks the movement into small segments, doing first part of the movement with your back to the students. Repeat 3 – 4 times as students follow).
3. “Show Me” Instructor faces the students and asks them to do the movement while instructor watches, making sure they get the idea and to help students learn small parts of a skill and then build it up step by step.
Instructor will also utilize: 1. Analysis of movement with specific verbal cues.
2. Description of qualities/analogies of movement postures.
3. Direct empathy and vizualizations.