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Tai Chi in Wellness Centre

Friday 28th August, 2015

Maryborough District Health Service, as the lead provider of allied and community health services in the Central Goldfields Shire, has recently introduced Tai Chi, a new program delivered from within the Wellness and Support Centre as well as other locations in the Shire.

MDHS staff members Margaret Phillips and Brendan Dridan are qualified Tai Chi instructors providing guidance and support for participants.

The Tai Chi program operates two classes per week for ten weeks; with an hour of gentle meditative exercise each class.

‘Participants attend Tai Chi sessions twice a week for a guided class and practice most days within their own home or with a friend’ Brendan said. ‘The form of Tai Chi we teach emphasizes safety, allowing participants to exercise within their own ability.’ Brendan said.

‘Tai Chi is a slow moving gentle, guided exercise,’ Marg said. ‘It combines stress reduction and good posture with movements to improve health’.

‘Tai Chi movements emphasize the importance of weight transference, which helps improve balance and prevents falls’ Margaret said. ‘It sounds complex, but it is easy to learn and regular practice soon delivers great benefits.’ With an emphasis on cultivating mental strength and tranquility of the mind, Tai Chi becomes a powerfully holistic approach to better health.

Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Originally conceived as a martial art, it is also practiced for a variety of other reasons including health benefits. Tai Chi for Health programs incorporate up to date evidenced based medical knowledge.

‘It assists with balance, increases strength and flexibility, reduces stress, decreases joint pain and provides a sense of well-being. Group classes also provide social interaction and community connectedness.’ Brendan said.

Marg and Brendan are currently preparing for the Opening of the Wellness and Support Centre at Maryborough District Health Service which is set to be officially opened by the Premier of Victoria the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP. A substantial community celebration to acknowledge the community’s significant and ongoing support and participation in the development of the Wellness Centre, the fifth and final achievement of the CancerCare Project is planned for Friday 11 September, and an invitation is extended to all community members to attend the opening from 10.00am.

For more information about the Tai Chi program contact Margaret or Brendan on 5461 0333.