Renée Gatsis has been a Tai Chi practitioner for nearly 40 years and has taught for 20. At the Selfhelp Home, Renée teaches Dr. Paul Lams’ seated Tai Chi for Arthritis.
In this class residents who are not fully ambulatory enjoy the gentle, slow movements of Tai Chi. We begin with warm-ups and continue through the form, adding new movements with each round. Slow, deep breaths and the turning of the spine are integral parts of the movements so that students engage the whole body.
Research has confirmed the benefits of this form when performed regularly which include: improved strength and agility, relaxation and a deeper sense of well-being and even a decrease in blood pressure.
Recently, Renée has added time for ambulatory residents to learn the standing version of Tai Chi for Arthritis which research has documented can reduce the risk of falling.