MRHS is pleased to announce that a new tai chi course, “Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA),” led by Gardens resident and trained instructor, Dr. Carl Jones, will be starting up in October. The course is sponsored by the NYC Department for Aging (DFTA) and as a consequence will be offered to our community during the day. TCA was developed by Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician in Australia. This course has been in existence for over 15 years; it meets the requirements of being Evidence Based and has been approved as a therapeutic procedure. This course has certain benefits and a stipulation.
TCA is based upon Sun style tai chi which is about 100 years old and was developed by Sun Lu-tang from which the style gets its name. Sun style was designed expressly to emphasize the cultivation of chi energy (i.e., one’s life force energy in order to enhance healing and general health). When doing TCA one moves in a more erect posture (actually it is a lot like walking and waving your arms). Sun style TCA is far less athletic than the Yang style tai chi course MRHS also offers. Consequently, TCA is much easier to learn and to do. This course is also designed to accommodate a wide variety of learning styles; visual, auditory, kinesthetic, active vs reflective and sequential vs global.
As an evidence based course TCA has an attendance requirement that must be met if one is to gain the greatest health benefit. The course runs for 8 weeks and meets 2 times per week. Therefore, when one registers one must commit to enrolling for all 16 sessions of the 8 week course. The classes will meet on Wednesdays 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 and 12/7; then Fridays 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2 and 12/9 at 11:00 AM for one hour. The location is the Thurgood Marshall Room. Please contact the MRHS office to sign up or for more information. The course will be taught by Dr. Carl Jones, who received special training to lead this class.