Movement Improvement Tai Chi and Qigong
Our “Movement Improvement Tai Chi and Qi Gong” is a specially designed program for Seniors of all activity levels AND for those with special circumstances, such as Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, balance issues and so forth. Movement Improvement Tai Chi was designed by Cate Morrill, director of Rising Phoenix T’ai Chi, to help the elderly regain mobility, energize their spirit and reduce the risk of falling. This program is endorsed by doctors, nurses, physical therapists and many others in the Senior Health Care field. These exercises can be performed standing or seated. Whether for robust, active seniors, or those more frail and sedentary, those living with Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., our programs bring out the best! Movements are designed and instructed for all levels of ability, and taught at a pace all can follow. We emphasize moves to loosen the major muscle groups, provide full rotation of the joints, and create balance and stability. And it’s fun!
About Our Class
T’ai Chi and Qi Gong are systems of exercise developed long ago, T’ai Chi first as a martial art, now often practiced to improve health. Continued practice helps to increase strength, flexibility, and cardio-vascular endurance, to improve balance, breath control, and mental focus and functioning, to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, to help reduce symptoms associated with arthritis, to help prevent osteoporosis, and to improve general health.
What to wear, how to prepare
Wear loose clothing that allows free movement of arms and legs, often, a layered approach is convenient. For footwear, soft-soled, flat shoes that allow movement at the ankle are preferred. Socks or barefoot is also acceptable, based on the students needs, and the flooring. Feel free to ask the instructor at any time for clarification, more information, or for a specific issue, how to adapt the movements to fit your needs!
What results should the student expect?
Everyone’s experience will be unique, but, generally, if the student is dedicated and practices well, some benefits listed above can often be noticed after just a few practices. Of course, the more a student attends classes and practices, the more benefits he or she receives! TO YOUR HEALTH!
What is the student’s part?
There should be dedication on the part of the student to attend class, to pay attention, ask questions as they arise and to practice, even for just minutes a day. The student should only move his/her body just to the point of resistance, that is to say never beyond what feels good. The experience should be fun and energizing!
What is the Instructor’s Part?
There is dedication on the part of our teachers to provide clear instruction, demonstration and information, to answer questions, to create an enjoyable atmosphere in which learning can take place, to share all of his or her knowledge about T’ai Chi and Qi Gong, to encourage the practice of this exercise system that is healthful for the mind and body. Classes are taught in an easy, relaxed manner and accommodations are made for each individual’s needs.
Certified Movement Improvement T’ai Chi Instructor Level One
Carol has been studying T’ai Chi and Qi Gong since 2007. Under the instruction of Michael Issa of Kaikudo Martial Arts Academy and Cate Morrill of Rising Phoenix T’ai Chi of Atlanta, certified instructors under our T’ai Chi Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Master Chen), she has learned the Yang forms of 10 and 24, as well as many sets of Qi Gong. She has also attended Master Chen’s seminars and classes for many years. She has learned and practiced the Wudang forms of 13, 28, 52, Square Foot and various Qi Gongs.
In 2014, Carol was invited to train in our Movement Improvement T’ai Chi program. Her intensive training has included many hours of classroom experience, primarily under Harvey Meisner, and she has taught strong and frail seniors, those with Parkinson’s Disease, arthritis, and assisted in classes for those with cancer.
Carol is a retired school teacher who brings a passion and enthusiasm for teaching and assisting others in the learning process, and now, in learning and discovering the many healing benefits of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong that she has found so helpful in her own life. She has come to realize that the practice of T’ai Chi is a journey of healing at all levels. Her desire is to guide others in learning the gentle, but powerful movements that help create well-being in both body and mind. Her gentle spirit and joyful attitude endear her to her many engaged students! We are happy that Carol is teaching with us!
What our students say about our classes…
-I love it, it’s easy to follow, and I can go at my own pace.
-My arthritis symptoms have improved, I can move around more freely!
-I sleep better, so much better.
-My knees are stronger than ever, helps with my other exercises, like walking and dancing! I love it!
-It has helped me so much with reducing stress, it gives me a way of letting go!
-It relaxes me, but it also gives me energy. How does it do that?!
-I didn’t think I could learn anything new, but it’s easy, and I love it!
-My restless leg syndrome has almost stopped completely!
-My back feels better, and my balance is better.
-The highlight of my week is this class!
-My shoulder hurt this morning, I did the T’ai Chi work and all was well.