Falls Prevention and Resilience with Taoist Tai Chi® practice
Falls are a normal part of life yet we all know they can be life-altering events. Falls are especially devastating among older adults as they are a leading cause of hospitalization due to injury and a major reason for admission to a residential care facility. Fear of falling can itself affect our lives as we begin to avoid certain situations.
Research into Tai Chi provides excellent evidence of benefit for preventing falls, improving balance and strength and increasing mobility. With Taoist Tai Chi® practice you can feel more stable on your feet, increase your confidence, strength, resilience and stamina. It helps improve posture, alignment and balance and allows you to move more freely. With increased flexibility, even if you fall, there is less chance you will have a serious injury. In addition many people practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts have found a sense of lightness and well-being.
What are practitioners saying about balance and falls prevention through Taoist Tai Chi® practice?
“Balance was a big issue for me. After a car accident in 1974 I was fine until I got older. Then I noticed I had to hold onto a railing, or whatever was handy, to maintain my balance. I can now do kicks and stand on one leg in various Taoist Tai Chi® arts moves without losing my balance. This decreases the falls that could happen outside.”
– Sandra, Peterborough, Canada (and Australia)
“Since doing Taoist Tai Chi® arts I started in a walker, advanced to a cane, now no aids.”
– Joan, Oshawa, Canada
“Without Taoist Tai Chi® practice I would not be walking; I would be in a wheelchair full time. I was born with cerebral palsy affecting walking coordination and my vision. I use two canes and a wheelchair for long distances. Taoist Tai Chi® practice has taught me to really focus, and feel more balanced mentally, physically and spiritually (via meditation).”
– Heather, Ottawa, Canada
“Taoist Tai Chi® arts stopped my falling.”
– Hazel, Chicago, USA
“I was using a walker when I was introduced to Taoist Tai Chi® arts – 3 weeks later I was standing and taking part in all movements.”
– Mary, Meaford, Canada
“I’m not only better coordinated and much better balanced, but in a better mood and less anxious.”
– Rodica, Toronto, Canada
How does Taoist Tai Chi® practice help?
Taoist Tai Chi® arts involve a full range of motion with deep stretching and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. This whole body approach has a profound effect on our health, increasing strength, flexibility and resilience, whatever our condition.
Taoist Tai Chi® arts are also a form of moving meditation that has a deep effect on the brain, calming and clearing the mind.
Be Balanced – Move Confidently – Be Active