T’ai Chi for Parkinson’s
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Instructor: Susan Cruz
Each class will include basic warm up exercises and learning of the Yang style 24 movement form. No previous experience with T’ai Chi is necessary and caregivers are welcomed and encouraged to join in also.
One of the best forms of exercise for Parkinson’s is the ancient Chinese art, T’ai Chi for the following reasons:
- T’ai Chi is more accessible as it is typically done standing up and can be adapted to be done sitting on a chair or in a wheelchair
- Movements are slow and repetitive which help the brain connections reformat for improved movement
- Mental – Increased movement, increases dopamine which helps rewire the connections for movement
- Social – classes with others helps with the loneliness and isolation inherent to the disease
- Physical – physical movement increases the production of dopamine which increases the ability to move – which increases the desire to move and becomes a positive spiral for improvement and remediation
When not practicing Kung Fu or T’ai Chi, Susan continues her 35 year career as an executive at Merrill Lynch and spends time with her four children and three young granddaughters.