"I have fibromyalgia (a chronic joint & nerve auto-immune disease) as well as bursitis in both hips, a left-knee replacement and bursitis/arthritis in my right shoulder. The Catch 22 is that movement is what helps these ailments but movement can be painful. I decided to try Tai Chi when I read an article which stated that, if you are older and do no other exercise, you should do Tai Chi. I was hooked after the first class! The movements are slow, purposeful and peaceful. I went everyday. After about six weeks I found that I had more energy, more confidence when I walked, was sleeping better and just simply felt better! You work your core when you breathe and do certain movements. I discovered I was getting a defined waist and I lost a few pounds. I also enjoy the social aspect of Tai Chi. I look forward to going to class every day. At 68 years old, I feel better than I have in about twenty years.
My husband said that he got back the girl her married! He said I just seem happier and more self-assured. He is also glad that I am able to do more physical activities with him without having to spend several days recovering. We were just in Colorado and hiked seven miles at 11,000+ fee elevation. I had no trouble breathing or hiking at that altitude and had no pain afterward. I attributed that directly to the positive effect Tai Chi has made in my muscle strength. My granddaughter also commented that I was happier and more fit.
I would tell anyone who wants to make an improvement in his or her mental and physical capabilities to give Tai Chi a try for at least two months. Initially, you might think that the movements aren't enough to make a real difference. But I am living proof that Tai Chi can and will give you the quality of life that you deserve to have at any age, but especially as you get older."
"I have suffered with severe back problems for many, many years. I have tried everything (physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractors, epidurals, pain meds, muscle relaxers, steroids, etc) with little relief. "Good" days were still a 2 0r 3 on the pain scale. Simple tasks like vacuuming would often leave me in severe pain unable to do anything for days. After only a few months of basic Tai Chi classes, I was able to vacuum and shampoo carpets in my entire home without ANY pain!! I never expected these simple movements would have such an amazing impact in such a short time!
I highly recommend Tai Chi to anyone, no matter their physical limitations. With the support and encouragement from the Master Instructors at United Tai Chi, I am looking forward to progressing in my training."