Programs > Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance®

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® focuses on eight Yang-style Tai Chi forms that have been modified to improve balance and strength among older adults and individuals with balance disorders. A key strengthening principle in the program is to move from a point of stability to instability and back. It is approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is led by a certified instructor.

Format

  • Small group workshop
  • 1 hour per session
  • 2 sessions per week for 24 weeks
  • Participants are physically active for the entire class

Settings

  • Community settings such as senior centers, community centers or a local medical facility

Participants

  • This intervention is recommended for older adults at risk of falls or comorbidities

Topics and Skills Covered

Transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic regimen aimed at improving:

  • Postural stability, awareness and mindful control of body positioning in space
  • Functional walking
  • Movement symmetry and coordination
  • Range of motion around the ankle and hip joints
  • Lower-extremity muscle strength