Free Tai Chi Workshop for People with Parkinson’s

Sat, May 11, 2013
11:45 am 1:00 pm

The Fitness Center at Burke, in partnership with Empire Tai Chi, is offering a free Tai Chi workshop designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease. 

The workshop will:

  • Discuss recent studies on Tai Chi & Parkinson’s.
  • Cover a simple three movement form, done seated, standing with support or standing, that will help improve balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Go through breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • Provide home study materials.

According to a study by the Oregon Research Institute, Tai Chi helped ease Parkinson's disease symptoms. In the study, one group of patients practiced Tai Chi and the other with various forms of exercise. The group practicing Tai Chi had diminished symptoms after six months. "No matter what your age or physical ability, Tai Chi is beneficial for those seeking an alternative to medication," says Sifu Gene Nelson, director of Empire Tai Chi. "It helps with chronic pain, anxiety, depression and lack of sleep."

For more information or to register, call (914) 803-2632 or email

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