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Monday, September 14, 2009

Low-key martial art class at St. Francis-Mooresville takes aim at arthritis

MOORESVILLE, Ind. – Arthritis pain and its effects on mobility can be eased through an ancient Chinese meditative martial art which benefits overall health.

Physical therapy specialists at St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville are offering a Tai Chi program beginning Tuesday, Oct. 6. Classes meet from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday at the OB classroom or Swisher Conference Center at the hospital, located at 1201 Hadley Road.

The “sun” style of Tai Chi is designed to improve physical and mental health and includes exercises to improve breathing, relaxation and mobility. It also has found to be effective in improving balance, strength and promotes greater endurance for people with arthritis.

St. Francis fitness specialist Candace Gwin, who is certified by the Arthritis Foundation to teach Tai Chi, will lead the classes.

The cost for the six-week series of classes is $57. For more information or to register, call 317-834-5752.