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Monday, March 14, 2011

St. Francis Tai Chi class has all the right moves for health, well-being

INDIANAPOLIS – The ancient martial art of Tai Chi uses slow and gentle movements and its practice is known to have myriad health benefits.

That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Health is offering Tai Chi for Health. Two series of classes are available. The first meets 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, 25; and May 2 and 9. The second is held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., April 8, 15, 22, 29; and May 6-13.

The sessions meet at 3131 E. Thompson Road at Carson Square Mall.

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.

“With Tai Chi, you’re always moving, but always under complete control,” said Michele Wood, R.N., who is coordinating the class. “A participant’s internal energy circulation actually helps prevent disease and debility.”

Cost of the class is $30 and payable at time of registration. For more information, contact Wood at 317-865-5864, or at