Residents Learn How Tai Chi Can Heal the Body and Calm the Mind

On April 14, John Mercurio from Advanced Wellness Consultants introduced residents to the healing powers and energies of Tai Chi, a form of Qigong (chee-gung). This gentle movement program stimulates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system to aid in healing the body. Anyone can benefit from this highly regarded ancient Chinese practice.

Performing a series of gentle movements calms the mind while it revitalizes the body. Seniors benefit by improving body awareness and increasing flexibility. But the benefits don’t stop there–research has also shown that Tai Chi helps to reduce hypertension and minimize the incidence of accidental falls, always a concern for seniors.

Springtime at Applewood has finally sprung and now is the perfect time to try out some of our new fitness class offerings. Applewood’s Fitness and Wellness Coordinator, Daniel Piereth, is always on the look-out for fun and meaningful activities that engage residents both physically and mentally, regardless of their fitness level.

Daniel reminds residents that regular exercise is crucial to keeping joints, muscles and ligaments well-oiled and in peak condition to help keep fully engaged in whatever the day may bring. Whether you’re a swimmer, walker or fitness center enthusiast, try to be consistent with your efforts and spice up your exercise routine with a new class (like tai chi!) to make sure you are working out your whole body.