Free Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong for Seniors Classes at Retirement Residence in California

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Prevention Magazine reported that Â?TÂ?ai Chi may be the best exercise for people over the age of 60, providing cardio fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility all in one simple workout that is easy on the joints.Â?

Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation has been invited by the Deer Park Retirement Residence of Novato, CA, to teach a free Tai Chi and Qigong for Seniors program to their residents. The class will be open to the public as well, for a $5.00 drop in fee.

The Qigong exercises taught in this class are gentle, easy-to-follow, and excellent for those who are elderly, partially disabled, or dealing with life-altering illnesses

Practicing Tai Chi & Qigong helps to enhance the immune system and increase circulation, decrease chronic pain, hypertension and the effects of stress.

Elizabeth Meloney, an advanced teacher at the Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation, and Brigitte McCulloch, a Teacher-in-Training, will run these classes. Elizabeth and Brigitte are compassionate, sensitive teachers and are especially qualified for teaching seniors.

“We teach the seniors to have a direct experience of their own energy, and show them exercises to boost their energy for increased health and happiness. It is such a joy for me to help our elders improve their lives,” says Elizabeth Meloney.

The one hour Qigong classes will be held twice-monthly starting August 23, 2005.

Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to the support of integrative modalities and improving the health and quality of life of the community through public education, research, health programs and training of health-care providers and other practitioners.

What is Qigong? Qigong is a four-thousand-year old health system, one of the four main pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine along with acupuncture, herbs and massage. Qigong has been found to be effective at preventing loss of balance and falling injuries among the elderly. Qigong techniques are suitable for men and women, young and old, athletes and sedentary, and for the disabled. All styles are based on similar principles: relaxed, rooted posture; straight, supple spine; diaphragmatic respiration-- the abdomen expanding on inhalation, retracting on exhalation; fluid movements without excess effort; and tranquil awareness. Qigong supports and enhances all modalities of health-care.


Deer Park Retirement Residence is located at 646 Canyon Road in Novato. For more information, call the Activities Director of Deer Park Retirement Residence at 415.897.0054 or Cheryl Lynne Rubbo, Executive Director of Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation, at 415.456.9095.


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