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Free Tai Chi Classes Set to Begin in September

Ellsworth/Bucksport/Blue Hill— Since the program began in 2014, more than 500 people from across Hancock and Washington counties have participated in Healthy Acadia’s Tai Chi for Health classes. What’s the tai chi appeal?

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi is clinically proven to be an effective exercise form that improves health and overall well-being. Tai chi’s slow, gentle, mind-body movements have been found to increase flexibility, concentration, endurance, and muscle strength; as well as improve balance and reduce falls. Tai chi can also be effective in relieving physical discomfort and in doing so, may improve overall physical and mental function. Over 94% of those surveyed who have participated in the Tai Chi for Health program report improved strength, flexibility and balance, with 100% of respondents reporting an increased ability to relax.

If you have never practiced tai chi, or want to refresh your practice, Healthy Acadia will be offering eight-week beginner-level Tai Chi for Health courses at three locations in Hancock County this fall. Healthy Acadia’s tai chi instructors are certified through the Tai Chi for Health Institute, which employ science driven curricula developed by Dr. Paul Lam and a team of medical and tai chi experts, making Tai Chi for Health safe, easy and fun for people of all ages and levels of ability. While the classes are free, a donation is suggested.

  • Ellsworth – Thursdays, 10:45am to 11:45am, September 13 – November 1, 2018 at Moore Community Center (133 State Street).
  • Bucksport – Fridays, 11:00am to 12:00pm, September 14 – November 2, 2018 at Bucksport Regional Health Center (110 Broadway).
  • Blue Hill– Tuesdays from 2:00pm to 3:00pm, September 25 – November 13, 2018 at Parker Ridge Retirement Community (63 Parker Ridge).

To register or for more information about Tai Chi for Healthclasses in other locations across Hancock and Washington counties, contact Nina Zeldin at 667-7171 or [email protected]or visit https://healthyacadia.org.

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