Tai Chi for PD
The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Center at BIDMC is proud to have developed a modified Tai Chi Wellness Program for individuals with Parkinson's disease. Our instructors for this program teach our participants many of the traditional gentle movements and mind-body exercises associated with Tai Chi while also utilizing many specific movements focused on improving Parkinson's disease symptoms. The program features 12 individual classes that are designed to meet the needs of individuals with Parkinson's disease who will be able to stand for the entire 60 minute class.
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This program has been extremely popular amongst our patients at BIDMC who have participated in the past; so much so that our Center has now proudly expanded the program to neighboring hospitals and recently created a joint program with other Harvard-affiliated institutions, in order to serve a greater population of individuals living with Parkinson's disease.
Current Programs Open to Enrollment
If you would like to participate in the Tai Chi programs or have any further questions, please contact Lauren Anderson at 617-667-9890. Space is limited in each class, so sign up soon!
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese martial art that is geared toward generating mental tranquility while improving balance and musculoskeletal strength. With roots in traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi is a therapeutic mind-body exercise that integrates gentle movements, rhythmic breathing, and is practiced to improve strength, balance, flexibility, mental focus, and emotional tranquility.
Tai Chi is increasingly being utilized as part of comprehensive health rehabilitation and prevention programs. Furthermore, a rigorous new research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested that Tai Chi may have important benefits for individuals with Parkinson's disease, including reducing balance impairments.