EVRPD to Offer Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Class

Estes Valley Recreation and Park District (EVRPD), provider of numerous recreational and community activities in the Estes Valley, is excited to offer Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention classes beginning in March.

Classes will be held on Fridays, March 2 through April 6, and will be offered at two levels. Level 1 will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., and Level 2 will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. The cost for each six-week series is $40, and all classes will be held at the Estes Valley Community Center, 660 Community Drive. The registration deadline is Friday, February 23. To register, visit evrpd.com/recguide, call (970) 586-8189 or visit the EVRPD recreation office at 380 Community Drive.

These evidence-based classes, designed by Dr. Paul Lam and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focus on relieving the symptoms of arthritis. Proven to reduce pain, tai chi is a safe exercise and an internal art which stresses the integration and balance of mind and body. Practicing a mind-body exercise like tai chi builds confidence, thus reducing the fear of falling, which ultimately results in less falls.

The level 1 class is easy, enjoyable and ideal for beginners, with or without arthritis. Participants will learn slow, smooth, continuous movements that strengthen internal muscles and loosen joints and ligaments while calming the mind. The level 2 class will build on skills learned in level 1, the prerequisite class.

Classes will be taught by Mike Curtiss, a licensed physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience in his profession. He has been a practitioner of the Wu style of tai chi for more than 20 years and received his training from Shihan Eric Adams of Estes Park. Additionally, he completed instructor training in “Tai Chi for Arthritis” and “Tai Chi for Balance to Reduce the Risk of Falls” through the Arthritis Foundation of Australia under Dr. Paul Lam. Mike has also been trained in the Chouyi Fanhuan Qigong Style under the guidance of Master Yap Soon Yeoung of Penang, Malaysia and received Level 1 Instructor Certification in 2009. He enjoys teaching and incorporates tai chi and qigong principles into clinical practice with positive outcomes for his patients.

For more information about about senior services with EVRPD, visit evrpd.com or call 970-586-8191.