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I think every Senior should take this class. When I first started I was deathly afraid of falling, especially stepping off of curbs. I even took to taking a cane with me thinking it would help me to not fall. I now don't use a cane and am not afraid of falling. The techniques in Tai Chi helped me retain balance. It is a wonderful exercise, not only for balance, but help with other medical issues. I wouldn't miss a Tai Chi class for anything. Love it and am always practicing the moves.
I have Parkinson’s Disease and cervical dystonia with additional challenges from degenerating lower back discs and knee damage. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and dystonia three years ago and had symptoms for about one year prior to the diagnosis. Since about February 2013 I have attended the Tai Chi class as well as the exercise class for Parkinson’s, and pole walking (with trekking poles).
Before attending these classes my balance was so poor that I was afraid I would fall in the shower, and I did not walk for exercise for fear of falling on the sidewalk. When I walked, my left arm just hung without moving.
The Tai Chi class, in conjunction with the Parkinson’s exercise class and pole walking, has made a huge difference for me. During my last neurology appointment the doctor was very pleased with my walking because both arms swung like they should, and I did not walk with a shuffle as do so many Parkinson’s patients, but rather with a normal gait and bounce.
I think the Tai Chi class and the exercise classes reinforce each other through different approaches. The balance and walking improvements I experienced as a direct result of these classes have given me back the freedom to enjoy walking again. Tai chi and the exercise classes really do work!
Both my wife and I remain physically active, though I’ve seen some decline physically in the past year or so. We work out regularly several times a week at the Providence gym. When I learned about this class I thought it was an opportunity to learn god techniques as I see the need in the future. I’ll keep the handbook and weights, with the intent of using it in the future.
This class helped with my balance and it is good strengthening exercises for my legs.
The teachers are just marvelous. You learn how to take care of yourself and watch for the dangers.
I would absolutely recommend Stepping On. I've told everybody I know about it. We all need to practice how NOT to fall.
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