Platinum Physio are excited to announce a new term of Tai Chi, run by Physiotherapist
Adrienne Wright, in the newly built facilities at our East Brighton Clinic.
The term will consist of Tai Chi exercises from the Paul Lam Osteoperosis, Arthritis and Qi
Gong repertoire, running from February 27 to May 28 2015, at 1pm on Fridays.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an internal art that integrates mind and body, derived from the Chinese martial
There are many forms of Tai Chi with significant differences between them. The Tai Chi
forms developed by Dr. Paul Lam have been developed to address particular health issues,
with an emphasis on slow, gentle movements, the ability to shift one’s weight, and balance.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi?
Numerous studies have shown that Tai Chi works to improve muscular strength, flexibility,
fitness and balance. Muscle strength is important for supporting and protecting joints and is
essential for normal physical function. Flexibility enables people to move easier, as well as
facilitating circulation and enhancing healing.
Fitness is important for overall functioning of
the heart, lungs and muscles. Balance and falls prevention are addressed by emphasizing
the importance of weight transfer. In addition to the physical benefits, Tai Chi promotes
relaxation, as well as aiding in concentration and memory.
Who can participate in Tai Chi?
Tai Chi consists of fluid, gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. It is easy to
learn, safe and effective, can be practised almost anywhere and is a suitable form of
exercise for just about anyone. A reasonable level of standing balance is required, however
a chair can be used for added support if necessary.
How can I get involved in Tai Chi?
Call us on 03 8554 0111 to book yourself a spot in the class. If you’ve not
seen one of our Physiotherapists before, please organize to have a brief assessment
prior to participating in your first class.