Program Guidelines:
Classes are open to suitable persons provided they are medically fit, are independently mobile and can participate without assistance in the class.

The Tai Chi exercise in this program would be similar to walking in terms of physical exertion.
Any participant who has any doubt whether they are medically fit to attend the class, is required to have a medical clearance from their physician prior to the first class session. Session usually last forty five minutes to one hour. 


What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi originated from ancient China. Nowadays it is practiced throughout the world as an exercise for better health. Many scientific studies have proven that it is amazingly effective for health. Tai Chi:· Is suitable for almost anyone· Relieves pain and improves quality of life for people with arthritis· Relieves stress and improves concentration· Integrates body and mind· Relives discomfort of fibromaylgia


How does Tai Chi work?

Health and exercise experts advise that an exercise program for people with arthritis should incorporate exercise programs for people with arthritis should incorporate exercises that improve muscular strength, flexibility, and fitness. Tai Chi is proven to improve all of these components, as well as having additional health benefits. Tai chi is proven to improve all of these components, as well as having additional health benefits.

  • Tai Chi improves relaxation, balance, posture and immunity.
  • Muscle strength is important for supporting and protecting joints, which will reduce pain.
  • Flexibility exercises also help to reduce pain and stiffness, enabling you to move easier.
  • Improves cardiovascular health.

Tai Chi facilitates the flow of Qi (pronounced Chi) through your body. Qi is the life energy that circulates throughout the body, performing many function to maintain good health. Practicing tai chi helps to strengthen you Qi, therefore improving your health.


Tai Chi for Arthritis - News!

The Administration on Aging (AoA) evidence-based programs review committee found the Dr. Paul Lamb n Tai Chi Program to meet the highest-level criteria for AoA's evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs. The Tai Chi Program information is now listed on the Title IIID Highest-Level Criteria Evidence-Based Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs Cost Chart. This chart is linked on the AoA Title IIID webpage under highest-level criteria examples. Last year, the Arthritis Foundation's Exercise and Walk With Ease Programs were approved.


New Sessions Begin January 2015


A guided a Tai Chi session for individuals who have completed he Level 1 and 2  Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Courses designed to bring your practice to another level. Qi Gong exercises, Yang 24 and Tai Chi For Arthritis is shared. 


​Tai Chi Small Group and Worksite Wellness programs are available.


Information regarding these specialty programs is available  email Donna Dixon   ​Call 865-803-8887 for more information

An explanation of tai chi exercises

​Tai chi chuan is a subject with a history reaching back centuries with techniques which take years to perfect. There are many forms of martial arts that are tai chi chuan forms developed energetic powerful body movements. Tai chi exercise is workout  similar to a gentle walk. See program guidelines below.


As with any form of exercise it is wise to select an activity that suits your present fitness level. Some may need to consult their physician for an assessment before entering a fitness plan. Tai chi forms are progressive exercises and are available in a  modified for Tai Chi Core Exercises and gait stability (See Senior Center Plans).Tai Chi from the Arthritis Foundation®


This program is designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and tendonitis using Sun style Tai Chi, one of the five major recognized styles of Tai Chi. This style includes agile steps and exercises that have been known to improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements do not require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. It is especially suitable as an exercise because its movements are slow and gentle, and the level of exertion is adjustable to suit each person’s physical condition. This program is also suitable for individuals new to exercise or are returning to activity after surgery.