Tai Chi

 

Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger lower your chance of falling and help you feel better and more confident. Tai Chi is a centuries-old, mind and body practice with origins in China that involves fluid, whole-body movements that gently challenge and strengthen balance, mental focus, deep breathing and relaxation.

Tai Chi has been proven to improve balance and reduce falls. In addition, research suggest that practicing Tai Chi may improve stability in older people and those with Parkinson's, reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis, help people cope with fibromyalgia and back pain, and promote quality of life and mood enhancement in people with heart failure and cancer. It also may offer psychological benefits, such as reducing anxiety.

Tai Chi is for you if you are interested in:

  • Participating in low impact exercise;
     
  • Improving your balance by strengthening muscles and improving coordination;
     
  • Increasing your confidence and sense of tranquility;
     
  • Reducing your fall risk; and
     
  • Improving your overall wellness

 

What is it?

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of controlled movements that are performed in a slow manner accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls. There are many different forms of Tai Chi but if specific principles are incorporated, Tai Chi has been proven effective at improving balance and preventing falls. These principles include:

  • Movement control. Tai Chi movements are slow, controlled, and continuous. One movement flows into the next. This approach helps strengthen muscles, calms the mind, and teaches the body to avoid sudden movements that can lead to falls.
     
  • Weight transfer. Tai Chi movements focus on slowly transferring weight with each step. This results in improved balance, strength, coordination, and mobility.
     
  • Integration of mind and body. The practice of Tai Chi incorporates deep breathing, relaxing of the body, and calming of the mind. This has been shown to increase your confidence and reduce your fear of falling.
Well Beyond 60!

Tai Chi is one of several programs offered through the Ohio Department of Aging's HEALTHY U Ohio and STEADY U Ohio initiatives to help you live "Well Beyond 60!" Learn more...
 

Find a Tai Chi class near you

Tai Chi is available in many counties in Ohio. Click on the shaded counties in the map or find your county in the list below for contact information. When contacting an instructor, be sure to ask about any associated costs.

Click a county on the map for the Tai Chi program in your area. Butler Warren Clinton Clermont Hamilton Darke Shelby Logan Champaign Miami Clark Greene Montgomery Preble Van Wert Putnam Allen Auglaize Mercer Hancock Hardin Williams Fulton Lucas Henry Defiance Paulding Wood Ottawa Sandusky Erie Seneca Huron Ashland Richland Crawford Wyandot Marion Morrow Knox Union Delaware Licking Franklin Madison Fayette Pickaway Fairfield Brown Highland Ross Pike Adams Scioto Vinton Jackson Lawrence Gallia Washington Perry Hocking Athens Meigs Morgan Noble Monroe Holmes Tuscarawas Carroll Jefferson Guernsey Coshocton Muskingum Harrison Belmont Lake Cuyahoga Geauga Lorain Medina Summit Portage Stark Wayne Ashtabula Trumbull Mahoning Columbiana

 

Get Involved!

If you represent an organization that would like to bring Tai Chi to your community, or are a Tai Chi instructor interested in being added to our list, please contact the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition at 937-642-2053.

Ohio Older Adults Falls Prevention Coalition

 

Does it work?

Tai Chi is an evidence-based falls prevention strategy. The effects of Tai Chi on improving balance and reducing falls have been studied across the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls can be reduced by practicing Tai Chi. To be effective, the Tai Chi class should be tailored to the needs of older adults and at least 50 hours of Tai Chi should be practiced.

 

Is it safe?

Tai Chi appears to be a safe practice. One National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health -supported review noted that tai chi is unlikely to result in serious injury but it may be associated with minor aches and pains. Women who are pregnant should talk with their health care providers before beginning Tai Chi or any other exercise program.

National Institutes of Health - "Tai Chi and Qi Gong Show Some Beneficial Health Effects"

National Institutes of Health - "Tai Chi and Qi Gong: In Depth"

Tai Chi - Local Contacts

County

City

Contact Person

Contact

Ashland

Ashland

Lori Brohm

1-419-606-5233

Ashland

Loudonville

Jim O'Brien

1-419-994-3517

Ashland

Loudonville

Linda O'Brien

1-419-994-3517

Ashtabula

 

Ron Winters

1-440-261-0407

Athens

Athens

Joyce Lewis (United Seniors of Athens County, Inc.)

1-740-594-3535

Butler

Cincinnati

Ralph Dehner

ralph.dehner@juno.com

Champaign

West Liberty

Nita Wilkinson

1-937-650-7146

Columbiana

East Palestine

Barb Kliner

1-330-426-4860
1-243-855-4777 (c)

Cuyahoga

Cleveland

Pam Brackett

1-216-421-1350

Cuyahoga

Cleveland

Robert Stevenson, Jr.

1-216-421-1351

Cuyahoga

North Ridgeville

Ginger Fiscella

1-216-844-4774

Cuyahoga

Rocky River

Antoinette Horn

1-440-666-7016

Erie

Sandusky

Sarah Hopperton

1-419-626-5623, ex. 198

Fairfield

Lancaster

Margaret Quamme

1-740-652-5397

Franklin

Clintonville

Lori Candon

innernatureyoga@gmail.com

Franklin

Columbus

Welton Bailey

1-614-432-0488

Franklin

Columbus

Jackie Brown

1-614-634-1399

Franklin

Columbus

Constance Corrigan

1-419-491-0012

Franklin

Columbus

LeRoyna Edwards

1-614-377-9297

Franklin

Columbus

Darryl Green

1-614-625-8677

Franklin

Columbus

Rita Haider

1-614-388-7817

Franklin

Columbus

April Henricks

1-419-382-3429

Franklin

Columbus

Jack Holdford

1-803-319-0261 (okay to text)

Franklin

Columbus

Sheila Holdford

sheila.holdford@gmail.com

Franklin

Columbus

Thomas Krumroy

1-614-388-7096

Franklin

Columbus

Jaclyn Metro

1-614-315-8064

Franklin

Columbus

J Poirier

1-614-437-2831

Franklin

Columbus

Linda Sohner

1-614-832-0105

Franklin

Columbus

Chrysanthi Wilson

1-937-321-1251

Franklin

Dublin

Trish Beuhring

1-614-437-2831

Franklin

Dublin

Jennifer Gleichauf

1-614-597-7537

Franklin

Gahanna

Maxine Bryant

1-614-203-9743

Franklin

Gahanna

Kathleen Moening

1-614-668-6438
kmoening@yahoo.com

Franklin

Grandview Heights

Marie Burson

1-614-746-4772

Franklin

Grandview Heights

Mandy Howenstein

1-614-668-8971

Franklin

Grandview Heights

Sally Kriska

1-614-203-7913

Franklin

Grove City

Diane Habash

1-937-374-5624

Franklin

Groveport

Scott White

1-614-579-6107

Franklin

Hilliard

Andy Burke

1-614-937-2347

Franklin

Hilliard

Stacie Nagirnyak

1-724-556-1094

Franklin

New Albany

Kathy Bowman

kabowman5@gmail.com

Franklin

Powell

Joanne Morrissey

1-614-270-1594

Franklin

Reynoldsburg

Mark Henry

1-614-866-8905

Franklin

Reynoldsburg

Eric Mills

1-614-619-8744

Franklin

Upper Arlington

Kathy Anthony

1-614-876-0478

Franklin

Upper Arlington

Jeanne Kirkpatrick

1-614-551-0557

Franklin

Upper Arlington

Reasoner Myrlyn

1-614-579-6107

Franklin

Upper Arlington

Carolyn Schmidtz

1-614-774-0911

Franklin

Westerville

Shannon Kirkendall

shannonkirkendall@yahoo.com

Franklin

Westerville

Connie Kobalka

kobalka@columbus.rr.com

Franklin

Westerville

Jamie Weaver

1-614-738-1024

Greene

Xenia

Ashley Steveley

1-937-374-5624

Hamilton

Cincinnati

Ralph Dehner

ralph.dehner@juno.com

Hamilton

Cincinnati

Debra Leonard

1-419-491-0012

Hamilton

Cincinnati

Derrick Partman

1-513-584-5382

Hamilton

Cincinnati

Jennifer Woods

jenniferwoodsrd@gmail.com

Hamilton

Cincinnati

Karen Bergen

1-513-584-5348

Hamilton

Cincinnati

Lauren Stenger

1-513-584-5382

Holmes

Millersburg

Cheryl Seabright

1-330-231-0819

Huron

Norwalk

Senior Enrichment Services

1-419-668-6245

Lake

Lake County

Libby Hill

1-440-255-7300
440-478-6697
libbysensei@gmail.com

Licking

Glenford

Holly Melick

1-740-927-9888

Licking

Newark

Rhonda Adams

1-740-973-2356

Licking

Newark

Molly Pancini

1-740-877-0499

Licking

Pataskala

April Beggerow

1-614-202-5993

Licking

Pataskala

Thom Gamertsfelder

1-614-307-7222

Logan

West Liberty

Nita Wilkinson

1-937-650-7146

Lorain

Avon

Phyllis Schoenberger

1-440-785-7743

Lucas

Maumee

Sarah Myers

1-419-878-2905

Lucas

Toledo

Zandra Anthony

1-419-383-6156

Lucas

Toledo

Kristin Calkins

1-419-383-3911

Lucas

Toledo

Dennis Hicks

1-419-213-4035

Lucas

Toledo

Patrick Kelly

patgkelly1@gmail.com

Lucas

Toledo

Douglas Lutman

1-419-351-0452

Lucas

Toledo

Sherri McNeill

1-419-382-3429

Miami

Picqua

Beth Royer-DeLong (Picqua YMCA)

1-937-773-6626

Muskingum

Zanesville

Debra K. Smith

1-740-252-0220

Perry

 

Margaret Quamme

1-740-652-5397

Putnam

Ottowa

Lisa Langhals

1-419-796-9641

Ross

Chillicothe

Nancy Hawkins

1-740-773-1141 ex. 6373

Ross

Chillicothe

Pamela Nichols

1-740-772-2355

Sandusky

Sandusky

Cindy Wiswesser

1-330-334-3703

Sandusky

Sandusky

Natalie Wiswesser

1-330-334-3703

Stark

Canton

Jennifer Lowry

1-330-224-1539

Summit

Akron

Steve Wilkins

1-330-344-5129

Trumbull

Brookfield

Melissa Kerr

1-330 307-7362

Tuscarawas

Ragersville

Cathleen Misko

1-330-897-3019

Union

Marysville

Elizabeth Warren

1-937-642-2053

Wayne

Wooster

Amber Edmond

1-330-749-9615

Wood

Bowling Green

Rita Betz

1-419-257-3306

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