Sadie Fulbrooke

Sadie Fulbrooke

Tai chi helps improve health and wellness

Tai chi for seniors, Schubert Centre, instructor Les Dawson, 91-year-old Sadie Fulbrooke

Sadie Fulbrooke didn’t let injuries 15 years ago slow her down.

“If you’ve had an accident, you have to have help,” said the 91-year-old. “I love doing tai chi, it got me back in shape. I do it twice a week here, it’s a nice group and the teachers are great and I also do it at home.”

Instructor Les Dawson has been doing tai chi for 14 years and instructing for 12 years.

“It improves strength, flexibility and balance. The older we get, the more of these things we are,” he said. “People can begin at any time because I discuss their health problems and adjust the exercises to suit them. It helps people rediscover their bodies and it’s also a great social activity.”

Dawson said no one should be intimidated by tai chi because they can take as much time as they need to learn.

“Tai chi reconnects us with our bodies and has external and internal benefits — it’s an internal massage that helps blood flow to all the organs and makes them healthier. And it improves safety for things like keeping balance on icy sidewalks in the winter,” he said. “Once people try tai chi they see the benefits and want to stay with it.”

The next beginner class at The Schubert Centre starts Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. and runs Mondays and Thursdays for four months. The cost is $50. Pre-register if possible at the office or by calling 250-549-4201.