Tai Chi master helps Carrick Manor residents ‘find their inner dragon’

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Martial arts are not just for the young, as Carrick Manor residents found out recently thanks to Tai Chi Master Jane ‘Jade Maiden’ Burke.

Jane was invited to Carrick Manor in response to World Osteoporosis Day, a global campaign to improve bone health and prevent fractures.

Joanne Neville, manager of Carrick Manor, said: “We thought Tai Chi would be a very beneficial martial art to introduce to our older residents, many of whom suffer from osteoporosis, arthritis or general stiffness.

“The movements are done slowly and can be achieved from a seated position while the stretches, combined with breath work, support easier physical movement as well as relaxing the mind and rejuvenating the spirit.”

Resident Norman Salters, aged 86, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first Tai Chi session – it reminded me of my days in the BB. It was relaxing and easy to do, and I was able to help other residents to do the exercises.

Lorna Waring (75) who suffers from partial paralysis and is confined to a wheelchair said: “The Tai Chi was great. Although I am in a chair, I did my best to complete all the move and I have to say that I felt very relaxed by the end of the class.”