Tai Chi master helps Carrick Manorresidents '˜find their inner dragon'
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.”