CHRISTUS St. Joseph's Village
Smiling Heart Qigong - Assisted Living Program is designed to help support the AL Community in gentle core strengthening and balance training with an emphasis on fall prevention. Our experience in both Eastern and Western Therapy modalities allows us to provide a unique training environment that is both strengthening to the body and mind while stimulating smiling hearts and promoting a strong, supportive, community spirit.
We are combining seated core strengthening with concentration exercises that stimulate coordination as well as deep breathing; coupled with some standing, Tai Chi Principal based, weight shifting and walking based training, our students are becoming more stable and confident in their mobility while reducing their overall pain associated with the typically available exercise routines.
In over three years of program development, we have found that the combination of simple, easy to remember exercises with no associated pain has promoted students to practice on their own thus increasing their ability to benefit from the training. We promote consistent effort over exertive effort which is much less intimidating to this level of student. We have noted a greatly reduced fall average as well as a higher overall confidence and strong sense of community participation through our integrated Smiling Heart Qigong Training.
Class Established - January 2006
Class Day / Time:
Every Tuesday - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm (Walkers and Canes)
Private Lessons available by appointment
What should I wear?
Loose comfortable clothing, flat soled flexible shoes or as close to a natural foot as you can be comfortably.
Sifu Chris Bouguyon
Free to residents of the community
Yes. Must be a resident of this independant / assisted living community to participate in the program.
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