Otago Exercise Programme
The Otago Exercise Programme is designed specifically to prevent falls injuries and improve cognition amongst older people . It is individually prescribed and delivered at home and in classes by trained instructors.
It consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises progressing in difficulty, and a walking plan. The exercises also maintain confidence in being able to carry out daily activities without falling.
The programme is delivered with lots of fun and feedback working at the individuals speed and ability.
We run classes in Tai Chi, improving balance and flexibility.
Although tai chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning.
This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life and you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it has also been called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, “white stork spreads its wings and “box tiger both ears.”
As you move, you breathe naturally, focusing your attention on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched.
Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.