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The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Recreation will offer classes on Chinese 18 postures and tai chi.
The Chinese 18 postures course will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays Nov. 13-Dec. 18 in the Hilltop Lounge. Tai chi courses will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Nov. 14-Dec. 12 in McPhee Physical Education Center dance studio.
The aim of the classes is to bridge academic learning with self-discovery through activities enhancing wellness and fun.
The Chinese 18 postures help heal and avoid sore, stiff muscles, as well as strengthen and lubricate joints, improve posture and balance, and help to avoid future injuries. Participants can benefit regardless of their current fitness level.
All 18 postures are standing positions. Participants should wear baggy shorts or pants with an elastic waistband and flat, flexible shoes for good balance; tennis shoes are not recommended.
Diane J. Omtvedt, nurse practitioner in UW-Eau Claire's Student Health Service, is the course instructor.
Tai chi classes practice meditation through a series of slow, continuous and relaxed movements. Benefits of the class include strengthening lungs and muscles, increasing overall concentration, becoming aware of balance and movement, and developing sensitivity.
Kent Bergstrom, owner of Alternative Healing Arts in Menomonie, will instruct the class.
The Chinese 18 postures course costs $20 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students and $35 for community residents. Tai chi costs $25 for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students and $40 for community residents.
For more information, contact Vicki Reed, associate director of University Recreation, at (715) 836-4931.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 24, 2000