Leederville: Tai chi expert visits from China to pass on skills to students with Parkinson’s

The tai chi class in action at Loftus Community Centre in Leederville.
The tai chi class in action at Loftus Community Centre in Leederville.

LOCALS who practise tai chi to assist their fight against Parkinson’s disease had the chance to learn from a world expert this week.

Visiting from China as a guest of local Tai Chi Master and international champion Gawain Siu, Chen Zhonghua passed on his decades of knowledge at Loftus Community Centre in Leederville.

Parkinson’s WA chief executive Brenda Matthews said the tai chi sessions were extremely beneficial to all those who attended.

“We’re incredibly grateful to have someone of Master Chen’s calibre attend our class,” she said.

“Tai chi is suitable for people of all ages, in addition to it being helpful in assisting balance, preventing falls, promoting circulation and boosting feelings of wellbeing.”

Free tai chi classes for those living with Parkinson’s take place every Monday morning from 10.30am to 11.30am at Loftus Community Centre and include morning tea.

For more information, visit www.parkinsons.wa.org.au/whats-on/support-programs.