Helping elderly folk to relax can take many forms, some more stressful than necessary.
Which is why taking on the Chinese relaxation techniques of Qi Gong proved to be such a hit for members of a exercise group at the Lewisham Irish Community Centre in Davenport Road, Lewisham.
Led by instructor Wayne Harris of Training4Life on Monday, the group were put through their paces with a series of gentle breathing and stretching exercises, all designed for elderly people of all abilities to keep fit, stay active, and become more social.
Peggy Fitzsimmons, chairwoman of Positive Ageing Council, a support group for elderly people, said: “Elderly people have a job of de-stressing.
“This has been a great activity for us here at the community centre.”
The word Qi Gong is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and means the life force. Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice.
The session was provided by Training4Life and it takes place every Monday from 11am to noon.
By Alex Homes South London Pres