It can appear to be a bit odd at times, but people who practice it say it’s very effective.
Tai chi is an ancient form of soft martial arts that can achieve as much in terms of relaxation and health as it can self defense, experts say.
The Council on Aging offers tai chi each Thursday at 9 a.m. and the cost is $5 per one-hour session.
Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety, and also helps increase flexibility and balance. It is a self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is low impact and suitable for older adults.
IF YOU GO
What: Tai chi classes
When: Thursdays at 9 a.m.
Where: Council on Aging at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.
Cost: $5 per class
More information: Call 978-374-2390.
Here are events and activities for Haverhill senior citizens:
Craft fair: The Council on Aging will host a craft fair on Oct 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The fair will be at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St. Handcrafted items will be sold by local senior citizens. For additional information, call the Council on Aging at 978-374-2390.
Trip to Symphony rehearsal: The Council on Aging has tickets for the Oct. 17 10:30 a.m. rehearsal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
This is an opportunity to see new conductor Andris Nelsons. The program will include works of Wagner, Mozart and Brahms.
Cost is $40 for first-balcony center seats and transportation. Call 978-374-2390 to make reservations. Seating is limited.
Halloween dance planned: Get your dancing shoes ready and save the date.
The Council on Aging is planning a Halloween Dance for Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. Costumes will be optional, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
A Goodtime D.J. George Whitehouse will provide music, and as a special treat Whitehouse will bring his wicked fun Coney Island Photo booth. More details will be announced.