JWCC Community Based Outreach to Offer Tai Chi for Health Classes in March

Bringing better health and well-being to her clients through the practice of Tai Chi is a passion for Jessica Myers. 

“It is such a stress reliever, it keeps me focused and mindful of improving my health and those of others,” said Myers.

Tai Chi is a slow, fluid sequence of martial arts and health movements, used to maintain muscle strength and protect joints. Myers is a certified teacher of Tai Chi, with a current emphasis on fall prevention. She has studied with medical doctor and Tai Chi gold medalist Paul Lam, Shifu Professor I’Chih Wang, and Dr. Stephanie Taylor, among others. 

Myers is also a level 2 healing energy Qigong practitioner.  Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice of movement and breathing that is used to improve and maintain health. Myers pairs Tai Chi and Qigong to provide gentle exercises that are safe for a variety of abilities and conditions.

“Arthritis, back pain, cardiovascular issues, Parkinson's, and stress can be improved through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong,” said Myers. “It’s a holistic approach to help build a productive and healthy lifestyle.”

John Wood Community College’s Community Based Outreach is offering Tai Chi for Health classes to the public at a reduced rate, thanks to a special grant Myers received to help offset the cost. The class will start March 3, and will meet six times on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The cost is $30.

To register for this and other CBO classes, visit www.jwcc.edu/cbo. For more information, call 217.641.4941 or email cbo@jwcc.edu.

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

Learn more at: www.jwcc.edu.