ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth and Bucksport are among several communities across Hancock and Washington counties to host free Tai Chi for Health classes offered by Healthy Acadia.
Bucksport Regional Health Center (110 Broadway) is hosting an eight-week beginner-level class on Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. running from July 6 through Aug. 24.
In Ellsworth, an eight-week, beginner-level class will be offered on Thursdays from 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the Gen. Bryant E. Moore Community Center (133 State St.) beginning July 12 and continuing through Aug. 30.
An intermediate class is also held at the Moore Center on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon.
The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi is clinically proven to be an effective exercise form that improves health and well-being. Tai chi’s slow, gentle, controlled movements have been found to increase flexibility, concentration, endurance and muscle strength as well as improve balance and reduce falls.
While classes are free, a $5 per-class donation is suggested.