Helen Hayes Hospital has announced the introduction of Ai Chi classes, designed specifically for people of all abilities. Classes will meet for six week sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:15-2:00 p.m. at Helen Hayes Hospital, in the warm water aquatic center, in West Haverstraw. Participants must wear water shoes and bring their own towel.
Ai Chi is an easy water exercise that uses deep breathing and slow, controlled movements of the arms, legs and torso in smooth continual patters to encourage relaxation and increase flexibility, balance and pain.
The instructor, Krista Hludzinski, OTR/L is experienced in teaching Ai Chi to individuals of all abilities. She says Ai Chi helps provide a, “mind-body relationship including improved physical health, better sleep, effective stress and anger management and reduced responsiveness to stress hormones.”
Pre-registration for Ai Chi classes is required. The fee is $48 for the six week session. For information or to register, call Matthew Castelluccio, Adapted Sport Coordinator at Helen Hayes Hospital at 845-786-4950.