Looking for a way to reduce stress? Try tai chi (pronounced TIE-CHEE) at the Newcomerstown Senior Center.

The Center is expanding services to include tai chi classes for balance, relaxation, and circulation with certified tai chi instructor, Cathleen Mesko.

So, what is tai chi?

Tai chi was originally developed for self-defense and then evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is used for stress reduction and a number of other health conditions. It is often described as meditation in motion. It promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. The series of movements are performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Tai chi is a noncompetitive, 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.

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you are an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

Classes at the Senior Center are scheduled for 1 p.m. on the following Fridays: March 24, 31, April 7, 21, May 5. There is a small fee for each session.

Newcomerstown Senior Center is located at 222 S. Bridge St. Please call 740-498-4523 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for more information.