Qi Gong and Loop Band Exercise Classes
Stay young and fit with new exercise and relaxation classes especially designed for seniors at the Sunshine Place. The recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation now offers Loop Band Exercise classes and Qi Gong sessions as part of its continuous effort of bringing wellness to one’s mind, body and soul.
The Loop Band Exercise, also known as the Resistance Band exercise, is a total body workout routine using a giant rubber band. Each session includes warm-up exercises for arm and leg stretching, and the “ABCD” exercises consisting of archery movements, biceps routines, arm raising and bending techniques—all using the rubber loop band with elasticity fit for seniors.
Apart from improving muscle strength, endurance, balance, coordination and flexibility, this routine created by Alex Causapin of Life-Care Fitness also serves as a good cardio exercise.
The full course of the Loop Band Exercise Program includes eight sessions with instructor Danica Ducay of Life-Care Fitness Management Inc. every Monday at 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 4th floor Dance Studio of the Sunshine Place.
The art of Qi Gong, on the other hand, offers relaxation for the body and mind that creates harmony. Qi Gong, an activity practiced in preparation for Tai Chi, helps the body open its energy centers; allowing energy to flow efficiently from within and releasing it.
Its basic principles include correcting one’s body posture and breathing with exercises, poses and techniques. Here, one learns how to inhale and exhale properly and how to keep the body upright. This avoids pressure on the internal organs, hence avoiding stress while preserving energy and keeping oneself feeling light and young. Particular poses in Qi Gong can also be beneficial to the heart, intestine and the back.
The Qi Gong Program at the Sunshine Place includes eight sessions with instructor Jose Antonio Anonas who has been practicing this energy art for 16 years. These sessions take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 to 11 a.m., 4th floor Dance Studio of the Sunshine Place.
Sunshine Place, a senior recreation center under the Felicidad Tan Sy Foundation, is a venue for adults to live actively, through engaging in recreational classes and age-appropriate physical training programs. It is the venue to be entertained, to socialize and to reflect; a place of happiness and wellness for one’s mind, body and soul.
It offers a wide range of activities for its members and guests. There are music classes and voice lessons; Jazz, Yeba and social ballroom dance classes; and nutrition counseling and customized fitness training programs. One can also take time to reflect in the chapel that is open every day and holds a 12:15 p.m. mass every Friday.
Sunshine Place is an accredited Merchant Partner of the Philippine Retirement Authority; with this, PRA members can enjoy certain privileges when they visit the recreation center.
For more information, visit the Sunshine Place at #56 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City; or call (02) 856-4144 and (0917) 515-5656; and email [email protected]