Salmon feeling in the pink
PERSONAL health issues led Tony Salmon to become a Parkinson’s WA tai chi instructor after learning the benefits of the ancient martial art practice himself.
Mr Salmon said before starting tai chi, his doctor warned him that his use of alcohol and cigarettes would lead to a heart attack.
“This warning helped me to stop, but in order to enjoy my new life I wanted something that would help me find personal balance,” he said.
“Tai chi is a way of life that doesn’t stop in the classroom.
“You can take the principle teachings that you learn in class and that allows you to integrate your physical and emotional self in a way that is harmonious.”
Mr Salmon said tai chi could help Parkinson’s sufferers to be “in a flow with their bodies and go with the energy they have”, instead of resisting or forcing their bodies to do things that caused pressure and frustration.
“After the class most people understand their bodies better; they are able to tell if their body has been out of balance,” he said.
“For example, picking up a book is an easy task for most people but for a person with Parkinson’s it can be the ultimate challenge.
“The pressure a person might put on their body to complete this task makes it even harder, but with tai chi they learn the easiest way to do it by finding that balance in the body and with gentle movement to not put additional stress on themselves.”
Parkinson’s tai chi members Stewart West, Don McAlister, Jenny McAlister and instructor Tony Salmon.