Salmon feel­ing in the pink

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

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.

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