Poi: A Spin on Health

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The art of poi has been practiced by the Maori of New Zealand for hundreds of years, but there has never been any scientific research on its potential health benefits. A new research study put 80 older adults to the test, measuring their physical and cognitive function before and after learning International Poi, a style of poi practiced worldwide. After one month of lessons, participants improved their balance, grip strength, memory, and attention. These results cover some of the hallmarks of frailty, making poi a promising tool for improving quality of life in old age. It’s time to put a new spin on ageing, and for the world to follow new Zealand back to the practice of poi and forward to a healthier future.

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Rose Iandola
8 months ago

I'm so glad for your research! Often I've wondered the cognitive health benefits. As a neuroscientist enthusiast, I'm very much looking forward to your opening the door for further research on the topic.

Susan Erdman
8 months ago

Thank you Kate for your study which will help older adults as we age.

Christine Smith
8 months ago

Challenging exercise which is such fun. Thank you!

Bruce Crosbie
8 months ago

Great research effort with beneficial results to participants.

Bri Ana
8 months ago

This would be great because it can be used in occupational therapy which needs more research based evidence to be considered in the field. This could change my career and make therapy so much more interesting!

Leon Matthews
8 months ago

What got me most of all was the thought process behind selecting Poi as a research option Especially that Katie was a complete newcomer to the activity Awesome result! Both deserve to go fa.

Charlo Maurer
8 months ago

I look forward to learning poi myself and hope it can make a difference in my quality of life as I age.

Carolyn Cipperly
8 months ago

Poi helped my Mom recover from stroke. Left and right brain / hand coordination. Good luck!

Jacqueline Ainsley
8 months ago

I definitely find poi beneficial to physical & mental health. Well done on the research project.

Bryan Graves
8 months ago

Love this. The flow community could benefit greatly from some research on its positive affects. I'm a polyprop person myself. Anything I can do to help the community. I'm gonna spam this on all the flow sites I'm part of. I hope you get this

Alfdaniels Mabingo
8 months ago

This is a ground breaking inquiry. I can't wait to see it develop into impactful community interventions. Go Kate!

Miko Miko
8 months ago

I just started using poo, I'm at beginners stage but love using them. It helps with my carpal tunnel and joints. I just turned 43 and have mild arthritis. I am glad this research is being done. Good luck and keep spreading the word. Happy Poi

Ken Field
8 months ago

Great work, Kate!

noeline webb
8 months ago

Go Girl. Congratulations for achieving so much.

noeline webb
8 months ago

Kate, Dear. I hope my vote has registered. Have spent 1/2 hour trying to follow instructions. Have aged 10years. Need another poi class

Frances Horton
8 months ago

Hi Kate, impressive research, and a pleasure to take part. Wishing you all the best, and every success in future.

Alissa Shoults
8 months ago


Barbara Hagen
8 months ago

Same experience as Noelene do hope my vote counted

Patrick Koroneho
8 months ago

Keep up the great work Kate.What a mission just to vote.

Kate Riegle van West
8 months ago

Noeline, Barbara, Patrick (and probably everyone else!), I think this competition is not actually about research, but rather whose friends are able to best understand how to cast a vote!!! Thanks for persevering!

Ivor Woodfield
8 months ago

Congratulations on a great study Kate. I look forward to this really taking off :)

Bronwyn Holcombe
8 months ago

Poi makes me happy :) Good luck!

Kevin Kevany
8 months ago

Kate, the Poi and Tai Chi opened my eyes to the need to get moving if I was going to be around in 2030. With two artificial hip implants balance and flexibility is key. I cannot afford to make those old-timer mistakes. Mine have been made already. Poi showed the need and the solution on that front and Tai Chi revolutionised my thinking on what 'good exercise' really is. You are so onto it. May you succeed. You won't ever let the awardees down, I can testify.

Kevin Kevany
8 months ago

{I see I have what looks like a rubbish bin appearing.....I hope that doesn't mean my vote has been taken away. I'm concerned because I don't appear in the column of recent voters?????Help!}

Kate Riegle van West
8 months ago

Kevin it's all good, I see your name in the list! Sorry it's so confusing! Also thank you for your vote and your words of encouragement, and I'm so glad you found something positive in both poi and Tai Chi.

Angus de Lange
8 months ago

Thank you very much Kate for a most professionally run programme from which I gained much benefit. Your personality and approach gives great confidence to participants. Wishing you every success in the future.

Barbi de Lange
8 months ago

Loved every class of Poi and felt great benefits particularly in balance, memory and self confidence.

Lizzie Luamanu
8 months ago

You are amazing Kate, and your research and effort is inspiring. All the best girl.

Liz Hardley
8 months ago

All the best Kate - hope you win!

Caroline May
8 months ago

Thanks so much for all your great work on this study. I have found so much benefit from Tai Chi and Poi and intend to continue for the rest of my life. I hope my vote has counted and wish you all the best with your continued research.

Greer Melling
8 months ago

An interesting study

Kate Riegle van West
8 months ago

Absolutely honoured to have won the Future Leader Award! Even though it overrides the people's choice, thank you all SO MUCH for voting. The support and positive comments were overwhelming! If anyone wants to find out more about my research, feel free to visit www.spinpoi.com, or follow me on social media (facebook, instagram, twitter: @spinpoi).

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Wyatt Roberts
4 months ago

Awesome study, Kate. I hope it reaches the people that need it most! I'll be sharing it on my website for sure!

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2 months ago

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For cost, I think you can download free on CHPLAY or if you register as member of a hospital, they can guide you to do that.


is an interdisciplinary artist currently researching the effects of International Poi (a ball on the end of a cord swung in circular patterns around the body) on physical and cognitive function.

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