THERAPEUTIC applications of tai chi course outline

7:30 – 8:00 – Sign in & Continental Breakfast

 

8:00 – 8:45  Introduction

·      What is Tai Chi?

o   Brief History and Background

o   Definitions – Demystifying Tai Chi Terminology

·      Specifics of Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Programs

o    History and medical background

·      Relevance in today’s practice

o   Center for Disease Control

o   American Arthritis Foundation

o   NIH

o   Mayo Clinic

o   Silver & Fit

o   Medicare

·      Tai Chi demonstration

·      Pre-test

 

8:45 – 9:30  Movement Lab I: Introduction to Tai Chi Principles 1 & 2a

·      Body Alignment

·      Smooth Continuous movement

 

9:30 – 9:45 Learning Key Concepts

·      Ensuring Safety

·      Applying modifications for various disabilities

·      70% Rule as it relates to safety and healing injury

·      Mental Imagery; a key component in recovery and in Tai Chi

·      Yin/Yang for balance

·      Efficient muscle firing: Iliopsoas vs. quadriceps

 

 

 

9:45 – 10:30 Movement Lab II: Tai Chi Principles 2b & 3

·      Weight Transference

o   Stepping and Kicking with Iliopsoas

o   Maintaining COG over leg

o   Single leg stance

·      Moving against a gentle resistance

 

10:30 – 10:45  AM Break

 

10:45 – 11:15 Internal Principles: Dan Tian Breathing

·      Open/Close

·      Abdominal Breathing

·      Balloon Activity/Supine breathing

·      Dan Tian breathing and it’s health benefits

o   The deep back stabilizers

o   Activation of pelvic floor muscles

o   Breathing and the lymphatic system

 

11:15 – 12:00 Movement Lab III: Putting Principles Together

·      Tai Chi Walk – Weight transference & body alignment

o   External Principles 1-3

·      Tai Chi Stance – songing the joints; proprioceptive feedback

·      Silk Reeling –

o   Smooth continuous movement

o   Moving against a gentle resistance

·      Internal Principle: Dan Tian breathing

 

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch

 

1:00 – 1:45 – Movement Lab IV: Intro to QiGong; Upper Body

·      Linking TC Form and Principle to Function:

ADL – Sit to Stand

o   Circling; holding ball (seated)

o   Moving forward; shifting weight,

o   Push feet down into ground

o   Chair – Stool – Full Standing

Reverse for Stand to Sit

 

1:45-2:30 – Movement Lab V: QiGong; Lower body

·      Reaching, ADLs, lower body dressing

·      Laundry tasks

·      Picking up items off of floor

 

2:30 – 2:45 – Afternoon break

 

2:45-3:45  Application and Group activity: Applying the principles

Index cards activity:

·      Assigned clinical settings

·      Applying to a variety of diagnoses and disabilities

·      Problem solving and demonstrating case study application

 

3:45 – 4:15 – Documentation/Discussion/Closing Questions

 

4:15 – 4:30 – Pre/Post Test