tai chi for rehabilitation level ii course outline

Preparation: (2 hours)

 

1. 1 hour of reading homework

·      As part of registration, participants will be provided, upon registration, with the book: Essential Concepts of Tai Chi by William Ting.  Participants are required to read the following pages as preparation for this Level II workshop:

o   Chapter Three – Fundamental Principles of Correct Tai Chi Practice

 

2. 1 hour of case study homework

·      Participants are to prepare a case study based on their use of Tai Chi as a therapeutic exercise with one of their patients since attending the last workshop.  Sample will be provided to participants for appropriate format and contents.

 

Day One: 8 – 3:30 (6 Contact hours)

 

Review of Forms and Principles (4 hours)

·      7:30 – 8:00 Registration and breakfast

·      8:00-8:30 Introduction and Discussion

o   Examples of therapeutic use of Tai Chi since first course

o   Questions

·      8:30 – 9:15 Movement Lab I:

o   Review of Principles through movement: Dr. Paul Lam’s warm-up:

§  External Principles

·      Postural Alignment

·      Continuous movement

·      Moveing against a gentle resistance

·      Weight transference

§  Internal Principles

·      Dan Tian breathing

·      Jing – serenity of mind

·      Song – expanding/gentle traction to the joints

·      9:15 – 9:30 Small group practice/refinement/questions

§  Refinement of movement

§  Feedback and corrections to postural misalignments

·      9:30 – 10:15 Moving through Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Form

o   The importance of Waving Hands in Clouds

§  Lateral stepping

§  Lateral weight shift

§  Contralateral movement

§  Shoulder girdle stabilization

§  Internal rotation around COG

·      10:15 – 10:30 Break

·      10:30 – 11:15 Movement Lab: Warm up and Form- Modifications

o   How to modify for various diagnoses and disabilities

o   How to modify for specific therapeutic benefit

·      11:15 – 11:30 Applying the Principles

o    Writing down the principles

§  Movement pattern = which principle = therapeutic application/diagnosis

·      11:30 – 11:45 Tai Chi Walk

o   Forward Weight Shift

o   Stepping with 90 degree angle of force/Emptying and Filling

o   Moving around the Dan Tian (COG)

§  Eye Gaze

§  How to Modify the Tai Chi Walk for various disabilities

§  Applying Tai Chi Walk to:

·      Hip Fx

·      CVA

·      Vestibular Disorder

·      11:45 – 12:00 Half day wrap up

o   Questions and Answers

·      12-1 Lunch

 

1-3:30 Deepening Application (2.0 contact hours)

 

·      1-2:00 Review of homework case studies

§  Small group discussions and assimilation of case study experience

§  Large group discussion and assimilation of case study experience

·      2:00 – 2:15 Break

·      2-3:15 Case Study-application of Tai Chi Principle(s) through movement:

o   Apply and demonstrate the following for each individual case study

§  Use of one warm up movement to address deficit

·      explain principle used and its therapeutic relevance

§  Use of one tai chi form movement to address deficit;

·      explain principle used and its therapeutic relevance

§  Modification of one form to promote therapeutic benefit and improved safety

·      3:15 – 3:30 Wrap up and Cool Down exercise

 

 

Day Two

 

8-12:15 Deepening Therapeutic Principles (4 Contact hours)

 

·      7:30 – 8:00 Registration and breakfast

·      8:00 – 9:00 Discussion & Movement Lab: Deepening Understanding of Tai Chi principles:

o   24 Postural “musts” Upper Body

o   Applying upper body Postural “musts” in QiGong: Upper Body

·      9:00 – 9:45 Documentation

o   Participants will complete documentation activity based on their case study;

o   Review and constructive feedback on documentation samples

·      9:45 – 10:30  Movement Lab: Deepening Understanding of Tai Chi Principles: L

o   24 Postural “musts” Lower Body

o   Applying upper body Postural “musts” in QiGong: Lower Body

·      10:30 – 10:45 Break

·      10:45 – 11:30 Movement Lab: Deepening Understanding of TC Principles;

o   Putting it together; Applying the “24 Musts” to the Tai Chi Walk

o   Upper and Lower Body principles through Qigong

·      11:00- 11:30 Small Group Activity: Application

o   Practice and apply 3 of the “24 Musts” to a assigned patient scenario

·      11:00-11:45 Movement Lab: Putting it together and Review

o   Warm up

o   Use of Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Form Set to review:

§  Modifications

§  Postural Musts

§  Weight transference and COG

·      11:45 – 12:15 Wrap up/Review & Discussion/Post Test