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Become a Tai Chi for Health Instructor

Ellsworth –  Healthy Acadia is excited to host Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) and Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 (TCA2) instructor certification trainings with U.S. Master Trainer Patricia Lawson on October 20-22, 2017, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth. Instructor certification in TCA and TCA2 will be offered, as well as certification updates. Although previous tai chi experience is not essential, suitable participants include:

Physical therapists and occupational therapists
Tai chi teachers and advanced students
Exercise instructors and personal trainers
Professionals seeking a continuing education experience

Based on the Sun style of tai chi, Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) is a Tai Chi for Health program that features a set of 12 gentle moves developed by Dr. Paul Lam and his team of medical and tai chi experts to improve flexibility, energy and muscle strength; increase heart/lung activity; align posture and improve balance; and integrate the mind and body. TCA2 is an exciting set of 9 additional moves for those seeking to enhance their practice. It contains more sophisticated moves and subtle changes in direction to expand the practitioner’s knowledge of tai chi and tai chi principles.

Tai Chi for Health programs are safe and effective for people of all levels of ability. Thousands of people around the world have gained health benefits from the TCA programs. Many scientific studies have shown that TCA relieves pain, improves quality of life, and helps people feel better. Studies have also shown that regular TCA practice of two hours per week greatly improves balance and reduces fall risk; that is why the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends it for this purpose. TCA is endorsed by many Arthritis Foundations, including in the USA, Australia and UK.

Qualified participants who successfully complete the courses will be accredited by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach these programs.

Tuition fee is $300 per participant for both TCA and TCA2, which includes mandatory copies of the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Arthritis 2 instructional DVDs. Alternatively, participants may opt to attend a single (TCA or TCA2) two-day training at a cost of $225, or single certification updates (one day) for either TCA or TCA2 at a cost of $125 ($25 additional fee if re-certifying in both TCA and TCA2).
First time participants are also required to have a copy of Dr. Lam’s book, Teaching Tai Chi Effectively. If you do not already have the book, a copy will be mailed to you, with your reading assignments, for an additional $18.
To register or for more information, contact Nina Zeldin at nina@healthyacadia.org or 667-7171. TCA and TCA2 are each approved for 13 credits from the American College of Sports Medicine and other licensing agencies. Call Patricia at 772-260-3365 for CEU information.

About the Instructor

Patricia Lawson has practiced martial arts for over 40 years, and tai chi for over 20 years. A Tai Chi Gold and Silver medalist, she began her study of Yang style tai chi under Sifu Jack Kutsenkow of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also earning her Black Belt in Kung Fu under his guidance and instruction. In 1999, Patricia learned about the Tai Chi for Arthritis program, which she studied under Paul Lam, M.D., eventually earning Master Trainer certification. Formerly the President of the Tai Chi for Health Community Association, Patricia teaches in the Florida Treasure Coast area, and with a team of Master Trainers provides USA Instructor training workshops, under the direction of Paul Lam, M.D.

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