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Therapeutic Tai Chi & Qigong

An Intensive Training for Health Professionals

September 07, 2014 – September 12, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
Jim Russo
SM14-4605-782Jim Russo,

We are no longer taking online registrations for this workshop.

 This 5-day experiential training covers the application of traditional tai chi and qigong for health and healing. We explore the relationship between specific movements and the body organs and systems. Special focus is given to the clinical needs of hospital patients and health-care clients, including cardiac rehab, stroke rehab, subacute clinical recovery, postoperative issues, physical therapy, occupational therapy, gait and balance training, and sleep disorders.

Through demonstration and hands-on practice, we undergo intensive training in traditional qigong during three classes each morning, and traditional tai chi chuan in the afternoon and evenings. We also practice the Tai Chi Ruler, a rare healing art form that is not being taught anywhere else on the East Coast. You return home with tools for clinical practice and improved health.

No tai chi or qigong experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for health-care professionals and for those interested in the healing effects of tai chi and qigong.

Upon completion of this intensive, hands-on training, participants will be able to:

  • Perform and teach basics of traditional medically-focused Qi Gong, including:  Eight Brocades Qi Gong, Three Treasures Qi Gong, Tai Chi Qi Gong, Ten Taoist Exercises, Eight Essentials Qi Gong, Special Cardiac Qi Gong Set, and Tai Chi
  • Explain and prescribe traditional Qi Gong exercises for specific organs and conditions.
  • Describe, perform and prescribe acupressure self-massage, including specific practices for the following loci & conditions:  major acupuncture channels, eyes, lungs, heart, other internal organs, insomnia, fevers, pneumonia (lung collapse), including pediatric version, spine, and joints.
  • Perform first section of traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. 


Continuing Education
  • NCBTMB - Bodyworkers and Massage Therapists +$35
  • NATABOC - Fitness/Athletic Trainers +$35
  • BRN/ANCC - Nurses +$35
More Information

NATABOC Level: Essential

Limited enrollment; register early.

To enhance your experience, faculty suggests that you consider obtaining some or all of the following items:

  • T’ai Chi Ch’uan for Health & Self-Defense: Philosophy & Practice

This is a book by T.T. Liang, widely available.  The Omega bookstore carries it.  It’s available from Amazon.  The paperback retails for about $6.

  • Taijiquan Explained

A book by Alex Dong.  This is privately printed and will be available at the Omega bookstore or through the author’s online store.  Cost is $45 plus shipping.

  • Qigong Essentials for Health Promotion

A book by Jiao Guorui, published by China Reconstructs Press.  Unfortunately, this book is out of print and no longer easily available.  But it does turn up periodically on eBay or Amazon and is really the best book out there on the subject.

None of the above is mandatory, but all are recommended. Please feel free to get in touch with David Saltman if you have any questions or concerns.

Things to Bring:
  • Tai Chi Ruler

This is a handmade wooden object used in the practice of the same name, which for centuries was taught only to the families of the Chinese Emperors.  It measures about 10 inches long and two inches wide.  It’s available on eBay for about $25 plus shipping (search for “Tai Chi Ruler with Center Hole”).  The three fundamental exercises of the Ruler practice do not use the ruler itself, and the other movements can be done without it.  But experience has shown that the ruler really does enhance the practice, people like it, and it’s great as a meditation aid and massage tool.  Also, it’s traditional.

  • Notebook

We’ll be covering a lot of ground pretty intensively, so a reporter’s or stenographer’s notebook might be useful.  You could plan to leave the notebook to the side, and just make notes during the breaks between different sets.

None of the above is mandatory, but all are recommended.

4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.Welcome & Orientation
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.


Jim Russo, a martial arts instructor, has more than 40 years of martial arts training with the focus on the study and practice of internal martial arts. He has donated his time for the past 12 years to sharing his knowledge in qigong and Taoist health preservation techniques to help others fight illness and take back their lives with dignity and control.