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Seminar Detail

2-Day: Tai Chi Instructor Certification: Master Restorative Exercises for Functional Rehabilitation and Wellness
Friday, March 13, 2020 - Saturday, March 14, 2020

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Are you tired of using the same old manual therapy techniques or home exercise programs for your patients and still not seeing better results? Looking to infuse your practice with something new, yet evidence-based and reimbursable? Look no further than Tai Chi.

Tai Chi combines gentle and adaptable exercises you can easily use with your clients for a variety of benefits:
  • Improve flexibility and balance to prevent falls
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Strengthen joints and cardiovascular system
  • Decrease chronic pain
  • Recover from injuries and surgeries faster
With pre-workshop study and showing competency at the end of 2 days, you are eligible to be board certified as a Tai Chi for Rehabilitation instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Your course presenter has trained extensively and risen to Master Trainer status, providing you the research, benefits, and most importantly, movements of Tai Chi to incorporate into any patient’s treatment plans. Adding this reimbursable therapy to your toolbox will immediately enable you to provide an additional modality to enhance patients’ stability, flexibility, posture, balance, and coordination.

No experience with Tai Chi is required, as your instructor will teach you the movements step-by-step to ensure you can safely and properly teach others – both in seated and standing format.

Register now for your spot to join the growing movement of Tai Chi certified instructors and be recognized in your clinic and community as an authority in the benefits of Tai Chi.

  1. Analyze the history of Tai Chi principles and practices.
  2. Explain the relevancy of Tai Chi in the rehab clinical setting.
  3. Utilize safety precautions for Tai Chi in rehab.
  4. Apply the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method during treatment.
  5. Teach the movement, body, and internal principles of Tai Chi for effective progress.
  6. Practice the dan tien breathing method to promote relaxation.
  7. Utilize weight transference techniques to improve balance.
  8. Demonstrate Sun style of Tai Chi with application of lab.
  9. Teach modifications for participants of different movement abilities.
  10. Independently apply the basic styles of Sun style of Tai Chi by the end of the course to strengthen clients’ flexibility, core, and balance.
  11. Demonstrate the various Tai Chi movements into a seated position to be used for non-ambulatory patients.
  12. Discuss how to implement a community-wide program teaching others Tai Chi.

  • What the evidence states
  • Ideal for:
    • Geriatrics
    • Non-ambulatory patients
    • Dementia
    • Cancer
    • Stroke
    • PTSD
  • Fall prevention
  • Vertigo, dizziness, and vestibular disorders
  • Lumbopelvic pain
  • Cardiac and pulmonary diagnoses
  • Joint replacements (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle)
  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Hands-on Lab
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Step-by-step instruction of each movement
  • Eight Forms Sequence
  • Cooling down exercises
  • Hands-on Lab
  • Hands-on Lab
  • How to build strength and flexibility for non-ambulatory patients
  • Properly assess patient’s ability to perform movements
  • 3 Keys to keeping clients motivated and engaged
    • Choice theory
    • Positive psychology
    • Mindfulness
  • Coding and billing tips to get the most out of reimbursement
  • Roleplay the Stepwise Progressing teaching method
  • Precautions and modifications
  • Nuts and bolts of designing a community class
  • Demonstrate safe and independent performance of the 8 movements
Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Chiropractors
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Activity Professionals
  • Recreation Therapists
What You Should Wear
  • Loose, comfortable clothing and flat, supportive shoes suitable for exercise


Heather Chalon, MPH, is a Master Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), a member of the Tai Chi for Health Community, and a passionate proponent of Tai Chi for Health programs in her home state of Arizona and beyond. With a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Arizona and her years of Tai Chi training, Heather currently works as a Public Health consultant and Tai Chi advocate for organizations including State and County Departments of Health, Arizona Fall Prevention Coalition, Indian Health Services, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Arizona Oncology, and many more. Her depth of experience has helped people of all ages and stages of life to regain, replenish, and maintain their natural health and vitality, including caregivers, stroke survivors, cancer survivors, and those recovering from surgery, as well as people who have arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Heather Chalon has an employment relationship with the Arizona Department of Health Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Heather Chalon has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Athletic Trainers
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PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 12.5 hours of Category A continuing education.

Exercise Physiologists
ASEP members will earn 10.0 CECs for full attendance at this seminar. The ASEP allows members to earn a maximum of 10 CECs in any one 5 year period.

Nursing Home Administrators
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 12.5 clock hours and 12.5 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours or 1.25 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Arizona Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
The Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy recognizes continuing competence activities that have been approved by any state PT association or national medical/health care association (e.g., AOTA, ASHA). This activity consists of 12.5 clock hours of instruction applicable for physical therapists.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 12.5 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 760 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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