Taiji is the foundation of all my therapeutic knowledge & services. After 6 years of formal study of Hunyuan Taiji, I learned that there was more to taiji then slow-moving dance routines. Taiji’s traditional primary purpose is to develop martial skills and/or healing skills. After those 6 years of study, I realized my primary interest was the healing skills. At the time I didn’t know anyone specifically who taught taiji healing skills so I began my formal studies of the therapeutic arts.
The creator of Hunyuan Taiji said that taiji was the best aspect of at least 18 different martial arts. Taking that as my starting point I explored the therapeutic arts. In my studies and analysis of taiji and the therapeutic arts I have heard comments such as “Taiji is the best form of medicine” and “you should learn taiji it will improve your therapeutic art” yet no one ever seems to explain how or why.
The end result was I took it upon myself to find how the how and why. Therapeutic Taiji is my personal insight into taiji and the therapeutic arts. Therapeutic Taiji includes active relaxation training, training in taiji movements and stances (specifically the 13 skills—shi san shi), assisted movement/stretching, training/instruction in customized self-care and/or partner massage and energy balancing.
At this point in my journey, my intent is to share, discuss and consult through writing, video, education my insights & skills of taiji and the therapeutic arts to help people reduce or relieve their stress and pain. I also intend to teach other professionals, work on collaborative projects, and to create a network, called Taiji Sangha, of professionals to help share their knowledge and skills.