APTA Combined Sections Meeting Preconference, Instructor Kristi Hallisy DSc, OCS, CMPT
The Tai Chi Fundamentals® Program (TCF): The first program of its kind, it provides a clear, systematic approach for mastering Tai Chi basics that builds from simple to complex patterns of movement. Integrates mind/body components of Tai Chi with clinical overview, movement analysis, therapeutic & functional applications. Provides a prequel to a lineage tai chi form, and creates a bridge between Tai Chi and the medical model.
Program Elements: movements taught in a motor development progression. Includes simple movements that can be practiced with walkers and have been modified for wheelchair use. Includes three elements:
Movement Patterns: graded sequence of exercises that reinforce functional movements repeated throughout the Tai Chi form that have applications both as assessment and intervention tools. Includes basic elements of Qi Gong training.
Fundamentals Form: sequence of simple to more complex movements of modified Yang Style Tai Chi.
Mind/Body Principles: foster mind/body integration; enhance breathing, relaxation, sensorimotor skills, proprioception and well-being.
Development: in 1996 by Tricia Yu, MA and Jill Johnson, MS, PT, targeting elements from traditional Tai Chi that enhance balance, coordination, strength and endurance.
The TCF Program has been featured in: PT Journal, Journal of Rehab Management, The Gerontologist, APTA’s GeriNotes, Medline Plus, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Wellness Program Management Advisor, American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal, Massage & Bodywork.