Balance Enhancement Specialist Training, BEST

Become a highly credible and confident BodyMind specialist

  • Rapidly stimulate your clients’ natural healing process
  • Apply powerful mindfulness practices with every client
  • Become an expert in applying Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi
  • Transform treatment sessions with energetic manual Tai Chi techniques
  • Accelerate personal and professional growth from an amazing 3-day training with other passionate bodymind professionals.
  • Rediscover meaning and purpose in your work as a rehabilitation professional!

The CDC estimated in 2010 that more than 2.3 million older adults suffered non-fatal falls in the US with an associated cost of 30.4 billion dollars. While physical injuries associated with unintentional falls is easily recognized, the psychological costs are less obvious and often more persistent. Following a fall, up to 50% of people report a subsequent fear of falling with self-imposed restriction of healthy activities, resulting in further functional loss and significant psychological depression.

In today’s health care climate of reduced payment and services, holistic treatment paradigms focused on people as whole beings and reaffirming the value of human relationships becomes necessary for true healing.

The ancient practice of Tai Chi is typified by slow, graceful, and controlled movements, and has been shown repeatedly in health-related research to enhance balance, prevent falls, improve psychological health, and ameliorate chronic diseases. More than just a movement practice, Tai Chi is also a deeply held philosophy advocating balance and harmony in all areas of life.

The Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Balance Enhancement and Improved Functional Outcomes certification course focuses on a comprehensive set of Tai Chi principles including the therapeutic use of mindfulness, functionally progressive form practices, and manual guiding techniques. Following RQTC certifications, students are endowed with a robust philosophy and skill set which allows them to become the BodyMind specialists that naturally radiate healing wherever they go.

The Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Balance Enhancement and Improved Functional Outcomes certification course is intended for rehabilitation professionals including PT, PTA, OT, OTA, LMT, ATC, Nurses, and Tai Chi Instructors with a focus on bodymind physiology education and multidisciplinary treatment applications through the practice of Tai Chi especially as they relate to falls prevention and improving chronic disease outcomes. This course includes power point presentations, dynamic lectures, an abundance of hands-on practice, and is open to all levels of experience.

 

Course Prerequisites Include:

  • Fundamentals of Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi (Level 1)
  • Pre-review of selected research articles.
    • Hackney, M. E., and S. L. Wolf. Impact of Tai Chi Chu’an Practice on Balance and Mobility in Older Adults: An Integrative Review of 20 Years of Research. J Geriatr Phys Ther 37.3 (2014): 127-35. Pub Med. Web.
    • Huang ZG, Feng YH, Li YH, Lv CS. Systematic review and meta-analysis: Tai Chi for preventing falls in older adultsBMJ Open. 2017;7(2):e013661. Published 2017 Feb 6.
    • Chen Y-W, Hunt MA, Campbell KL, et al. The effect of Tai Chi on four chronic conditions-cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysesBr J Sports Med. Published Online First: 2015 Sep 17. 

Certification requirements include successful completion of:

  • 30 question multiple-choice examination with 70% proficiency
  • Group practicum review demonstrating knowledge of 9 out of 12 RQTC Balance Enhancement & Improved Functional Outcomes treatment principles
  • Student self assessment form
  • Course evaluation

 

Praise for IRQTC trainings!

“I have attended seminars conducted by Brian and done on-line IRQTC training. I truly think his approach to treating patients most effectively addresses the mental and physical aspects of rehab and has inspired me to learn more about Qigong and Tai Chi and utilize them when treating all of my patients so that I can provide them with the best possible care.” – Don C. Pape, PT

“Brian’s course was exactly what I was looking for – a western take on how Qigong & Tai Chi work, with anatomy and physiology thrown into the mix. I am a qigong teacher and wanted to expand my abilities to speak to different audiences. Brian put together a great course. He knows his material and has the ability to explain potentially difficult concepts in ways that were easy to grasp. His speaking style and easy manner kept me focused and engaged. It’s great that he is putting together these programs to not only help his clients but to also help other practitioners deepen their practice and understanding.” -Pauline Reid, Qigong / Tai Chi Teacher

“The application of Qigong and Tai Chi into a sound treatment approach and treatment plan. I have found a significant improvement in my R shoulder function with less discomfort since applying the techniques for myself. Brian your course is well organized, thorough and the exercise videos most helpful. It is nice to have all the information on my computer to refer back to. Thank you so much.” – Ted Day, PT

“Brian’s message is life-giving. Incorporating this into your life will be soul soothing.” – Dr. Shallyn MacDonald PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT

“Brian Trzaskos’ skill in sequencing the steps to learning a new skill along with his clear explanations to how the skill (i.e. a qigong form) is beneficial has been most helpful in my own practice and in my Qigong teaching.” -Bob McBrien, PhD  Professor Emeritus Salisbury (Maryland) University.

“Brian Trzaskos is an inspired and inspiring source of answers to so many of the questions I have pondered over the course of my 30 plus year movement therapy career. His knowledge spans an unusually broad range: physiology, neuroscience, Tai Chi/Qigong, pedagogy, coaching.  I have intuitively known there is an important connection among these, but Brian is the first person I have worked with who moves with confidence and clarity among all of them, explaining exactly how they contribute to an increasingly vivid understanding of the human mindbodyspirit.” – Cris Caivano, Movement Therapist, Qigong/Tai Chi Teacher, Author of “Strength Training Over 50”

 

Training Logistics

This exclusive, small group certification is limited to 12 people.

Live In-Person, 3 Day Training

  • March 27-29, 2020
  • Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy
    3 Cerone Commercial Drive
    Albany, NY 12205
    Ph: (518)489-4026

Three 8-hour trainings including

  • Complete coverage of all components for the Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Balance Enhancement & Improved Functional Outcomes program
  • Small group practice to optimize hands on skills and get personalized attention
  • Snacks/coffee/tea
  • Digital course manual and support material
  • Streaming/DVD programs
  • Completion certificate
  • IRQTC website listing
  • Tuition: $697 per student

Refund Policy: Full refunds (minus $50 processing fee) are offered up to 30 days prior to the training. Tuition is transferable to another qualified student. Cancellations with extenuating circumstances may qualify for credit applied to a future training and are determined on a case basis.

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