IRQTC Level 2

Neck & Shoulders AND Pulmonary Health Certifications

Take advantage of this once only opportunity to get TWO IRQTC Level 2 certifications simultaneously!

Normally level 2 certifications are offered just one at a time, however, with the help of several highly motivated Fundamentals graduates we have decided to offer an exclusive track to obtain certifications both in Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Neck & Shoulders and Qigong for Pulmonary Health at the same time.

In addition, we’ve geared the Qigong for Pulmonary Health program training to specifically address balance enhancement strategies!


In today’s health care climate of reduced payment for services, holistic treatment paradigms focused on stimulating normal autonomic and integrated physiological function have become necessary for effective healing.

The ancient practices of Qigong & Tai Chi, which are typified by slow, graceful movements and coordinated breathing have been shown in health related research to enhance physical function as well as emotional and psychological wellbeing in people suffering with chronic neck, shoulder, and pulmonary health conditions. More than just movement practices however, Qigong & Tai Chi are also steeped in an ancient philosophy advocating balance and harmony in all areas of life.


Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Neck & Shoulders (overview)

Millions of people are affected each year by neck and shoulder pain from conditions including spinal stenosis, disc herniation, rotator cuff injury, impingement syndromes, adhesive capsulitis, traumatic fractures, and post surgical issues.

The Rehabilitative Tai Chi for Neck & Shoulders program focuses on a comprehensive set of core practices including gentle movement, coordinated breathing, mindfulness, and self-massage designed to enhance pain-free range of motion, strength, coordination, endurance as well as ameliorating chronic disease symptoms.

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Qigong for Pulmonary Health (overview)

Pulmonary health conditions adversely affect tens of millions of Americans with financial costs exceeding 50 billion dollars annually. Far beyond the numbers, people suffering with respiratory issues frequently experience physical loss of function, balance issues, immune compromise, and debilitating anxiety and depression.

The Rehabilitative Qigong for Pulmonary Health program focuses on a comprehensive set of core practices including gentle movement, coordinated breathing, mindfulness, and self-massage designed to enhance cardiopulmonary and physical function, enhance balance responses for falls prevention, and ameliorate chronic disease symptoms.

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These Rehabilitative Qigong and Tai Chi certification courses are intended for rehabilitation professionals including PTA, PT, OTA, OT, RT, ATC, LMT and Nurses, as well as Qigong & Tai Chi instructors with a focus on bodymind physiology education and multidisciplinary treatment applications through the practices of Qigong & Tai Chi especially as they relate to cervical and shoulder complex chronic pain and dysfunction, Pulmonary health conditions, and improving chronic disease outcomes. This course includes power point presentation, dynamic lecture, an abundance of hands on practice, and is open to all levels of experience.


Neck & Shoulder / Pulmonary Health Combination Course

Prerequisites (include)

  • Completion of the Fundamentals of Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi level 1 (on-demand e-course)
  • Pre-Review of selected research articles:
    • 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-analyses. Br J Sports Med. Published Online First: 2015 Sep 17. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-094388
    • Ding M, Zhang W, Li K, Chen X. Effectiveness of T’ai Chi and Qigong on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2014;20(2):79-86. doi:10.1089/acm.2013.0087.
    • The Effects of Tai Chi and Neck Exercises in the Treatment of Chronic Nonspecific Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.Romy Lauche, Christoph Stumpe, Johannes Fehr, Holger Cramer, Ying Wu Cheng, Peter M. Wayne, Thomas Rampp, Jost Langhorst, Gustav Dobos J Pain. 2016 Sep; 17(9): 1013–1027.
    • The Effectiveness of Tai Chi for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Amanda Hall, Bethan Copsey, Helen Richmond, Jacqueline Thompson, Manuela Ferreira, Jane Latimer, Chris G. Maher Phys Ther. 2016 Sep 15


Certification Requirements (Include successful completion of:)

  • 30 question multiple-choice examination with 70% proficiency
  • Respective passage of:
    • practicum with 9 out of 12 observed key Qigong for Pulmonary Health elements
    • practicum with 18 of 27 observed key Tai Chi for Neck & Shoulders elements
  • Student self assessment form
  • Course evaluation


This course has been approved for 23 CCU’s by the Federal State Board of Physical Therapy


Training Logistics

This exclusive, small group double certification is limited to 10 people and in order to cover all of the material will be taught in two phases.


Phase 1:

Live On-line virtual Zoom Conference call (October 27/2018 10am-4:30pmEST)

  • 6.5 hour training to cover all the lecture material of both certifications
  • Training is recorded and available for students to download for lifetime reference
  • Real time lecture, discussion, and Q&A
  • Super easy and convenient
  • You will receive the video conference link one week before the training
  • Please see for connection requirements














Phase 2:

Live In-Person 2 Day Training (Burlington, VT:November 9-10/2018)

Two 8-hour trainings including

  • Complete coverage of all components for both Neck & Shoulder/QPH programs
  • Small group practice to optimize skills and get personalized support
  • Course manual
  • Streaming/DVDs of programs
  • Beautiful workshop studio at Sacred Mountain Studio in downtown Burlington, VT


Link to Course Objectives & Syllabus

Link to Instructor Bio

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”



Because we are offering these trainings in tandem the registration cost is greatly reduced! Normally two IRQTC level 2 certifications would cost $1,394, however for this training the tuition is only:

Tuition = $1394

Single-payment option – $897

Two-payment option – $497 (please email to arrange)


Tuition Includes:

  • All lectures and programming
  • Snacks/coffee/tea
  • Course manual
  • Recorded lectures
  • Streaming/DVD programs
  • Completion certificate
  • IRQTC website listing