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Tai Chi Therapy originated in June 2008 when Bill Chesnic met Dr. John Ruberto at a VA meeting for PTSD. John brought his skills as a Naprapathic doctor and "master" of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong, and Bill brought his experience with 'recovery principles' and his passion for resuming his Tai Chi training. The two worked together weekly and by 2013 John formally recognized Bill's capacity to extract and teach the healing aspects of Tai Chi Chuan by inducting him into the American Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the special contributions he believed Bill could make to and for the Martial Art community. See more about this in the Album titled Teachers at TaiChiTherapy on Facebook.
After reading Peter Wayne's book "The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi," Bill attended four three day workshops taught by Peter at his Tree of Life Tai Chi Studio in Boston. This training and interaction with other practitioners added further credibility to John's teachings and Bill's personal 'healing experiences' with Tai Chi which ultimately lead him to advocate for Tai Chi as an ideal health and wellness practice and establishing Tai Chi Therapy.
Because there is no recognized certification for Tai Chi, Bill chose to pursue a nationally recognized certification as a Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine . This additional training has better enabled Bill to teach his students how and why Tai Chi is a safe and effective conditioning program as well as prepare Bill to interact with health care providers if required or desired.
Tai Chi Therapy is, therefore, a hybrid of Eastern Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Western principles of Sports Medicine as an adjunct to corrective therapy and preventative health and wellness teachings.
Bills' vision is to create and nurture a body of like-minded Tai Chi practitioners to spread health and wellness in his community.