The ancient principles of Tai Chi Chuan have become well renowned for their remarkable healing capacity. Practiced by Taoist Monks for over 4,700 years, Tai Chi Chuan embodies coordinated breath with motion and the associated circulation of “chi” or energy. Combined with Taoist Meditation, Tai Chi teaches the essential principles to healthy life. Taoism emphasizes the importance of cherishing the body, mind, and spirit, while being in balance with and cherishing nature. The five elements, earth, water, tree, fire, and metal are considered sacred and essential in the process of cultivating and moving chi.
According to the Chinese, much of pain and discomfort stem from, “chi,” or energy blocks. Chi, which flows with the blood, can become blocked resulting in injury, disease, or overall imbalance. Learning to move energy and allow it to circulate freely throughout the body can, essentially, empower individuals to heal themselves. Tai Chi has been effectively therapeutic in students plagued with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, cancer, chronic fatigue, stress disorders, depression, ADHD, and a variety of physical injuries and limitations. One of the central principles taught in Tai Chi is the power within each individual and his/her intrinsic ability to determine their own fate.
Tien Shan Pai style Kung-Fu originated in the Tien Shan Mountains of China, over 3,000 years ago. Tien Shan Pai is considered one of the most unique and well-rounded systems because it embodies so many aspects of the arts. This system includes choreographed two man sets, shaolin, praying mantis, and weapon forms which help students to develop the acrobatic nature of the arts, while achieving the highest level of self-control and concentration.
Eileen Wheeler recently relocated from the D.C. area, where she studied Yang style Tai Chi, Tien Shan Pai style Kung-Fu, and Taoist Meditation for over 18 years. She has been teaching for over 12 years and feels that as a disciple it is only logical for her to share her knowledge of the martial arts. Classes are very traditional and emphasize both the physical and mental aspects of the arts. Eileen plans to contact healthcare professionals in the community in order to make the healing modalities of Tai Chi available to people of all physical levels.
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