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Tai Chi for Arthritis  and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention,  Seated TCA,  TCA 2 Instructor Certification workshops.   

Just For Fun Pricing for all Tai Chi enthusiasts

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Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop February 4-5, 2016 Tucson, AZ

Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop  Tucson, AZ

These workshops are designed for certification of new instructors and to update existing instructors, to safely and effectively offer classes in their community.

  1. Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention (core Tai Chi for Health Program)

An application form, questionnaire, and release will be sent to all who register.
All participants will receive a certificate; however,only participants who fulfill the requirements
will be certified to teach this program.

This Workshop is designed for:
Tai chi students or teachers
Fall prevention professionals
Physical / Occupational therapists
Exercise instructors
Arthritis educators or individuals working
with arthritis programs
Sports medicine professionals
Other health care professionals
Rheumatology professionals
Other individuals interested in tai chi

CEU Credits –2 day workshop 14 credits
(TCAFP) 3-day workshop 21 credits -contact
hours for CEUs for Physical Therapists (PTs &
PTAs), Occupational Therapists (OTs and
OTAs), Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical
Nurses (LPN), Licensed Mental Health Technicians
(LMHT), & American College of Sports
Medicine Certified Professionals (ACSMP).
$30 extra charge for CEU Certificate

An abundance of current medical research shows the practice of tai chi has excellent health benefits and very low risk of injury. Because of this, many doctors are recommending it to their patients. This has increased the demand for classes and instructors. Most facilities require certification of their instructors.

2. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2.

Instructor Certification.   Additional Tai chi movements include the key forms in traditional sun style.  Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching mehtodology, how to teach TCA / TCAFP effectively. This is a great workshop for taking next steps once you are comfortable with TCA / TCAFP, a way to offer participants more breadth and depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention.

3. Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

Instructor Certification. Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching methodology, how to teach effectively for seated participants.

Workshop Details
My workshop dates are listed on my website on  Upcoming Events
Registration Fee includes certificate, tea & light snacks.
Resource material not included but can be purchased at Registrants receive 20% workshop attendee discount with their order (promo code given upon registration).
Teaching Tai Chi Effectively (book)
Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD (2 DVD set)
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis (DVD)
It is required that participants have or purchase and study the DVD(s) and book prior to the workshop.

About the Instructor

Heather Chalon, MPH, Master Trainer, based in Tucson, AZ, began her tai chi and qigong journey while living in China in the mid-1980s. She has been teaching for two decades. She is an expert in Wu Style Tai Chi chuan, Universal Healing Tao practices, and as a Public Health Consultant, has been working with Dr. Paul Lam since 2011 bringing the health benefits of tai chi, specifically Sun Style, to Arizona, the Southwestern US, and beyond.

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention?
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (TCA;FP), designedby Australian family physician Paul Lam and a team
of tai chi and medical experts, is based on the Sun style tai chi. TCA is easy to learn, effective, and safe, yet has much depth for more advanced learners. Clinical and research studies show this program to be safe and effective for people with arthritis. It is also endorsed by the CDC as one of their recommended Fall Prevention programs and is one of the highest level evidence based programs of the Agency on Aging.

Seated Tai Chi Training February 6, 2016 Tucson AZ

Seated Tai Chi Training  Tucson AZ

Common Benefits of Tai Chi
Fall Prevention
Better balance and coordination
Builds muscle strength & stamina
Improves posture & biomechanics
Improves circulation
Enhances Immune System
Enhances flow of energy
Promotes flexibility
Improves stress management
Anyone can benefit from coming to this workshop whether you plan to teach or not… You will enjoy learning this beautiful set of tai chi.

Registration / Payment
Register for one or both workshops online at Payment details will be sent upon registration.

Questions? Contact Workshop Facilitator Heather Chalon, MPH at


TCAFP        $250/2 days.
Add TCA + $50 (pre-workshop assignment due April 3)

Update/recert $150.  (Day 2 required, recommend both days.  Same price.)

Just for Fun $125

TCA 2        $150              JFF $75

STCA         $150              JFF $75


4 Days,certs $400

TCAFP + 1 day $375


Proof of current CPR is required for re-certification and TCHI Board Certified Instructor status.

If there is enough interest a CPR/BLS class can be offered on one of the evenings. $30.

Updates – $40 per update.  Assignments completed 10 days prior to workshop, or with approved exception.  currently available updates from Heather Chalon, MT – Tai Chi for Arthritis, TCA for Fall Prevention, TCA 2, Seated TCA.

Professional continuing education credits (CEUs) are offered for all workshops.  14 CEUs for the two day workshop $30 / 6.5 CEUs for each of the one day workshops $15 per day.

Detailed directions and hotel information will be sent to all registered participants.
(contact Heather if you are interested in shared housing accommodations…)

Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders, Sun Style. Tai Chi principles for all styles

Like to organize a Skill Builder in your area?  Just ask.   Tai Chi for Arthritis (including Seated and TCA Part 2), Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Heart Conditions, Tai Chi for Energy, Sun 73,  Wu Style, Inner Structure of Tai Chi,  Qigong as a tool for developing Tai Chi skills.

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 Currently,  in lieu of the typical 4 hour Skill Builders,  since there are January and February 2-day workshops to join in Tucson, which will offer opportunities for skills development,  I am offering a  a “Just for Fun” basis with a special fee.  Instructor Certification in Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai chi for Heart Conditions,  and Tai Chi for Arthritis Updates/Re-Certificaiton are available. 

See Upcoming events.  

Watch this space as new dates are posted for Tai Chi Skill builder workshops – half day events.

General  INFO:

Tai chi Skill Builder trainings:  1/2  day practice sessions designed to help participants develop their skills in Tai Chi  and teaching tai chi health programs. 

Mentorship for TCHI Instructors at the following public classes with Heather
Tai Chi for Health,  Balance, Falls Prevention
St Philips in the Hills Church.  4440 N Campbell Road, Tucson.  Music Hall.  Mondays and Thursdays 9-10am.  Mentorship available on Thursdays.
Library Classes.  see list

Instructors seeking mentorship, contact Heather at to make your interest known. Together we will develop a plan.


9 Reasons to Try Tai Chi and Qigong, says Rodale Press

These movements may look simple, but they unlock some major health benefits.

Tao Healing Arts

Heather Chalon
Teacher: Tai Chi, Qigong

Myth: You have to get your heart pounding and sweat glands pouring to get any kind of benefit from exercise. Fact: Even gentle forms of exercise like tai chi, or t’ai chi, and qigong can have major health benefits, according to research by Sala Horowitz, PhD, published in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies.
“T’ai chi and qigong are traditional Chinese mind-body disciplines that have gained popularity in the West for their health benefits,” says Horowitz. “These interrelated practices have also received attention from researchers as complementary and alternative exercises for promoting overall well-being, as a fall-prevention strategy, and as adjunct therapies for addressing a wide range of conditions.”
Not only are doctors and researchers recommending these meditative practices to their patients, but they’re also doing them themselves. Both of the authors of Ultimate Immunity, Elson Haas, MD, and Sondra Barrett, PhD, have practiced tai chi and qigong, respectively, for more than 20 years each. “More than 20 years ago, I decided to study qigong,” says Barrett. “I found a qigong master in San Francisco and studied with him to explore the energy of qi. In all this time, I’ve rarely caught a cold or the flu.”
Most Westerners are more familiar with tai chi, however its origin is in its 5,000-year-old parent qigong. As practiced in the U.S., they are often interchangeable.
What Is Tai Chi
“Tai chi, a martial art that originated in China from qigong, emphasizes long, slow, continuous movements along with breathing and meditation,” says Haas. The meditative state of this soft martial art comes from paying attention to the sequence of movement and keeping the body and mind present in the movement.
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“As with yoga, there are many different forms of tai chi,” says Sondra, “and medical research has demonstrated that when people who are 55 years or older practice tai chi, they can improve their balance, mobility, mood, and immune health.”
The Benefits of Tai Chi
Improves Balance and Prevent Falls
According to Horowitz, tai chi is recommended by the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society to prevent falls because it targets balance, gait, and strength. This has been found to be true in healthy seniors as well as older adults with Parkinson’s disease, adults recovering from a stroke, and patients treated for distal symmetric polyneuropathy.
Improves Immunity
Tai chi has favorable effects on cell-mediated immune parameters and antibody responses, cites Horowitz. This finding doesn’t surprise the authors of Ultimate Immunity because of its connection to balance improvement. Haas explains, saying, “If you’re afraid of losing your balance, you’ll be less likely to be physically active, which is essential to your immune health.”
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Improves Heart Health
Various studies have found that tai chi can help lower high blood pressure, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, cites Horowitz.
Improves Quality of Life
Aerobic exercise may be able to improve your mood, but tai chi takes it to the next level. Horowitz cites studies that show that tai chi improves self-efficacy (or the belief that you have the ability to achieve your goals), locus of control (or the belief that you control the outcome of your life versus uncontrolled, external forces), and hope.
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Lessens Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal condition characterized by pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance. Rather than load up on painkillers and sleeping pills, Horowitz cites research finding that tai chi not only reduces the pain from fibromyalgia, but it also reduces the number of tender points and fatigue.
Improves Your Mind and Outlook
The mental benefits for tai chi include improved cognitive function, reduced ADHD symptoms, and reduced depression and anxiety. In fact, Horowitz points out that medication plus tai chi is a better treatment for anxiety than medication alone, and that adding the physical component reduces rates of relapse.
What Is Qigong?
“Qigong, the 5,000-year-old parent of tai chi, is a series of meditative movements that emphasize the cultivation and balance of qi (chi), or vital energy,” says Barrett.
Haas explains that according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, qi flows through the channels of the body called meridians and a blockage or imbalance of this energy can result in illness.
Qi is stored in three “cauldrons” in the body called the dantiens, “The lower dantien is about two inches below your navel, deep inside, and is said to be the primary storage area where qi energy can be built. The heart-center area (the middle dantien) holds another quality of qi thought to be more the emotional center, and the upper dantien, on your forehead (the third eye area), holds “shen,” or spiritual qi,” says Barrett. She explains that we can feel qi the easiest in palms of our hands.
Even if you don’t take stock in this approach, there are still benefits to the practice. (Going only by this list, it might seem like there are fewer benefits to this practice, but that’s only because in the U.S., tai chi is more commonly practiced, so there’s more data.)
The Benefits of Qigong
Reduces Frailty
It’s a stereotype that the elderly population is fragile—one that those who practice qigong don’t fit into. Horowitz cites research that found that previously frail individuals improved their grip strength, heart rate, and overall health by starting a qigong practice.
Reduces Pain
Qigong is good for all kinds of pain, according to Horowitz. It reduces chronic neck pain, pain from osteoarthritis, and pain from fibromyalgia.
Improves Mood
Stress can really crush a good day. That’s why it’s not surprising that Horowitz found that qigong, which reduces biological markers of stress, also improves mood.
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Try It: The Core Wave
Not sure if your body will agree with tai chi or qigong? Try this core wave movement from Ultimate Immunity. (Note: While this movement should be performed standing, it can be adapted to sitting or lying down.)
Bring your hands below your lower dantien (below your navel) with palms facing down. Move them toward your sides, keeping them in front of your body. Lift your arms and hands until they’re chest high. Lift and lower. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your arms soft and rounded. You may feel your back getting into the motion; go ahead and gently bend your knees and rise up. You are indeed doing wavelike movements.

Illustration Credit: Michael Gellatly