Physiotherapy Courses

  • Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association

Tai Chi Principles: A System of Balance for Health Professionals

Location: Halifax

Dates: Saturday, April 04, 2020 -

Course Sponsor/Host: Canadian Institute for Mobility and Aging
Location: Halifax
Registration Dates: Open
Registration Fees: $325,00 -Early bird or $365,00 After February 28
Registration Form: Download Form


Tai Chi Principles: A System of Balance for Health Professionals

There is a growing interest in the effectiveness of Tai Chi for improving balance, coordination, pain and mental health. Tai Chi is an ancient physical activity in which several studies have demonstrated that it is an effective, evidence-based exercise in reducing pain related to chronic conditions and prevention of falls through improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength. This is an introductory one day course designed to be of interest and practical use for Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehab Assistants, Nurse, LPN, physicians, recreational therapists, Kinesiologists and students. This course will offer an innovative approach based on a system of balance where the principles of Tai Chi can be applied to your clinical practice.

The course is a combination of theory and demonstration with small group practice of Tai Chi movements and postures. Course content can be applied in different practice settings such as private clinics, hospitals, long term care centres, wellness centres and community health centres. 

Course Objectives:

To learn the principles of Tai Chi. • To explore the concept of a “System of Balance” incorporating both Western and Eastern philosophies. • Discuss the benefits of Tai Chi. • Incorporate Tai Chi principles and movements into clinical practice. • Promote health and wellness through the practice of Tai Chi


Course Content:

• History, Styles and Principles of Tai Chi • Health benefits of Tai Chi • Review of research / evidence-based research about Tai Chi • “System of Balance” • Tai Chi postures and movements • Experiential application of Tai Chi into clinical practice 


Dr. Mirella Veras: Registered physiotherapist in Nova Scotia with a postdoctoral in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Montreal. She has over 19 years of experience as a physiotherapist, including as a clinician, consultant, professor and coordinator of health services. She has a passion for evidence-based exercises to a apply in her clinical practice. She is a certified instructor for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, diabetes. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and Specialist in exercise for pregnancy and postpartum.  She has over 19 years of experience as a clinician, researcher and author of several scientific publications, including co-author of several systematic reviews of the Cochrane Musculoskeletal and Cochrane Public Health Group. She developed an innovative method called Tai Chi System of Balance where she applies principles of Tai Chi adapted to rehabilitation.

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