Since her accreditation in 2001, Kathy has taught in recreation centers, community centers, health centers, fitness centers and hospitals, as well as working with seniors in their assisted living facilities. Kathy has given presentations on the benefits of T’ai Chi Chih practice to osteoporosis and breast cancer support groups, as well as a nursing conference, to spread awareness in the medical community about the many benefits of T’ai Chi Chih to medical professionals, to their patients, and to their patients’ other caregivers. She has also written a number of articles for the Vital Force Journal.
Medical issues have forced Kathy to suspend her teaching activities more than once. Each illness was a life-changing experience that taught her to accept what is, and to be grateful for all that she has. And her T’ai Chi Chih practice showed her that when doubts and fears creep in, she should let go and “allow the Chi”. Throughout her diagnoses, treatments and recoveries, Kathy found her T’ai Chi Chih practice to be extremely helpful in calming herself, making important decisions, managing her pain, initiating and prolonging sleep, regaining her mobility, and keeping her spirits up.
Kathy has seen firsthand how stress can affect her health, and how even a few minutes a day of relaxation and “letting go” can help her to open to the intrinsic healing power of her body. An inner serenity and an inner strength have helped her through many things. Kathy employs an integrative approach to her own healthcare, and her T’ai Chi Chih practice is an important part of that. She believes her T’ai Chi Chih practice has helped her to be more in sync with the Universe, more open to its possibilities, better able to relax and let things unfold as they are meant to. It has taught her to find her center, rest in the stillness, and trust in the Wisdom of the Universe. She has learned to listen to her body, trust her instincts, and take charge of her own healing. Health is not a destination – it is an ongoing journey. We need to heal our whole selves, body, mind, and spirit, not just cure a disease.
Though she does not currently have classes, Kathy teaches both beginner groups and continuing students, standing or seated. T’ai Chi Chih is generally done standing, but sometimes, because of age, illness or injury, standing to do the movements is difficult. Seated T’ai Chi Chih allows the movements to be performed gently and safely, while still providing many of the benefits of the standing form.
With 35 years in the telecommunications industry, while keeping a home and raising a child, Kathy understands how busy life can be and how important it is to make time for ourselves. Knowing what T’ai Chi Chih has done for her, Kathy is motivated to teach the techniques to others and help them achieve the kinds of benefits she has experienced.