On April 24, 2010 the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) will co-sponsor San Francisco’s largest Tai Chi event in honor of World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day (WTCQD). Each year, (WTCQD) educates millions worldwide about Tai Chi & Qigong’s benefits and consults health care, corporate, government and educational institutions about integrating these health tools into society at all levels.
Founded by Bill Douglas and endorsed by civic dignitaries and health experts all over the world, this prominent event helps raise awareness about the benefits of using these exercises for health and stress management. World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day brings people together from major cities in 66 nations, across economic and geopolitical lines, to celebrate health and healing.
For centuries, millions of people in China have used Tai Chi and Qi Gong as a form of daily exercise. On April 24th, more Americans will also try to reap the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong: two of the most effective balance and coordination conditioners in the world. The slow and gentle movements and postures of these ancient therapies release blocks in the body’s energy channels and keep muscles strong and supple. The rhythmic movements of the muscles, spine and joints are designed to remove the tense state of muscles to let “Qi,” or vital energy, and blood circulate freely throughout the body.
As a low-impact exercise, Tai Chi is believed to: boost the immune system; slow the aging process; lower blood pressure; reduce the incidence of anxiety, depression, fatigue and overall mood disturbances; minimize the effects of chronic conditions such as allergies and asthma; and improve breathing capacity. Tai Chi has also been recommended as an adjunct therapy for people suffering from chronic pain, AIDS, arthritis, insomnia, asthma, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and psychosomatic illnesses. Other benefits of Tai Chi include building strength, restoring balance, increasing flexibility and reducing stress.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 70 percent of all illness is due to unmanaged stress. Because mind/body therapies such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong can treat or prevent these illnesses, the integration of such modalities into our health institutions could save the United States $700 billion per year, and save trillions per year worldwide. Tai Chi and Qi Gong’s gentle movements and low physical impact make it a great activity for aging bodies, those recovering from injury, young children or people looking to change up their exercise routine.
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, April 24, 2010
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
• Lion Dance Opening Ceremony with Dr Effie Chow, Dignitaries
• Students and Participants, Reading of Proclamations/Letters
• Chow Qigong Warm Up Exercises with Ann Colichidas
• Sifu May Chen – Ohlone College
• Cosmos Power Dr. Hidy Hiroaka and students
• Qigong Healing – Dr. Effie Chow
• Shaolin Temple, San Francisco
• Pacific Wushu – Philip Wong students and children
12:00 noon – 11:00 pm
• Exhibit Hall Opens – Sessions begin at 4 pm, Mr. Mahendra KumarTrivedi
• Gala Evening & Buffet – Grand Cultural Exposition
• Program: Awards Presentation, Remarkable Demonstrations of Instantaneous Healing, Martial Arts, & Music Spectacular Feats Shaolin San Francisco, Qi Gong master
• After Party: Dancing for Life: Qi–Dancing with Masters and more Lindy, DNA Creation Dance, Folk Dance, Ballroom, Swing, Salsa, Hawaiian
Sunday, April 25, 2010
9:00 am – 12:30 pm – Scientific Panel
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Simultaneous Workshops
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Spectacular Closing Ceremony of Congress and Masters’ Blessings
Monday, April 26, 2010
• Post Congress Master Workshops
For more information, please contact:
East West Academy of Healing Arts
Phone: (415) 285-9401
About American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has provided affordable, quality health care to the public and trained professionals in acupuncture, massage and Chinese medicine since 1980. In addition to its graduate curriculum, ACTCM offers continuing education, public education, community outreach and clinical services in acupuncture and herbal medicine. ACTCM has been the recipient of many awards for its curriculum, faculty and clinic, and has been voted “Best of the Bay” by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. ACTCM is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.