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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Receives National Certification for Tai Chi and Qigong Classes

Released November 9, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY – November 9, 2012 – In recognition of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s high-quality and diversified community-based Tai Chi and Qigong programs, as well as its reputation as a world-class rehabilitation and research center, Burke has been certified as an American Tai Chi and Qigong Association Teaching Center.

Only organizations that meet the strict requirements set forth by ATCQA can receive this certification. The requirements are comprehensive, covering the teachers who all must be ATCQA certified, the details of programs offered, the physical facility and the commitment to serve the diversified needs of its community. All Tai Chi and Qigong classes at Burke are taught or directly supervised by Sifu, Gene Nelson, owner of The Empire Tai Chi Group.  Nelson is an ATCQA level 3 certified teacher, the highest level of certification, and serves on the national advisory board of the ATCQA.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital offers between10 to 12 weekly Tai Chi and Qigong classes, during weekday mornings, afternoons and evenings, and on Saturday.  These classes include comprehensive instruction in traditional Tai Chi, specific classes focusing on balance, programs for special populations including those with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, those recovering from stroke and others with acute balance challenges. In addition, there are regularly scheduled workshops designed to keep the community abreast of the continued empirical evidence being compiled on the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.

 According to Heather Massimo, director of community wellness at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, “The new certification reinforces Burke’s commitment to providing the highest quality fitness options for all community residents, even those with physical limitations or underlying health problems.” For additional Information on Tai Chi and Qigong classes and workshops offered through the Fitness Center at Burke, contact Heather Massimo at 914-597-2578.

The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center.  Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ­treatment, while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury.

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