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The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Certified as ATCQA Teaching Center
November 20, 2012 -
In recognition of the 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, American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA) certified the Burke Hospital as one of its official Teaching Centers.

Only organizations that meet the strict requirements set forth by ATCQA can receive this authorization. The requirements are comprehensive, covering the teachers (being ATCQA certified), the details of programs offered, the physical facility, and a commitment to serving the diversified needs of a community. All Tai Chi and Qigong classes and workshops at Burke are taught or directly supervised by Sifu Gene Nelson, owner of The Empire Tai Chi Group. Gene is an ATCQA level-III certified teacher and serves on the national advisory board of the ATCQA.

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".

Located in White Plains, NY, The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County, NY 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.

The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital offers between 10 and 12 weekly Tai Chi and Qigong classes, available during the mornings, afternoons, evening and Saturday. These classes include comprehensive instruction in traditional Tai Chi, Balance specific classes, programs for Special Populations including; those individuals with Parkinson's disease, recovering stroke patients and individuals with other neurological disorders, as well as those 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.

For additional Information pertaining to Tai Chi and Qigong classes and workshops offered through Burke contact, Heather Massimo at 914-597-2578.




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