Qigong and Tai Chi have made a dramatic improvement in my life and health since I began learning with Laoshi Andy Lee at TAICHIUSA in 1997. Since then I've studied 8 Treasures Qigong and Tai Chi Ruler with Mr. B. P. Chan and Alvin Fayman, and the 49 Competition and 103 Long Forms of Traditional Yang Famiy Tai Chi Chuan with Master Yang Jun and Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo.
In 2009 I participated in the International Tai Chi Symposium in Nashville, Tennessee with Grandmasters Yang Zhenduo, Chen Zhenglei, Wu Wenhan, Ma Hialong, Sun Yongtian where I had the opportunity to practice the Chen, Wu Hao, Wu and Sun styles of Tai Chi. However, the most thrilling Tai Chi experience I've had so far was when I participated in the 49 Form Demonstration of Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan at the 4th International Invitational Tournament in Shanxi, China with Tai Chi players from all over the world. This was part of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association China Tour of July and August 2012.
I became a Certified Instructor with TAICHIUSA in 2010. I have also received Copper and Silver Eagle Ranking from the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. In addition to playing White Lotus Qigong and the 12, 13, 18, 24 and 103 Tai Chi Forms, I am currently learning the Saber Form and Snake Qigong with Laoshi Andy Lee.
It is a privilege to share the fun and health benefits of Qigong with my students at the Otto Kaufman Senior Center, Montgomery Township, and Tai Chi (the 5, 13 and 49 forms) with motivated, enthusiastic students at the Hillsborough YMCA, Steeplechase Cancer Center of Somerset Medical Center, Woodbridge Community Center, and Quail Brook Senior Center and, of course, TAICHIUSA!
Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish with a working knowledge of French, I am also a NJ Certified massage therapist, professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association and owner of Healing Hands, Calming Touch, Health Supportive Massage Therapy. My integrative, individualized sessions frequently include Shiatsu, Swedish, Polarity, Neuromuscular, Sports and Hot Stone massage modalities, as well as aromatherapy. I am also a member of the massage therapy group at Dillon Gym, Princeton University.
I consider the style of my massage therapy sessions as powered by my Tai Chi practice, as Tai Chi and Qigong help me integrate all the various facets and interests of my life. The challenges and rewards of Tai Chi continue!