On November 7, 2011, Ji Hong Tai Chi Richmond Hill School was invited to participate at the 4th Annual Action Ontario Symposium at Downtown Toronto.  The conference was organized by Action Ontario which is a non-profit organization made up of doctors and researchers dedicated to help Ontarians with chronic pain and improve their well-being.

At the symposium, May Rahnema explained that tai chi is a low impact exercise that is accessible to almost anyone regardless of one’s fitness level.  Tai chi is thus frequently recommended as a complementary therapy to the conventional treatment of pain and disease.  However, correct practice of tai chi is very important, not just for chronic pain patients, but also for prevention of injury.  Therefore, it is very important to choose a good tai chi school. The instructors must be able to understand the ability of their students and make adjustments to suit individual needs, and to teach the proper tai chi techniques.

Julie Feldman, a chronic pain patient and one of the students at our school, talked about her personal experience with tai chi, how she improved her strength and muscle control, and agility after taking lessons at our school.

As part of the presentation, May Rahnema, Brian Netsky, Jenny Chin and Helen Lau demonstrated Yang Style tai chi to the audience.