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The Healing Arts Center provides everything you need to reach your health and wellness goals. Whether you're seeking acute or chronic pain relief, stress reduction, help with infertility, physical rehabilitation, anti-aging treatments or just plain relaxation, our staff are here to provide safe, effective treatment and classes to help you on your way. Our center's goal is to maximize your body's function, increase energy, give you a higher self-esteem and provide an overall improvement in your quality of life.

We named it the Healing Arts Center because every practitioner on the team has a wide repertoire of integrative techniques and treatments to draw upon. We believe the art of healing is in the creative application of techniques and the mix should always be fresh, responding to the demands of the moment. After all, we believe every patient is unique and every day presents a new challenge that demands our creativity.


The Healing Arts Center of Philadelphia promotes a holistic health approach for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Through our blog, we hope to share information that covers topics like acupuncture, acupuncture for chiropractic, fitness, yoga, pilates, Tai Chi, Chinese herbs, Oriental Medicine and tips and tricks for maintaining your health from our talented practitioners and instructors. 

Daily Routines to Destress: Lessons from a Tai Chi Instructor

Lauren Moreno

Tai Chi is a combination of meditation and slow, controlled movements that’s thought to have been practiced since 1300 A.D. both as a martial arts tradition and to improve health. It’s often referred to as the physical manifestation of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is believed to relieve stress, combat disease, and generally enhance physical well-being.  In my Tai Chi classes, I help students appreciate and experience the meditative aspects of the practice, with the hope that the benefits will extend beyond our studio. These are a few ways the philosophy of Tai Chi can be applied in your everyday life.

  1. Pick a mantra for the day to harness energy. Central to tai chi is the concept of Qi (chee), or energy that flows throughout the body. Through the practice of tai chi, Qi can flow more freely. However, if you’re not in the studio, you can still be aware of your energy. Before you begin your day, notice your energy level, and pick a mantra to support it. If you’re feeling nervous, excited or jittery, focus on a mantra that calms you. It can be as simple as repeating the word “peace” a few times throughout the day.
  2. Focus on balance over perfection. Rather than beginning your day with the idea that you must do it all – be the perfect parent, a standout employee or eat only the healthiest of foods, strive for balance. Another central concept of tai chi is Yin and Yang, or opposing elements that need to be kept in harmony. Take stock of your day each evening, where did you expend most of your energy? Make a mental note to approach the next day addressing any imbalances that took place.
  3. Notice smells, sounds and sights, striving for harmony with your surroundings. The motions practiced in tai chi mimic motions found in nature, and many are named after these motions, such as Cloud Hands, Wind Rolls the Lotus Leaves and Push the Boat with the Current. Connection with nature is an important element in well-being – seek out a few minutes to sit in the sun, feel the wind on your skin or smell fresh cut grass.
  4. Be intentional about moving slower. Especially in your approach to exercise. Remember, exercise is not just about pushing your body to its limits - do one thing each day that is physical, but doesn’t exhaust you or fatigue your muscles.
This form was created by Master Li Pei Yun. It was performed by Shifu Barry L. Silverman and 5 of his students: Pat, Karen, Ronni, Julie and Carol. We performed at Master Li's 1st International Martial Arts Competition on Aug. 24th, 2012.