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123 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106

215-627-3782

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.

Tai Chi in Philadelphia

Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi/Taiji) is a practice that integrates martial arts movements with Qi (pronounced Chee), circulation, breathing and stretching techniques. While traditionally training was focused on self-defense, today Tai Chi is practiced more commonly for its health and fitness benefits and carries a more spiritual tone than many other martial arts. As a practice, Tai Chi is capable of healing, rejuvenating and prolonging life. These health benefits are the primary contributions that have led to Tai chi’s popularity today.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi/Taiji) is a practice that integrates martial arts movements with Qi (pronounced Chee), circulation, breathing and stretching techniques. While traditionally training was focused on self-defense, today Tai Chi is practiced more commonly for its health and fitness benefits and carries a more spiritual tone than many other martial arts. As a practice, Tai Chi is capable of healing, rejuvenating and prolonging life. These health benefits are the primary contributions that have led to Tai chi’s popularity today.

Goals and Objective of Tai Chi Chuan

Our objective is to allows students to experience Tai Chi in a simple, natural and enjoyable way. Through a peaceful and focused class setting, our instructor presents Thai Chi as a prescription for health and as the physical manifestation of traditional Taoist philosophy. Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability can practice Tai Chi since Tai Chi emphasizes technique over strength, using internal energy development rather than external force.

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Class Structure

Classes begin with warmup exercises and progresses to Qi Gong, (breathing exercises to promote Qi flow and the concentration of Qi in the body). Our instructor then works with students individually and in small groups on postures and movements. Integrating Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercises into the class schedule helps students appreciate and experience the meditative aspects of Tai Chi. Students are taught both Sun and Yang style Tai Chi Chuan.

What to Wear: Wear comfortable clothing to be able to move freely and sneakers or Tai Chi shoes.


Remember, when moving, there is no place that does not move.
When still, there is no place that is not still.
— Wu Yu-Hsiang

Curriculum

Hand Forms

  • Compact Sun Style Form
  • 24 Movement Yang Style Form
  • 40 Movement Yang Style Form
  • 42 Movement Competition Form

Weapon Forms

  • 32 movement Yang Style Tai Chi Fan
  • 32 Movement Yang Style Tai Chi Straight Sword Form
  • 48 Movement Yang Style Tai Chi Broadsword Form

Specialized Classes

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Tai Chi for Back Pain

Private Instruction available. Call for information.

Dr. Barry Silverman

Dr. Barry Silverman

About Our Instructor

As a 2nd degree Black Sash in Tai Chi Quan, Healing Arts Center Co-Founder, Dr. Barry Silverman, is keenly aware of the relation between balance, motion and alignment. He's studied Tai Chi Chuan for three decades and has been teaching for for over 20 years.  He has found that Tai Chi can enhance the structural integrity of a person’s posture, improve coordination, balance and ease of movement.

Dr. Silverman has studied 3 of the major styles of Tai Chi Chuan: Chen style, Sun style and Yang style, including both hand and weapons forms. He teaches both Sun and Yang styles of Tai Chi in his classes. Dr. Silverman has also been certified by Dr. Paul Lam and Tai Chi for Health to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for back pain.

Dr. Silverman has competed at martial arts tournaments over the past 7 years and won many medals including: 4 gold medals at the First Hong Kong International Wushu Tournament in 2006; gold and silver medals at the Tiger Claw Elite Qualifer at the Capitol Classic in 2007; gold and silver medals at the 2007 Kuoshu Championship International Tournament; silver medals at the 2008 Kuoshu Championship International Tournament; and gold and bronze medals at the 2017 Boston ICMAC Chinese Martial Arts Championship.

Practicing, competing and teaching Tai Chi over the years has become a passion for Dr. Silverman. It has enriched his life immeasurably as a martial art, as an exercise for health and fitness and as a spiritual practice.