Studying Tai Chi for more than 18 years, Marsha is focusing her practice on students of all ages with arthritis, balance, stress, flexibility and range of motion issues. She is registered with the Arthritis Foundation – Northern & Southern New England Chapter, and is a member of the Tai Chi for Health Community. Her experience includes working with active seniors at several recreation and senior living communities as well as in medical settings.
She has studied advanced taiji applications and other martial arts including xingyiquan, bagua, and some weapons forms under Paul Mahoney of Great Bay Tai Chi. She has attended seminars with Ramel Rones, Mind-Body Consultant for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Tufts Medical School and Ken Cohen, well known Qigong scholar. She is certified as a Chi Fit Instructor from Zen Wellness under Master Michael Leone of Phoenix AZ.
Marsha is certified to teach Sun Style Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Back Pain programs developed by Dr. Paul Lam, MD and supported but the Arthritis Foundation of USA. Dr. Paul Lam, a family physician in Sydney, Australia, is a world leader in the field of Tai Chi for health improvement and researcher in tai chi applications for arthritis.
Marsha also teaches Tai Ji Quan:Moving for Better Balance (tcqmbb.com),which is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults and people with balance disorders.Although its origin can be traced to the Simplified 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine, TJQMBB represents a significant paradigm shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan, moving the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to propagating health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits. This unique training approach is the culmination of a systematic series of scientific studies to improve efficacy, utility, and community and clinical relevance. TJQMBB, reviewed by Administration for Community Living, National Council on Aging, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been adopted by a number of states and counties in the U.S.
For more advanced students Marsha teaches the Traditional Yang Long Form (108 Form) and Yang 24 Simplified Form and several healing Qigong sets. She is available for private lessons and demonstrations.