Dr. Guo’s inspirational quotes:
vI developed the Wheelchair/Adaptive Tai Chi program to train health care providers so they can help and train veterans. Tai Chi is perfect for those with limited physical function. This limited function has always been considered a weakness. What I want to do is transform that into a strength through Tai Chi movements and understanding of the principles of the circle and redirecting the flow of energy. By doing so, veterans, especially those with physical or psychological disabilities, or PTSD, can empower themselves.
vSince I began working with Veterans, the synchronization, the sense of harmony, the camaraderie, it’s all very empowering to them. Tai chi also reinforces a person’s perception that they can do it. It gives them a sense of control, and for many, it helps with physical symptoms, such as pain. The number one benefit I hear from Veterans is that they enjoy the camaraderie and the harmonized movement. Second is the confidence and control they gain from those movements.
vI’ve spoken with suicidal patients who have told me that Tai Chi liberated their sense of negativity, and I’ve found that people who engage with Tai Chi are more likely to have a proactive lifestyle. Wheelchair Tai Chi program transforms the traditional idea of wheelchairs to an empowering tool that can help veterans gain power and control.