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Yoga, Tai Chi & Feldenkrais: An Integrative Approach to Rehabilitation
Yoga, Tai Chi & Feldenkrais: An Integrative Approach to Rehabilitation


When:  Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
Physical and occupational therapists may ask whether Yoga, Tai Chi and Feldenkrais approaches can be used as therapeutic interventions. After all, couldn't a client receive the same benefits with a yoga or tai chi instructor? No. Rehab therapists have a unique understanding of how body structures and cognition relate to function. Physical and occupational therapists are able to use this knowledge to identify the underlying issues limiting performance, and determine the client's needs for success. It's this knowledge base that enables physical and occupational therapists to draw from these venerable traditions and provide skilled intervention. Therefore, an integrative approach can be used within the scope of therapeutic practice to facilitate the ability of clients to engage in everyday activities.

The workshop will use lecture, lab and case studies to demonstrate the distinctive therapeutic aspects of yoga, tai chi, meditation, and Feldenkrais. This format will allow participants to experience the impact of these practices, thereby clarifying its application to individual and group therapy, while also illuminating how the integration of these approaches with traditional physical and occupational therapy provides the therapist a myriad of "tools" to promote functional performance and treat pain across the continuum of care. Participants will also learn how to document and bill for the reimbursement of these therapeutic approaches.
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Learner Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the evidence for integration of Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, breathwork and Feldenkrais into clinical practice.
  2. Demonstrate application of Tai Chi practices, restorative yoga poses, meditation strategies, and Feldenkrais awareness through movement lessons to promote functional performance and decrease pain.
  3. Explain how yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and Feldenkrais can be integrated with orthodox physical and rehabilitation practices.
  4. Devise integrative balance and fall prevention programs for clients in medical, community and home settings.
  5. Analyze documentation samples for integrative techniques used to optimize reimbursement.
  6. Develop an integrative approach to incorporate immediately for both individual and group practice.
  7. Assess case studies to evaluate how integrative approaches can achieve the desired patient outcomes in rehabilitation.


Richard Sabel is the Education Director of East West Rehab and a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Downstate's Occupational Therapy Program. For many years, he's successfully integrated occupational therapy and somatic practices of the East and West, into a distinctive approach to help clients reengage in meaningful occupations.

This integrated practice evolved from his personal experience. After 20 years of back pain, Richard discovered the benefits of Yoga, Tai Chi, mindfulness, breath work and the Feldenkrais Method. These practices, along with his therapist training, were instrumental in his ability to resume activities abandoned years ago. Richard brought these ideas into his occupational therapy practice and the response was overwhelmingly positive - clients reported less pain and started to make impressive functional gains. Richard's personal experience and the response of his clients have fostered the continued exploration and growth of an integrated therapeutic practice.

He teaches this approach at several occupational and physical therapy programs and divides his clinical time between private and community practice. Richard received a 3-year grant from the Balm foundation to offer his Easy Does It fall prevention/wellness program at 2 senior centers in New York City. Easy Does It has also been adapted for people with movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia. Richard has been a guest on local cable television and Doctor Radio to discuss this phenomenal integrative approach. He regularly presents at professional conferences and has published a variety of articles reflecting his expertise in both physical and occupational therapy literature.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Richard Sabel is the Education Director for East West Rehabilitation Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Richard Sabel has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.


Bill Gallagher is the director of East West Rehabilitation Institute, a Master Clinician in Integrative Rehab at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and an Instructor in Clinical Physical Therapy at Columbia University. Bill Gallagher has developed a uniquely integrative approach to maximize comfort and function. By integrating the physical therapy traditions of the East (Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga) with somatic therapies of the West (Conventional Therapeutic Exercise, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Pilates, Osteopathy), Mr. Gallagher helps his clients maximize function and minimize pain. Through meditation instruction, guided imagery, biofeedback and other disciplines that work with the Mind & Body, clients are further empowered to optimize function and comfort while reducing suffering. Bill sees a broad spectrum of clients in his practice including people with severe disabilities and elite performers. In addition to traditional 1:1 sessions, Bill teaches specialized group programs for people with pulmonary issues, spinal cord injury, brain injury, chronic pain, breast cancer survivors, and elders at risk of falling. His work has been published in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy Practice, Advance for Physical Therapists, Advance for Occupational Therapists and Tai Chi magazine. He has also written a chapter for a physical therapy text, Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: A Clinical Decision-Making Approach, on integrating Tai Chi & Qigong with conventional physical therapy for psychological, cardiac and arthritic conditions. Bill is recognized as an authority on Integrative/Mind-Body/Complementary rehabilitation and shares his expertise with practicing rehab clinicians at the national level and at several physical therapy doctoral programs as well.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: William Gallagher is the Director of East West Rehabilitation Institute; Master Clinician at Mount Sinai Medical Center; and Instructor in Clinical Physical Therapy at Columbia University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: William Gallagher has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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