Douglas to present tai chi workshop March 8-9

HAYS, KS -- Former Fort Hays State University student Bill Douglas, author of America's best-selling book on tai chi and qigong, will present a workshop titled "Stress Management Using Tai Chi and Qigong" Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, in the Hadley Rooms at Hays Medical Center, 29th and Canterbury.

The workshop will be presented in two parts. The first segment, from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, will explore the healing ways of tai chi and discuss the relaxation therapy and gentle exercise of tai chi and qigong.

For a $32 fee, healthcare professionals in the fields of nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy can earn four contact hours by attending this session. It is also open to the public for a fee of $16.

The second segment, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, will discuss the basic form and techniques of tai chi and discuss ways to ensure that patients practice tai chi in the most beneficial way with the least impact. This session is intended exclusively for healthcare professionals; fees and credit are the same as for the earlier session.

Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing, as active participation is a part of this workshop. The workshop is co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center and Hays Medical Center. To pre-register, please call (785) 628-6128 or e-mail

In conjunction with the workshop, Douglas will sign copies of the new edition of his book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi and Qigong. The book signings will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings bookstore, 3300 Vine St., and from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Lana's Flower Co. in Russell.

Douglas, whose previous accomplishments include an inspirational book, The Amateur Parent -- A Book on Life, Death, War and Peace, and Everything Else in the Universe; and a part in the acclaimed video series Tai Chi and Qigong: The Prescription for the Future, attended FHSU from 1975-1977.

He is the founder of World Healing Day and World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, celebrated annually in 50 countries.

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