A. Matthews, M.S., N.D. has
been practicing and teaching Taijiquan, Qigong, and Spirituality
for 27 years. Her internal martial arts training is enhanced by
over 20 years of study and research in the biomedical sciences,
including Neuroscience, Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroendocrinology,
and Neurochemistry and Naturopathic healing technologies.
students benefit greatly from a rare integration of Western scientific
and Oriental energetics. She credits her strong Taijiquan training
with her masters and grandmasters, along with a deep knowledge
and application of human anatomy and neuroscience, for her ability
to so effectively enable her students and clients to improve their
own health and longevity.
earned a Masters degree from the Department of Cell and Neurobiology
at The University of Southern California where her primary research was in dopamine
neuron electrophysiology for stem cell replacement therapy in Parkinson's
Disease. In her work within the Department of Biokinesiology and
Physical Therapy, she focused on neural circuitry in the developing
spinal cord and is developing a computer model for the circuitry
involved in synchronized movement. She also studied the processes
of neural regeneration after stroke. These efforts refined her techniques
using Tai Chi for neurorehabilitation and specialty in movement disorders. Dr. Matthews earned her Master's
degree in Anatomy and Neuroendocrinogy at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has also earned baccalaureate
degrees in both Molecular Biology and Anthropology/Archeology. Her
Masters thesis in pineal gland neuroendocrinology, melatonin biochemistry,
and circadian rhythms was conducted in the laboratory of internationally
acclaimed researcher Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D.
Dr. Matthewsis a Master Teacher of Chinese Internal Martial Arts, Founder,
Shanti School of Taijiquan, Internal Martial Arts Research Institute
in the Four Corners area of Colorado, since 1990. She specializes
in movement disorders, neurorehabilitation, women's health, biomechanics, chronic pain,
aging and nutrition.
Brain Workshop™ seminars focus
on neurorehabilitation after stroke, Parkinson’s, and with aging
and frailty (balance, bone strength, circulation, stress reduction).
Current evidence resulting from brain imaging studies and other
research in the neurosciences is presented in conjunction with the
biomechanical principles, strength, and meditation techniques of
internal martial arts.
presents Spiral Anatomy™ seminars nationally, specializing
in high performance biomechanics and synchronized movement training
for Tai Chi, equestrian riding, mountain biking and skiing. She
presents specialized seminars and classes in Tai Chi for women’s
health, seniors, arthritis, chronic diseases (MS, fibromyalgia)
and chronic pain. Served as a developer of community programs for
senior health and fitness for Mercy Medical Center and San Juan
Basin Health Department in Durango, Colorado and now is involved
in similar programs for Montezuma County, Colorado. Over the last
fifteen years Dr. Matthews has developed and taught professionals her own
Orthopedic Integration Therapy for chronic pain based on
Taiji principles of natural movement.
Advisory Board Member by
invitation of the American
Tai Chi Association on Tai Chi and Consumer Health Information
since April 2003.
Elected by a 12-country federation to serve as United States
Vice President for The Worldwide Association for Chinese Internal
Martial Arts (WACIMA). She has been awarded Master Instructor-level teaching
certification under the auspices of this international association
during China Camp 2004, 2007 and 2010, Shanghai. Susan is responsible
for web marketing and communications for this international event.
has also been awarded Go Dan, 5th Degree Black Belt and Master
Instructor, 2007, in the TAI System of Martial Arts. TAI Martial
Arts Association, White Oak Institute, Asheville, N.C., U.S.
has produced instructional videos including "Mind and Energy
Movement in Taijquan," "Blood Circulation and Energy Gathering
Qigong," "Brain Workshop," "Eight Pieces of
Brocade," and "Daily Breast Massage." Shanti School
has produced over 45 videos of Chinese Masters.
She studies Chen Taiji & Lan Shou with Master George Xu
(San Francisco), Xing-Yi with Qian Zhao Hong (Shanghai),
and Yang Style with Wang Zhi Xiang (Shanghai); Naturopathy with Energyworks Institute; Homeopathy,
Tibetan Medical Qigong and Tibetan Taijiquan with Robin
Murphy, N.D.; and with Wu Taiji Grand Master Wang Hao Da
(Shanghai) 1997-2001. She is currently certified in the Mi Zong
School of Medical Qigong and in the 12 Movement Sun Style Tai Chi
for Arthritis Program. Additional training and Certification in
various manual therapies including Shiatsu, Tuina Massage, Craniosacral
Therapy and Structural Integration, and Heart of Spirit Intuitive
has owned and operated Serai Communication Arts for nearly
30 years as a graphic artist and designer. Her experience in cartography,
desktop publishing, book publishing, catalog marketing, web design
and marketing, and more recent expansion into video editing and
production is helping her promote the benefits of Taijiquan and
Our Faith in Science by
the Dalai Lama