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brain tai chi exercise for stroke ms  parkinsons  Brain Workshop™ Seminars
with Susan Matthews, MS, ND

~ Learn The Art of Using Your Whole Brain
~ Improve Balance and Memory ~ Prevent Falls
~ Heal Brain Injury ~ Reverse Aging
~ Use Mind-Body Integration for Higher Consciousness
~ Dance with Power and Grace
~ Advanced Training for Patients and Caregivers, Tai Chi, Movement Specialists and Therapists.


Dr. Susan Matthews is a neuroscientist who has researched spinal cord plasticity, stroke, retina, neuroendocrinology (brain hormones), and dopamine neurophysiology (Parkinsons). Dr. Matthews is an anatomist, biomechanist, a ballroom dancer and a 30-year tai chi master.

Brain Workshop™ Seminars are offered nationally. If you would like to sponsor a Brain Workshop seminar with Susan Matthews please email Susan Matthews at

Brain Workshop™ DVDs  are available for home practice. Read this description to learn more about the workshop. This video is now available to stream directly to your computer!

Private Consultation via Skype and Private Retreats may be a good fit for those not in the local Four Corners Area.

tai chi retreatConsider the ultimate retreat for brain rehabilitation, the Wisdom Path Tibetan Cranial and Tai Chi Structural Integration Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica with Geraldine Menez and Susan Matthews. Visit Geraldine's pages for detailed information. Have you dreamed about transformation?

Workshop Contents: (Please follow links for more details and watch the two video clips below for workshop contents)

Part 1- Dynamics of the Spine
Central Equilibrium Balance Training. You will receive a FREE Brain Visualization DVD and a FREE Balance Visualization DVD (Zhong Ding). Watch the video below for balance training results. Watch the video below to learn the Five Key Elements for Neuroplasticity.
Hip and Spine Biomechanics. Walking.
Learn movement biomechanics that allow better posture. Methods provide long-term rehabilitation for mobility disorders, brain injury, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, fall prevention.

Part 2- Mental Practice
Stress Reduction and Relaxation Practices, Mindfulness Training, Head and Neck Blood Circulation Exercises.
Help for depression. Improve Sleep. Improve Memo
ry. Practices to Integrate Mind, Physical Movement, and Energy.
Learn powerful, yet simple, tools and exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. This training is critical for increasing blood and energy circulation to the brain and for changing the physiological stress response in the nervous system towards relaxation and mental stability. Benefits mental state, memory, heals past trauma, PTSD.
Learn how to use movement as a meditation to repair brain injury.
Also learn essential nutrition for the brain.

Why does tai chi work? Watch this 5-minute video showing how a person can improve balance better than normal.

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What are the important components of a tai chi program or any exercise program for stability and balance? Watch this 10-minute video on Five Key Elements for Neuroplasticity. Learn how to exercise to maximally activate the brain to repair, change and grow. larger version



For current schedule of workshops in Southwestern Colorado, New Mexico, Laguna Beach, CA, and Wilmington, NC, email or call:
Susan Matthews at 970-903-5723,

Single Registration generally $85 full day/ $45 half day.
Professional Development: Participants may receive Certification for Brain Workshop™ Clinic for Neural Rehabilitation and are eligible for CE Hours (8). Another link to 10-minute Brain Workshop Intro.


Sri vanderKroef Tai Chi Dancer DANCING WITH CHI
is one of the most effective and exciting movement and
brain training available.
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Dancing with Chi™ combines Tai Chi and Brain Workshop™ with powerful and graceful movement, in a powerful exercise program designed to maximize and integrate physical health, rehabilitation, energetic and spiritual well-being. Prevent falling by learning how to move and how to use your mind. A fun way to retain or regain the vigor of youth, the program addresses many of the conditions of aging and can be used to alter the progression of disease. We specialize in Movement Disorders, Parkinson's, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Neuropathy. Dance and move, think and feel chi as energy, for better balance, strength, flexibility, mobility, brain health, circulation, digestive health, incontinence. Excellent tools offer powerful training supplements for any person teaching other forms of exercise. Join us in a journey that empowers with new ways to think and move through life. A new way to think and move becomes a powerful force to healthy holistic function.....learn more

For current schedule of workshops in Southwestern Colorado, New Mexico, Laguna Beach, CA, and Wilmington, NC, email or call:
Susan Matthews at 970-903-5723,

Single Registration generally $85 full day/ $45 half day.
Professional Development: Participants may receive Certification for Brain Workshop™ Clinic for Neural Rehabilitation and are eligible for CE Hours (8). Another link to 10-minute Brain Workshop Intro.


Part 1- Dynamics of the Spine
Central Equilibrium Balance Training.
Hip and Spine Biomechanics.

Part 2- Mental Practice
Stress Reduction and Relaxation Practices. Help for depression.
Improve Sleep. Improve Memory. Practices to Integrate Mind, Physical Movement, and Energy.

Part 3- Dancing With Chi
Have fun moving with music and dance, no experience required. Learn revolutionary biomechanics and internal movement principles involved in synchronicity, rhythmicity, and bilaterality for harmony in mind and body. Walking training included.

Body Balance for the BrainNutrition for the Brain! -- Body Balance is recommended as whole food nutritional supplementation for your brain that provides essential nutrients, trace minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Body Balance™ is 98% inner-leaf aloe vera juice providing the most essential element to reduce inflammation and toxicity! Chronic inflammation and toxicity in the nervous system is now recognized as the predominant underlying condition in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MS, Vitali C for the Brainfibromyalgia, as well as chronic pain, migraine, allergies, Lupus, and autoimmune diseases.

New research! Plaque formation (a buildup of a protein in brain cells) is critically involved in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Researchers found that specific antioxidants such as those found in Vitali-C Plus inhibit plaque formation. Moreover, specific antioxidant molecules were also capable of robustly breaking up the plaques! Call Susan 970-903-5723.

Testimonials from participants!BRAIN TAI CHI EXERCISE

—Multiple Sclerosis and Brain Workshop

Dear Susan,

It is difficult to find words adequate to describe the depth of my gratitude to you. You gave of your time, your energy, your compassion, your wisdom 100% yesterday, to such an extent that it seems to me as if that aspect of yourself who taught me is forever with me. I am profoundly grateful for what you have shown and given me - and how flat those words fall next to the actual experience. Gerry, too, was transformed by hope and thankfulness yesterday, and in fact both of us were moved to tears on the drive home. You are a healer and teacher in the deepest sense of those words.

Today I am in no pain whatsoever, and am still walking better - though I have not practiced yet today. My tiredness last night was delicious and normal - no fatigue or exhaustion, just a sense of pleasant glowing accomplishment and readiness for rest. You were so right yesterday when you said that we had pushed through to a new level - for me, it represented the "forced evolution" that comes from walking a genuine spiritual path: the sensations and new information were slow to process by the time the afternoon tai chi class started, but by sitting and absorbing, watching and feeling, the integration process began and will never stop - it is a dynamo.

Thank you and bless you always, Susan.


After being diagnosed with Parkinson's (experiencing tremor, fatigue, balance issues and sleep issues) over a year and a half ago, I started working with Susan and Brain Workshop exercises.

I can say today that, rather than progressing in symptoms, I am not progressing. My doctor is thrilled. Balance is not an issue! I use Susan's breathing and meditation techniques for getting back to sleep at night, and I can quiet my tremor to a great degree.

Instead of stiffening, my body is moving and becoming more flexible than it has ever been in all my 64 years. My spine has become straight again! I am opening up rather than closing down. I will continue to practice this method for the rest of my life and tell my friends.

Thank You , Joseph


"Susan came to an ongoing group in Leland, where we live, and led us in a one-hour class. We found her knowledge of anatomy and style of working with energy and body movement so appealing that we invited her to our home for a private session. We now regularly use two of her DVD's for practice. And we are so pleased and excited that she is returning for a full day!"B & V

Hello Susan,
I want to thank you and the staff of the White Oak Institute for the seminar on Saturday. The wealth of information was a blessing. The DVDs are useful in helping my wife and I put new life into our long time practice of Tai Chi Chih and also to enjoy the new form you presented at the end of the workshop. Again, I thank you for coming to Asheville. All the best! Roger Wheelock

—Multiple Sclerosis and Body Balance

This story begins when I was a 16 year-old ballerina in 1976. I struggled to find the energy to sustain myself through daily lessons, rehearsals, teaching schedules and high school studies. Throughout college, marriage and the birth of my children this search for energy continued.

Frighteningly, on July 4, 1999, my vision spontaneously blurred and I was extremely affected by a host of symptoms. They included: dizziness, heart palpitations, acute fatigue, insomnia, numbness and tingling in my extremities, inability to concentrate, short term memory loss and slurred speech. It hurt to do the laundry. Finally, the doctors gave it a name: Multiple Sclerosis.

During the following eight months, I immersed myself in a battle for health. In June 2000, I began taking two ounces of Body Balance per day. Within two days, the blurry vision cleared and a welcome energy had me back on my feet. I enthusiastically rode this wave of health for about six weeks before that roller coaster of intermittent fatigue and depression began to take hold again.

Blood analysis results that showed my calcium, magnesium, chromium, and phosphorus levels still to be low even though I had been taking these supplements in pill form for the past 11 months. At this point, I reviewed the ingredients in OsteoProCare and it was obvious to me that I had to add this formula to my arsenal. Within a few days of taking OsteoProCare, the numbness and tingling disappeared.

It is hard for me to describe or find the words to describe what these products have done for me. After 23 years, I finally found what I have been searching for. I am experiencing significant and consistent health. Day after productive day, I marvel at the absence of those symptoms that plagued my life and crippled my spirit one year ago. My hair is even growing back in!

Life is a dance again! Julie Daly


A friend of mine that is 44 years old has had MS for four years and was getting worse. They gave her a new drug at Christmas time that nearly killed her. I asked her if she would try Body Balance three months ago. She went to her doctor last month and he could not believe how much she had improved. Her doctor has now cut her medication. Thanks to Body Balance, I have my friend back. Glenda Powers
Cambridge, OH

—Lower Brain Stem Stroke

With all the stress, Enar had a lower brain stem stroke. He nearly died on the way to the hospital. It left him paralyzed in the throat and with special disorientation. We got him out of the hospital on a stretcher.

The doctors wanted to put him in a nursing home, because he was so weak (114 lbs) and had to be fed through a tube in his stomach, and was deteriorating. We took him to Norm Burba, MD, who introduced us to Body Balance. Along with taking him off the chemicals and drugs they had him on, we fed him blended real foods and lots of Body Balance through the day and night.

He has made such a dramatic recovery that the speech therapist is using the product and recommending it! He literally has blown away the statistics on lower brain stem strokes. In 30 days, he can swallow and talk once again, has gained 20 lbs he lost and his equilibrium is returning. I highly recommend trying Body Balance!

June Fridh North Carolina

—Severe Depression

My friend, who is in her early 30’s, was suffering from severe depression. I read about how the lack of certain minerals can cause depression. I told my friend about Body Balance. She was so skeptical, she probably only took the product out of friendship. However, the improvement was so remarkable, that my friend made the comment, that she would never be without Body Balance! Thank you, because now I have my friend back, the way she used to be.



I have suffered with migraine headaches for over 22 years. The first 20 years they were few and sometimes far apart, but within the last 2 years the migraines became frequent (as many as 3 a week). They were actually destroying my life, marriage, business—everything. The migraines were so severe that I had to go to the hospital for pain and nausea medication. I have no hospitalization insurance, so I knew that we could not afford too many more trips to the hospital.

Since my last trip to the doctor I started on Body Balance and Sunset. I have only bad one headache since. This is nothing short of a miracle. I could never tell you what these products have done for me, what Life Force and the Hillmans have brought to me through these products. It is incredible! Judy Miller