Susan A.M., M.S. 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.
Susan's students benefit greatly from a rare integration of Western scientific and Oriental energetics. She credits her strong Taijiquan training with her masters and grand masters, 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.
Susan earned a Masters degree from the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at The University of Southern California.. 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 regeneration after stroke. These efforts refined her techniques using Tai Chi for neurorehabilitation. Ms. 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.
Susan is a Master Teacher of Chinese Internal Martial Arts since 1990. She specializes in neurorehabilitation, women's health, biomechanics, chronic pain, aging and nutrition.
Susan developed and produces seminars focusing 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.
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