Cate Morrill, Director

Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi, shoulders down

Cate Morrill began her training in 1988 and has been teaching since 1995. She is the director of Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi and the president of Shoulders Down, Inc.  She is also a Certified Wu Dang T'ai Chi/Qi Gong Instructor (Wu Dang is the mountain temple where t'ai chi originated and whose training was made famous by the movie, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and completed External Qi Healer training (energy balancing).  She taught the PT Doctoral candidates at Emory University how to use t'ai chi and qi gong in their physical therapy practice, and was filmed for a CNN HealthMinute on t'ai chi.  In addition to Emory, she's taught at Johns Hopkins University and her work is taught at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. 
She's traveled around the country to teach students, to teach teachers, and to speak on t'ai chi's benefits. She's been the instructor on three NIH t'ai chi grants, and taught for groups such as employees at Coca Cola World Headquarters, Meadowbrook Head Injury Institute, the staff and clients of the Center for the Visually Impaired, the staff at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, senior citizens, those with PD, with fybromyalgia, cancer diagnosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis,  and, of course, strong, physically well and challenged "everyday" people--singers, artists, teachers, moms, dads and their children.

"The movements of t'ai chi keep the body fresh and allow the person to find a freer range of motion in the joints, greater flexibility, better balance," Morrill explains. T'ai chi is often called "moving meditation," because it is relaxing, because the focus is on breathing and creating inner stillness - quieting the mind, relaxing the body."

-from article in WebMD

Academic Qualifications

Academic  Degree - 1981, BA, Cum Laude, Psychology/Business Management, Georgia State University  
Supporting Certification  - 2017, Certification in Health Coaching, Emory University 

T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Certifications

2004, Wudang T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Teacher Certification 
2004, External Qi Healing Second course Certification 
2004, External Qi Healing First course Certification 
2003, Teaching Certification Approval to teach work and authorization as Atlanta Representative of  Master Yun Xiang Tseng, Wudang Taoist Priest, T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Master
2003,  Certificate of  Successful Teacher’s Course for Standardized 24 T’ai Chi  
2003,  Appointed as Co-Coordinator of Atlanta Wudang T’ai Chi Association by Master Yun Xiang Tseng 
1995, Teaching Certification Yang T’ai Chi and Qi Gong Endorsed and Granted by Master  W. L. Huang 
1994,  Appointed Teacher and assistant, local school classes

National/Regional Conferences (partial list)

  • Piedmont Hospital Nurses Association   
  • Southeastern Association of Renal Nutritionists 
  • National Association of Physical Therapists Southeastern Region 
  • National Aging in Place Council, National Conference, Atlanta, GA              
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes EXPO Atlanta, Atlanta, GA             
  • American Physical Therapy Convention Pre-conference Seminar, Boston, MA        
  • Parkinson’s Unity Walk, New York City Novartis Pharmaceuticals Booth T'ai Chi/ Exercise Presentations, Central Park, NYC     International Conference on Mobility and the Visually Impaired 

Teaching Experience, Guest Lecturer/ Faculty  

 Emory University 
2007 - 2013  Guest Faculty  Creative Alternative Interventions for Treatment for PT Doctoral Candidates, T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Applications in Physical Therapy      
2010, 2009 Guest Lecturer  “T'ai Chi Applications for Physical Therapy” for students in the Physical  Therapy Program 
2008  Guest Lecturer  "T'ai Chi in rehabilitation:  A moving meditation for healing"    CRM CEU series for Clinical PT Staff 
2008  Guest Lecturer  “T'ai Chi and Its Role in Rehab Medicine” for First Year Medical Residents         
2007 Grand Rounds for staff and faculty, Department of Rehab Medicine, “T’ai Chi for Physical Rehabilitation” 
2006, 2005 Guest Lecturer “T'ai Chi Principles and Practice to Compliment Physical Therapy”, Second year Doctor of Physical Therapy

Johns Hopkins University         
2007 Guest Faculty  Using T'ai Chi in the Classroom for High School Students

Presentations (select list)

(In the metro Atlanta, GA, area unless noted) 

  • Coca-Cola World Headquarters, New Products Division 
  • US Census Bureau 
  • Emory University School of Medicine      
  • Multiple Sclerosis Association 
  • Northlake Medical Center 
  • Georgia State University Healthy Grandparents Program 
  • The Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College, Asheville,  NC -  Week long Classes T'ai Chi and Qi Gong 
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church  “Mind Body Spirit” retreats 
  • Alternate ROOTS Board Retreat 
  • Meyer-Balser Healthy Living Center, Sr Health Seminar Keynote Speaker on T'ai Chi and Seniors Health 
  • Douglasville Low Vision Services 
  • Charis Circle Mind Body Spirit Conference, First Existentialist  Congregation 
  • Lynbrook Square Retirement Community
  • Coca-Cola Multi-Cultural Celebration 
  • Coca-Cola Marketing Group 
  • Meadowbrook Head Injury Institute