Massage Therapy and Tai Chi Chuan
Jeffrey Edwards provides massage therapy and Tai Chi Chuan instruction at the Center for Integrative Medicine. Nationally certified and licensed to practice massage therapy in Virginia and the District of Columbia, Jeffrey has a unique background that serves the medical needs of GWCIM clients.
In the early 1990s Jeffrey studied traditional Chinese acupuncture and Tai Chi Chuan as a full-time apprentice to a master-practitioner of these arts from Taiwan, Grandmaster Dr. Lin Feng-Chao. He also studied Chinese massage (Tui Na and “bone setting therapy”) during the years with his teacher. In 1995, Jeffrey established the first township-based acupuncture clinic in South Africa where he served the healthcare needs of thousands people from the underprivileged communities. Jeffrey has practiced martial arts for more than 30 years, and Tai Chi Chuan for nearly 20 years.
His approach to bodywork and massage therapy is deeply rooted in his understanding of traditional Chinese acupuncture and the daily practice of classical “old school” Tai Chi Chuan. His massage skills were honed during a 4-year stint at a high-profile national spa that caters mostly to women.
This unique combination of knowledge and skill is incorporated in Jeffrey’s work as a massage therapist for the GW Center for Integrative Medicine.
Jeffrey completed undergraduate studies at George Mason University and received a post-graduate diploma from the Center for African Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He also worked in television news media (ABC and CBS affiliates in Washington, D.C.) as a writer, production assistant, and triage manager.
Department of English, East Tennessee State University