About Stacy Müller
Since some of you know me from my «Art Direction» days, and others know me from «Gold Mountain Qigong» groups/classes and since some of you might not know me at all …. I’ve tried to answer all sorts of possible questions below. Und falls man Texte und Infos auf Deutsch sucht, dann empfehle ich die Beiträge auf der Seite Gold Mountain Qigong.
Who is Stacy Müller and what is "Gold Mountain"?
Is Stacy Müller a Californian or a Swiss?
Why is this website in English?
My German is far from perfect and I am deeply thankful to those who took the time to make many, many corrections … and I apologize in advance for the «messy» style. German is not my mother tongue!!!
I also have chosen to keep my language as simple as possible: I am a movement therapist so I will gladly speak in detail about the quality of movement, but I will not be giving you the detailed anatomical explanations you might expect from your doctor or your physical therapist.
And although I mention certain Chinese acupuncture point names and Tai Ji principles, I have tried to include translations or explanations. Instead of keeping the «magic» of Chinese medicine shrouded behind esoteric phrases, I prefer to explain the energy concepts as simply as possible.
Is Stacy Müller a tai ji therapist or a graphic designer?
Both! She was trained as a graphic designer and worked in various advertising agencies as an art director from 1986 to 1994. Thereafter, she started her own small business and worked directly with clients for 23 years. In 1996 she started learning Tai Ji and has continued with this “hobby” since then. When health issues forced a decision on continuing her design work, she intensified her martial arts and qigong studies and got teachers certificates for both areas. For a while, she was juggling movement classes in many locations in the Zurich area and design work at home. In 2017 she was hired as a Tai Ji therapist in a rehab clinic to work with patients suffering from chronic pain as well as other serious health issues. Since then, she has stopped doing professional design work. So you could say that she has made her hobby into her profession and her profession into her hobby.
Didn't she have a stroke or something? What happened?
In 2006 she had a stroke. This was unexpected — she was 43 years old and otherwise healthy. Nonetheless, this event landed her in the hospital, then in rehab, and later in a clinic to treat the post-stroke depression – six months away from home and family! In the years thereafter, she slowly resumed her design work, albeit for chosen clients with looser time schedules. It was during this time that she intensified her tai ji and qigong teacher training and practice.
But there’s more – She also suffered a herniated disk (L 4/5) at the age of 40 and it took two years for the pain to become manageable. She was able to reduce the residual, persistent pain by increasing her movement (an hour of walking daily and swimming twice a week). She promised herself that if she could learn to walk without a limp again then that she would hike over the Gotthard Pass. After doing so, she was inspired to continue solo hiking in the alps.
Hat Trick! – in December 2020 Stacy had Covid. Upon returning to work, she suffered from fatigue, a racing pulse, dizziness, high blood pressure and other worrisome symptoms. It took almost 2 months to feel «normal» again. During this recovery period, she noticed that she often felt better on the days that she had to work (doing gentle movement). She’s convinced that the soft activity of Qigong (as well as the intensive breathwork that occurs while practicing) has helped her through this difficult episode and that this sort of gentle movement is a viable method for increasing energy without overtaxing one’s system.
What happened to "Art Direction"?
She does still own the domain and will happily sell it to the highest bidder 🙂
So what is she doing now?
Stacy Müller is working at the Rehaclinic Bad Zurzach (renamed ZurzachCare in 2021). She loves this challenge, as well as the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team. And she gets to practice Tai Ji and Qigong ALL DAY! Although many believe that you can’t go back to “normal employment” after having your own business — S.M. disagrees. She can now concentrate on her work without being burdened by client acquisition, marketing and other administrative tasks.
What does she like to do in her spare time?
She loves to sail and to stand-up-paddle on the lake of Zurich. She also loves to create things (the design bug!) and has been doing so in the form of creating websites for herself, friends and family. This is one example. She has also built a site for the sailing association that she is active in (lacustre.org), one for her father, who is a painter (wbuhler.com) and is currently constructing one which documents her husband’s boatbuilding project (emma-sailing.ch). She also loves hiking and would love to compile a website with her favorite hikes as well as tips for solo woman hikers. (still a work in progress, but the domain is reserved: wanderpost.ch)
Does she still teach tai ji and qigong classes in Zürich?
Is she really hiking and biking around the periphery of Switzerland?
Who (or what) is "Emma"?
Are we going to leave everything behind and sail around the world? Not so soon! I’m pretty sure that the boatbuilding projects will be keeping us busy for a few more years.