2628 – Ai Chi Innovations

Intermediate / 6-hour Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – 7:45 am-4:15 pm – 6.0 credit hours

Pool: 7:45-9:15 am

Classroom: 9:45-11:15 am

Lunch: 11:15 am-1:15 pm

Pool: 1:15-4:15 pm


Faculty: Jun Konno, ATRIC / Anne Asterhall, BS / Barb Batson, Aquatic Specialist / Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC / Sue Nelson, BS / Melinda Pierce, PT, MS, CEEAA, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi program options are as limitless as the imagination. Overcome body movement limitations by inviting love-energy essence to prevail in mind and spirt. Take home the gift of new Ai Chi application planes and venues for expanded mobility, body awareness and mindfulness for the greater good of those you serve and for yourself. 


The spirit of freedom which prevailed as Ai Chi Master Jun Konno gave birth to Ai Chi in the early 1990’s has created an environment that allows limitless expansion of the practice, which began as a warm water silent moving meditation to enhance body function through effective breath and flow. Now Ai Chi has transcended the original vertical body movement practice to become a vehicle for much more! It is a catalyst for comfortable transition to horizontal plane, enabling adults to overcome their fear of swimming and/or to engage in water exercise with confidence. The seated land-based practice explores applying Ai Chi principles to the gravity environment where we live with the help of a chair. Experience the energy and evoke empathy in reliving a natural disaster through Ai Chi Zen, while reveling in the healing recovery. Learn to appreciate and apply boosters – music, nature, essence, visualization, suggestive and guided imagery.  



1)  Gain or renew awareness of Ai Chi healing potential regardless of prior experience.

     a) Give non-swimmers the confidence to participate in water exercise.

     b) Help regular participants acquire better feel for the water.

     c) Offer a new small group training option.


2) Examine weight-shift-seated on land.

3) Integrate enhanced upper extremity movement to maximize pain relief.

4) Integrate mind/body/spirit mindfulness in the process.

5) Experience opening up Chinese Meridians with Ai Chi.

a)    Explore ways to open your Ai Chi class to set the tone for best practice.

b)    Discover the attributes of relaxing music and its positive physiological effects on the mind and body.

c)    Investigate the physiological effects of focused attention to nature.

d)    Identify ways that sensory input can be integrated into Ai Chi practice.

e)    Integrate mindfulness with breathing.

f)      Adapt Ai Chi boosters to maximize specific class goals.


 FACULTY: Jun Konno, ATRIC, is a highly successful entrepreneur in the aquatic industry, a decorated swimming coach, author and international speaker on aquatics. He is an advisor to AEA and one of AEA's International Training Specialists. Jun is the founder and president of the Aqua Dynamics Institute, a consulting firm for fitness clubs and swimming schools in Japan.


Anne Asterhall, BS, began her aquatic career by running the Learn-to-Swim section of her local swim club. She developed a program used in swim schools both in Sweden and Europe, that comes from the Halliwick Concept. Asterhall chaired in the International Halliwick Association from 2002-2006. She also chaired the Swedish Swim School Association from 2012-2017. She also practices Watsu® and Ai Chi.

Barb Batson, AS, AEA Aquatic Fitness Instructor certified since 1995 provides personal training and group classes for both general and special populations. Barb served as program trainer for both NMSS and the Arthritis Foundation, as AEA CEC provider, two-term past AEA Advisory Board Council member, and on the Mayor’s Healthy Nashville 2010 Program and the Community Health and Wellness Team. She currently provides services at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is Fitness Host Coordinator for Fun & Fitness Travel Club and ATRI On-Site Continuing Education Liaison.  


Donna Lewen, BA, AEA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.


Sue Nelson, BS, ATRIC, is the resource person and technical consultant that serves USA Swimming members, potential members, and Make a Splash Local Partners. She provides advice on organizing, conducting and evaluating Learn to Swim programs. She develops and publishes program information as it relates to Total Aquatic Programming, and conducts clinics, seminars, workshops and swimposiums related to Learn to Swim and the Make a Splash initiative. Sue presents at the USA Swimming Regional Build a Pool Conferences and the Saving Pools Saves Lives Workshops.


Melinda Pierce, PT, MS, CEEAA, ATRIC, has been a physical therapist for 40 years in hospital, outpatient, and geriatric settings with a primary focus on orthopedic and aging populations. She has given numerous presentations to students, therapists, athletic trainers, patients, and the public on musculoskeletal, aging, and aquatic topics. She holds an advanced master’s degree in musculoskeletal physical therapy, and certifications from ATRI and as an Exercise Expert for Aging Adults through the APTA Academy for Geriatric Physical Therapy. She shares her passion for Ai Chi through classes and an Ai Chi blog (www.aichiplus.com).