3607 – Ai Chi ROM and Ai Chi Ne

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 7:45-11:15 am - 3.0 credit hours

(Pool: 7:45-9:15 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:15 am)


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC – Ai Chi ROM

Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC – Ai Chi Ne


Ai Chi ROM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Research shows that Ai Chi is excellent at many things, including mobilizing tissue. Ai Chi ROM will focus on reducing stiffness of connective tissue in and around muscles. It’s simple and effective to focus on improving ROM. Slow movements in warm water, while maintaining alignment, require approximately 25% of the muscular force of identical land-based activity. This can offset tightness, contractures and spasticity. Come and try it!



1)  Practice turning and reaching skills in the Ai Chi Practice.

2)  Focus on decreasing tone with Ai Chi Postures.

3)  Employ a variety of focal points to assist in specific function.

4)  Feel various shoulder positioning for pain and ROM issues.

5)  Explore evidence.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, an internationally known speaker, author and consultant, is the founder of six different businesses including the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, the Aquatic Exercise Association, Living Right Magazine, America’s Certification Trainers, Armchair Aerobics Inc., and the Fitness Firm. A leader in the health and wellness industry, she also draws on her vast experience as an entrepreneur to teach others what it takes to assume the risk of business and enterprise. Ruth is on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and is the author of numerous articles and eleven books on her specialties of wellness and business. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Sevier-McCahill Disability International Foundation Award; and the John Williams, Jr. International Swimming Hall of Fame Adapted Aquatics Award. Known for her high energy and practical teaching approaches, Ruth has brought thousands of people over the years to understand the benefits of water exercise.


Ai Chi Ne

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi Ne is the tool needed for many patients seen for multiple diagnoses in the pool. It grew from the original Ai Chi course to meet the needs of therapists, aquatic fitness instructors, and Ai Chi practitioners. It is a simple aquatic balance program done in pairs.  Some of our clients don’t have the balance skills to participate alone in an Ai Chi program. This program will give them the extra support they need in order to benefit from Ai Chi. Ai Chi Ne has been used extensively for all balance deficits (CP, Parkinson’s, strokes, MS, brain traumas), neurological and motor skill deficits, geriatrics, victims of abuse, developmentally delayed, ADD and ADHD to adjust physical and emotional balance. Another and often most important outcome is the touch that is needed by not just the elderly, but those living alone, and children that lack the daily “hugs” that are important to overall health. The touch is non-invasive and completely proper. It is a safe, effective program that anyone can follow. The Ai Chi Ne program will expand your client base and your therapeutic tools.



1)  Identify a new aquatic technique.

2)  Experiment with a partner method to improve ROM.

3)  Compare postures for varied goals.

4)  Integrate flexibility, stability, balance, and core strength.

5)  Identify postures for physical and emotional balance.

6)  Expand therapeutic tools.

7)  Analyze each Ai Chi Ne segment for benefits.

8)  Compare different positioning to improve weight bearing and weight shifting skills.


FACULTY: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC, presents for ATRI and AEA. Course development includes aquatic re-conditioning programs for the Army and USMC. Additional programs include Aqua Pi-Yo-Chi™, Core Stabilization and Safety Training. Aquatic recognitions include: AEA Global Award for Lifetime Achievement (2010); ISHOF Adapted Aquatics Award (2007); ATRI Aquatic Professional of the Year (2006); ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award (2004) and ATRI Dolphin Award (2002).