1606 – Ai Chi Ne

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Chicago, IL / Friday, April 12, 2019 – 3:15-5:15 pm – 2.0 credit hours

(Indoor Pool: 3:15-4:15 pm / Classroom: 4:15-5:15 pm)


Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC



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 do not have the balance skills to participate alone in an Ai Chi program. This program will give them the confidence 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. The repetitive movements based on the effect of various types of music and rhythm calms and re-sets neurological patterns while assisting diaphragmic breathing. Another and often 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)  Identify and compare postures for physical and emotional balance.

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

5)  Explore the impact of music and rhythm on areas of the brain.

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).