1617 – Ai Chi Ne and Ai Chi Boosters

Beginner / Pool Workshop


Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 1:00-5:00 pm - 4.0 credit hours

(Pool: 1:00-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:00-5:00 pm)


Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC – Ai Chi Ne

Melinda Pierce, PT, MS, CEEAA, ATRIC – Ai Chi Boosters


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 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 resets 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).


Ai Chi Boosters

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi practice benefits body, mind and spirit. In this class we will look at ways to enhance these benefits through evidence-based internal and external applications. We will discover the attributes of relaxing music and how we respond to it. We will explore the ways that natural environments affect us and look at ways to make nature a part of Ai Chi practice. We will investigate mindful breathing. Finally we will look at a systematic method to customize your program to emphasize goals for a given class.



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

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

3)  Incorporate relaxing music to enhance the positive effects of Ai Chi practice.

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

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

6)  Integrate mindfulness with breathing.

7)  Adapt Ai Chi boosters and emphasis to maximize specific class goals.


FACULTY:  Melinda Pierce, PT, MS, CEEAA, ATRIC, has been a physical therapist for over 40 years in hospital, outpatient, and geriatric settings with a primary focus on orthopedic and aging populations, and leading a rehabilitation team for a CCRC group. She has given numerous presentations to students, therapists, athletic trainers, patients, and the general 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 is a reviewer for the Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy. She shares her passion for Ai Chi through classes and an Ai Chi blog (www.aichiplus.com).