2625 – Ai Chi for Ortho and Neuro

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Boston, MA / Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours

(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am)


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Implement specific ways to apply Ai Chi to clients for their special issues such as pain, balance (some great balance ‘tricks’ for neuro during weight shifting and turning skills), extension for those who need it and tissue relaxation for those with spasticity or rigidity. Imagine adding some skin brushing to your Ai Chi practice, or using eye and hand positioning to improve balance – we can try it all. For ortho, we’ll focus on back, hip and shoulder (and a little bit of knee) modifications to make the practice work better for them.


Those of us who know and use Ai Chi have seen the myriad of benefits it offers our clients. Balance (along with core stability) improves, muscles tone and strengthen, systemic issues (blood pressure, diabetes, pulmonary) and cardio improve, and the calming of the reticular (part of the fight or flight sympathetic) system. This decreases stress, hyperactivity, sensory, anxiety, etc. If you’re already using Ai Chi and are interested in a different focus, please let us give you some ideas/options to allow your Ai Chi practice to increase client benefits. 



1)  Experiment with breaking down Ai Chi postures to find the client’s weak point.

2)  Review the research regarding breath-centered, slow movement.

3)  Apply the concepts of anchoring, engaging the brain, breath control, pain awareness and positioning to Ai Chi.

4)  Consider repetitions or modifications for improving benefits.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, founder/president of ATRI, is an internationally known speaker, author and consultant. She 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 the author of numerous articles and 15 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.