1602 – Ai Chi Ne

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi Ne will meet the needs of therapists, aquatic fitness instructors, and Ai Chi practitioners. It is a simple aquatic balance program done in pairs. Ai Chi Ne has been used extensively for all balance deficits (CP, Parkinson’s, strokes), neurological and motor skill deficits, geriatrics, victims of abuse, developmentally delayed, ADD and ADHD to adjust physical and emotional balance. It is a safe, effective program that anyone can follow. The program, like its foundation Ai Chi, was created by Jun Konno from Yokohama Japan and brought to the US by Ruth Sova. The 74-minute Ai Chi Ne course features four participants in the pool (with above and under water footage) and in lecture. The Ai Chi Ne program will expand your client base and your therapeutic tools.


NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: 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. It is also excellent for clients who need healthy touch (some children and geriatric populations) and ADD/ADHD.



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: 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.