1603 – BackHab I – The Water Way to Mobility and Pain-Free Living

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Back pain and back problems are our number one non-terminal health problem and affect 4 out of 5 adults in this country. While back problems account for 18 million doctors visits a year, approximately 90% of them can be treated at home. After determining which ones can be treated by a lay instructor, this correspondence course will cover factors that contribute to back pain; the anatomical function, terms and muscles of the low back and a discussion of treatment through aquatic exercise.


NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: With 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some time, offering back classes must have potential. The problem is finding the right instructor who can produce a good program. Your worries are over. BackHab can be used safely by any instructor. The client can even use it alone.



1)   Define the cause of most back pain.

2)   Select which clients you can safely treat.

3)   Attain materials that will allow you to create their own BackHab program by selecting moves from a "menu".

4)   Analyze how daily life affects back problems and how to modify work habits without decreasing productivity.


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.