1604 – Clinical Applications of Ai Chi

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC / Mari Fujita, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: Use Ai Chi for spine health, core, LE function, aging and more. Application and evidence are included in this course. The Ai Chi in this course will not be aimed toward relaxation but will focus on clinical issues you may encounter in your practice. There will be time for you to discuss your problem populations.



1)  Experience positioning and alignment that can teach improved LE function.

2)  Assess populations that you encounter in your practice.

3)  Employ a variety of focal points to assist in specific function.

4)  Review evidence.


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.


Mary O. 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).


Mari Fujita, ATRIC, is an exercise program director for the Japan Fitness Association and Japanese Midwives’ Association.