2209 – Progressions for Water Rehab – Vertical, Seated and Horizontal Applications

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty:  Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC



Stymied wondering how to increase (or decrease) the difficulty of the exercise your client needs to repeat?  This course will review the application of inertia, acceleration, action/reaction, levers, planes, and drag/resistance. We’ll put the theory into actual exercises and give the progressions common terms that make them simple for us to use on a daily basis. Application to vertical, seated and horizontal exercises or techniques will be experienced, along with multi-planar movement and integration of multiple activities. These progressions can be used with endurance, ROM, balance, orthopedic rehab, and neurological clients. We will review the benefit and outcome of each progression used.



1)  Experience a focus on moving proximal-to-distal.

2)  Evaluate the benefits to integrated LE, UE, trunk and head movement.

3)  Analyze the difference turbulence, speed, and direction changes make to an exercise.

4)  Feel the neurological and balance benefits to incorporating multiplanar movement.


FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, an internationally known speaker, author and consultant, 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 on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and is the author of numerous articles and eleven 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.