2608 – Body/Mind Ai Chi

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC / Patty Henry-Schneider, MS, LPC / Barb Batson, AS



Learn physical movement, breath work and spiritual development techniques that can be implemented prior to teaching Ai Chi, to ultimately increase the Ai Chi instructor’s vibrational rate. As a result, your program will not only affect the body, but the mind. Myofascial meridians, Chinese Meridians, Yin Yang Theory, visualization and meditation will be implemented along with breath work. The Ai Chi Visualization Journey changes the Ai Chi focus and takes the Ai Chi experience to a different level. It is a body/mind healing experience. In the lecture you will hear an explanation of the Visualization Focus with its four pathways (Preparing, Healing, Cultivating and Applying). Ai Chi Visualization was created in response to practitioners who wanted ideas to deepen their teaching and for Ai Chi participants who wanted advanced relaxation techniques they could use on their own. The energy flow unimpeded, flowing into the Ai Chi patients/clients. 



1)  Increase the outcome for Ai Chi participants.

2)  Explore how to eliminate congestion with proper breathing, movement, and the Chinese Meridian Systems working together.

3)  Discover techniques to decrease your bodys reaction to stress though gentle movement to calm the vagus nerve.

4)  Considerations will be discussed regarding the energetic influences of the Ai Chi Instructor, as well as myofascial meridians.


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.


Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, owns and operates Liquid Assets for Fitness in Phoenix, AZ. She works with geriatrics, pediatrics and clients with health challenges. Donna is an AquaStretch™ Facilitator and ATRI AquaStretch™ Trainer, and the recipient of the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award. She is a co-author of the Aquatic Solutions for Chronic Conditions Manual, and is a consultant at the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Facility for Persons with Disabilities. Donna also continues her studies at the Center of Applied Energy Medicine in a Medical Intuitive Training program.


Patty Henry-Schneider MS, LPC, is a psychotherapist certified in EMDR and a certified Ai Chi instructor. She has encouraged movement toward wellness by including body, mind, and spirit in the journey toward mental health. Creating a bridge between providers of aquatic therapy and providers of mental health services has become her passion.


Barb Batson, AS, has been an AEA Aquatic Fitness Instructor certified since 1995. She serves general, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, MS, PD, senior, and prenatal populations. Barb is a program trainer for both NMSS and the Arthritis Foundation and is an AEA CEC provider and two-term past AEA Advisory Board Council member. She is the 2014 recipient of the AEA Elizabeth Burg Lifetime Achievement Award and ATRI Dolphin Award. She is a sought after motivational speaker and contributor to aquatic and older adult focus publications.