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1225 – Balance and Barre

Beginner / Half-Day Workshop
Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – 7:45-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 7:45-9:15 am / Pool: 9:30-11:00 am)

Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC – Balance Training Techniques
Beverly Rolfsmeyer, MA – Aqua Barre

Balance Training Techniques
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Many people take balance for granted and move about without thinking. However, millions of others are challenged by instability and the fear of falling. Balance is that indefinable sixth sense that helps us navigate through the world. Key strategies addressing balance looks at core strength and physical condition as the foundation of all movement and balance. Adequate core strength enables correct body alignment. It also requires coordination of the visual, vestibular, and somatosensory systems to guarantee safe interaction with our environment. Failure to integrate these systems along with physical pain, increased reaction time, decreased strength in the lower extremities, decreased range of motion, and/or the combination of certain multiple medications place us at increased risk to become out-of-balance. Learn why training balance using a dynamic systems approach helps improve body awareness, stability, and coordination, while decreasing the likelihood of injury from falling. Experience a series of land and aquatic exercise progressions that can be integrated into any client prevention, rehabilitation, or performance program.

1) Explore how balance is integral in everything that we do.
2) Describe why balance should be trained using a dynamic systems approach.
3) Utilize all three planes of motion to design effective exercise progressions.
4) Integrate balance training into any prevention, rehabilitation, or performance program.

FACULTY: 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).

Aqua Barre
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Aqua Barre is based on the ballet barre. It’s a superior exercise for leg strength, posture and balance. There is no part of the body that is not stretched and strengthened. My favorite class for leg strength, posture and balance is Aqua Barre (derived from Ballet Barre). I think of it as the third piece of the Yoga – Pilates – Barre Triumvirate. What is included in Aqua Barre that compliments the other two, is foot articulation and strong floor movement. There are no floor exercises in Aqua Barre, contrary to the current “Pure Barre” which is popular in gyms right now. Leg strength is gained from the use of plies and releves, or, squats and heel lifts onto the ball of the foot. This is the extent of French ballet language that is used.

The Aqua Barre class is for anyone who needs to increase leg strength, balance and posture. It is also excellent for overall stretch, and stretch and strength for the arms and torso. Barre exercise, based on ballet barre, is a complete exercise. It can be modified for those who are beginning the exercise and lack strength or need to improve posture.

1) Explore the overall body exercise provided by Aqua Barre.
2) Determine how Aqua Barre can increase the strength of the lower body, while improving posture and balance.
3) Experience stretching and lengthening the whole body with Aqua Barre.

FACULTY: Beverly Rolfsmeyer, MA, has taught aquatic exercise part-time for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation since 2009. The majority of her professional career was spent working as a Mounted Park Ranger in NYC and Philadelphia. She worked for the NYC Department of Parks as a Mounted Parks Enforcement Officer and then as the Director of the Philadelphia Ranger Corps Mounted Unit. She also worked for the Philadelphia Recreation Dept until her retirement in 2014. She continues to teach aquatics in retirement and also has a background in dance and theater education.