Beginner / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Friday, April 16, 2021 – 1:00-4:30 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 1:00-2:45 pm / Classroom: 2:45-4:30 pm)
Washington, DC / Thursday, September 9, 2021 – 1:00-4:30 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Hybrid – Course is offered in person and live on Zoom)
(Classroom: 1:00-2:45 pm / Indoor Pool: 2:45-4:30 pm)
Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop will focus on the Unpredictable Command Technique and integrate the Mini-Mental State Exam to challenge patients and clients to increase their proprioception, balance, and reaction time to decrease falls. We retrain our thought processes and learn to do tasks that we do not normally do in our regular activities. The reason for this is so that our mind and body can work together in case of an emergency.
We include the use of sensory information (smell, taste, touch, sight and hearing) and the central nervous system collects this information in order to provide awareness of movement or body position. Normally, knowing where we are is unconscious thought, but as we age, this can change. As we age, we take our proprioceptive skills for granted, and as a result, we notice that we can’t do the same things we did when younger. Sensory receptors in the joints, muscles and connective tissues gather information about the body’s position, process the information, and enable the central nervous system to make the appropriate response. For example, if you start to fall, proprioception allows the brain to know the fall is occurring, and what corrections need to be made to regain your balance. Messages are sent to the muscles to contract and avoid falling.
1) Implement the Unpredictable Command Technique into water aerobics and water walking.
2) Discover simple foot exercises to improve balance.
3) Implement techniques from the Mini-Mental State Exam integrated in the pool.
4) Retrain our thought processes and learn to do tasks that we do not normally do in our regular activities. The reason for this is so that our mind and body can work together in case of an emergency to prevent falls.
FACULTY: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.