Beginner / Full-Day Course
Live via Zoom / Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time
8.0 credit hours (Lecture with potential Pool Demo or Video)
There will be a 1-hour break for lunch and regular breaks will be taken during the course.
Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This workshop will focus on the Unpredictable Command Technique and integrate the Folstein 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) Determine activities and movements intended primarily for clients who present in varying states of debilitation, aging, injury, disease, illness or sedentary lifestyle. Gain body awareness and reliable and safe voluntary motor control for the trunk and extremities. Progress to strengthening and endurance.
2) Review aging population and common disease processes.
3) Utilize Unpredictable Command Technique commands given without any predetermined order, sequence or number of repetitions. Familiar and unfamiliar motor activities are used.
4) Integrate the Mini Mental State Exam to improve memory.
5) Utilize techniques not reproducible on land with floatation devices, tubing, surface area equipment and turbulence.
6) Integrate Aquatic Tai Chi Technique to allow for perturbation, balance, strength and stability.
7) Examine core strengthening and ankle mobility/stability.
8) Wrap up with Ai Chi for stress reduction and spiritual fitness.
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.