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2625 – Ai Chi for Ortho and Neuro

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Friday, November 13, 2020 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am)

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Implement specific ways to apply Ai Chi to clients for their special issues such as pain, balance (some great balance ‘tricks’ for neuro during weight shifting and turning skills), extension for those who need it and tissue relaxation for those with spasticity or rigidity. Imagine adding some skin brushing to your Ai Chi practice, or using eye and hand positioning to improve balance – we can try it all. For ortho, we’ll focus on back, hip and shoulder (and a little bit of knee) modifications to make the practice work better for them.

Those of us who know and use Ai Chi have seen the myriad of benefits it offers our clients. Balance (along with core stability) improves, muscles tone and strengthen, systemic issues (blood pressure, diabetes, pulmonary) and cardio improve, and the calming of the reticular (part of the fight or flight sympathetic) system. This decreases stress, hyperactivity, sensory, anxiety, etc. If you’re already using Ai Chi and are interested in a different focus, please let us give you some ideas/options to allow your Ai Chi practice to increase client benefits.

1) Experiment with breaking down Ai Chi postures to find the client’s weak point.
2) Review the research regarding breath-centered, slow movement.
3) Apply the concepts of anchoring, engaging the brain, breath control, pain awareness and positioning to Ai Chi.
4) Consider repetitions or modifications for improving benefits.

FACULTY: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC, president of the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, received the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award, the IDEA Outstanding Business Award, the first Presidential Sports Award in aquatic exercise, and AEA’s Contribution to the Industry Award. She has authored eighteen books and over 50 DVDs and CDs. She is known for her work in aquatic fitness, aquatic therapy, BackHab, Ai Chi and creating connections with other aquatic, health and therapy organizations.