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2625 – Ai Chi for Ortho and Neuro

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Seattle, WA / Sunday, February 6, 2022 – 12:00-3:30 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 12:00-1:45 pm / Classroom: 1:45-3:30 pm)

Morgantown, WV / Sunday, March 6, 2022 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am)

Chicago, IL / Friday, April 8, 2022 – 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, Director of Education of ATRI and an internationally recognized leader in the Aquatic Therapy industry, Ruth, is dedicated to the growth and betterment of the industry through her development efforts. She has founded six successful businesses and holds numerous awards and honors. She educates and energizes audiences with her presentations on personal growth, entrepreneurship, aquatic therapy-fitness, and business development. Sova founded the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute, Inc. (ATRI) a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the professional development of health care professionals involved with aquatic therapy. She is founder of the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA). Ruth has authored over 170 articles, 18 books, and has produced over 50 DVDs and CDs.