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2652 – Spiraling Ai Chi

Intermediate / Half-Day Workshop
Chicago, IL / Thursday, April 15, 2021 – 8:30 am-12:00 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Hybrid – Course is offered in person and live on Zoom)
(Indoor Pool: 8:30-10:15 am / Classroom: 10:15 am-12:00 pm)

Morgantown, WV / Sunday, August 22, 2021 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am)

Washington, DC / Wednesday, September 8, 2021 – 8:30 am-12:00 pm – 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 8:30-10:15 am / Classroom: 10:15 am-12:00 pm)

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Spiraling! It is thought that the education and reinforcement of repeated spiral/diagonal patterns increases coordination while promoting joint stability and neuromuscular control. It should be incorporated during functional training in order to effectively influence improved motor programming. We’ll review all the Ai Chi postures with the application of spiral movements. Spiraling uses a ‘working from the outside-in’ concept. By stimulating the distal segments, the proprioceptors in the more proximal segments became stimulated. One purpose of Spiraling Ai Chi is to enhance and create movement in areas where the neuromuscular system has been compromised. Overall, Spiraling Ai Chi is designed be multi-planar, multi-positional, movement-focused with variable speeds and a large freedom of movement.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Create movement in body segments that are compromised.
2) Experience the benefits of spiraling for fall recovery
3) Review evidence regarding spiraling and movement dysfunction, falling, and pain amelioration.
4) Discuss the shoulder and hip movement created by the hand and foot.
5) Apply specific postures and concepts to ortho, neuro and pain patients.

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.