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Ai Chi Education

ATRI Online Ed Information

(SPECIFIC COURSE LISTINGS BELOW)

Fees:

$59 – 1-hour course

$84 – 1.5-hour course

$109 – 2-hour course

$159 – 3-hour course

$199 – 4-hour course

$275 – 6-hour course

$325 - 7-hour course

$375 – 8-hour course

$695 – Specialty Certificate Program (for Course Numbers 1611, 2237, 2311, 2318, 2319 only)

Cancellation:

Once you have accessed the online course there is no refund available. If you cancel in writing within 3 months of purchase and have not accessed the course there is a 75% refund. This cancellation policy applies for all ATRI Online Education. Any cancellation policy you may see in the online registration process does not apply to ATRI Online Education.

Preparation

No preparation is required for the courses. You may take time to review or ‘fast forward’ during the course.

How it works:

After you click below to register and pay for a course:

Your information will be sent to Linda Scott, who will register you on the Online Ed website and e-mail you your username, password and the link for your course. Linda’s e-mail is Lscott255@yahoo.com

  

After you begin taking the course:

You will be able to download and print the course handouts and materials as well as watch the course on your computer.

ATRI faculty members are often available for email questions after the course is completed. You will find their contact information in the course proceedings.

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Ai Chi Course Information

1600 – Ai Chi Basic & Development

Beginner / 4-hour Workshop

Faculty:  Jun Konno, ATRIC / Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Hisae Endo, ATRIC / Keiko Matsumoto, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Ai Chi, the popular aquatic technique, is ideal for improving range of motion and mobility. It creates relaxation in a flowing, yet powerful, progression. Ai Chi, created in Japan, is performed standing in shoulder depth water using deep breathing and slow, broad movements. This course will be taught by Jun Konno, the originator of Ai Chi, along with other Japanese practitioners and Ruth Sova.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Follow the simple Ai Chi progression.

2)  Explore the concepts of moving with nature, benefits, and general information.

3)  Experience the trunk stability movements with guidelines on proper pelvic mechanics.

4)  Follow a sample workout progression for an average, apparently healthy adult, which can be modified for special situations.

 

FACULTY: Jun Konno, ATRIC, is a highly successful entrepreneur in the aquatic industry, a decorated swimming coach, author and international speaker on aquatics. He is an advisor to AEA and also one of AEA’s International Training Specialists. Jun is the founder and president of the Aqua Dynamics Institute, a consulting firm for fitness clubs and swimming schools in Japan.

1601 – Ai Chi I

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that has been created to help aquatic practitioners and students enjoy the water in a flowing, yet powerful progression. Aquatic exercise instructors, personal trainers, and aquatic therapy and rehabilitation practitioners will find the Ai Chi workshop beneficial for them and their clients. It is an efficient exercise program that increases oxygen and caloric consumption simply with correct form and positioning in the water. It is a perfect relaxation technique for highly stressed, over-challenged clients, and it is ideal for creating improved range of motion and mobility. Ai Chi, created by combining Tai-Chi concepts with Qigong and Watsu® techniques, is performed standing in shoulder depth water using a combination of deep breathing and slow, broad movements of the arms, legs, and torso.

NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: We have so many programs available to us that are limited to those who can move well. This program was created for the less mobile or those looking for relaxation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)   Follow the simple Ai Chi progression.

2)   Examine the concepts of moving with nature, benefits, and general information.

3)   Experience the trunk stability movements with guidelines on proper pelvic mechanics.

4)   Utilize a sample workout progression for an average, apparently healthy adult, which can be modified for special situations.

1602 – Ai Chi Ne

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi Ne will meet the needs of therapists, aquatic fitness instructors, and Ai Chi practitioners. It is a simple aquatic balance program done in pairs. Ai Chi Ne has been used extensively for all balance deficits (CP, Parkinson’s, strokes), neurological and motor skill deficits, geriatrics, victims of abuse, developmentally delayed, ADD and ADHD to adjust physical and emotional balance. It is a safe, effective program that anyone can follow. The program, like its foundation Ai Chi, was created by Jun Konno from Yokohama Japan and brought to the US by Ruth Sova. The 74-minute Ai Chi Ne course features four participants in the pool (with above and under water footage) and in lecture. The Ai Chi Ne program will expand your client base and your therapeutic tools.

NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: Some of our clients don’t have the balance skills to participate alone in an Ai Chi program. This program will give them the extra support they need in order to benefit from Ai Chi. It is also excellent for clients who need healthy touch (some children and geriatric populations) and ADD/ADHD.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)   Identify a new aquatic technique.

2)   Experiment with a partner method to improve ROM.

3)   Compare postures for varied goals.

4)   Integrate flexibility, stability, balance and core strength.

5)   Identify postures for physical and emotional balance.

6)   Expand therapeutic tools.

7)   Analyze each Ai Chi Ne segment for benefits.

8)   Compare different positioning to improve weight bearing and weight shifting skills.

1604 – Clinical Applications of Ai Chi

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC / Mari Fujita, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Use Ai Chi for spine health, core, LE function, aging and more. Application and evidence are included in this course. The Ai Chi in this course will not be aimed toward relaxation but will focus on clinical issues you may encounter in your practice. There will be time for you to discuss your problem populations.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Experience positioning and alignment that can teach improved LE function.

2)  Assess populations that you encounter in your practice.

3)  Employ a variety of focal points to assist in specific function.

4)  Review evidence.

1605 – Fitness Applications of Ai Chi

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN / Keiko Tsuboi, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Ai Chi focus may be good for cooler water pools and those clients who think they have to move with more vigor in order to experience benefits. Ai Chi in 3, Cardio Ai Chi and Ai Chi Dance are included in this course. This is a faster moving Ai Chi, not focused on relaxation, but focused on endurance, enjoyment; and applicable to those who need a step between working out and relaxation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Experience a faster moving Ai Chi.

2)  Determine benefits and precautions of fitness Ai Chi.

3)  Review modifications in depth, music, ROM and movement speed in this Ai Chi program.

4)  Develop an outline to modify Ai Chi for environmental or client situations.

1607 – Ai Chi – Flowing Aquatic Energy

Beginner / 1-hour Course

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi is a water exercise and relaxation program that has been created to help aquatic practitioners and students enjoy the water in a flowing yet powerful progression. Aquatic exercise instructors, personal trainers, and aquatic therapy and rehabilitation practitioners will find Ai Chi beneficial for them and their clients. It is an efficient exercise program that increases oxygen and caloric consumption simply with correct form and positioning in the water, it is a perfect relaxation technique for highly stressed, over-challenged clients, and it is ideal for creating improved range of motion and mobility. Ai Chi, created by combining Tai-Chi concepts with Qigong and Watsu® techniques, is performed standing in shoulder-depth water using a combination of deep breathing and slow, broad movements of the arms, legs, and torso. We have so many programs available to us that are limited to those who can move well. This program was created for the less mobile or those looking for relaxation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)   Follow the simple Ai Chi progression.

2)   Explore the concepts of moving with nature, benefits, and general information.

3)   Experience the trunk stability movements with guidelines on proper pelvic mechanics.

4)   Follow a sample workout progression for an average, apparently healthy adult, which can be modified for special situations.

1612 – The Fatherland: Ai Chi from Japan

Beginner / 3-hour Course

Faculty: Jun Konno, ATRIC / Hisae Endo, ATRIC / Mari Fujita, ATRIC / Keiko Matsumoto, ATRIC / Keiko Tsuboi, ATRIC / Barb Batson, AS

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 3-hour pool-only course will be offered by Jun Konno, Ai Chi Originator, as well as four additional Japanese practitioners showing us the traditional Japanese Ai Chi along with Ai Chi Aging and Ai Chi Dance modifications. Ai Chi is the second most commonly used aquatic rehab technique in the world. It’s used predominantly for pain, balance and ROM but the extensive applications are incredible. Put on your suit and enjoy three hours of Ai Chi and its developmental process.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Experience original Ai Chi for calming the reticular system.

2)  Analyze modifications to Ai Chi for the aging population.

3)  Exercise your mind and body while participating in a dance version of Ai Chi.

4)  Examine the concepts of moving with nature and its benefits.

5)  Explore the relaxation that must occur before healing can proceed.

1615 – Ai Chi International

Beginner / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Barb Batson, AS / Ingrid Fabbian, AS / Katrien Lemahieu, MSEN / Natalia Tolchinsky, MSc / Gloria Aravena, PT

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi International offers you a peek at how Ai Chi is being used in different countries and by different ethnic populations. Modifications and varied pre- and post-Ai Chi options will be included.  Russia, Hong Kong, Italy, Argentina, the Netherlands, and others will be represented. You will have an opportunity to see what is done in the pool and then hear about the different cultures of thought (and applications of Ai Chi) in the lecture room.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Experience Ai Chi as used in different countries.

2)  Develop an understanding for the breadth of Ai Chi application.

3)  Review modifications in movement for the Ai Chi program.

4)  Examine populations and ethic variety and how Ai Chi conforms.

2601 – Ai Chi II-Cultivating the Chi

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This Ai Chi experience is designed for those comfortable with the Ai Chi movements and progressions. It is an extension to traditional Ai Chi that increases energy or life force with simple, natural movements. We go beyond basic Ai Chi with experimentation in physical positioning and we use the new Ai Chi terminology in the Physical Focus. When we cultivate a garden we sow (prepare the ground, plant the seeds, etc.), we work (weeding, watering, protecting from the elements, etc), and we reap (harvesting and using our harvest to bring us health, energy and life). Likewise the purpose of the Cultivating the Chi movements is to cultivate the Chi (our vital life force), which surrounds our physical body. We work with it, prepare it, acknowledge it, weed it, protect it, care for it, and take the best to feed ourselves.

NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: Following an Ai Chi Basic progression is helpful to clients. Adding information on energy and teaching ways to increase intrinsic energy life force will give clients a progression to elicit more benefits. Ai Chi Practitioners will want to add this level when they and their clients are ready.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)   Work toward precise recruitment of muscles during positioning.

2)   Experience physical movement coordinated with breathing patterns that can take Ai Chi to a new level.

3)   Experiment with the new postures – Encircling, Surrounding and Nurturing.

4)   Compare upper and lower trunk stabilization with extremity movements.

5)   Discover how Cultivating the Chi can increase energy so it becomes palpable.

2602 – Ai Chi III-The Visualization Journey

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for those practitioners who are already comfortable with Ai Chi and Cultivating the Chi. It is designed for Ai Chi practitioners who wish to expand their practice and take Ai Chi to a different level. It virtually ignores the physical being and focuses almost solely on the mind. It uses psychological/emotional concepts to release blocked energy and allow deeper healing to occur.

NEEDS IDENTIFICATION: Some clients can heal physically to meet a specific goal but either relapse or hit a plateau. At that point, they need a different focus with their healing. The Visualization Journey may meet that need.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)   Follow the Ai Chi healing pathway (Preparing, Healing, Cultivating and Applying) and evaluate the concept behind it.

2)   Consider teaching techniques discussed.

3)   Match the Visualization Journey to individual clients.

4)   Experience deeper relaxation.

2606 – Ai Chi Balance and Trunk Stabilization

Intermediate / 4-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 

Using Ai Chi with some Pilates concepts, this session will apply core stability and fall prevention techniques to develop balance and lumbar stabilization for your clients. The focus of this Ai Chi class will be on deep, rather than superficial, muscles. Learn to use the trunk muscles to initiate movement in the extremities. Balance, mobility and stability, all in one program!

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Analyze the body efforts used to move proximal to distal.

2)  Experience movement initiated in the core rather than in the extremities.

3)  Feel deep tissue trunk and abdominal muscles engage for balance and stability.

4)  Recruit muscle tissue in an efficient, effective progression.

2607 – Ai Chi for Scoliosis and Multi-Level Fusion

Intermediate / 4-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Mary Wykle, PhD, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Understanding scoliosis as to type of diagnosis, degree of curve progression, and age at onset is essential to modify a protocol such as Ai Chi to accommodate and sometimes, correct limitations. In recent years, spinal fusions have increased in numbers with many multi-level fusions to complete spinal fusions for diagnoses such as scoliosis. Working with a patient who has had a multi-level fusion requires a review of the types of fusion techniques being employed and the limitations they incur. Minimal invasive fusions and robotic fusions are coming to the forefront.  The important factor to determine is why the fusion was deemed necessary, outcomes of the surgery, patient’s and surgeon’s expectations following fusion surgery, limitations and setting of realistic goals.  Because of the diversity of types of fusions, aquatic therapy must have balance and locomotion primary and then determine the correct protocol. This course will discuss the current trends in fusion surgery, fusion revisions and removal of hardware, and optional aquatic therapy to address the individual limitations placed on the patient. Aquatic options range from basic clinical aquatic exercises, Pilates, Yoga, and Ai Chi modifications. All options must address balance, coordination, gait, and recovery to center of balance. Activities of daily living also require adaptation and specialized ways to address these will be included. As we all recognize, we live on land, but we can make rapid gains toward independence in the water.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Review of types of scoliosis and common treatments including bracing and fusion procedures when surgery is necessary.

2)  Develop an aquatic program for patients with multi-level fusions.

3)  Examine fusions by diagnosis and research studies in progress.

4)  Plan a progressive pool and home program.

5)  Experience Ai Chi modifications applicable for anyone who has had a multi-level fusion that restricts range of motion.

2608 – Body/Mind Ai Chi

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC / Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC / Patty Henry-Schneider, MS, LPC / Barb Batson, AS

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Learn physical movement, breath work and spiritual development techniques that can be implemented prior to teaching Ai Chi, to ultimately increase the Ai Chi instructor’s vibrational rate. As a result, your program will not only affect the body, but the mind. Myofascial meridians, Chinese Meridians, Yin Yang Theory, visualization and meditation will be implemented along with breath work. The Ai Chi Visualization Journey changes the Ai Chi focus and takes the Ai Chi experience to a different level. It is a body/mind healing experience. In the lecture you will hear an explanation of the Visualization Focus with its four pathways (Preparing, Healing, Cultivating and Applying). Ai Chi Visualization was created in response to practitioners who wanted ideas to deepen their teaching and for Ai Chi participants who wanted advanced relaxation techniques they could use on their own. The energy flow unimpeded, flowing into the Ai Chi patients/clients.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Increase the outcome for Ai Chi participants.

2)  Explore how to eliminate congestion with proper breathing, movement, and the Chinese Meridian Systems working together.

3)  Discover techniques to decrease your body’s reaction to stress though gentle movement to calm the vagusnerve.

4)  Considerations will be discussed regarding the energetic influences of the Ai Chi Instructor, as well as myofascial meridians.

2621 – Improving Ai Chi Outcomes

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Learn a movement and breathing procedure that can be implemented prior to teaching Ai Chi, increasing the outcome for your patients/clients. Myofascial meridians, Chinese Meridians, Yin Yang Theory, Visualization and Meditation will be implemented along with breath work. Discover ways to quickly eliminate stress and decrease cortisol levels with QiGong. The Ai Chi Practitioner will create the space needed to let the energy flow unimpeded.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1)  Increase the outcome for Ai Chi participants.

2)  Eliminate congestion through proper breathing, movement, and the Chinese Meridian Systems working together.

3)  Discover techniques to decrease your body’s reaction to stress though gentle movement to calm the vagusnerve.

4)  Implement the ‘9’ form as used in QiGong for completion.

5)  Considerations regarding the energetic influences of the Ai Chi Instructor, as well as myofascial meridians.

2624 – Ai Chi for Ortho and Neuro Patients

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Lavinia Wong Kit Yee, PT

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Ai Chi has been widely used in active rehabilitation for different orthopedic and neurological clinical conditions. Since Ai Chi is characterized by its self-guided movement, functional directional training and movement control element; intrinsic learning of muscle work and balance are gradually regained through training. Different mode of application and modification of movement will be illustrated in the workshop. Selected common orthopedic conditions including chronic shoulder pain, low back pain and knee osteoarthritis’ management with Ai Chi will be addressed. For the neurological area, focus will be put on how Ai Chi can tackle the balance, rigidity and symmetrical issues for stroke and Parkinson’s conditions. This course will cover the basic pathology and treatment approach to the conditions mentioned.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

1) Determine the use of Ai Chi movement analysis.

2) Apply the above concept in modification of Ai Chi in the mentioned clinical conditions.

3) Demonstrate the modified Ai Chi technique in common clinical orthopedic conditions.

4) Determine the performance and limitation in stroke and Parkinson’s clients with appropriate adjustment in Ai Chi protocol.

2631 – Ai Chi for Kids - NEW!

Intermediate / 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom Viewing Time: 1.5 hours / Pool Viewing Time: 1.5 hours)

 Faculty: Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L

 COURSE DESCRIPTION: Ai Chi can benefit all children especially those with special needs.  Regardless of individual abilities, Ai Chi encourages a child participate in motor exploration,  facilitate sensory processing through imitation of movement patterns and support a calm and focused state by using deep breath.  Using Ai Chi Ne, children develop peer bonding by physically and emotionally assisting each other.  This workshop will encourage attendees to develop a comprehensive plan for using Ai Chi and Ai Chi Ne effectively in pediatric settings.

 COURSE OBJECTIVES:
1) Demonstrate a working knowledge of Ai Chi and Ai Chi Ne postures.
2) Identify modifications for movements for specific individuals or groups.
3) Explore the sensory benefits of music used during Ai Chi and Ai Chi Ne.
4) Identify developmentally appropriate uses of Ai Chi and Ai Chi Ne for reflex integration, motor development and behavioral growth.
5) Adapt moves to perform Ai Chi in seated, standing, or supine positions.
6) Actively participate in land-based and pool experiences and discussions. 

FACULTY: Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L, Ai Chi Instructor, has been active in aquatics for 50 years, starting her aquatic life as a swim instructor, and carrying her passion for the water into her occupational therapy career. She enjoyed a 30+-year career as a school-based OT and provided therapy on land and in the therapy pool. She has had the privilege of working with children enrolled in early childhood through school age programs. She currently works in the therapy pool with preschoolers with Autism. She has taught classes for ATRI since 1995 and received the Tsunami Spirit Award in 2002.

2802 - Ai Chi Certification

Intermediate / 8-hour Workshop

 

Faculty: Ruth Sova, MS, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Take your Ai Chi experience to a new level. Prepare yourself to offer the best Ai Chi techniques to give improved care to your clients. Compare the benefits of Ai Chi for the average healthy adult and modifications to Ai Chi for special situations. Hear about the Eastern thought behind the movement performance and sequence of Ai Chi. Examine the continuing evolution of Ai Chi with several new ways to make the basic program more effective. Analyze the body and mind efforts necessary for a positive effect. Apply teaching techniques including lecturing, music, pacing and flow of a class or workshop.  Examine several different ways to focus your Ai Chi instruction to create new or advanced Ai Chi opportunities for your clients. Ai Chi Ne (partner work) and Cultivating the Chi (advanced Ai Chi positions) and Visualization Journey are included in this program.

PLEASE NOTE THE POST-REQUISITE BELOW

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn the deeper concepts behind Ai Chi.
  • Experiment with a new focus to give more depth.
  • Gain experience with the intricacies of each movement pattern.
  • Apply teaching and leadership skills and prewritten teaching scripts.
  • Compare modifications for varied special populations.

NEEDS IDENTIFICATION:

For your clients:

  • Show your excellence in teaching and caring for clients with professional development that provides a new and deeper way to nurture your clients.
  • Prepare yourself to provide the best of this prestigious, highly regarded program.

For yourself: 

  • This proven, effortless program continues its healing reputation, strengthening the immune system, boosting the psyche, bringing focus to vital life forces and increasing energy.
  • Experience the tranquil balance of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic systems, the soothing balance of yin and yang, and the balance of the body-mind.
  • Enjoy the beauty and relaxation offered by combining the best of life – music, water, and Ai Chi. Feel the harmony and centering as your spirit awakens and you move toward self-actualization.

SUGGESTED PREREQUISITES (not mandatory):

  • Candidates must practiced at least 100 sessions of Ai Chi either as a participant or as a practitioner.
  • The candidate should have strong anatomy, kinesiology and physiology knowledge.
  • Candidates must have completed the Ai Chi Basic Workshop.

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, participants will be certified as Ai Chi Basic Trainers.

 

The certification is good for two years and is simple to renew.  You will get more renewal information in the course.

 

POST-REQUISITE:

After finishing the course and online test please email a link of you teaching Ai Chi.  It does not have to include the full progression.

Length: The film should be at least 7 minutes but no longer than 15 minutes.

Deadline: Please email the link within a month after completing the online course.  After the video is watched and critiqued you will receive your certificate.

TOPICS INCLUDED:

  • Ai Chi in depth
  • Cultivating the Chi (new Ai Chi positions)
  • Practical teaching information
  • Pool teaching scripts for varied learning focus
  • Ai Chi for special populations
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • Breathing techniques and benefits
  • The para-sympathetic and sympathetic systems
  • Physical positioning
  • The Visuatlization Journey
  • Ai Chi practice in the pool