Hydro-Health :: Watsu, Ai-Chi, Aquafit & Swimming Lessons utilising the Alexander Technique
Hydro-Health :: Watsu, Ai-Chi, Aquafit & Swimming Lessons utilising the Alexander Technique

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Ai Chi at Hydro-Health

Ai Chi Sessions

Introduction:

In our hectic yet sedentary modern lives, it is important to set time aside to exercise, but also to relax.

Imagine the transition from gravity to weightlessness as you descend to stand in a pool wrapped in the comfort of warm water, to commence a process of relaxation and exercise, allowing your mind and body to become centred, while simultaneously improving:

  • Flexibility & Balance
  • Core Strength
  • Oxygen & Energy Levels
  • Calorific Consumption
  • Circulation

This, is Ai Chi !

Ai Chi Background:

Tai Chi Created in Japan by Junn Konno, president of the Aqua Dynamic Institute, the qualifying body for Ai Chi instructors, it stems from the basic principles of the slow, meditative exercise of Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Pilates and Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese method of healing.

The perfect relaxation technique for the seriously stressed and over challenged, Ai Chi strengthens the important connection between the mind and body. Boosting the performance of your metabolism and helping you to reach a state of complete calm.

Your Ai Chi Session:

Your Instructor: Dawn Watts Demonstrating Ai Chi Your instructor Dawn qualified in the year 2000 and brings to Ai Chi over 20 years of experience in other aquatic instruction.

You will be taken through a repeated sequence of moves using a combination of rounded, slow and graceful movements of the arms, legs and torso. This is complimented by deep diaphragmatic breaths and music. Which will ultimately lead you to a state of calm. This is achieved by gradually increasing your ability to follow the set patterns and as the technique progresses you reach an improved balance, poise and stability in the water.

Ai Chi requires an optimum water temperature of 88 to 92 F, which increases the blood flow to the extremities whilst maintaining the body's core temperature throughout the session. The use of warm water is recognised as being able to relax muscles and reduce tension and tightening throughout the body.

Your body will feel like it is doing what it was designed to do, and all sessions are completely private whether you choose to practise one to one or with a partner.

The use of water in Ai Chi sessions has the benefit of supporting the body and reducing the restrictions of weight, experienced with land based exercise.

An Ai Chi Session No two sessions are the same, as everyone will perform the technique in their own personal way. Every movement can be varied according to your body, your individual needs, surroundings and mood. You may begin to eliminate certain movements, put them in a different order, change the tempo or the number of repetitions, and that is as it should be.

We are all unique and as such everyone will perform Ai Chi differently therefore experiment with the technique.

Booking Your Session:

All sessions are completely private whether you choose to practise one to one or with a partner.


STA: Swimming Teaches Association ASA: Amateur Swimming Association ISTC: Institute of Swimming Teachers & Coaches International School of Watsu Art of Swimming NHSTA: NHS Trusts Association ITPI: International Professional Therapists International