What is Ai Chi?
Ai Chi gets its name from the dry-land sport, Tai Chi. The water-based program combines deep, rhythmic breathing techniques with slow, broad movements. These motions help center the entire body and allow participants to appreciate the water in a flowing, natural progression. Ai Chi benefits both the body and mind. It provides participants with physical and psychological benefits, including increased oxygen levels, stability, heightened metabolic rates, flexibility, and overall range of motion. For some Ai Chi enthusiasts, the program can also help alleviate pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, MS and COPD.
How Does “Flowing Aquatic Energy” Help Participants?
The DVD starts off by reviewing each Ai Chi progression. Narrated by Ruth Sova, an internationally recognized leader in the aquatics industry, “Flowing Aquatic Energy” recaps the Breathing and Upper Extremity Movements. It then moves on to Trunk Stability techniques and Lower Extremity Movements. The teaching program is completed with Coordinated Total Body Movements. The DVD also features instructions from Ai Chi masters, such as Yoshiko Uno and Miki Aoki. The basics of the sport are covered in this easy to follow video. Once you feel like you've mastered the basic movements of the program, you can follow up and enhance your knowledge of Ai Chi with Ruth Sova's Ai Chi II DVD and Ai Chi III DVD. They help put a focus on the physical aspects of Ai Chi and guide participants through a mental journey while performing postures.
Getting Started With Ai Chi
While watching the Ai Chi I DVD is a great way to get started with the program while on dry land, there are few other Ai Chi products that can help guide you while in the water. The Ai Chi Tri-Fold Laminate is a poolside, waterproof instructional guide that's a great reference for all Ai Chi postures. The Ai Chi Synchrony CD is also available for further motivation. It's un-cued Japanese music that's filled with tranquil, soothing harmonies is perfect for performing Ai Chi to. The Ai Chi Balance, Harmony, and Healing Book might also be good to have on hand for reference. It features an overview and comprehensive look into the entire Ai Chi program.
The AquaGear Opinion
The AquaGear testers were excited to follow along with the instructional DVD and learn about the basics of Ai Chi. Swimmers thought that the guide would be great for those in need of therapy and rehabilitation. The combination of the relaxing moves, along with the water's natural buoyancy, could help support and revitalize old injuries. Testers found that the program was both relaxing and enjoyable. They also thought that it would be a great way to relieve pent-up stress and align the body and the mind.
The Bottom Line
No matter if you're rehabilitating, working on your figure, or looking for a great way to relax, the Ai Chi I DVD can help you achieve your goals in the water.