Anne Bommer

Clinical Ai Chi &  Qi Gong

In her courses, Anne Bommer aims at the competent use of Ai Chi and Aqua-T-Relax. Competency exists not only of applying a correct technique, but also showing an empathic attitude towards the alliance between patient and therapist.

This combination is of utmost importance in her daily work in the Foundation Clair-Bois Lancy in Geneva, Switzerland since 2007. She is responsible for aquatic therapy for the clients: children and youth between 10 and 20 years, with severe multi-system impairment (visual, auditive, intellectual, neuro-musculoskeletal, social).

Anne originally studied interior design architecture between 1981 and 1989, but then switched to swimming, being very sportive throughout her life. She started working as swimming teacher at the municipality of Geneva in 1992. She then developed interest in other ways to use water and became Watsu practitioner in 2002. Also in 2002 she met Jun Konno in Valens, Switzerland and felt hat Ai Chi “was made for her”. Since 2004 she is a certified Ai Chi lecturer – of Jun Konno’s Aquadynamics Institute – in the Association IATF, which she combines with a lectureship in Aqua-T-Relax, developed by her for IATF.

Anne has taught mostly Ai Chi, in countries like Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, South-Africa, Mexico, China, Qatar, India and Colombia. She also co-authored chapters on Ai Chi in various textbooks about aquatic therapy and of the web-based publication 

In 2016 Anne has been appointed as Chair of the Disability Group, IATA–China.


Optimising sport performance and injury management in the aquatic environment

Ben Waller PT, PHD is a physiotherapist and Senior researcher from the Faculty of Sport and Health Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Adjunct Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland. His recent PhD thesis investigated the effected the effect of aquatic resistance training on the biochemical composition of tibiofemoral cartilage, body composition and function in women with mild knee osteoarthritis. He has a number of peer-reviewed publications on the effects of aquatic exercise on different populations including four systematic reviews and several published randomized controlled trials. His current research interests are investigating the effects of immersion and aquatic exercise on the neuromuscular and cardiovascular system, with deep water running of particular interest. Ben is passionate about optimizing prescription of aquatic exercise for different clinical outcomes and health benefits.

Ben has a 15-year clinical background specializing in musculoskeletal, sports injuries and orthopedics and has experience working with some of Finland’s elite athletes. Currently, Ben collaborates and works as an aquatic therapy consultant for local sports teams, the Jyväskylä Sports Academy with work focusing on prevention and optimal early management of injuries in young athletes. Ben is a respected lecturer and clinical educator in the field of aquatic therapy and exercise. He completed his BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy in 2001, graduating from the University of Brighton and graduated from University of Jyväskylä in 2010 with MSc in Health Sciences. 


The aquatic neuroscience research and it’s application

Daisuke Sato PhD is Professor at Sports Neurophysiology Laboratory in Niigata University of Health and Welfare. The laboratory specializes in devising new techniques to study the physiology of the human sensory and motor system in healthy volunteers. Recently, the lab. has conducted some project about the way to promote neural plasticity using water immersion and exercise intervention. These works have provided insight into the mechanisms of action of aquatic therapy for the treatment of several disease. In addition, the lab has enough experience in the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near infra-red spectroscopy (fNIRS) to study cortical activation in special environment including water immersion. Now, the lab has started new project using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to examine the change in neurotransmitter by intervention of water immersion and exercise.

Irit Tsedek

Aquatic therapy for adult patients: the challenge to change the intervention

Ms. Irit tsedek – holds a Master’s degree in physiotherapy (MScPT) from Tel-Aviv university, health department. She is the manager of the Physiotherapy and Hydro-therapy department in the Sha’ar haNegev Hydro-therapy rehabilitation Centerand and a lecturer in thePhysiotherapydepartmentat Ben Gurion University in Be’er Sheva, specifically in the areas of Orthopedics and Hydro-therapy.Irit is a member of the World-wide Organization of Hydro-therapy.She is involved with academic studies and researchesin the area of hydro-therapy and lectures at international conferences .

Jane Styer-Acevedo

Using Water for Functional Gains in Children with Neurologic Challenges

Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT is Senior Adjunct Faculty at Arcadia University, teaching in the Physical Therapy Department and maintains a clinical practice, treating individuals through the lifespan with neurological challenges. She is a master clinician in the areas of pediatrics, neurology, and therapeutic aquatics and has been teaching continuing education workshops, nationally and internationally since 1983. Jane’s scope of teaching includes aquatic and “land-based” courses in Australia, Europe, Asia, India, Africa, and North, Central, and South America. She is currently Chair of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) Instructor Group and an Active Pediatric Coordinator Instructor for the NDTA, teaching continuing education courses of varying lengths related to the NDT Practice Model.Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long participation, health and fitness.


Does aquatic therapy influence neuro-inflammation?

Johan Lambeck PT is Senior Lecturer IATF. He is director of Aquatic Rehab Consultants and has been affiliated as free research associate at Leuven University (Belgium), co-organizing the European Aquaoutcome/evidence Network (, He is author of various books, book chapters and articles on AT in (peer reviewed) journals. He is a Cochrane member and former primary contact person for the WCPT aquatic physical therapy network. Johan also has various honorary positions in China:

  • Professor Zhongshan Vocational College, Nanjing
  • Chair IATA-China
  • Advisor China Rehabilitation Research Center, Beijing

As an aquatic therapy knowledge broker, Johan has an established a track record in teaching up-to-date information, being involved intensively in international networks, conferences and publications.

Patty Pei-Hsin Ku

Does aquatic therapy influence neuro-inflammation?

Patty Pei-Hsin Gu PT, MSc is a licensed physical therapist in Taiwan working with neurologically involved people, at the Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, Yang-Ming University, Taiwan. She is also a PhD candidate taking part in multiple research projects. Her research interest targets the effects of aquatic therapy on motor and cognitive functions, as well as brain activities in aging population and neurological disorders. She completed her MSc with the research topic on Ai Chi and stroke. Her doctoral proposal relates aquatic therapy to autonomic control and executive function. In addition, she also assists and teaches the courses with IATA-China since 2016.

Paula Richley-Geigle

Knowing in action

Paula Richley-Geigle’s practice experience includes lifespan treatment, physical therapy education, and clinical research. Her professional preparation includes: BS from Penn State, physical therapy training from Hahnemann Medical School, MSc and PhD from University of Delaware, and NIH funded postdoctoral training (clinical biostatistics and epidemiology) at SOM, University of Pennsylvania. Aquatic Physical Therapy Academy roles (APTA) included: president, secretary, bylaws chair, recipient of two Academy Clinical Research Grants: Aquatic Exercise in Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Management and aquatic exercise and nutritional guidance for individuals with SCI. Also an investigator on 3 Department of Defense awards all evaluating spinal cord injury participant outcomes: 1) Aquatic and Lokomat exercise; 2) exoskeleton usage; and 3) biopsychosocial prospective shoulder pain predictive model outcomes. In addition to peer reviewed articles, Dr. Geigle co-authored/edited the text book Aquatic Exercise: Rehabilitation and Training.

Sejun Oh

PT, PhD is a research professor in Korea University. His PhD thesis were aquatic therapy on novel approach for chronic musculoskeletal disorders. His current research interests are developing the medical device and aquatic therapy for low back pain.

  • Research Professor, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Senior Researcher, Korea University Anam Research-driven Hospital
  • Research department member. IATA-Korea
  • Scientific committee member, ICEBAT China 2020

Urs Gamper

Musculoskeletal Aquatic Therapy

Urs Gamper PT has been a physiotherapist since 1986 and worked as the Head of Therapy Department at the Valens Rehabilitation Clinic, Switzerland. His interests lie in the rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal, neurological and geriatric problems. In addition to the water-specific therapy he wrote a book about and he developed the Bad Ragazer Ring method further. He is the author of various book chapters About aquatic therapy and an honorary member of the Swiss Physiotherapy Association, the Swiss League against Rheumatism and the Health professionals in Rheumatology Switzerland. He has been retired for now more than two years and runs his own company in the training and further education of aquatic therapy.

Xiaojun Wang

Aquatic Applications of Health Qi Gong

Prof. Wang Xiaojun is a national Wushu referee of China and a graduate supervisor of Beijing Sport University (BSU). With a Ph.D. degree in Tai Chi studies, he is President of National Traditional Chinese Exercise Medicine Institute, after serving as Director of Wushu Department of BSU. He is also a member of Chinese Wushu Association and a director of China Association of Research & Development on Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Prof. Wang has inherited the fine tradition of “Wushu and TCM in the same family” by studying under Prof. Li Yongchang, the founder of Traditional Chinese Exercise Medicine and a famous doctor in the field of Traditional Chinese Massage, and by following the guidance of Prof. Niu Liyun, an expert on Non-damage Manipulation Treatment and Rehabilitation. In addition, Wang Xiaojun also studied acupuncture and massage in a Masters-degree program in Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Based on his research on the theory and practice of Wushu, Qigong and Massage, Prof. Wang created and defined a brand-new system of Non-damage Daoyin Massage for the prevention and treatment of hypertension, anhypnia, astriction, cacochylia, cervical spondylosis, pain in waists and lower extremities, etc. With a firm belief in the imperative for the close integration between Traditional Chinese Exercise and TCM as a cardinal tenet, Prof. Wang advanced and elaborated the basic concepts and principles underlying the theory of Traditional Chinese Medical Exercises Prescription (TCMEP), a first in this arena.

Prof. Wang is the editor of Traumatology Massage Course, Study on the Theory of Traditional Chinese Medical Exercise Prescription and Muscle-bone Strengthening Exercise, which are all well-reviewed textbooks of Beijing Sport University. Prof. Wang has completed 6 national-ministry-level research projects and published more than 20 papers in China’s leading national journals. He is also the lead teacher of the Tai Chi Course in BSU.

Prof. Wang Xiaojun has been invited to participate in academic events, exchanges and lectures in many countries, including Spain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Portugal and Japan to promote the dissemination and development of Traditional Chinese Exercise Medicine worldwide.