During the first nine months of our life in our mother’s womb we are suspended in warm liquid. Indeed many of us describe the feeling of a dip in hot springs as returning to the womb.
Being in warm water is a pleasant feeling for most people - a sense of relaxation and weightlessness that spreads over the body and soul.
Immersion in water has many healing properties that positively impact our mood and help promote wellbeing, which in turn can improve our quality of life.
Over decades, a wide range of aquatic therapy treatments have been developed. Many of these are offered in warm water and are designed to treat various health conditions. Recognition of the effectiveness of such treatments has been increasing among both the general public and the medical professions.
A skilled therapist can help relieve pain, promote relaxation, improve flexibility, mobilise joints, strengthen muscles, rehabilitate injuries, all of which can improve general wellbeing. The weightlessness afforded by aquatic therapy makes it suitable for people of most levels of ability.
Advantages of Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy (hydrotherapy) is at least as effective as physiotherapy, with water treatments presenting many advantages.
Our buoyancy in water facilitates reduction of our body’s weight, which in turn lessens pressure on our joints, muscles, and skeleton. This allows aquatic therapists to apply a wider range of movements, some of which that are impossible outside of the water, especially post injury.
Due to the reduced effects of gravity in water, in combination with the appropriate practice by the therapist, hydro-therapeutic rehabilitation is recommended by various health practitioners for increased mobilisation and reduced muscle tension and pain, for example experienced with disc herniation or joint diseases, as well as reducing stiffness, muscle spasms, and spasticity, associated with other health conditions.
Aquatic therapy also positively contributes to our emotional system. A session in the soothing aquatic environment, in the hands of an experienced practitioner, can have a far-reaching effects beyond the physical realm, offering a sense of freedom from everyday concerns and a profound state of wellbeing.
A number of water treatments are available for emotional support, which build confidence and help the release of various emotional pains and tensions.
Performed in a warm and safe environment aquatic therapy enables people to feel supported and potentially become free of stress and pain.
Furthermore, these advantages, featured in a carefully designed therapeutic environment, can promote independence among people with various physical and mental disabilities.
Some of the potential immediate benefits of aquatic therapy present after a first session include: increased range of motion and muscle relaxation, and decreased muscle spasm, spasticity and pain. Long term effects following multiple aquatic therapy sessions have been shown to include: decreased anxiety and emotional and physical pain, improved healing and immune system response, better sleep patterns, and improved digestion.
Which treatments are available with us?
Aquatic therapy treatments are generally appropriate for people of all ages, those suffering most medical conditions, or those simply wishing to unwind physically or mentally.
There is a range of disciplines within each of the below categories, and Aquanat composes the most appropriate combination of these to address each client’s unique needs.
Aquatic Bodywork/Passive forms of Aquatic Therapy
Include Watsu® (‘water shiatsu’), Healing Dance®, and Waterdance®, all of which use combinations of flowing movements through the water along with gentle invitations to the client’s body to soothe, release and mobilise. They are all excellent methods for releasing tension, helping with pain management and relaxation.
Collectively, they are referred to as Aquatic Bodywork (learn more here).
Promotes independence and is usually performed in groups. The instructor leads the group of carers with their clients towards swimming independently. This method is especially beneficial for people who require enhancement of their sense of security.
Water Specific Therapy (WST)
Uses the Halliwick principles for clients who need to develop strength, core stabilization and range of motion.
Hydrotherapy for Babies
Designed to help babies:
Who present symptoms of developmental delays
Who require specific enhancements in order to develop motor skills and strengthen their muscles
Had a traumatic birth experience
Organising your session
When you arrange your therapy session with us, we ask you to fill a form and answer several relevant questions to assist us understand your circumstances. This helps us specifically design our sessions for you.
One on one sessions with a qualified practitioner
60min - $150 90min - $200
One on one sessions with SE (trauma resolution) with a qualified practitioner
60min - $180 90min - $230
One on one sessions with a trainee (student in training under supervision)
60min - $60 90min - $90
Our Australian Institute for Aquatic Bodywork offers training and certification for aspiring therapists or those wishing to extend their practice.