Advantages of Aquatic Therapy
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 far-reaching effects beyond the physical experience,
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.
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...
Who can benefit from Aquatic Bodywork treatments?
And particularly anyone who:
Wants to relax and slow down.
Wants to be nurtured.
Loves the warm water.
Is experiencing pain.
Is experiencing stress.
Likes gentle stretching and movement.
Wants to explore self-awareness.
Likes to try something different.
Needs therapeutic touch.
Halliwick is an approach to teaching all people, in particular those with physical and/or learning difficulties, to participate in water activities, to move independently in water, and to swim.
According to the Halliwick Concept, physical properties of water form the basis for therapeutic intervention as activities in water have a great physical, personal, recreational and social benefits.
The Halliwick Concept focuses on bio-physical principles of motor control in water, in particular by developing a sense of balance and core stability together with the consideration of humans’ emotional needs for mental adjustment and a sense of independence.
This method 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)
Water Specific Therapy (WST) uses the Halliwick method and principles to treat impairments of body structure and or function, as well as develop strength, stabilisation of the core / spine and joints, stimulate activation of muscles, and a range of motion.
Skills and constrictions of the client are considered in order to identify the desired outcome and design the WST intervention plan to help clients increase function, independent and participation.
Who can benefit from WST?
Those who are geriatric and pediatric with compromised body function
Healthy clients with Injuries
Those with neurological, musculoskeletal/orthopedically challenges
Those who suffer/ed: back surgery, multiple injuries following trauma, stroke and brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy with hypotonic or stiffness of muscles, multiple sclerosis, many types of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, ankylosing spondylitis - all results in different level of movement impairments).
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
Initial session: 90min - $225 Subsequent sessions: 60min - $150
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.
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