What it is about
Aquatic Bodywork therapy is practised in warm water and can help relieve aches and pains, mobilise stiff joints and strengthen weak muscles. The water in the pool is approximately 34ºC, allowing your muscles to relax and easing the pain in your joints.
What makes Aquatic bodywork so unique is that it is performed either while floating, partially or entirely submerged in water because buoyancy of the water unloads the weight of the body, reducing stress on joints and allowing freedom of movement.
The pool allows for versatile exercise programs or sessions to suit all clients needs, particularly useful on those with Neurological conditions or brain injuries like strokes, dementia or autism, although it can be a wonderful way for "letting go" experience and just enjoy and relax while floating.
How it works
Aquatic bodywork combines core stability work, stretching, and movement to regain one’s balance and coordination.The properties of the water allow patients to exercise with reduced or no weight through their injured joints or bones, meaning they have better movement and control in the water than they would on land.
There are different types of aquatic bodywork techniques. Generally, the practice is utilized by those who have difficulty walking and/or moving above ground. Some techniques used include:
Halliwick Concept → Focuses on the development of balance and core stability. It’s most commonly used with physically disabled patients to teach motor control.
Bad Ragaz Ring Method → Rehabilitation of neuromuscular functions. Typically, the patient is taken through a series of patterned exercises while lying face-up in the water. Their neck, pelvis, knees, and arms are supported by rings or floats.
Watsu → Induces deep relaxation and provide therapeutic benefit through a series of deep stretches and flowing movements. It’s mostly used by those with injured and disabled people, most notably with neurological disabilities.