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Wellness and water at a retreat in India

I'm nearing the end of 2 years working to set up and provide the aqua services at a new high-end wellness retreat in north India. It's been such an engaging (and challenging) experience that I am continuing.  I am so greatly indebted to Harold Dull for creating the healing art that is Watsu and for…

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Added by Sara Firman (Sulis) on March 8, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

Importance of staying hydrated when immersed in water for long periods

Being in water for some time makes most people want to pee.  This is why I ask aquatic bodywork clients to avoid drinking too much fluid before a session and encourage them to drink plenty of water afterwards.

The dehydrating effect is especially significant for some (see highlight below) as Peggy Schroedinger, Aqua PT explains.  I thought this might be of interest here ...…

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Added by Sara Firman (Sulis) on October 9, 2014 at 3:03am — No Comments

Aquatic therapy Start-up looking for Ecp.

My start up is aquatic therapy and looking for a lead therapist with several yrs of exp plus management. I don't have experience -just the idea. If I find the right person I can open in 6 mths. Are there any sites other than indeed Craigslist or LinkedIn to find the right person?

Added by Randa on March 11, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

1st European Conference on Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy (ECEBAT)



Dear Colleague,



We would like to invite you to visit the website of ECEBAT: The 1st European Conference of Evidence Based Aquatic Therapy, March 2013 in Izmir / Turkey



www.aquatherapy2013.org



The conference will include a scientific program with keynotes, short presentations, poster sessions.

We will have a pre-conference program…

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Added by Johan Lambeck on September 8, 2012 at 6:27am — No Comments

Need help with pool depth

My community is building a therapy pool!   They want to slope the floor  slightly.    My hospital pool does the same thing ranging from 3.5 to 4.5 feet.   It is not good for walkers, esp. those with SIJ dysfunction.    Can someone point me to an article that address the value of keeping the depth a constant 4' ?

Added by Nancy A. Weinberg on September 3, 2012 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Profound experience, Water relaxation treatment -spa, Aquatic body work in a natural water pool, heated to the body temperature, קסום וטבעי לטיפולי מים-בריאות זה בטבע Profound experience, Water relax…

Profound experience, Water relaxation treatment -spa, Aquatic body work in a natural water pool, heated to the body temperature, קסום וטבעי לטיפולי מים-בריאות זה בטבע Profound experience, Water relaxation treatment -spa, Aquatic body work in a natural water pool, heated to the body temperature, קסום וטבעי לטיפולי מים-בריאות זה בטבע שלנו…

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Added by Matilda Ben Shoham on September 1, 2012 at 3:03am — No Comments

Watsu testimonial from a veteran

Veteran Josh says that Watsu is the first thing he has tried that has made a difference after just one session; noting that antidepressants for example can take up to one month to be effective.

This is a wonderful account that I hope will reach many other veterans. Please share.

Josh asks his colleagues to 'truly immerse yourself in [Watsu]'; notes that he slept like a baby the night after his session (no combat dreams); and finds that Watsu is helping him to trust others, as…

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Added by Sara Firman (Sulis) on August 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Watsu and Tantsuyoga Explorer Path

This August I attended a new (2011) 50 h class called 'Watsu and Tantsuyoga Explorer Path' with Harold Dull creator of Watsu®, held at Mary Seamster's White Stone Institute in Washington.  Here is a short account of my experience. 

Classes like this can be found on the WABA (Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork) registry:…

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Added by Sara Firman (Sulis) on August 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Working with military personnel and vets

If you're interested in working with military personnel and vets, please take a look at this video and the comments it has brought. As warm water aquatic bodyworkers our practice can evoke even more strongly the softness of voice and approach that is being RECONSIDERED here ... at least at first.

Aside from the use of language and tone that more effectively matches the receiver's own ...  I'm reminded of how, with people who are wound-up or muscle-bound-up such that their bodies also…

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Added by Sara Firman (Sulis) on May 3, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Life is a balancing act

I was looking at an old status, Here's an update. I am working to reduce pool expenses so I have reduced the pool temp to 83 degrees between clients, just need to remember to heat it up before they get there. I also have reduced the pump time to 6 from 12 hours with no sanitation issues. This has really reduced the overhead of the pool. Currently doing from 4-8 watsu sessions a month. This year has increased my overall client load considerably. I am in collage for my paramedic certification…

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Added by Kim Chamberlain (idowatsu) on March 30, 2012 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

Becker Book

I'm looking for a copy of Bruce Becker's book Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy 2nd ed.  All suppliers list it as sold out.  Can someone put me in contact with a source for purchase new or used?

Added by John Tagg on January 12, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Update on my brain injured client with trach

I have been working with my 21 yr old client who has been unable to sit up, move or talk for 5 years due to brain injury from a car accident, for a year now.  I see her once a week.   I have witnessed over the year increasing alertness, smiles, and communication.  She can now move both of her legs.  She just started working with an OT on land who has helped her to hold her head up on her own, after 2 sessions.   I discovered a place near Seattle, where I live, called Pushing Boundaries,…

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Added by Laura Srygley on January 1, 2012 at 10:52pm — 2 Comments

The Vertical Pool; Short Version Available

  The Vertical Pool is now offering a "short" version for Rent, Lease, Purchase. No digging or soil displacement required. This pool can sit In the house (if floors are concrete base), in the garage, or out on a covered patio. Originally configured for dog rehab at home, this design allows folks who need the aquatics, can't get to a pool easily, and want daily convenient immersion in private. The same Hoyer or Molift accommodates access/egress. Water depth approximately 36". Same two seats,…

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Added by Peter G. Hold on December 15, 2011 at 11:55am — No Comments

Mysterious neurologic condition improves in the water

I have another new client, a 60 year old attorney, who came to see me because of a tremor in his right arm.   It is very severe, and he was diagnosed with Parkinson's 6 years ago.  However, his neurologist changed the diagnosis  to a different condition which he should have died from by now  He now does not  know what to make of it.    It is affecting his speech and his walking.    He speaks very slowly and with difficulty.   Until  6 years ago he was  a climber, surfer, skiier, as well as a…

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Added by Laura Srygley on February 16, 2011 at 12:08am — 2 Comments

Watsu success with a 21 yr old paralyzed girl with a tracheotomy!

This client came to see me for watsu for the first time in November (2010), and has been coming 3-4 times a month ever since.  She was in a car accident 4 years ago,  and has had the top half of her skull removed.  She is brain damaged and has been mostly immobile  for 4 years. She can see and hear but cannot move  or talk.  Her parents are very positive that she can recover a lot of her functioning.  We were all worried about her trach tube, as it cannot get wet. Her first session we…

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Added by Laura Srygley on February 9, 2011 at 1:32am — 3 Comments

The Wateripper - NEW GENERATION WATERBALL FOR RECREATIONAL AQUATIC THERAPY

The Wateripper at www.ripperball.com

NEW GENERATION WATERBALL FOR RECREATIONAL AQUATIC THERAPY

The new handball size new generation watertoy and  new innovative watersports  for all ages 5+.

For recreational therapy and adaptive indoor training activities all year round. All you need is 3” of water…and 2 kids for starters. It is basically a game of catch with a very accurate beanbag that is designed to…

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Added by tim Leefeldt on December 17, 2010 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Aquatic Therapy Job - Boston, MA ($5,000 Sign On Bonus)

Are you a Physical Therapist or PTA looking for an Aquatic Therapy position?…

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Added by Victoria Layton on December 6, 2010 at 11:55am — No Comments

The Vertical Pool with MoLift 150

Take a look at the pics showing how the The Vertical Pool accommodates the MolLift 150 to take an individual from a wheelchair or bed and place them on the seat in the pool. The individual can then slide, or be slid, forward from the seat to the deep section.

This lift, and the appropriate harness, can work to immerse and remove dogs from the pool as well.

The normal deep-water depth of 5' 6" can be reduced by placing the adjustable floor at the desired height for each…

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Added by Peter G. Hold on December 2, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Floating through pregnancy with aquatic bodywork

A few posts back on my blog I wrote about Floating through pregnancy with aquatic bodywork (click to read full link). Here is a recent post (August 12) on a mother's blog describing just the kind of experience a practitioner hopes someone would have ... the baby looks a bit worried though :)



From…

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Added by Sara Firman (Sulis) on August 16, 2010 at 10:31am — No Comments

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