Aquatics

 

The aquatic environment at Vernon Memorial Healthcare is a 20x30 foot warm water pool.  The temperature is approximately 93 degrees Fahrenheit.  The pool is handicapped accessible and features a lift chair as well as stairs for entrance and exit.  There are 4 levels of depth, 3'6" to 5'3. 

Aquatic Bodywork combines clinical with alternative concepts in water.  The warmth of the water and the nurturing experience of an aquatic bodywork session promotes relaxation, decreases mental fatigue and releases muscle tension.  It has proven to be an effective treatment for both general conditions and physical-emotional trauma.  Muscles are massaged, joints mobilized, tissues stretched and energy pathways opened.  Each session is unique to a client's needs.  Aquatic bodywork can be used for treating stress, chronic back pain, orthopaedic problems, arthritis, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia and a host of other conditions.  Personal sessions may be scheduled Monday through Friday by calling the VMH Therapy Department at (608) 637-4385 for an appointment.


 

Aquatic Integration 

Utilizes the principles of Watsu (water shiatsu) with the practical application of float placement to achieve optimal constructive rest for the client. It works by calming the nervous system and assisting the client to bring themselves into a place of safety, containment and empowerment. Aquatic Integration can be utilized as a technique for full treatment or portions can be utilized within another aquatic modality or treatment. 

Aquatic Integration for the Clinical Professional (Course A)

A course designed to introduce therapists to the theory, practice and benefits of Aquatic Integration. The workshop focuses on enhancing aquatic techniques to facilitate core stabilization, postural alignment, symmetry, mobility and movement awareness through a framework developed to bridge clinical skills with a complimentary approach. Completing this course is the first step toward becoming an Aquatic Practitioner. Prerequisite: Current and approved certification/license to touch.

Course A Handout (includes all details of course)

March 27-29, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Register by contacting Heather Wuolle (hwuolle@vmh.org) or Sarah Olson (solson@vmh.org).

Aquatic Integration for the Clinical Professional (Course B)

This course is designed to learn additional holding techniques and positions for patients/clients in the water using various floats and movement patterns. Land and water time are given to incorporate Course A concepts/moves and learn additional material to invite change through AI concepts and principles. This course includes two hours of study group time. Completing this course is the second step toward becoming an Aquatic Practitioner.

Prerequisites:

1. Successful completion of AI4CP - Course A

2. Complete 5 practice sessions

3. Received 2 or more personal sessions

Course B Handout (includes all details of course)

May 1-3, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Register by contacting Heather Wuolle (hwuolle@vmh.org) or Sarah Olson (solson@vmh.org).

Aquatic Integration for the Clinical Professional (Course C)

This course expands on the framework of moves, philosophy and concepts learned in AI course A and B. In Course C, students will deepen their skill of listening and translating the language of the body: posture, gesture, breathing, mobility and expression. Students will develop an understanding of the body as a physical/emotional landscape, viewing the body at the surface of the water. The course includes two hours of study group time. Completing this course is the third step toward becoming an Aquatic Practitioner.

Prerequisites:

1. Successful completion of AI4CP - Course A and Course B or AI - Course 1

2. Completion of AI application and review process

3. Complete 4 hours of study group work

4. Completed 10 practice sessions

5. Received 2-3 or more personal sessions

Course C Handout (includes all details of course)

Ocotber 2-4, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Register by contacting Heather Wuolle (hwuolle@vmh.org) or Sarah Olson (solson@vmh.org).

Aquatic Integration for the Clinical Professional (Course D)

This course continues to expand on the framework of moves, philosophy and concepts of aquatic integration. Students will continue to deepen their skill of listening and translating the language of the body. Students will learn to invite change through mirroring, bridging, weighting/waiting, and the use of therapeutic chaos. Students will be able to respond in a fluid, continuous way adapting to situations/conditions with an increasing awareness, alertness, ease and poise. This course includes two hours of study group time.

Prerequisites:

1. Successful completion of AI4CP - Course A & B or AI - Course 1

2. Successful completion of AI4CP - Course C

3. Completed 15 practice sessions

4. Received 3 or more personal sessions

Course D Handout (includes all details of course)

March 26-28, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Register by contacting Heather Wuolle (hwuolle@vmh.org) or Sarah Olson (solson@vmh.org).