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.


Aqua-Cise and Aqua-Fit

An adult-focused cardio and strength training group classes.  Aqua-Cise meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm.  Aqua-Fit meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.  Register online or call the VMH Wellness Center at (608) 638-2348. 

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.

Course A Handout

May 3rd - 5th, 2019

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

Aquatic Integration for the Clinical Professional (Course B)

This course is designed to learn new holding techniques and positions for clients in the water using various floats and movement patterns; land and water time to incorporate Course A concepts/moves and learn additional moves to invite change through AI concepts and principles. Prerequisite: Aquatic Integration for the Clinical Professional Course A.

Further Information

Joints in Motion

This class is held in a therapy pool with a temperature around 92 degrees. This is a class for people with arthritis and other problems. All joints are moved through every range of motion. Joints in Motion meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. Register online or call the VMH Wellness Center at (608) 638-2348. 

Parent Tot Water Class

Provides a relaxing, warm water environment for parent-child interaction.  Children ages 6 months to 3 years are welcome.  Children develop strength, coordination and confidence in the water.  This is not a swimming lesson.  Classes meet in six week sessions September through May...Thursdays 5:00 to 5:45 pm and 5:45 to 6:30 pm.  Register online or call (608) 638-2348.

Swimming Lessons

One week sessions are available on a first come-first serve basis during October, December, February and April.

            Pre-School Swim - Level 1 (3-5 years old)

            Entry Level Swim - Level 2  (5-6 years old)

            Beginner - Level 3  (5-7 years old)

            Intermediate - Level 4 (7-9 years old)

Register online under Classes & Events. Call 638-2348 for more information.