Aquatic Fitness Classes

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  • Appropriate for all ages – No swimming experience necessary
  • 88°-92° saline, outdoor, covered pool – Use of Jacuzzi for all class participants
  • Medical clearance required if you are pregnant of have a history of health conditions
  • Aquatic shoes required – Aquatic shoes and Aquatic jackets available for purchase
  • Class Registration is month to month: $64 per month 2 x week Tuesday and Thursday
  • Trial class or Individual class: $10 per class
  • Saturday classes may resume at a later date
  • We offer 3 levels of Fitness Classes – Low Impact, High Impact and an Independent Workout at your own pace, with our Instructor on deck.
  • Our Aquatics instructor has a varied background including Pilates Instructor and Holisitic Practioner and enjoys making friends along the way.
  • Many of our class participants have been enjoying their weekly classes for years.
  • Former patients often elect to maintain the goals they have acheived in PT by continuing in our Aquatic Classes.
  • After their workout, class participants are invited to relax in our jacuzzi.

Class Descriptions

Low Impact Class:

T/Th: 1:00pm-2:00pm; 2:00pm-3:00pm

This class provides comprehensive exercises beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s fibromyalgia, pregnancy, etc. using a variety of modified positions providing cardiovascular improvement, muscular strength, endurance & mobility. Water workouts gently move joints & muscles in warm water, decreasing stiffness & pain. This class will demonstrate joint range of motion & mobility in the water, complementing land movement.

Independent Water Workout:

T/Th: 3:00pm—4:00pm

Walking in the warm water is less impacting on your joints & is easier than walking on land. This class is an independent workout allowing the participant the freedom to work out at their own pace & create their own program, under the supervision of the Aquatics Instructor.

High Impact Class:

T/Th: 4:00pm—5:00pm

This aerobics class will get your blood pumping while incorporating the element of fun! High Impact will include a variety of exciting workouts & circuit training aerobic activity.

Class Schedule
  • Tuesday
  • Low Impact
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Low Impact
    2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Independent Water Workout
    3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • High Impact
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Thursday
  • Low Impact
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Low Impact
    2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Independent Water Workout
    3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • High Impact
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
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Aquatic Therapy Program Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between aquatic physical therapy and a community-based aquatic program?

Aquatic physical therapy is evidence-based therapy performed in water and used to treat cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular and musculoskeletal impairments. It includes individualized evaluations and specific treatment plans with measurable goals and functional outcomes. Community-based aquatic programs use the skills of individual who may have training to teach water exercise in a group setting to promote wellness and fitness.

What are some common diagnoses and benefits from treatment using water?

Water treatment with a physical therapist can decrease muscle spasms and promote relaxation for neurological conditions as well as decrease pain for those with arthritic joints, healing fractures and chronic pain conditions. Aquatic treatment can decrease joint compressive forces, allowing ease of joint mobility and range-of-motion for pre-natal mothers, post-surgical patients and individuals with orthopedic injuries and back pain. It can also improve range-of-motion, muscular strength and endurance and cardiovascular conditioning at any level from athletes to those with industrial or traumatic injuries.

What techniques are used in aquatic physical therapy?

Traditional activities, which are similar to those performed on land, focus on applying the special properties of water to therapeutic exercise, gait/balance training, cardiovascular exercise, PNF (flexibility training) and functional mobility training. Halliwick combines knowledge from fluid mechanics, neurophysiology, psychology, pedagogy and sociology to therapeutically treat patients. Bad Ragaz facilitates muscle re-education, strengthening, spinal traction/elongation and inhibition of spasticity (stiff or rigid muscles). Watsu® is a wellness technique or massage incorporating shiatsu and focusing on stretching.

What is buoyancy and how does it benefit aquatic physical therapy?

Buyoyancy is the upward force that keeps things afloat in water. Buoyancy decreases the effects of gravity, provides weight relief with less contact between bones of a joint, lessens pain, assists with movements that are difficult on land, reduces the fear of falling by providing increased reaction time and promotes increased reaction time.

How does buoyancy affect the direction of movements in water?

Movements toward the surface are considered to be buoyancy-assisted exercises. Movements directed toward the bottom are buoyancy-resisted exercises. Movements performed parallel to the bottom of the pool are buoyancy-supported exercises.

What are some of the benefits of hydrostatic pressure?

Hydrostatic pressure, pressure exerted by liquids at rest, reduces swelling and sensitivity to touch, asists with breathing out and resists breathing in, which helps to strengthen respiratory muscles.

What should a person look for when starting aquatic physical therapy?

Locate a therapist or facility that offers aquatic physical therapy. Since there currently is no certification for aquatic physical therapy, be sure to ask about the therapist's education and training. The evaluation should be completed on land and established functional goals should be land-based. The chosen techniques should be based on the individualized evaluation.
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