Aquatic Fitness Classes

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Class Schedule
  • Monday/Wednesday
  • Low Intensity
    12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • Low Intensity
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Low Intensity
    2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Independent Workout
    3:00pm – 4:00pm
  • High Intensity
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday
  • High Intensity (1st/3rd Friday of the Month)
    12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Low Intensity (2nd/4th Friday of the Month)
    12:30pm – 1:30pm

Please Contact for Availability

  • 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
  • Having fun and staying safe!
  • We offer 3 levels of Fitness Classes – Low Impact, High Impact and an Independent Workout at your own pace, with our Instructor on deck.
  • Socially Distance Aquatic Classes have resumed on a limited basis, observing safety exposure guidelines (no jacuzzi at this time), one way traffic, shower at home, masks/face shields required, thorough disinfecting of equipment and handrails.
  • Everyone is excited to be back. Mackenzie is doing a great job keeping everyone as safe as possible and leading them in their wellness routines.
  • 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 Intensity:

This class is designed to help you gain strength, increase flexibility, and improve your cardiorespiratory endurance. Using a variety of equipment and the resistance from the water, each muscle group will be engaged and challenged over time to build full-body strength. Cardiorespiratory fitness, or the condition of your heart and lungs, is essential to reducing risk of chronic disease, improving or maintaining your ability to complete daily activities, and overall health. Cardiorespiratory conditioning in the pool can be done by dancing, structured movement, or simply walking through the water. This class is for those who want to start a fitness program but may not have much experience or know where to start. Modifications can be made to any workout to meet you where you are at so that you can get the most from each class. Come make friends and enjoy a fun, energizing workout!

Independent Workout

This class is perfect for those who are new to water fitness or have a program that they wish to continue on their own. You have full access to a variety of equipment in order to attain a well-rounded workout. The instructor will provide supervision as well as assist you in creating an exercise program that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

High Intensity:

If you are an experienced exerciser who wants a fun, challenging workout-this is the class for you! Work to improve muscular strength and power through high intensity workouts that will leave you feeling stronger and healthier. Both specialized pool equipment and bodyweight are used to work muscles and dance and cardio movements will improve cardiorespiratory fitness.

Instructor

Mackenzie Klemme, MS, Certified Balance and Mobility Specialist

Mackenzie Klemme, BS mackenzie@socalpt.com
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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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