X Watsu 1 (Springs, South Africa 2018)

 

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25 – 29 November, 2018   (5 day course) 
Location:  Springs (near Johannesburg)

 

Course Description 

Start your Watsu journey with this exceptional course.  You will learn amazing ways of supporting and moving people in the water in slow, flowing movements and stretches.

Watsu benefits EVERYONE (children and adults) by helping to decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve posture, improve relaxation, and decrease stress.

You will learn new and effective ways to use buoyancy and turbulence with rhythmical movements while joints are free of the compressive effects of gravity.

By the end of the course, you will know a large variety of movements for creating incredible sessions to address the needs of your clients.

Come join us.  Your clients — and your own body — will be grateful you took this course!

 

Prerequisite

This course is open to healthcare professionals, as well as others who want to learn relaxing aquatic techniques.

 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Understand both the physiological effects of immersion in warm water and the physiological effects specific to Watsu.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of both the benefits and precautions of Watsu.
  3. Use Watsu techniques with clients to help decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve posture, improve relaxation, and decrease stress.
  4. Incorporate Watsu techniques into programs using additional aquatic techniques to help clients progress toward their land-based functional goals.

 

Course Instructors:   Peggy Schoedinger, and physiotherapist Adele Pudney of Cape Town, South Africa

If you have not yet had the pleasure of taking one of her courses, you may like to read about Peggy. 

 

Course Schedule

Day 1
8:00    History and Applications of Watsu
9:00    Morning Pool Lab:
Body Mechanics for Passive Aquatic Techniques
10:45    Correct Position of the Client’s Neck and Back
Ways to Facilitate Relaxation
12:30    Lunch
1:30    Physiological Effects of Immersion in Water
Physiological Effects Specific to Watsu
Video and Discussion of Client Session
2:30    Afternoon Pool Lab:
Side Changes for Addressing Client’s Primary Challenges
Support and Movement for Trunk Mobility
6:30    Completion

Day 2
8:00    Morning Pool Lab:
Techniques for Lower Extremity Mobility, Focus on Hips
10:45    Rotation and Elongation for the Trunk
12:30    Lunch
1:30    Calming Effects of Watsu on the Autonomic Nervous System
Quieting the Sympathetic Nervous System
Video and Discussion of Client Session
2:30    Afternoon Pool Lab:
Additional Rotation and Elongation for the Trunk
Stretches and Movements, Focus on the Shoulder
6:30    Completion

Day 3
8:00    Morning Pool Lab:
Dynamic Stretches with Movement
10:45    Targeting Specific Regions with Movement and Stretches
12:30    Lunch
1:30    Adapting Watsu for Clients with Various Needs
Video and Discussion of Client Session        
2:30    Afternoon Pool Lab:
Static Stretches in Multiple Positions with Support of Buoyancy
6:30    Completion

Day 4
8:00    Morning Pool Lab:
Refining and Adapting Movements      
12:30    Lunch
1:30    Adapting Watsu for Children
Incorporating Watsu into Aquatic Sessions
Video and Discussion of Client Session
2:30    Afternoon Pool Lab:
Chest and Thoracic Spine Movements
6:30    Completion

Day 5
8:00    Morning Pool Lab:
Refine Techniques
10:45    Preparation for Sessions
Selecting Adaptations for Various Needs
12:30    Lunch
1:30    Afternoon Pool Lab:
Final Sessions
Discussion of Final Sessions
4:30    Completion

 

What to bring to your Watsu 1 course

  • Towels
  • Swimming Costumes (having at least 2 is recommended)
  • Robe recommended for tea times
  • Water Bottle
  • Earplugs or Bostik Prestik
  • Your own food for lunch.  Tea and snacks are provided.
  • Aquatic Ankle Weights, if you have them
  • Pen and paper
  • A printed copy of the course manual from the PDF file emailed to you before the course, or an electronic copy on your tablet or laptop.

 

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