Aquatic Bodywork uses the properties of water—including warmth, buoyancy and fluid movements — to help patients heal from physical, mental and other traumas and medical conditions. In Wave Academy’s treatment modality, the recipient is immersed in 96-degree water, where a licensed aquatic therapist supports and gently guides them through graceful, fluid movements while applying pressure to specific points on the body and lightly massaging muscles. This thoroughly stretches the spine and body while promoting a sense of peace and relaxation so complete that the recipient tends to “surrender” more and enable the body and mind to move beyond the limitations that gravity or fear would otherwise impose.
“I returned from combat 10 years ago and had PTSD and thought this is just the way I am now – angry, mad, aggressive. After the first treatment session, I asked – is this what it’s like to feel relaxed? I hadn’t felt that way in years and years.“
Amanda Smith, Army veteran
The results are often profound and immediate. ABT is known to provide:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Better sleep
- Minimized physical pain, joint compression and muscle tension
- Profound sense of calm and well-being
- Decrease in emotional pain
- Decreased heart rate and rate of respiration
- Decreased dependency on pain medication
- Enhanced immune system response
These are just some of the powerful healing effects of warm water therapy treatment on patients suffering from a wide range of illnesses and injuries. When the same therapy is given to family members and other caregivers helping to support these patients, they report many of the same benefits, often feeling revitalized and thus better able to support their loved ones in their own recovery process.