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Aquatic Massage

Aquatic Massage therapy is a gentle, hands-on massage therapy treatment that takes advantage of the anti-gravity provided by a therapeutic pool, heated to the neutral body temperature of 98°F for passive rehabilitation. This beneficial therapy permits the body to gain a larger range of motion in the water than it does when it’s out of the water. The client floats peacefully on their back while the water helps the massage therapist to support the patient’s body. 

Oftentimes a pool-noodle is used to support one end of the client (such as their legs) while the therapist supports the other end (the head and neck).  Clients who are comfortable in water will benefit from the warm, gentle freedom of motion that aquatic massage permits.  Aquatic therapy employs a variety of the same massage techniques that are used on land, but commonly combines these with techniques that are similar to the water therapy forms Water Dance, Watsu and Jahara massage.  Recommended for clients with a restricted range of motion with conditions such as severe arthritis and osteoarthritis, or for post-surgical injuries, retired athletes, during pregnancy, and clients with any type of nerve damage (such as Fibromyalgia) or sleep disorders such as insomnia.  See also Ai chi, Jahara® Technique, and Watsu.

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