2329 – Neck and Shoulder Release Points

Beginner / Land Workshop


Chicago, IL / Friday, April 12, 2019 – 8:00-11:00 am – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 8:00-11:00 am)


Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course includes techniques that can be sequenced into your Aquatic Therapy Treatment Plan. Upper extremity and lower extremity manual techniques will be explored, including the use of contract-relax, intuitive movement, accentuation, oscillation, and intentional movement for the upper and lower extremities. The techniques integrated include a gentle touch with a ‘less is more’ approach, along with an understanding of Tui Na, Shiatsu, Keltic Hands, Myofascial Meridians and Advanced Aquatic Release. These manual techniques assist in alleviating pain, spasticity, and tone; increasing ROM, restoring muscle control, and achieving neuromuscular reeducation. Modifications for special populations will be learned. In-depth discussion on the myofascial meridians and how they relate to absolving adhesions will be provided. These manual techniques will assist therapists, limited in time available to see clients/patients, who want to quickly begin integrating myofascial work into their manual therapy treatments. This workshop is ideal for those with limited shoulder and neck ROM, as well as general aquatic stretching techniques for amputees, athletes, clients with UE/LE issues, SCI, and stroke clients/patients. This treatment method is hands-on and can be implemented as part of any therapeutic treatment plan.



1)  Explore Advanced Aquatic Release for the upper and lower extremities.

2)  Apply a combination of contract-relax, intuitive movement, accentuation, and intentional movement to optimize manual aquatic therapy treatments.

3)  Experience Trigger Points and their interrelation to Intentional Sequencing.

4)  Demonstrate benefits for neck and shoulder pain, and lack of ROM.


FACULTY: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.