2626 – AquaStretchTM: Active Aquatic Release Basic Skills

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Dallas, TX / Sunday, September 22, 2019 – 12:00-3:30 pm - 3.5 credit hours

(Indoor Pool: 12:00-1:45 pm / Classroom: 1:45-3:30 pm)


Faculty: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC


Attendees should be familiar with basic aquatic therapy principles and have knowledge of patient/client handling skills. No background in AquaStretchTM is needed.



AquaStretch™ is considered a breakthrough in pain management and aquatic therapy. It helps to quickly restore flexibility lost due to accidents or surgeries; significantly and immediately reduces chronic pain or pain with movement; creates profound relaxation that helps to improve function, quality of life, and sleep, and therefore, overall ability to heal. Integrative exercise programs will be presented through case studies on how to maximize the benefits of the AquaStretch™ technique. The participant will be presented with the tools to apply appropriate documentation and application of this modality in their particular aquatic therapy setting. 

This course presents the foundations and applications of AquaStretch™, a form of individual and facilitated aquatic exercise that has been successful in treating various patient populations including chronic pain to elite athletes. AquaStretch™ theoretically breaks down fascial adhesions utilizing a combination of the facilitator/therapist’s manual pressure and the client/patient’s active movement. AquaStretch™ method can be utilized as a wellness program or specifically applied as a skilled aquatic therapy technique.


This basic course will cover the basic wellness applications and progressions of Aquastretch techniques. Topics include starting positions and grips, how to safely apply stretch resistance using 5-15 pound weights to the body in 3-5 foot depth water and understanding intuitive movement.


This is a manual, one on one technique not intended for group classes.  Skills check and verbal exam will be given as part of the course.  


1)   Explain the basic AquaStretch™ theories including, restoration of movement, stretch resistance, fascial adhesions and intuitive movement.

2)   Safely progress a client through the eleven basic starting positions and grips within the AquaStretch™ wellness program.

3)   Effectively cue and perform the basic AquaStretch™ procedure.

4)   Discuss appropriate water depth and equipment usage including safe application and removal of weights.

5)   Describe appropriate level of documentation for various aquatic therapy settings.

6)  Describe the benefits of the AquaStretch™ techniques for various patient populations.



FACULTY: Terri Mitchell, BA, PTA, ATRIC, has been involved with aquatic fitness since 1982. She is a Training Specialist with the Aquatic Exercise Association, a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) specializing in aquatic therapy, and instructor of a variety of aquatic fitness classes to persons of all ages and abilities. Terri holds certifications from AEA, ATRI, and IAR; and is a Certified Personal Trainer for both land and water. She is co-author of “Applications of PNF Techniques in the Aquatic Setting” manual and co-producer of “PNF in the Pool” video. She is the 2001 recipient of ATRI’s Dolphin Award and the 2010 recipient of the ATRI Professional Award.