3606 – American Bad Ragaz Certificate

Advanced / Pool Workshop


Boston, MA / Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm – 8.0 credit hours

Indoor Pool: 8:00-10:00 am

Classroom: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Lunch on own: 12:00 am-1:00 pm

Classroom: 1:00-3:00 pm

Indoor Pool: 3:00-5:00 pm


Faculty: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC



The focus of this course is on positioning, movement and proprioception while the client is being stabilized and/or moved through the water. The Bad Ragaz Ring Method© concepts have been modified to fit into a practice for North America. This course is not a replacement or substitute for the education and training requirements for the Bad Ragaz Ring Method©. This course will provide strengthening and muscular recruitment with positional awareness. The passive movement patterns are both an assessment and treatment tool for myofascial restriction. The active movements are exercises for building up musculoskeletal strength with minimal to maximal resistance as stabilization is demonstrated. A very effective therapeutic intervention for back stabilization, joint replacement and neuromuscular imbalance.


This is an opportunity for practitioners to practice passive, stabilizing and active patterns. The practitioner’s focus is to produce specific therapeutic movement. Whether the treatment pattern is isometric or isokinetic, you can experience the difference of what a slight hand-hold modification feels like, ss well as integrate tapping, pulsing and/or traction/approximation to stimulate or inhibit neuromuscular activation. The class will break down into small groups of three for the pool lab. This enables the practitioner to practice technique, a receiver to feel the neuromuscular response and give feedback, and an active observer to assist with hand placement, verbal/tactile cue timing and equipment placement.



1)  The practitioner will be able to apply select Bad Ragaz movement and exercise to promote tonal reduction, relaxation, ROM, muscle balance, strengthening, and endurance.

2)  Examine the necessity for precise body positioning to maximize client ability to perform a selected treatment pattern.

3)  Practice PNF exercise components for muscle strengthening, timing, and co-ordination of muscle sequencing.

4)  Fine tune skills in selecting the amount of leverage, direction and velocities to use based on the ability of the client.

5)  Determine handholds and sensory-motor cues to emphasize stability throughout specific active treatment patterns for the trunk and LE; and be able to modify handholds/contact to recruit muscle firing in weakened muscles.

6)  Demonstrate use of sensory-motor cues with an isometric and isotonic contraction.

7)  Observe natural/reflexive counteraction movements and discuss importance for stabilization, ROM and tonal reduction.

8)  Practice correct positioning and cues while executing passive, active assisted, and active resisted isotonic, isokinetic open and closed chain rehabilitative exercise patterns.


FACULTY: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC, is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, Inc. and provides provides individual Myofascial Aquatic Body Work, AquaStretch™ and adaptive aquatic classes. She is the author and publisher of The Bad Ragaz Ring Method Visual Instructional Manual and Video; and co-producer of the PNF in The Pool and Myofascial Aquatic Body Work DVDs. She received the 2014 Aquatic Therapy Professional Award and the 2002 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award.