2617 – Intermediate AquaStretchTM for the Spine

Intermediate / 8-hour Workshop


Faculty: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC


Participants must have completed AquaStretchTM Basics or the AquaStretchTM Specialty Certificate Program.



AquaStretch™ helps to restore flexibility, reduce pain and improve sleep. AquaStretch™ theoretically breaks down fascial adhesions utilizing a combination of the facilitator/ therapist’s manual pressure and the client/ patient’s intuitive movement. AquaStretch™ methodology can be utilized within a wellness program or by therapists as an aquatic manual therapy technique. This is a one-on-one manual technique and not intended for group classes.


This course builds on the foundations and presents applications of AquaStretch™ techniques related to the spine. This course will cover the starting positions and grips for several AquaStretch™ techniques that influence the spine. Fascial connections of the spine are discussed and  related to specific AquaStretch™ procedures. The participants will practice AquaStretch™ procedures, including:

Š       Applying AquaStretch™ theory and techniques for a variety of spine diagnoses

Š       Dialogue with patients/clients regarding pain and expectations

Š       Grips and holds for specific starting positions related to the spine

Š       Explaining and facilitating intuitive movement to maximize AquaStretch™ session

Š       Key follow-up exercise to maintain benefits from AquaStretch™ session



1)  Relate AquaStretch™ theories to the spine.

2)  Examine fascial connections influencing the spine.

3)  Safely perform 3-4 basic starting positions and grips related to the spine.

4)  Effectively cue and perform the basic AquaStretch™ procedure for the spine.

5)  Determine appropriate water depth and equipment usage to maximize AquaStretch™ session.

6)  Integrate AquaStretch™ technique into comprehensive spine rehabilitation program.


FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with over 18 years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com), she continues with hands-on clinical care in addition to her role as educator. Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991, Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association and has achieved certification as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. In January 2006, she graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor and Master Instructor for the Burdenko Method.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals, she is an adjunct faculty in the San Diego Mesa College PTA program, teaching Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Introduction to Pathology courses. She also provides the learning module/instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program.