3600 – Intro to Aquatic Manual Techniques

Advanced / 8-hour Workshop


Recorded in Sanibel, FL / Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Pool: 8:00-10:00 am

Classroom: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm

Pool: 1:00-3:00 pm

Classroom: 3:00-5:00 pm


Faculty: Michael Dufresne, BA, DO



The aim of this course is to familiarize the attendee with the major therapeutic principles of manual (osteopathic) techniques and their adaptation into the aquatic environment. The notion of therapeutic fulcrum will be addressed along with the technical applications of these principles. 


Definitions of technical terminology and description of the major osteopathic tools including Functional Technique (Indirect Technique), Myofascial Release, Balanced Reciprocal Tension (Tensing), Compression/Decompression, Induction, Undulation/Oscillation, Pumping, Osteoarticular Adjustment (Thrust) will all be covered, applied and experienced. The CranioSacral system will be reviewed and used.


The major therapeutic principles of traditional osteopathy and their adaptation into the aquatic environment will be described. The notions of therapeutic fulcrums in water are addressed along with technical applications of these principles.



1)    Identify and describe six major therapeutic tools of Aquatic Osteopathy.

2)    Determine how warm water complements traditional Osteopathic Manipulations.

3)    Explain the pros and cons of absence of external fulcrums.

4)    Experiment with Compression/Decompression.

5)    Experience Reciprocal Tension.

6)    Apply hands-on undulation and fascia treatment.

FACULTY:  Michael Dufresne, DO, practices traditional and aquatic osteopathy and he is a professor at College d’Etudes Osteopathiques in Canada. He brings a practical approach to multiple health dysfunctions with the use of osteo-articular, visceral as well as cranial techniques. Michel has co-written a research thesis on the adaptation of therapeutic principles of osteopathy into the aquatic environment and does research in this area. He holds seminars and workshops on Aquatic Osteopathy internationally and has been a faculty instructor with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute since 2000.