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1305 – Aquatics for Feet

Beginner / Half-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours
(Pool: 1:30-3:00 pm / Classroom: 3:00-4:30 pm)

Faculty: Christa Fairbrother, MA, ATRIC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As a professional farrier, Christa used the 18th-century adage, “no hoof, no horse,” all the time. Now, as an aquatics professional, she uses the commonalities in perspective to help people improve their balance, move more ergonomically, and stay out of pain. This workshop will transform your relationship with your clients’ feet.

As aquatics professionals, we see people who can’t balance on their own two feet, have abnormal gait patterns, and deal with foot problems like arthritis and neuropathy regularly. Yet, we rarely get training or tools to help in this vital base of anatomy and locomotion. We’ll cover anatomy, biomechanics, and pathophysiology basics. Then incorporate this theory into practical exercises, mindful inquiry, and effective cueing skills in the pool.

1) Understand the basic anatomy of the feet and ankles.
2) Explain normal gait and load patterns on land and how those are altered in an aquatic environment.
3) Review basic feet pathophysiologies and safety in an aquatic environment.
4) Learn foot exercises to be applied in different aquatic formats.
5) Practice proprioception techniques that can be applied in a variety of aquatic formats.
6) Discuss effective cueing and language for aquatics professionals applying these tools.

FACULTY: Christa Fairbrother, MA, ATRIC, is an internationally recognized aqua yoga coach and trainer.  Her personal aqua yoga practice started as a way to manage her own arthritis and she specializes in helping others relieve their arthritic symptoms with aquatic therapy. Her forthcoming book, Water Yoga – A Teacher’s Guide to Improving Movement, Health and Wellbeing will be published by Singing Dragon Publishers in 2022.