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2627 – AquaStretch Certificate

Intermediate / Full-Day Course
Chicago, IL / Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 8.0 credit hours
Classroom: 7:30-11:30 am
Lunch on own: 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Indoor Pool: 12:30-3:30 pm
Classroom: 3:30-5:00 pm 

Prerequisite: Basic aquatic therapy and client handling skills.

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION: 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, the 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 those suffering from 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. The AquaStretch™ method can be utilized as a wellness program or specifically applied as a skilled aquatic therapy technique.

This certificate course will cover the basic wellness applications and progressions and provide an introduction to the advanced therapy concepts. 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.

1) Explain the basic AquaStretch™ theories including, restoration of movement, stretch resistance, fascial adhesions and intuitive movement.
2) Safely progress a client through at least 8 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.

FACULTY: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (, 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. She is the recipient of the 2010 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award and the 2012 ATRI Professional Award.