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2634 – AquaStretch for Peds/Neuro

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Washington, DC / Saturday, February 19, 2022 – 1:30-5:00 pm / 3.5 credit hours
(Indoor Pool: 1:30-3:15 pm / Classroom: 3:15-5:00 pm)

Faculty: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC

Participants:  Short finger nails required (trimmed shorter than end of finger).
Bring ear plugs if you do not want water in your ears. 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course includes techniques that can be used with pediatric and neuro clients. Applications for individuals with limited ability to express themselves will be explored. Stimulate neurological function, relieve pain, facilitate ease of movement, and improve quality of life through application of AquaStretch™ to this specialized group of individuals. AquaStretch™ techniques are holistically based and clinically effective; treatment is hands-on and can be implemented as part of any health and wellness program. Resources to enable expansion of AquaStretch™ techniques will be provided.

1) Explore intuitive movement and its interrelation to energy congestion in the body.
2) Perform AquaStretch™ techniques to maximize effectiveness for pediatric and neurodiverse clients/patients including intentional movement and contract-relax.
3) Discover how to read the energy of your patients with holistic techniques added to your kinesthetic awareness skills to optimize AquaStretch™ treatments for individuals that may not be able to verbally or physically express themselves.
4) Enhance knowledge of myofascial meridians and learn how to optimally facilitate through AquaStretch™.
5) Experience basic AquaStretch™ procedures with modification to maximize the following grips for Peds and Neuro patients: Teeth Grinding Grip, IT Pump and Scap Release.

FACULTY: Donna Lewen, BA, ATRIC, has dedicated her life to aquatics for more than 25 years, and currently works with aging adults and persons with disabilities. She was an Arthritis Foundation Trainer for over 20 years, a consultant at Ability360, and an AquaStretch™ Facilitator/Trainer. She was the recipient of the 2016 ATRI Aquatic Therapy Professional Award, the 2012 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award, and the 2013 Arthritis Foundation Regional Public Service Award-University of Pittsburgh Community Service Award. She continues her studies in Energy Medicine, and is a Reiki Master/Trainer. Beyond her active practice, she offers intuitive guidance and wellness coaching.