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2650 – AquaStretch for Lumbar Spine and Hips

Intermediate / Half-Day Course
Washington, DC / Sunday, February 20, 2022 – 1:30-4:30 pm / 3.0 credit hours
(Classroom: 1:30-3:00 pm / Indoor Pool: 3:00-4:30 pm)

Green Bay, WI / Sunday, February 27, 2022 – 8:00-11:30 am / 3.5 credit hours
(Classroom: 8:00-9:45 am / Indoor Pool: 9:45-11:30 am)

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 sequenced into your aquatic therapy treatment plan. Lower extremity sequencing techniques will explore the use of contract-relax, intuitive movement, accentuation and intentional movement. Discussion on the myofascial meridians and how they relate to sequencing will be learned. The Intentional Sequencing Technique will assist therapists limited in time available to see patients/clients, who want to quickly begin integrating myofascial work into their manual therapy treatments. This workshop is ideal for those with lumbar and hip pain. This treatment method is hands-on and can be implemented as part of any health and wellness program.

1) Explore basic AquaStretch™ procedures.
2) Apply a combination of contract-relax, intuitive movement, accentuation and intentional movement to optimize manual aquatic therapy treatments.
3) Experience basic myofascial stretching procedures with variations in AquaStretch™ IT Pump and One Leg Stand (OLS) grips.
4) Demonstrate grips for low back, sacral and buttock pain, including quadratus lumborum, gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, multifidi, rectus abdominus, soleus, longissimus, iliocostalis, semitendinosis, semimembranosus and piriformis.
5) Examine trigger points and their interrelation to Intentional Sequencing.
6) Comparisons will be made regarding the link in the upper extremity and lower extremity as it relates to myofascial release, and holistic therapy techniques.

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.