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1621 – AquaStretch

Beginner / Pool Workshop

Morgantown, WV / Sunday, August 23, 2020 – 8:00-11:30 am – 3.5 credit hours

(Indoor Pool: 8:00-9:45 am / Classroom: 9:45-11:30 am)

Faculty: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC

Attendees should be familiar with basic aquatic therapy principles and have knowledge of patient/client handling skills. No background in AquaStretchTM is needed.


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, 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 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. AquaStretch™ method can be utilized as a wellness program or specifically applied as a skilled aquatic therapy technique.

This basic course will cover the basic wellness applications and progressions of Aquastretch techniques. 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.

This is a manual, one on one technique not intended for group classes.  Skills check and verbal exam will be given as part of the course. 


1)   Explain the basic AquaStretch™ theories including, restoration of movement, stretch resistance, fascial adhesions and intuitive movement.

2)   Safely progress a client through the eleven 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.

5)   Describe appropriate level of documentation for various aquatic therapy settings.

6)  Describe the benefits of the AquaStretch™ techniques for various patient populations.

FACULTY: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC, is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, Inc. and provides individual Myofascial Aquatic Body Work, AquaStretch™ and adaptive aquatic classes. She is the author and publisher of The Bad Ragaz Ring Method Visual Instructional Manual and Video; and co-producer of the PNF in The Pool and Myofascial Aquatic Body Work DVDs. She received the 2014 Aquatic Therapy Professional Award and the 2002 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award.