Starting Tuesday, April 8th, and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11am until May 8th, there will be an exciting opportunity to experience the healing effects of movement in the water. The 5 week class is titled “Aquatic Healing” and has been created by Eva Montee with collaboration from us here at Apex Physical Therapy. The class has been designed for those that would benefit from the fluid movement in the water for conditions such as:
- low back pain
- joint pain, history of joint knee or hip replacement
- generalized weakness
- chronic pain
The class will be conducted in the warm leisure pool at the Madras Aquatic Center in waist- to chest-deep water (no deep water exercises). Water temperature in the leisure pool is 88-90 degrees, perfect for fluid movement to decrease pain and improve mobility.
The Aquatic Healing class is free to those that want to attend. Apex Physical Therapy is sponsoring the admittance fee for those participating, Eva is volunteering her time and expertise, and the MAC is providing the top notch facility for the community members.
Benefits of movement and light exercise in the water include:
- Muscle relaxation
- Reduction of pain and muscle spasms
- Decreased pressure on the joints allow more mobility
- Cardiovascular conditioning and improved endurance
- Strengthening without excessive stress on the body
- Increased metabolic rate, increased circulation
What to bring: we recommend you bring a towel, a water bottle, and swim attire that can consist of a swim suit or dark color shorts and t-shirt –synthetic blends tend to dry quicker than cotton (no denim please as it interferes with the pool filters). Each participant will be asked to fill out a quick information sheet for the instructor.
About the instructor: Eva Montee has multiple years teaching group fitness classes, whether it be volunteering her time at the Senior Center with chair aerobics, teaching aquatic aerobics at the Madras Aquatic Center, or many other fitness and wellness classes for the local community of all skill and movement levels.
She also happens to have firsthand experience with the benefits of gentle pool-based exercise in her recent rehabilitation of a total knee replacement. The class is intended to be fun, interactive, and done at a gentle fluid pace to closely match the needs of the participants.