Can AquaStretch™ be used for group aqua fitness classes?
I see AquaStretch™ courses of different lengths, with slightly different names. How do I know which one to take? What's the difference between the courses?
Are there restrictions - some people who should not be AquaStretched?
Can I come to one day of a two day course?
Can I come to a course and 'observe' / take notes from the pool deck if I don't want to get in the water?
If I take an AquaStretch™ Certificate Course, am I certified to teach AquaStretch™ to others?
After I take an AquaStretch™ Course, am I done? Am I certified to offer AquaStretch™ to clients / patients?
Is there a more advanced level of AquaStretch™ training available?
AquaStretch™ is a one-on-one, facilitated myofascial release technique. The AquaStretch™ facilitator is trained in specific Procedures and Technique. Having group aqua fitness participants attempt to perform AquaStretch™ on each other is not appropriate.
The main difference between 8 hour / 15-16 hour courses is TIME. The AquaStretch™ Procedures and Techniques taught will be the same. Longer courses will include several more Procedures than 8-hour courses. Longer courses will allow more time to practice AquaStretch™, and will permit time for case studies.
Yes. Contraindications for AquaStretch™ are outlined in the training manual and emphasized by AquaStretch™ course trainers. These restrictions include: muscle tears, recent injury / surgery, joint instability, some forms of arthritis, and extreme fear of water.
AquaStretch™ is taught as a holistic program. Procedures and AquaStretch™ Technique are built from the bottom up, one upon the other. It would not be appropriate to parachute into part of the course.
AquaStretch™ is a hands-on, one-on-one modality that uses the properties of the water, the AquaStretch™ Technique, and weighted resistance to achieve results. This is an experiential course. Unlike aqua fitness choreography (where observing and taking notes is a valid way of learning), AquaStretch™ training requires that you participate in the water. You may elect to restrict your participation on any Procedures that are not appropriate for your body.
At present, AquaStretch™ Instructors (those who teach others how to do AquaStretch™) are trained by AquaStretch™ creator, George Eversaul. ATRI has also designated some manual therapists to deliver AquaStretch™ courses for ATRI.
First, you need to work within the scope of your insured qualifications. Second, AquaStretch™ is a manual technique that requires practice. Your AquaStretch™ course trainer will do her / his best to assure that you have grasped the Procedures and Technique during your course. However, like any skill, AquaStretch™ takes repetition and practice! Many of us offered free AquaStretch™ sessions to family and friends to develop our skills. AquaStretch™ developer / trainers assume no responsibility for your actions upon leaving a training course. So proceed with caution, develop your skills, and work within your insured scope of practice.
AquaStretch™ training is new on the market. Contact Connie to arrange advanced training. This can sometimes be done in conjunction with other events. Advanced training will be offered to individuals who have completed AquaStretch™ Foundations or Certificate Courses, and have been practicing AquaStretch™ for a period of time. Advanced training sessions / courses will offer skills testing, more in-depth training, new Procedures, and fine-tuning of AquaStretch™ Technique.