Aquatic Basics is the first 50 hour module of a 100 hour program taught over two weeks designed for spa environments and clinics. It leads to certification as a Healing Dance Provider. Aquatic Basics addresses the needs of spa clienteles and special populations, enabling Providers to accommodate first-time water clients as well as those ready to receive Healing Dance in its fullness. The "noodle work" it includes is for receivers who initially require more space and time to accustom themselves to the water, who are not quite ready to be held in the arms of the practitioner. The Introduction to Healing Dance is taught next, educating Providers in the basics of aquatic technique and is suitable for clients ready to be held and moved through simpler figures that do not require so much flexibility and surrender. The Healing Dance material introduced in Aquatic Basics consists of hydrodynamic waves, flowing transitions, releases and nurturing holds. The course land work covers such important topics as body mechanics, the use of floats and weights, quality of touch, presence, breath, Healing Dance principles and ethics, so that Providers are thoroughly prepared to treat their clients. A written and photo manual are provided and an MP4 of the sequence is made available. To view the Aquatic Basics Gallery, click here.
This short clip will give you an idea of the "noodle work" in which the receiver lies in a very comfortable ergonomic position supported by a pool noodle under the knees and a head pillow. Gentle movement, massage and plenty of space make this a good way to introduce first-time receivers to aquatic bodywork.