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So What's It Really Like to be an Aquatic Bodyworker?

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Name: Theri ThomasTitle: Aquatic TherapistLocation: San DiegoRates: $150 per hourCredentials: 35 years of experience as a holistic health practitioner; certified as an instructor trainer for Aquatherics, Watsu, and Healing Dance by the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association.Website: aquaticbodywork.comHow is aquatic bodywork different from therapies that are performed on land?It takes a higher skill level to work with someone in the water, because you no longer have gravity integrating the body. It can actually be dangerous for the skeletal alignment and the energy systems of the body if the therapist doesn’t know what they’re doing. It can’t just be a nice float-about when you’re working with a medical client, for example. If you don’t know anything deeper than relaxation, people can still get benefits, but if you have the background and training to get more specific with the work, they get more dramatic results.Walk us through a typical session.You’re in skin-temperature water, 96 degrees. It’s a misconception that the practitioner is supporting the body. In fact, we need to stay out of the way and le …

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