North Star Aquatic Therapy

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AquaStretch™ Techniques and Applications

Location: Hudson, WI (Located approximately 30 minutes from Minneapolis, MN)

Dates: September 19-20,2015

Instructor: Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

Hours: 16 hours

Credits: 16 CEUs

Cost: $595

Course Description:

This two day course presents the foundations and applications of AquaStretch™.

AquaStretch™ is a myofascial release technique performed in shallow water. AquaStretch™ theoretically breaks down fascial adhesions utilizing a combination of the facilitator/therapist’s manual pressure and the client/ patient’s active movement. AquaStretch™ helps to restore flexibility, reduce pain, create relaxation that helps to improve function, quality of life, and sleep and therefore overall ability to heal.


This course will address the basic AquaStretch™ procedures and theory. Participants will

practice this manual technique in the classroom and the pool. Topics in this course 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 using/ facilitating intuitive movement. Additional discussion on implementation into wellness and rehabilitation programs will help guide the participants in immediately utilizing this technique with their clients and patents. 

This is a manual, one on one technique. A skills check and verbal exam will be given as part of the course.


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the 4 basic AquaStretch™ theories.

2. Safely progress a client through at least eleven basic starting positions and grips within the AquaStretch™ wellness program.

3. Effectively cue and perform the basic AquaStretch™ procedure. (Play, Freeze, Pressure, Move)

4. Discuss appropriate water depth and use of equipment, including safe application and removal of weights.

5. Describe appropriate documentation for various aquatic therapy settings.

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

7. List contraindications and precautions to the AquaStretch™ technique.

Meet your Instructor:

Beth Scalone, PT, DPT, OCS, ATRIC

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Beth is a licensed physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and aquatic therapy. As the owner of North County Water and Sports Therapy Center in San Diego (www.waterpt.com) she continues with hands on clinical care in addition to her role as business owner and educator.


Since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1991 Beth has belonged to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has achieved Certification and re-certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, by demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in respect to orthopedic diagnoses. In January 2006, Beth graduated from Boston University with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Additional certifications include Certified STOTT Pilates™ instructor, Master instructor for the Burdenko Method, AquaStretch™ Trainer and Credentialed Clinical Instructor for the APTA.


In 2010, Beth was honored with Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Institute's (ATRI) Tsunami Spirit award for her contribution to aquatic therapy education, and in 2012 Aquatic Professional of the year award.


Beth not only provides continuing education for health care professionals she is an adjunct faculty member at San Diego Mesa College, PTA program and provides the learning module/ instruction on aquatic therapy to the University of St. Augustine San Diego Campus DPT program.

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