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Bodies of water and swimming pools are meant for aquatic activities. Things like swimming, boating or fishing or anything like that. Many people enjoy and love doing it. But water and some aquatic activities are also therapeutic.

Aquatic Therapy is a physical activity done in swimming pools. Trained healthcare professionals supervise the participants. Other names for this are aquatic rehabilitation, aqua therapy, pool therapy, therapeutic aquatic exercise or hydrotherapy. The goals are the following:

  • Enhance flexibility
  • Improve balance and coordination
  • Build muscle strength and endurance
  • Increase aerobic capacity
  • Help with gait and locomotion
  • Reduce stress and promote relaxation

Here are some of the aquatic activities that are proven good for the health.

Ai Chi Aquatic Therapy Exercises

Ai Chi was created by Jun Konno in 1993. It has elements of Tai chi chuan and qigong combined to help relax and strengthen the body. Ai Chi is done while the patient is standing in shoulder-deep water. The aim is to master deep breathing patterns then slowly progressing into mild movement of the upper and lower extremities. While doing the process, the attention is on the patients’ body alignment and breathing to prompt a calm and contemplative state of mind.

Aqua Running

It is also known as aqua jogging or deep-water running. It is a form of running in water with the aid of a flotation belt. The belt helps support the head and upper body above the water. This therapy helps clients experience the benefits of doing rehabilitation procedure without straining the joints. This is ideal for overweight or obese people who cannot run on dry land since water jogging burns more calories than running on dry land.

Bad Ragaz Ring Method for Water Therapy Exercises

This method was created by a team of physiotherapists in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland which aims to develop an aqua-based resistive exercise model that is both strengthening and mobilizing. The “ring” portion of the name pertains to the ring-shaped floating device that helps support the patient as they’re moving across the water. this method is commonly used for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, soft tissue, spinal and head injuries and Parkinson’s disease.