The Aqua-holistic Approach
An alternative medicine therapy to relieve stress, anxiety, and pain.
AQUA → Aquatic Therapy
“Aqua” in Latin means water.
Aquatic therapy, also known as hydrotherapy or water therapy is an under water therapeutic procedure which attempts to improve function through the application of aquatic therapeutic bodywork and exercises.
HOLISTIC → Holistic Health
Holism in Greek means all, entire, or total.
Holistic health care is characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account physical, emotional, and spiritual factors rather than just treating the symptoms of an illness.
The AQUA HOLISTIC Fusion
The Aqua-holistic approach to therapy uses the healing power of water as an arena for thermal aquatic bodywork aimed at physical, emotional, and spiritual well being, along with holistic land therapies and activities.
Aquatic Therapy is recognized for its potential to:
- Promote well-being
- Reduce anxiety
- Alleviate chronic pain
- Relieve stress
- Ease the pain of fibromyalgia
It is believed that the thermal properties of water assist healing. The body’s reaction to hot and cold water causes the nerves at the surface of the skin to carry impulses deep into the body. This reaction is thought to:
- Lessen pain sensitivity
- Stimulate the immune system
- Aid lymphatic drainage
- Increase blood circulation
It is also likely to leave you both physically and mentally relaxed.
Thermal Aquatic Bodywork
How Thermal Aquatic Bodywork can Release Energy and Balance Chi
Thermal Aquatic Bodywork is an effective way of mobilizing “Chi” (life force) through the “Meridians” (lines of energy in the body). Body temperature water offers a unique and ideal medium for freeing energy. The lightness of the body in water allows the Aquatic practitioner to float you, which has the following effects:
- Frees the spinal vertebrae
- Rotates joint articulations
- Elongates muscles
All of the above benefits are simply not possible with land exercise.
How a Holistic Approach to Health Differs from Traditional Western Medicine
Holistic health is not itself a method of treatment, but is an approach to how treatment should be applied. Holistic concepts of health and fitness view achieving and maintaining good health as requiring more than just taking care of the various singular components that make up the physical body.
Holistic health involves physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of well-being.
The goal of holistic health is a wellness that encompasses the entire person, rather than just the lack of physical pain or disease. When symptoms develop, it is often long after the cause of the symptoms occurred.
Holistic health contrasts noticeably with the medical model that focuses on treating symptoms and syndromes with the only goal being the absence of disease. The holistic approach, however, focuses on the cause.
Alternative medicine practitioners adopt a holistic approach to healing in:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Qi Gong)
- Ayurveda – Traditional Hindu Medicine (meditation, yoga)
- Diet-based therapies
These and many other forms of alternative medicine have a long and respected history of helping people maintain optimum health.