AQUATIC BODYWORK Practitioner Program Course: AQUATERNATIVES® Foundation professional applications NCBTMB


50 CEs Sept 2 -Sept 6 2022 8am-5pm

AQUATERNATIVES® Foundation is an introduction to or refinement of 4 key approaches to aquatic bodywork.  Class is experiential rather than protocol. You learn to ask open-ended questions and find the intuitive solutions that are there all along.  Whether you are already working in the water or just starting this is your best next class. Zero gravity alters time and space. Awareness is heightened. Awareness gives choice.

STILL BASE begins with the breath. Get out of our own way. Connect with someone else staying open to their experience of the stillness and movement of the breath.  Become aware of all the other levels of connection the body offers you to follow its inherent wisdom. Subtle weight shift magnifies sensations.

Once we have found stillness and the movement of the breath with productive alignment, we will discover how to use the water to facilitate effortless movement of our partner and to transition between different positions of support for mobilization, organization and integration.

ADAPTIVE TOOLS provide additional care for specific body needs giving precise support or stabilization of the neck or body compensating for challenging body sizes or physical limitations allowing floating, stretching and maneuvering effortlessly in the water.

TRAVELING BASE adds more 3-dimensional freedom of movement including frequent positioning of the partner on their side to evoke the deeper relaxation of the dive reflex while still remaining breathing comfortably above the water.  The natural waves and spirals movement emphasizes the sensation of water flowing past the body releases holding patterns.

SUBMERSION utilizes nose clips and continues the flow gradually under the water resurfacing and submerging over and over again synchronized with the rhythm of the breath.  Light and sound fade, time stops and gravity is suspended in a dance of infinite dynamics offering a physical and emotional freedom beyond what can be experienced on land or even on the surface of the water. 

This class is mostly experiential hands-on exploration in the water with strong theory base to support your own discoveries. 

Learning Outcomes:

During the course students will

*Study and experience the basic principles and concepts of 4 key styles of Aquatic Bodywork.

*Focus on the proper neutral alignment of the giver and the receiver in each exercise.

*Learn multiple assessment approaches to the body and availability of movement.

*Learn transitions from one place of support to another while moving a body through the water.

*Be able to educate their clients by using simple alignment exercises and weight change and body awareness exercises. 

*Will be able to safely float and transition a body through the water for deeper relaxation and organization then is available in gravity.


Learning Environment


*The main teaching methods will be experiential exercises in the water as well as supporting discussions.  The objective is listening and following the body of the client rather than doing or fixing anything.  Through this experience the ultimate innate wisdom of healing energy of the human body and respecting the natural process of awareness and healing is the ultimate goal. 

The course content is supported with digital handouts.

Prerequisites: None.


Heightened Awareness

More Clear Subtle Boundaries Between Practitioner and Client

Productive Movement for Both Practitioner and Client

Ability to work in a completely new medium


Mary Theresa Thomas “Theri”
is registered with the California Massage Therapy Council State of CA Massage Therapist Holistic Health Practitioner, License #37460; Continuing Education Provider for the NCBTMB, provider #451090-09 

We want you to read all handouts before class and return registration questionnaire and class acknowledgement form to instructor before class begins. 


Class Requirements:

Please bring towel, robe, easy change layered loose clothing, a jacket, pen and paper

NCBTMB CEs awarded: 50

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