A unique modality
IN THE FIELD OF AQUATIC THERAPY
Jaz is an Osteopathic Practitioner, Doctor of Naprapathy, Aquatic Osteopathy instructor and a pioneer in the field of Aquatic Naprapathic Medicine. Doctors of Naprapathy specialize in the treatment of conditions involving the fascia and neuromusculoskeletal systems. She is the creator of Napraquatic Medicine, an innovative modality that blends the benefits of hydrotherapy, Osteopathy and Naprapathic Medicine.
This innovative modality uses a variety of 3-dimensional techniques that would be impossible to utilize during a regular "land-based" session. Her doctoral thesis investigated the "Effects of Aquatic Osteopathy-Naprapathy Therapy on Parkinson Disease". Her research showed positive outcomes, supporting the idea that Aquatic Osteopathy-Naprapathy Therapy has the potential to become the standard for PD care.
OF AQUATIC OSTEOPATHY &
NAPRAPATHY IN A WARM POOL
Hydrostatic/water pressure reduces swelling and contributes to blood and lymph circulation. In addition, Aquatic Osteopathy & Naprapathy techniques help increase proprioception, a specific type of body awareness. Our proprioceptors (specialized mechanosensory neurons) are located within muscles, tendons and joints and are responsible for monitoring the position and movement of our body structures. Improving proprioception is beneficial to everyone and crucial for patients working on balance and recovering from musculoskeletal injuries.
Additional benefits of Aquatic Osteopathy include:
Stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for digestion, absorption, tissue restoration, etc.
Promoting healing, relaxation and tissue restoration. Aquatic Osteopathy is an excellent rehab modality. Sessions are ideal for spinal cord injury patients.
Reducing the load on the joints, promoting body awareness, relieving pain, and improving motor skills.
Increasing musculoskeletal alignment, efficiency and functionality.
Enhancing venous return and lymphatic-blood flow.
Promoting health and wellbeing prior to, during and post pregnancy.
CAN BENEFIT FROM OUR AQUATIC SESSIONS
Our aquatic sessions are indicated for most people, from children to seniors, including the healthy and high performance athletes. This restorative practice is most beneficial for those looking for healing, deep relaxation and introspection. At Postureffect, we would highly recommend this therapy if you:
are looking for tissue restoration after a competition or weekend-warrior practice.
are looking for healing following surgery, trauma, whiplash or other musculoskeletal lesions or injuries, such as sprains, strains, and in particular, spinal cord injury.
have a stressful lifestyle, have unresolved traumas or tend to hold emotions.
suffer shallow breathing or restricted thoracic cage and want to improve breathing functionality.
In addition, our aquatic sessions promote healing and wellbeing prior to, during, and post-pregnancy.
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR SESSION IN A WARM POOL
Depending on your condition, we may suggest to include the following modalities into your session.
Exercises for Breathing Functionality.
Joint mobilizations (spinal, hips, etc.).
Muscle releasing & Trigger point techniques.
Neuromuscular techniques such as PNF and MET, stretches and other soft-tissue techniques.
These techniques do not cause pain when applied on healthy tissues. However, pain or discomfort may be experienced when conditions such as muscle "tightness", myofascial adhesions, restricted blood flow (ischemia), nerve compression, and tissue injury are present.
Let us know if you are simply looking to have a relaxing & introspective experience.
We can certainly leave the non-relaxing techniques for a following session ;)
REGARDING YOUR HEALTH
As with any other Aquatic Therapy, we encourage you to talk to your family doctor if you are diabetic or if you have cardiopulmonary disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, history of CVA (cerebrovascular accident), epilepsy, incontinence, balance disorder or if you are uncertain that Aquatic Therapy is the right choice for your condition.
Do NOT book any appointments (if you have already booked one, please call/email to cancel) if you:
have areas of skin lesions or broken skin
have symptoms of cold/flu/Covid-19
have any contagious diseases
have recently had a whiplash injury and have not seen your doctor
A FEW IMPORTANT PONITS
Aquatic treatments are available for a first visit. Prior to the session, you will be required to complete our health intake and consent forms.
Depending on the condition, you may be required to book a regular session at our clinic. This, with the purpose of performing more in detail assessments (E.g. orthopaedic, posture and movement assessments).
Optional: For your own comfort, you may wear ear plugs, water shoes, your own neck floater, a long sleeved water shirt to keep you warm, etc.
UN SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOU AND OUR STAFF
By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination + valid government ID may be required to access Pool Facilities. Leave yourself sufficient time and help speed up entry by having your documents ready before you arrive at the door.
Note: Masks may or may not be required in indoor public spaces. Regardless, I will be wearing a medical grade mask during your session. Click to read Crystal Pool's Covid-19 Addendum to Facility Use.
OUR AQUATIC LOCATIONS
Our Aquatic Osteopathy services are offered at:
Crystal Pool facilities, on Quadra Street. Available to anyone. Please read the COVID-19 Addendum to Facility Use Agreement.
Doctor of Naprapathy
BSc in Osteopathy, BFA, DMT
S. Garza's experience
"During my first Aquatic Osteopathy session with Jaz, I became more aware of myself and I felt energy flowing through my body. After the session, my headache was gone and I felt so relaxed.
It was like a mechanic adjustment to a rusted body. Now, Aquatic Osteopathy has become part of my regular health-care routine. "
- S. Garza