Sarah Wratten • Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Consultant and Aquatic Therapy Association for Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP) Accredited Tutor in Aquatic Therapy.
Practitioner in Ai Chi and Watsu
Ai Chi is a water based series of flowing movements based on Tai Chi and Qi Gong techniques created by Jun Konno 1990. It integrates physical and mental well-being bridging together Western and Eastern philosophies.
Ai Chi is ideal for improving flexibility, coordination, posture, balance, and for reducing stress. It is performed in warm water standing at shoulder depth. The progression of postures starts with diaphragmatic breathing, and then incorporates upper extremity, trunk, lower extremity and then combination movements. It focuses on posture, breathing and relaxation.
Sarah trained in Ai Chi in 2006 and since has incorporated group and 1:1 sessions into the rehabilitation of patients with a variety of conditions. It has been particularly beneficial for LBP, persistent pain, and rheumatological conditions as well as with helping to manage stress and anxiety. Sarah tutors a two day course in Ai Chi (see aquatic courses) .
Watsu is ‘water shiatsu’ was created by Harold Dull in 1980. It is a passive treatment form where a patient is cradle held in warm water and gently moved to mobilise and promote relaxation. The support of buoyancy enables the therapist to move the patient in coordination with their breathing to not only help mobilise joints, muscles and fascial tissue but to also improve psychological and physiology well-being.
Sarah is a recognised practitioner in Watsu and registered with WABA. She can offer treatment sessions or even if you just want to experience Watsu for the first time. If you are looking to become a Watsu practitioner Sarah can recommend WABA recognised Watsu Instructors.
For any more information please contact Sarah