Aquatherapy can be beneficial for individuals managing arthritis, whiplash, inflammation, chronic pain or difficulty weight bearing.
Water pressure and buoyancy can help reduce inflammation in joints, reduce the speed of pain signals and reduce loads on joints in the legs and back. Movement can become easier with less load through the joints. Balance can be challenged safely and gait patterns can be corrected in the water. Water also provides gentle resistance in every direction of movement, so strength and stability are continually being challenged.
We have programs running at two locations – the Saanich Commonwealth Place and the Victoria Athletic Club at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Please see below for the different options and therapies.
PRIVATE AQUATHERAPY SESSIONS
A private 60 minute aquatherapy session is similar to a private Kinesiology session and is offered at both the Saanich Commonwealth Pool, as well as the Victoria Athletic Club.
An initial assessment is required and a program will be developed from the information gathered. It then typically takes 2-4 private aquatherapy sessions after the initial assessment to perfectly tailor the program to the client’s needs and abilities.
Once the program has been delivered and finalized, the client will be able to choose to continue with private sessions, complete their program independently or join the small group sessions for a semi-independent experience.
Your private Kinesiology session at either location will allow you access to the facility before and after the class. This includes the hot tub, sauna and weight room.
Please contact Anna Marie for availability of private sessions.
SMALL GROUP AQUATHERAPY SESSIONS
These small group offerings are based on a two month registration period and are available at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Saanich Commonwealth Pool and on Wednesday mornings at 9am at the Victoria Athletic Club. Prices are pro-rated for clients joining part way through a session.
The groups have a ratio of 4-6 clients to one instructor. Each individual will have a personalized program created specifically for them based on their needs, abilities and goals and will complete their program semi-independently while in the group.
Anna Marie de Zwager is present to coach, instruct, correct, progress or alter programs as needed. A private initial assessment is required prior to starting in the group to allow for the individualized program to be created. Please contact Anna-Marie for an appointment.
Saanich Commonwealth Pool
(Tues/Thurs 11:45 – 12:45pm)
The facility at Saanich Commonwealth Place offers a variety of pools to best fit the clients needs and comfort levels. Progression or modification of programs on a session-by-session basis is possible at this facility due to the availability of pool space to move deeper or shallower and to ease or challenge movement of joints and tissues.
Sessions at Commonwealth are offered twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:45am. Using the wave pool that has a variety of depth options, clients will follow their individualized program and receive feedback, modifications or progressions to help them achieve their goals. A variety of equipment may be used for the programming. Additional instructors may assist with instruction to keep the client: instructor ratio low
Fees at Saanich Commonwealth Place
Private Aquatherapy Sessions
Direct Pay $90
Small Group Registration (2 months)
Private Pay: $28/class
2 Month Small Group Sessions
Tuesdays 11:45am-12:45pm (7 weeks – NOTE: no classes Sept 3rd or 10th for annual pool maintenance)
Private Pay: $196
Thursdays 11:45am-12:45pm (6 weeks – NOTE: no classes Sept 5, 12 or 19th for annual pool maintenance & coverage conflicts)
Private Pay: $168
Victoria Athletic Club
The pool at the privately run Victoria Athletic Club, inside the beautiful Hotel Grand Pacific, is a bright, inviting 25-meter, shallow water pool, perfect for anyone who is not a strong swimmer or overly confident in the water. It is also a great location for those only needing a shallow water program such as to focus on lower body strength, balance and gait patterns.
These groups are being offered once per week on Wednesday mornings at 9am for 60-minutes. The shallow water, private pool allows for a focus on walking along with the usual functional strengthening and stabilizing as per clients’ needs and goals.
Anna-Marie is present to instruct, correct, progress or alter programs as needed.
Fees at Victoria Athletic Club
Private Aquatherapy Sessions
Direct Pay $90
Small Group Registration (2-months)
2 Month Small Group Session
Wednesdays 9-10am (9 weeks)
Private Pay Member: $216
Private Pay Non Member: $288
Parking available at a nominal fee of $1/class.