International Advanced Aquatic Therapy Techniques

Presented by Peggy Schoedinger, PT

September 30 - October 2, 2015

Providence Macadam Therapy Pool
5757 SW Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97239

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Course description

Join internationally acclaimed physical therapist Peggy Schoedinger for the course she has taught on 6 continents. This seminar will cover advanced aquatic therapy techniques from around the world for the treatment of orthopedic, neurological and pediatric patient populations.

You’ll learn to maximize the effects of aquatic therapy to:

  • improve trunk and proximal joint stability
  • decrease pain
  • decrease spasticity
  • increase strength
  • increase range of motion
  • improve functional skills

Learn skills in Bad Ragaz, Watsu®, Halliwick, Sensory Integration, aquatic manual therapy, and functional skills training.

Patient treatment videos will be used to demonstrate these techniques in use with a wide variety of conditions.

A detailed, extensive handout will cover all of the techniques, so you can listen instead of wearing out your hand taking notes.

The emphasis of this seminar will be on learning Peggy’s unique, International approach to integrating and blending aquatic techniques together to develop the most effective treatment programs for even your most challenging patients.

Come join us; your patients will improve faster!

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the primary physiological effects of immersion.
  • Identify the indications and precautions for the use of Aquatic Therapy Techniques.
  • Utilize Halliwick to facilitate righting and equilibrium reactions, improve balance, improve postural awareness, improve trunk stability, increase ROM, increase strength and improve functional skills.
  • Utilize Bad Ragaz for evaluation as well as treatment in comprehensive hip, shoulder and trunk stabilization programs by improving mobility, strength, coordination and proprioception.
  • Utilize Watsu to decrease spasticity, decrease muscle spasm, decrease pain, increase range of motion and increase relaxation.
  • Utilize a creative, play-based approach to aquatic sensory integration.
  • Correctly use and modify different exercises and activities utilizing metacentriceffects, turbulence and buoyancy to appropriately challenge each unique patient.

Registration information

Target Audience: This course will benefit Occupational Therapists and Assistants, and Physical Therapists and Assistants and Aquatic Specialists.

Registration Fee: The registration fee of $600 per person covers snacks the first evening, both mornings and afternoons, certificate and an electronic copy of the course manual. Please bring your own towel, 1-2 bathing suits, a water bottle and any additional snacks you might want.

Early-bird registration fee is $500 per person if registered online by September 9. If registering by mail, registration must be postmarked by September 9 to receive the early bird price.

Refund Policy: Full refunds less a $50 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by September 16. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours: This course will qualify for 20 continuing education hours for physical therapists and occupational therapists in Oregon. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

Registration: Confirmations will be emailed. Registration is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the speaker and course outline


River's Edge Hotel and Spa
455 SW Hamilton Court
Portland, OR 97239
Residence Inn by Marriot
2115 SW River Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201
Travelodge Portland City Center
2401 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97201

About the speaker

Internationally known presenter Peggy Schoedinger PT, has taught more than 700 courses across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Peggy teaches a full range of over 40 aquatic topics and techniques, including Watsu®, The Bad Ragaz Ring Method, Halliwick Concept In Rehabilitation, Aquatic PManual Therapy, Trunk/Core Stabilization, and Aquatic Sensory Integration, for the effective treatment of orthopedic, neurological, rheumatic, sports medicine and pediatric patient populations. Every seminar she teaches is unique and specifically tailored to the needs of the facility and the individual course participants.

Peggy is an acknowledged master of multiple approaches to aquatic therapy and aquatic bodywork from six continents. She blends all these techniques into a comprehensive approach that is uniquely hers.

Peggy is the creator of Clinical Watsu. Peggy is the only physiotherapist in the world who is a certified instructor for Watsu 1, 2 and 3. And she is one of only 6 instructors internationally who is qualified to train and certify other Watsu instructors. Teaching thousands of people has made Peggy skilled at passing on information and techniques simply and effectively to suit each person’s learning style. Her frequent international trips allow her to stay abreast of the latest techniques and information from around the globe.