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Movement Therapy - How it translates to water

The ability to stay focused, coordinated, and self-regulated while maintaining our posture is all thanks to a fascinating concept known as "proprioception." Simply put, proprioception refers to our body's unconscious perception of movement, enabling it to control its position in space, time, and motion. It's like an internal GPS system that helps us know where our body is and how it's moving.

To illustrate how it works, think of writing your name in the air with your eyes closed or waking up in the dark and still knowing where you are. These examples demonstrate your body's automatic and immediate response to external forces, allowing you to navigate and interact with your surroundings effectively. Proprioception plays a vital role in our daily lives, from maintaining balance to performing intricate movements with precision. It truly is a remarkable mechanism that allows us to seamlessly navigate the world around us.

Why is it important?

When Proprioception gets muddled, it can lead to difficulties in general daily activities, such as running, going up and down stairs, or standing on one leg. This, in turn, makes simple tasks like getting dressed or walking around school a little more awkward and clumsy.

How water can help with proprioception:

Engaging in activities like swimming, hydrotherapy, and water-based games provides gentle resistance that challenges children to fine-tune their proprioceptive abilities in a safe and inclusive environment.

The calming properties of water promote enhanced focus and attention, contributing to a more conducive learning environment. Water-based movement therapy not only refines physical skills but also fosters emotional regulation and well-being. The soothing experience of water helps children find balance and internal regulation. Beyond the pool, water-themed activities on dry land and outdoor water play can further enrich sensory exploration and proprioceptive development.

For more information on how we can help with your child's proprioception we'd love for you to contact us and have a look around our website at Flipper Academy.

Flipper Academy: Bridging the gap between hydrotherapy and learn to swim

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