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Specialized Warm Water therapy--For trauma and emotional healing

"A Proposal for Service and Philanthropy -- 2013"

[Water: Nothing could be more elemental and spiritual at the same time]

Below are pictures and documents from an earlier page that I created last year --"A proposal for service and philanthropy." This proposal requests funding considerations at Sibley Memorial Hospital/Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation/Johns Hopkins University and the District of Columbia to allow warm water therapy, Watsu/Water Dance to be provided to people in the District of Columbia. Hopefully, someday this type of therapy will be available at many centers and clinics around the country. Especially for veterans of war, this is very helpful. The lessons learned in helping military traumas can also help people who have been traumatized in other ways, including emotional trauma.  -- Ralph Wilson, N.D., M.S., Washington DC

Renewing the

Warm Water/Aquatic Therapy budget presentation

To Sibley Memorial Hospital & Foundation, and Johns Hopkins Medical:

 

A proposal for service and philanthropy

Specialized Warm Water therapy--For trauma and emotional healing

 

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Why this page. I  prepared this page to be the landing page for the updates of documentation about this proposal.

Because Sibley Memorial Hospital is now affiliated with Johns Hopkins University there is the potential for the warm water therapy to be observed in conjunction with educational courses. These could include the expected physical therapy and rehabilitation medicine courses. However, there is also a major aspect of the Watsu therapy that touches upon wellness and mental health issues so that it could be observed by Hopkins students in a variety of their academic programs.

Further below is the information that I sent last year to some of the leadership at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC.

Special focus: I would like to include a section about how the neuroscience work of Stephen Porges, Ph.D., can help to show that Watsu is grounded in the three-part nature of the Autonomic Nervous System. Here is information about Dr. Porges' PolyVagal Theory.

Research possibility: Johns Hopkins Medical may be interested in using the Watsu approach for research into trauma treatment using bodywork. I've spoken with Dr. Porges and am very impressed with his work. I've told him about this proposal.


Trauma Healing and Aquatic Bodywork
by Diane Tegtmeier and Inika Spence
[Articles: Diane Tegtmeier online]

"When trauma surfaces in the body’s memory while being held in warm water, it enters the flow of life. While it’s often terrifying, somehow it also seems “normal.” By normal I don’t mean “acceptable” but that which is a part of the ebb and flow of life’s energies. When memories of trauma arise in water, within the arms of one dedicated to holding others in unconditional love, the energy of trauma lets go. Aquatic bodywork creates an environment so different from the traumatizing event that frozenness yields to warmth and numbness to feeling. Movement, expression and transformation follow and the trauma becomes simply another memory.

"Of all the benefits we’ve witnessed in our many years of offering aquatic bodywork, our work with those who suffer from trauma is the most rewarding, confounding and profound. Often our partner doesn’t know they’ve suffered from trauma until the body memory of it surfaces while being held in the safe, nurturing environment of warm spring water. Here’s Diane’s account of one such session:..."  [paper - PDF]




This is a screen picture of the movie introducing Aquatic Bodywork. This movie file is 1.2 GB.
[You can contact Diane and ask for access: http://dianetegtmeier.com/
]


Information from Peggy Schoedinger, PT

Her site: Aquatic Therapy Today

Example brochure of 3-Day Hands-On Aquatic Training: click for PDF


Kathleen Christ, Licensed Massage Therapist ( www.Watsu1.com )

Example of affordable facility that could be adapted for use anywhere in the country.

[Constructed by Kathleen Christ, Licensed Massage Therapist: www.Watsu1.com]

From email sent to Sibley last year:

Sibley Hospital and Foundation: A proposal for service and philanthropy

Specialized Warm Water therapy--For trauma and emotional healing

 
Private page. Not indexed. Pictures and attachments that were not included in my email introduction that I sent to:
1. Robert L. Sloan, President and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital
2. Arlene A. Snyder, President of Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation
3. Rev. Sheila McNeill-Lee, Pastoral Care at Sibley Memorial Hospital


Dear Mr. Sloan, Ms. Snyder and Rev. McNeill-Lee,

I am a military veteran (Vietnam Era veteran; I was not stationed in Vietnam) who is now serving the country as a health care practitioner. I have a commitment to helping both veterans and the general public experience improved mental, physical and social health.

Sibley Hospital is close to where I see patients, and I am writing to request that you who are in leadership at the Hospital support the use of the warm water pool for an important type of therapy: the physical/emotional healing approach that is called "Watsu" or "Healing Dance."

Last year I inquired about Sibley's pool and was told that it is used for physical therapy applications. What I would like to see is that the pool also be made available for the trauma healing and bodywork that has been called "Watsu" or "Healing Dance" but deserves to be known also as a physical/mental health enhancement experience.
 
 
In this Christmas season and time of year-end philanthropic planning, I would like to see Sibley Hospital and Foundation begin to plan for including the Watsu-style warm water therapy as a service.

This could include outpatient visits as well as providing training for aquatic therapy practitioners who could then go back to their states with their new training.

There is a lot of information online about Watsu or Aquatic Therapy. I have been in contact with some of the leadership in the nation who provide training for this. A training program can be presented that would enable individuals to deliver this at Sibley.* As part of the Johns Hopkins system this would be an excellent part of an integrated physical and mental health network. I can introduce you to east coast trainers with whom I've spoken about this training for Sibley so that the Hospital could be a resource to train others.

I envision several therapists, working in different areas of the pool, so that over the period of several hours many people could receive this life-enhancing therapy. Below are some links and a presentation that I made to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

As a military veteran I support endeavors that help service members, veterans and the general public deal with the results of the various shocks and traumas related to service. These endeavors also can be applied to helping people who are traumatized in their civilian lives, including the effects of neglect and abuse of children. The numbers of those who could benefit from this are huge.  
Some of the latest research into Neuroscience has shown changes in physical and mental health after experiencing treatments and approaches that include introducing the patient to a new focus on their physical body and its sensations, as well as on the benefits of one-on-one supportive presence with a skilled provider.

The essence of warm water therapy is not connected to any religion or philosophy. I am convinced that once the value of warm water therapy is promoted as a therapy that helps people feel part of something greater than themselves, there will be a growing interest in it. As I have said in other contexts, "whether you see yourself as created by God, or by the intricate action of millions of years of evolution, the natural laws are still the same." 

When I made the presentation below to Dr. Woodson I learned that the military is extremely limited in what it can fund.

My inquiry last year about the Sibley Hospital warm water therapy pool was met with the explanation that the pool is "resting" on Sundays. That means that it might be available for Watsu-like therapy. My thought today is that the Foundation has supporters who give money because of their own personal philosophical and spiritual commitment. Using the pool on Sundays (done with express omission of religious or philosophical context) could be seen by various philanthropic supporters as consistent with their own objectives for giving money to help others.

*Note: Last year I did communicate with some of your aquatic therapy staff, who have had training in Watsu. However, they were already tasked for providing other water therapies. I would be glad to help coordinate communications about this proposal and the training of providers for this.

Aquatic Therapy/Watsu has meant a lot to me, and I hope that I can help others have this healing experience.

 

Respectfully,

 

Ralph Wilson, N.D.

Washington DC



Trauma Healing and Aquatic Bodywork
by Diane Tegtmeier and Inika Spence
[Articles: Diane Tegtmeier online]

"When trauma surfaces in the body’s memory while being held in warm water, it enters the flow of life. While it’s often terrifying, somehow it also seems “normal.” By normal I don’t mean “acceptable” but that which is a part of the ebb and flow of life’s energies. When memories of trauma arise in water, within the arms of one dedicated to holding others in unconditional love, the energy of trauma lets go. Aquatic bodywork creates an environment so different from the traumatizing event that frozenness yields to warmth and numbness to feeling. Movement, expression and transformation follow and the trauma becomes simply another memory.

"Of all the benefits we’ve witnessed in our many years of offering aquatic bodywork, our work with those who suffer from trauma is the most rewarding, confounding and profound. Often our partner doesn’t know they’ve suffered from trauma until the body memory of it surfaces while being held in the safe, nurturing environment of warm spring water. Here’s Diane’s account of one such session:..."  [paper - PDF]

 

 

From my presentation to the leadership who planned the
Warrior Resilience Conference III. [more]

 

Jonathan Woodson, M.D. , Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs with CC to key leaders in military Warrior Resilience outreaches. They have a program specifically designed for what they call Spiritual Fitness.

 [The document, PDF]

Aquatic Therapy/Watsu for Respite or Rehabilitation:

Support for Spiritual Fitness

 




Sites found online:
Aquatic Therapy Today [site]
Diane Tegtmeier [site]
Kathleen Christ [site]
Watsu New York [site]
Healing Dance.org [site]
Aquatic Therapy public site [site]
Aquatic Therapist networking and event schedule [site]
Washington Spa Alliance (WSPA) [
site]

 

 

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