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A different world in water

A different world in water

Source: Fort Belvoir Eagle, 4 December

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Fort Belvoir Eagle, 4 December

A different world in water

Water therapy helps to develop physical strength, coordination and confidence; and helps social aspects of life. It is also quite enjoyable, judging from the smiles I witnessed on the faces of children and parents during the exceptional family swim program at Benyaurd Pool.

While there were only a dozen or so participants on the night I was at the pool photographing, the joyful laughter and sounds of play seemed to fill the room with energy. Linda Townsend was standing in the shallow end near her son, Cole, 6. It’s their third year participating and the happiness radiated from Cole’s face as he swam in slow circles. “He really enjoys it and seems to be totally comfortable and at ease in the water,“ stated Townsend.

You only weigh 10 percent of your normal weight in water allowing for freeing the compression of the spine and other structures of the body. The water allows freedom to move, increases motion, improves balance and helps develop rhythm and timing.

In the water, the children are free from the limitations of their bodies on land. Childrens’ therapists have noted increased strength and flexibility.

Fort Belvoir aquatics instructor Jaye Urban has been teaching swim lessons for more than 25 years. “Children are successful in the water, regardless of ability, regardless of strength, because the water is a great equalizer. I continue to do what I do because I see the success of each child as they learn skills and grow in confidence,“ stated Urban.

Urban also credits the program’s success to family members who have volunteered and are active in the program “Without them, we would not be able to achieve all that we can.“

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