Creating A Calm Environment With Therapeutic Swim Sessions
From toning up to relaxing after a busy week, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a good swim. But what if it wasn’t as easy as turning up and jumping in? Whether it’s a physical disability, or the busy environment is just too much to deal with, it can be difficult or even impossible for some people to have fun in the water.
We want everyone to be able to be more active with Wave, so we introduced Therapeutic Swim sessions. These relaxed sessions allow people who wouldn’t usually come swimming to enjoy the pool and see benefits to their health, making massive differences in their everyday lives. The informal style of the sessions helps to improve participant’s confidence and independence.
The sessions are capped at 20 people, so participants are free to use the pool in any way that suits them without feeling like they’re impacting others. This is something which regular user Jenny, who has MS, says is a great plus;
“I've been coming to therapeutic swim regularly since they launched it as I suffer from MS. I'm not confident in the deep end and love the fact that I can swim full widths not feeling like I'm in anyone's way. I have a lot more energy now. Normally I'd fall asleep around 3pm but now I feel more energised. The physiotherapist team at the hospital are amazed that my muscles seem to be stronger, even if they don't always work properly. We are putting this down to the exercise... Swimming, aqua aerobics and the Move More class which I attend at Wave!”
Therapeutic Swim sessions are open to anyone who could benefit from a quieter session, but are particularly beneficial for those with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). The success of the Therapeutic Swim sessions has led to 590 more attendances at our facilities over the last year from those with SEND.