Phone; (858) 581-2274

AQUATERNATIVES® foundation is an introduction to or refinement of 4 approaches to aquatic bodywork. It is taught from the perspective of principles of the work and exercises to experience and learn those principles in the body rather than learning choreography. It is more of a discovery of something students invent and own and take with them because they are creating it in the moment rather than replicating someone else. Students learn to ask open-ended questions and find the intuitive solutions that are there all along. It does not matter whether you have ever experienced aquatic bodywork or are quite proficient in one style or another; everyone is starting on the same page at the beginning of what if. Begin by seeing the water through a whole new perspective. So whether students are looking to build a solid foundation and pick a favorite direction to pursue first or whether they refining what they have already learned, the student will leave with everything they came for and more.
This class will also offer an opportunity for students to receive their required supervision for Watsu certification
Mary Theri Thomas

Theri brings 35 years of teaching experience in many related fields to this work. She is an internationally renouned Holistic Health Practitioner and Instructor Trainer. The focus of class is balanced full spectrum presentation with emphasis on having a deeper connection by building a strong foundation of fundamentals and principles to draw from. The student can then easily integrate additional classes and explore self-discovery of the work. Theri is the only instructor in the world of 3 complete aquatic bodywork certification programs: AQUATHERICSsm, Watsu and Healing Dance. She is also a coach advisor training teachers at every level of the work. Theri is the only Instructor Trainer of multiple styles of work. Her own private practice is focused on medical patients with special needs. Through her practice and teaching she developed the AQUATHERICSsm program for professional applications of aquatic bodywork. Theri joined the Wave Academy as an instructor and practitioner from its inception and has since trained all their practitioners working with returning veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Theri is known for mentoring the facilitation of each individual's growth so every student has the opportunity to attains the personal goals they set for themselves in the work.