We offer underwater listening sessions to children with special and complex needs in hydrotherapy pools in the UK, combined with Watsu practice and training. We are conducting research in this area.
Liquid Vibrations uses an innovative approach to listening and art outreach by providing underwater listening sessions to special needs children in hydrotherapy pools.
We are combining a thorough and relaxing listening programme with Aquatic Body Therapy (Watsu) training and practice to enhance the listening experience.
Sound travels five times faster underwater and is perceived through the skeletal system. This accounts for a special listening experience that we have found to have a profound effect on people.
There are a number of possible outcomes and benefits for disabled children and adults:
We have found evidence of improvement in listening and paying attention and increased curiosity, even with children who have difficulty in vocalisation.
Freedom in the water for children who are restricted in their movements is already appreciated by special schools. We have witnessed that listening to underwater sound can relax the listener and assist their range of motion.
Listening to music can be a profoundly intimate experience which has emotional resonance. We have witnessed tremendous excitement and pleasure in hearing sounds which can be heard and felt in the bones for children with complex needs or autism.
Liquid Vibrations aims to:
- To promote listening to music and sounds in hydrotherapy pools for children and adults with complex and special needs within a relaxing environment.
- To promote physical well-being and increase mobility, vocalisation and musical response in people with special needs.
- To conduct research into the benefits of Watsu assisted underwater listening in hydrotherapy pools, to expand knowledge of this innovative practice, and to offer training to staff and carers.
Established: October 2013
Registered Charity Number: 1154224
Board members: 4
Part time staff: 3
Phone number: 02088533452
Address: 28 Broad Street Wokingham RG40 1ABView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
Development and outreachTo provide a new platform for the experiencing of sound and music by children and young pe... More