Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Based Therapies
Hydrotherapy is based on the principles of hydrodynamics (buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, turbulence, and flow) and is thought to provide multiple sensory stimuli through water temperature, weigh relief, and vestibular input.
The properties of the water assist active movement, provide postural support and promote relaxation of spastic muscles, improved circulation, and strengthening, allowing a variety of fundamental motor skills to be performed, relative to an individuals skill level.
Aquatic activities also provide opportunities for social interaction and play, which can facilitate language development and improve self-esteem, self-awareness and a sense of accomplishment.
Therapy delivered through Art
Art can be especially beneficial to children as younger people are usually less capable and less comfortable expressing themselves via words.
By expressing yourself through art, an art therapist can help you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not of comprehended.
Art can also help with the development of social skills. For some this can improve sensory, processing disorders. Children are able to explore with messy play and for some this is a great improvement for children who are tactile defensive.
Therapy delivered through Music
In music sessions, children and family members can experience music improvised uniquely for and with them. They will have the opportunity to interact and communicate musically and to express themselves in whatever way they can – using their body, voice or percussion instruments. Most of all, they’ll be forming a creative and therapeutic relationship with their peers.
The simple pleasure of working with horses is the highlight of the children’s week, the children’s experience, the freedom of movement, gaining confidence, building relationships, receiving life enhancing physiotherapy and achieving individual goals.
Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider.