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Foundation Course in

Therapeutic Aquatic Bodywork


Theory online: July 4 th 6-9pm 

In pool:  July 5
th 12-5pm, July 6 & 7th 10am-5pm


Biomechanics of the Craniosacral System 

Fulcrums in the aquatic environment

Therapeutic tools in manual aquatic bodywork 

Physiological considerations of treatment in warm water

Treatment methodology 

Biomechanical, visceral, myofasical balancing techniques-holds above the water with flotation

Introduction to submersion and states of apnea to enter ever-deepening awareness of Primary Respiration

 This is a foundation course open to Health and Movement Professionals who are looking to expand their practice to the water in therapeutic aquatic sessions. Those attending must have a background of study in anatomy-physiology, as well as some manual experience in their field.  If you do not have a professional bodywork training background you can consider the AquaVie Training who is open to the public.

The course is held at 6614 chemin Parkview, Cote-St. Luc, Montreal, QC




This course is required to take the advanced workshops listed below.

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 Advanced Therapeutic Aquatic Bodywork 2024 

The foundation course or previous aquatic trainings with an approved curriculum is needed to take these trainings. 


Therapeutic Aquatic Bodywork:

Clinical Day.

This day includes reviewing techniques taught in the intro course with corrections, improvements and adaptations as needed. Then each student will receive a treatment with the teacher and a give and receive treatment with a colleague. There will be moments of observation and answers to questions. This course is important to help your integration in your aquatic practice.

July 19th, 2023 9:30-5pm

Taught by:  Jennie Anstey, DO


Therapeutic Aquatic Bodywork:

  Dynamic Spine

This workshop gives new tools to work with the spine from the pelvis to the skull. The techniques are inspired by Aquahara, Dolphin Dance and Aquatic Osteopathy. We work in all spatial plans with the client, with and without head supports.  After a biomechanical revision of the axes of the pelvis  we learn normalizations of the spine via dynamic techniques, pumping  and undulations.

July 20-21, 2023 9:30-5pm

Taught by:  Jennie Anstey, DO


Therapeutic Aquatic Bodywork:

Palpatory Specificity 

This workshop is inspired by the SAT approach as developed by Tom Dummer DO. We will explore a range of Properties of different tissues: Rhythm, Mobility, Density, Texture, Vitality and Elasticity. Through various palpation exercises we will explore the different sub-characteristics that the systems can express: nervous, vascular, visceral, fascial, bone, cranio-sacral.

August 25-26th, 9:30-5pm

Taught by: Michel Dufresne, DO


Therapeutic Aquatic Bodywork:


This course is an exploration and application of different approaches to therapeutic work with infants. Discover and understand the benefits of working with babies in water.  Familiarize yourself with the impact of birth on babies' physical and emotional experiences (breastfeeding, digestive discomforts, torticolis, plagio or brachycephaly, sleep problems, crying, abnormally present archaic reflexes, sleep problems). Prerequisite: Foundation training course or equilivant

July 21(pm) then July 22-23th, 9:30-5pm

Taught by: Marie Panier, DO

Osteopathic Instructors:  


Michel Dufresne, B.A., D.O., holds a degree of Osteopathy from Le College d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montreal (C.E.O.) and a Bachelor in psychology from Bishop’s University, Canada. Michel also is a professor at C.E.O. in Montreal. He brings a practical approach to multiple health dysfunctions with the use of osteo-articular, visceral as well as cranial techniques.  Michel has co-written a research paper on the adaptation of therapeutic principles of osteopathy into the aquatic environment and does research in this area. He holds seminars and workshops on Aquatic Osteopathy internationally and has been a faculty instructor with the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute, U.S.A. since 2000.



Jennie Anstey, B.Sc, D.O. completed her B.Sc in Physiology at McGill University. She worked in ischemic exercise research in the  MRI department at the Montreal Neurologic Institute and trained as a Pilates Instructor, with a rehabilitation focus with Polestar Education.  She completed her D.O. at Académie Sutherland d’Ostéopathie du Quebec (ASOQ).  She has completed trainings in ELDOA, Aquatic Craniosacral, Dolphin Dance, AquaHara, Massage AquaVie (Above and Below Surface), Soul-Level Therapy and Spiritual Psychology, and a 3-year program abroad in Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies.  She taught at ASOQ, several courses in Cranial Osteopathy and supervising clinics for students.  In addition to her private practice based in Montreal, she organizes classes, workshops, conferences and retreats to share the benefits of Osteopathy. 

Marie Panier D.O.  Belgian by origin, she began her professional activity with pregnant women and babies as a physiotherapist and then worked in the delivery room and in preparation for birth. She completed her basic training with different approaches related to  birth  (perineal rehabilitation, perinatal and aquatic activities for young children, guide to the birth of the sacred, Rebirth). Her favorite place being hot water, she created in Brussels the school "La Magie de l'eau" in 1987. She became an osteopath there, in 1999 graduated from the College of Osteopathic Studies of Montreal CEO and closed his training through the co-writing with Michel Dufresne DO of a research thesis on "The adaptation of the therapeutic principles of Osteopathy to the aquatic environment". In 2005, she founded the Odyssey, the journey of a birth, a perinatal and family resource center in the Eastern Townships where different therapists work with interdisciplinarity approaches around birth.

For nearly 35 years, Marie has been developing different aquatic approaches inspired by the training courses she has taken: Watsu, Aquamouvance, hot water massage on and under water, aquatic yoga and water familiarization for young children, taming the fear of water.

She shares in Europe and Quebec the fruit of her research.

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