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Tuesday 24-Sep-2019 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM (More Dates)


Centennial Building
301-153 Seymour Street, Kamloops Phone Number: (250) 374-7383

Event Description

I was attracted by the Russian pioneer Tjarkovsky’s passion for water and babies in water. So I set out to achieve the same results with ease and happy relaxed ways for parents and babies together. To me, water and feeling relaxed go together, and this starts with the first baby bath, the first entry in a warm pool. It has been a wonderful journey to discover that not only gentle methods work extremely well but also that they are best for enhancing the physical, mental and psychological development of babies. In the last two decades research in infant psychology and brain development has advanced at an unprecedented pace. We have access to a better understanding of how babies learn and grow and how different learning environments produce neuronal pathways that actually ‘shape’ babies’ brain configuration. The current developing research area of epigenetics probes deeper into the interface between inherited genetic traits and environment. The good news is that creating positive environments in which babies feel loved and nurtured has the potential to create cascades of long-ranging effects in children’s lives! Ideally, babies start their introduction to water in the womb when feeling the relaxed aquanatal moves of their mums. We have then created an expanding spiral of enjoyable learning and a love of being together in water. Swimming is already programmed in the natural joy of free movement that the little ones experience. Rather than water-training babies by repeated submersions or sustained back-floating we encourage them to move freely in the water, each in their own way and at their own pace. In this way, water teaches us parenting. Most parents have realized that their time in the pool with little ones has a special quality that no land-based activity can equal. Swimming is an essential skill that is transferred in two stages and two forms: first, babies and toddlers enjoy being moved in shallow water around their parents at bath time and this has been the inspiration of the ‘relaxed hold’ practices we teach. The element of communication is dominant: is the parent learning from the baby and responding to what the baby is trying to say? Rapidly, babies feel understood, beam to the parents and the parents start feeling on top of the world. Submersion is introduced in a relaxed way as part of flowing moves. The more spontaneously it is done as part of the supported confidence to move freely that babies have gained from the ‘relaxed holds’ and their extensions, the more babies find the self-propelling moves that can save lives if they fall in water. 8 weeks Cost $135

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