Each of our practitioners brings a deep level of care and compassion to their work, and views their role as facilitators for healing. Using their training, they encourage their clients to let go of stress and anxiety as they are brought to a state of balance in present time. Each aquatic bodywork session provides tools for reducing the disruption that is often associated with Post Traumatic Stress.
To ensure our veterans and their caregivers are in capable hands, our practitioners go through an extensive scholastic, practical and internship training and certification process. This includes more than 500 hours of massage therapy school and a minimum of 150 hours of aquatic bodywork therapy education with a specific focus on Watsu®
. By the end of their training, they’re ready for the Massage Therapist State Certification exam and final application requirements from the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association to become a Watsu®
All of our practitioners are highly talented and uniquely intuitive, including Sebastian Skinner who has been a Wave Academy practitioner for the last three years and served 10 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. As a veteran, he understands the brotherhood/sisterhood dynamic that develops while serving, and knows how the level of trust for the person next to you impacts the level of safety you feel. He takes this understanding into his work with our veterans.
“Being of service to and helping make a difference in the lives of veterans and their caregivers is what resonates with me. It’s where my heart and passion lie,” said Sebastian. “There has been so much great personal feedback from the vets who have been worked on, including how aquatic bodywork therapy has impacted and changed their lives in a positive light.”
Sebastian also spends time volunteering at a local hospice center where he keeps the patients company at their bedsides and listens to their life stories. “I’ve always felt called to be with people during their end of life journey… It really helps put into perspective how precious and short life is here and helps me realize not to sweat the small stuff.”
Wave Academy executive director, Dave Towe, met Sebastian five years ago and is always interested in finding practitioners who understand the power of this work. “While Sebastian’s 10 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, his dedication and commitment to helping communities, and his loyalty to our veterans make him an ideal practitioner, it’s his heart and passion for being of service that make him great at what he does. We’re honored to have him on our team!”
Sebastian offers this advice for veterans suffering from PTS, “You are not alone. There are a variety of resources you can get help from, not just chair therapy or prescription medication. If one form of therapy doesn’t seem to work, don't give up. Find a therapy that works for you and make it a part of your regular practice!”
For more information, please visit http://www.waveacademy.org