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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Fitness
  • Water Aerobics/Exercise
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Front Desk/ Reception Area; Parking Area; Swimming Pool; Ramps

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Degree in Kinesiology/ Physical Education/ Exercise Science with some coursework in disability; Adapted Physical Education/ Therapeutic Recreation; Physical Therapy/ PT Assistant; Occupational Therapy/ OT Assistant; Registered Nurse
  • Staff Certification:ACE Certification

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Aquatic therapy is skilled physical therapy that takes place in warm water. Marianjoy's pool is heated to between 92 and 96 degrees, which makes exercising easier and more comfortable. If needed, an accessible lift can be used to lower you into the water. Because of the warm water temperature and the resistance provided by the water, aquatic therapy can help you by:

  • Promoting muscle relaxation.
  • Decreasing muscle spasms.
  • Increasing ease of joint movement.
  • Decreasing the forces of gravity to make walking easier and to decrease stress on the joints.
  • Increasing circulation and cardio-respiratory function.
  • Increasing body/posture awareness and balance.
  • Increasing confidence.

Marianjoy's physical or occupational therapists can work with you in the pool as part of your inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. Our therapists will personally guide you through therapeutic exercises and activities specifically geared to your injury or condition.

You do not need to know how to swim to participate in aquatic therapy. There is no age limit; everyone from small children to senior citizens can take part in this therapeutic program. A physician's referral is required prior to participation. We can accept your doctor's written referral, or you can schedule an appointment with one of the Marianjoy Medical Group physicians or by calling (630) 462-5581.

Community Aquacise Programs

Marianjoy offers two self-conditioning programs for adults who have been referred for a community pool program. In order to participate, you must have attended at least one prescribed physical therapy session in the pool for instruction.

Self Conditioning Fitness Pool - You'll be supervised by a fitness instructor as you work at your own pace using an exercise routine previously created for you by a physical therapist.

If you need help dressing, getting into the pool or while in the pool, you may bring an assistant with you. If needed, you will receive help entering/exiting the pool.

Aquacise Self Conditioning Program - You'll be supervised by members of our physical therapy department as you work at your own pace using an exercise routine previously created for you by a physical therapist.

If needed, you will receive help entering and exiting the pool, as well as putting on floatation devices.

After School in the Pool

School age children with movement disabilities will enjoy swimming and activities in this program offered in Marianjoy's therapeutic pool. Swimming experience is not necessary.

Registration and a physician's release form are required. Fees are for an eight-week session, which meets once per week. Classes are limited to 8 children and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.