Jillian loves children and children love Jillian!
It's a match made in heaven. Jillian's unique background as a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT), Infant Massage Teacher (CIMT), and training in Adaptive Watsu® and International Aquatic Therapy Techniques, equips her with vital knowledge of indications, contraindications, and considerations to massage and work with children of all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities.
SESSIONS BOTH IN THE WARM-WATER POOL AND ON LAND ARE CHILD-CENTERED, EMPHASIZING SAFETY, EMPOWERMENT, JOY AND PLAY TO MEET YOUR CHILD DIRECTLY WHERE S/HE IS AT.
Being in the water highlights a sense of freedom, fun, and playfulness for many children, making it a fabulous fit for therapeutic work and optimal results.
Her additional training as a music therapist and ropes course facilitator prime Jillian with not only musicality, spontaneity, and patience, but also a diverse range of activities and ideas with which to connect with your child, ultimately inspiring him/her to connect, have fun, and reach his/her goals. Scheduling days, times, and locations are flexible to accommodate your family's needs.
Whenever possible, work is performed in pools treated with alternatives to chlorine so that those with sensitivities will have a pleasurable and positive experience. Also, most pools are wheelchair accessible.
Historically, Jillian was a proud volunteer with the Special Needs Aquatics Program (SNAP Kids) in Berkeley and Pediatric Palliative Aquatics Program at George Mark House in San Leandro.
SESSIONS can begin at four-weeks-old.
Aquatic sessions are 100% child-led, and are customized to meet the unique personality, needs, and goals of each child. Jillian creates a safe and playful environment wherein your child can both creatively explore the water and practice relaxing his/her body and mind. Additionally, sessions serve as a fabulous compliment to rehabilitative, physical, or sports-related injuries or goals. The warm pool is the perfect place to nurture a healthy relationship with the water from an early age, and to cultivate calmness, trust, and confidence.