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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”

Sigmund Freud

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What is aquatic therapy?

Aquatic therapy is a form of therapy taking place in warm water. It is using the properties of the water to improve physical functions, relieve pain and rehabilitate.

Aquatic therapy can be beneficial in various conditions such as: orthopedic injuries, special needs, developmental delays, muscular-dystrophy cerebral-palsy, low back pain, Autism, rett-syndrome and more...

Aquatic therapy is suitable for all ages, starting with infants and all the way up to seniors. Aquatic therapy can also be used for prenatal care in advanced months of pragnancy. 

In addition, people with PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression or other emotional issues can find a lot of support in the water.

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Helps regulate the nervous system resulting in improved muscle tone, improved sleep and decreased pain.

Watsu (water-shiatsu) is water based therapy. It is a form of aquatic bodywork used for deep relaxation, rehabilitation and healing. Watsu works both on the physical and mental aspects of healing . This therapy is characterized by one-on-one sessions that take place in warm water (35°C = 95°F). A practitioner or therapist gently cradles, moves, stretches, and massages the receiver/patient.

Watsu was originally developed by Harold Dull at Harbin Hot Springs (California) in the early 1980s. It combines elements of muscle stretching, joint mobilization, massage, Shiatsu, and dance.


Improves motor skills, behavioral communication skills and balance & stability.

Improves fine and gross motor skills. Focuses on Functional activities of daily living (ADL) such as: reaching for an object, holding an object, transitioning from lying to sitting and standing, independent dressing and undressing of clothing, correct pattern of walking and more.

  By using games and playfulness we work on communication and language skills. Increases range of motion in stiff joints. Correct body posture and alignment. Suitable for various conditions such as: Autism, Cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and more. 


Achieving developmental milestones faster and improving developmental delays

Want your child to start crawling? walking?  Starting at 1 month old, sessions are aimed at addressing developmental delays and improving physical milestones (neck control, rolling, crawling, sitting,standing, walking ect..). Exercises are specially designed to fit each individual child’s age and ability. Parents are normally in the water learning to perform different exercises on their baby and enjoying the quality time. This work also prepare the child for independent swimming, and give survival skills such as diving and rolling over to back float.

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As land creatures, we are used to moving against gravity. What happens when gravity is taken out of the equation? In this workshop we will transform ourselves into liquid beings and learn how to move in this new environment. This workshop will combine Contact Improvisation (a genre in dance) and Aquatic Therapy. We will explore movement in a liquid environment, while focusing on the physical connection and relations between movers. We will learn how to observe movement and body- language in others in order to have a better nonverbal communication. Some of the exercises will be while our heads are out of the water, and others while we are fully submerged. For that, nose clips will be provided. We will learn the different properties of the water, and how each property effects our bodies (while moving or still).

This workshop is for anybody interested in deepening their connection with their body. Whether you are an experienced mover or not, this workshop is suitable for all levels. The only requirement is a playful and curious approach.  


Experience a deep state of relaxation while floating effortlessly in a warm salt water pool.
As Deb Evangelista and Elik Gilad, two integrative aquatic practitioners, pamper participants with support, alignment, stretching and massage, Sound Healer, Prasad Katz, fills the water with the beautiful frequencies of singing bowls, didgeridoo and more.

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I really enjoyed my first session with Elik Gilad- it was both fun/creative and relaxing/soothing. I could tell he is very comfortable and experienced which allowed me to feel safe letting go and flowing with the poetry of watsu, even though it would typically take me longer to warm up to someone new when touch is involved. He has an intuitive, playful style and an embodied, grounding presence. I will definitely return!

Michelle L Fields

I had my first Watsu session with Elik Gilad yesterday and it was truly incredible. Elik is very experienced at his craft. He is a natural in the water, and his movements that supported me were incredibly intuitive. It felt like he knew exactly what to do and how to move my body. I felt comfortable from the very beginning of our session and by the end I did not want it to be over. Watsu is one of the most relaxing and calming experiences I have had and Elik did a wonderful job facilitating this experience for me. I can not wait for my next session! 💙🌊 🧜🏽♀️

Phoebe West

Elik has a gentle presence, and a true gift for helping a person to feel safe, respected, and fully relaxed in the Watsu experience. There is something magical about being in the water, gently supported in movement and flow. Almost 36 hours later, I can still close my eyes and be in that state of blissful relaxation. Thank you Elik!

Lisa Betz Marquez

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I started dancing in 2001 during high school. Between 2006-2012 I was dancing professionally at “Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Dance Company”.
After my dance career I transitioned into Aquatic Bodywork. In 2012 I got certified  as a Swim Instructor specializing in the treating Aqua-phobia (fear of water). In 2014 I got certified as  Infants Developmental Aquatic Therapist. In 2017 I got certified as an Aquatic-therapist, working with special needs, orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, etc and more. I am a Watsu practitioner and a facilitator of Aquatic workshops.

In 2022 I started my PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) career.

 Red Cross - Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
For me the water is a healing environment and a beautiful place to be in. It’s a place to find grounding and freedom at the same time.

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I offer private sessions and Aquatic retreats/workshops in Denver, Longmont and Fort Collins, CO

(303) 834-2402

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