My name is Cath Mather and I am an experienced Occupational Therapist with a specialism in Aquatic Therapy interventions.
In 2003 I gained an MSc in 'Health through Occupation', completing research into Watersports for people with disabilities. Shortly afterwards (2005) I started exploring and training in various Hydrotherapy techniques, and have now fostered these skills for over a decade.
I have studied in various parts of the UK, and in Switzerland. As a result, I have accumulated around 250 hours of hydro/aquatic therapy training, and now have over 350 hours of additional hands-on pool/water based practice. I am currently training to be a Watsu ('Water Shiatsu') practitioner.
Lifeguard and Health and Safety Experience
I also have experience as a lifeguard both in pool and on the beach, and am familiar with regulations relating to health and safety in water based activity. I offer both individual and group sessions, which focus upon relaxation, stretching, strengthening, maximising range of movement and pain relief. I am also able to offer specialist advice regarding safe access and evacuation from pools, relevant environmental aids and adaptations, strategies for enhancing function and promoting independence, and ideas for meeting sensory processing/integration needs.
As well as my Aquatic Therapy work, I am also a Macmillan Occupational Therapist working in a Palliative Care setting.