Liquid Vibrations is a charity registered in England since 2013. We provide underwater listening sessions combined with aquatic body therapy to people with special and complex needs.
The sessions serve to: Promote relaxation Provide educational and emotional benefits Enhance general well being
We also provide basic Watsu training to the carers at the school, this is a life-long skill. We are currently working with researchers at the University of Kent and Roehampton University on weekly session over one term in two schools, The Redway in Milton Keynes and St Nicholas in Canterbury. The researchers observe the participants and their responses to the underwater sounds.
The sounds used are Familiar (melodic lines, rhythms), Abstract (electroacoustic sounds and textures) and Narrative (field recordings, sound effects). We are working currently with individual participants and are observing their responses and we are also working with classes.
To date we have carried out four terms of sessions at three special schools, the reports are available online. We have had very positive response from the children, we have noticed increased relaxation as well as increased mobility for those with lack of mobility, and have had good response from the carers and the headmasters of the schools.
From the report at The Bridge School: A carer describes her experience with John. He is described as having an ‘amazing musical memory’ with the ability to quickly repeat a song which is sung directly to him or which he has heard around him.
“He was very active when he first got in. I don’t know how he was last week because I wasn’t with him. He took quite a long time to settle down but he did, found his speakers on his own at the end and then he started to put his head under the water. And just with repeated offering him, modeling, what we were going to do, putting on different floats eventually he got, he wanted to do it and then he couldn’t stop.”