Our 178 hour Aquatic Integration (AI) Certification Program benefits practitioners from a wide range of body centered therapeutic practices. Students who complete the AI certification program will:
  • Develop mastery of techniques for professional aquatic practice
  • Become a Certified Practitioner in the AI approach, which can be used to develop an aquatic practice or be used as an adjunct to a current personal or professional body/mind centered profession
  • Facilitate release from emotional and/or physical trauma in the safety of a fluid environment
  • Experience the power of water for the restoration of fluid body movement based on soft tissue release and full joint mobilization
  • Learn to use the breath to facilitate release from physical and emotional patterns of neurological habituation
  • Learn practical business and development techniques designed to guarantee the success of their practice

“Cameron has an intuitive and holistic understanding of bio-mechanics with a sense of integration that I have never witnessed. The theory of body geometry is something I still have to grasp but when demonstrated, her techniques directed us, toward a potent knowledge of elastic gateways that allowed physical, energetic and even emotional freedoms. It is exciting work!” Mary, Massage Therapist

Professions that benefit from Aquatic Integration Training:
Certified/Licensed Massage Therapist
Shiatsu Therapist
Physical and Occupational Therapist
Movement Therapist (Yoga, Dance)
Psycho-somatic Therapist
Psychologist (additional licensing to touch)

Aquatic Integration Course Descriptions

Aquatic Integration Introduction (20 hrs)
This class will provide an exploration into the world of working in water for those who have not had experience. And for those who do work in water and land, this class will provide clarity around technique’s that will help with: increasing clients energy, understanding postural patterns, general relaxation and stress reduction.

• Internal listening skills for guiding clients into deeper relaxation and breath
• Introduction to AI philosophy and theory
• Principles of aquatics and flotation fundamentals
• The therapeutic aspects and benefits of working in water

Practitioners who come with licensure from other modalities will be able to deepen their occupation by bringing it into the fluid environment. We do recommend that potential students have a licensure to touch or experience of working with the body, mind, energy.

No aquatic pre-requisites required.  This class is not part of the AI Certification Program.  It is primarily for introduction, and CEC for therapist needing to augment their education and certification


Aquatic Integration I ~ Foundation (42 hrs)
An excellent course for introducing the power of utilizing warm water for self discovery and education; increasing body awareness, determining natural breath and intrinsic movement. This foundational course introduces AI philosophy, theory and concepts. Provides simple aquatic principles, basic mechanics and practicum for all types of professions and interests.

• Principles of Aquatics ~ The Physics of Water
• Fundamentals of Floatation
• Body Mechanics & Kinesiology in Water
• The Power of Presence & Touch
• Anatomy of the Breath
• Introduction to Key Shiatsu Points
• Basic Session Protocol
• The Ethics of Working in Water

No Pre-requisite; highly suggest Watsu Basics, Watsu 1 or AI Intro

Aquatic Integration II ~ Sensory Integration (40 hrs)
Expands on the framework of moves, philosophy and concepts learned in AI I, while deepening student’s skill for listening and translating the language of the body ~ posture, gesture, breathing, motility and expression. Students develop an understanding of the body as a physical/emotional landscape, viewing the body in a 180º, at the surface of the water.

• The Geometry of the Somatic Environment
• Indications & Contraindications
• Breath, Movement & Rapport
• Emotional Implications & Interpretations
• Application of Key Shiatsu Points
• Advanced Session Protocol
• Assessment & Evaluation

AI II pre-requisite: Successfully completed AI I; completion of AI application and review process.

Aquatic Integration III ~ Professional Development (40 hrs)
Develops the therapist’s skills utilizing case studies to contact, follow and work with different physical and emotional states. This course introduces an underwater frame of moves (utilizing a 360º view) for accessing deeper states of healing and transformation.

• Vertical Orienting Dialogue
• Story vs. History
• Pain related patterns & Sensory Tracking
• Underwater Frame
• Short & Long Term Treatment Strategies
• Specific Q & A concerning student’s professional development: Networking with the Medical Model, Building an Aquatic Practice, Certification & Continuing Education.

AI III pre-requisite: Successfully completed AI II; has completed at least 15 clinical sessions; and, suggest completion of Shadow Clinic or internship.

Application and Review
A pre-requisite to AI II is an application sent to the AI Council. Council reviews applicants strengths and goals for entering into the AI Certification Program. Other requirements at this time are: Certification/License to touch in one of the professions that benefit from Aquatic Integration Training (listed above).

Shadow Clinic
This clinic is designed to assist and deepen student’s intuitive choices and listening skills during a session. This is accomplished by a student-and-teacher partnership treating a model (shadowing each other in the session) followed by the opportunity for conversational feedback and observation between client, student and teacher. Shadow clinic refines the student’s skills through mirroring and collaboration.
Internship (optional)
A pre-arranged time spent with an AI Teacher, Intern and clients (with client permission). Internship includes: student observation of teacher sessions, Q & A, discussion and teacher’s observation and feedback of student sessions with model. Amount of time for internship is decided by teacher and student.
*These hours can count towards Shadow Clinic, Study Group or Supervision.

Clinical Studies
Students are required to give 20 hours of practice sessions during their AI studies, evenly distributing the required hours over the 2 years. Students are not to receive payment for these practice sessions during this time. It is acceptable for receiver to offer a contribution towards pool rent or heat.

Personal Sessions
Students are required to receive 8 or more professional sessions during the 2-year program. Five sessions must be AI sessions with a certified AI practitioner or teacher, 3 can be sessions with certified Practitioners in their field, such as Somatic Experiencing, WaterDance, Healing Dance, Watsu, Cranial Sacral, Feldenkrais etc.

Study Group
These are 6 hrs of required supervised group practice. These hours can be combined with an AI II and AI III course, making accessibility easier for students who travel or do not have a community of local AI students to practice with. An approved AI Assistant or Teacher oversees the class to assist with refining and defining skills and moves from the AI framework.

Supervised Session with AI Teacher
A 2-3 hr session is required toward the end of a student’s training. This one-on-one time, utilizing both land and water, is to go over student strengths and weaknesses. From both the student then the teachers' perspective an individual plan is developed to assist student to reach professional goals.

Independent Project
A 10+ hr project put together by one or more AI students to complete the required certification hours. This project can consist of a case study, service project, or develop a Continuing Education course for AI practitioners. A student works directly with the AI council by first sending their project description for approval. When approved, a mentor is assigned from the council to be available as an advisor for the student during the project development. When the project documentation is complete it is sent into the council. Projects can be completed any time during the second year. Completed projects can be placed on the AI Institute website ~ Resource Page for all to benefit from information and results.

*Completion of the AI Program is required within a minimum 24-month period from the beginning of study.

*33 Continuing Education Credits are required every 3 years. These approved courses compliment and deepen an AI Practitioner’s training and allows the individual to continue their education in an area of interest. A wide variety of classes will round out student’s expertise in somatic studies and working with physical/emotional issues.



Basic Watsu® (20 hrs)
Provides a wonderful base for working in the water with another. This class is the first third of Watsu 1 and focuses primarily on presence, following and attuning awareness to the rhythm of the breath and heart. You learn a simple sequence that can be shared with friends and family.

• Deepen internal listening skills
• Increase awareness of Waters capacity
• Basic Tantsu Flower for connection
• Simple sequence
• Segue to Watsu 1

Watsu I (50 hrs)

introduces basic moves and positions, the principals of water, body mechanics, connection to the breath and an introduction to land based Shiatsu. Students apply all they have experienced and learned to a simple form that connects all the major positions of Watsu with long, graceful flowing transitions.

• Basic moves and positions
• The principals of water
• Body mechanics
• Breath connectivity
• Introduction to Shiatsu
• Aquatic transition and flow

Watsu 2 (50 hrs)
Students expand their repertiore of basic aquatic moves, apply Shiatsu principals and practice into the water work. Students will learn to become more attuned to the client's movement and explore this in the context of an aquatic session.

  • Intermediate moves
  • Applied Shiatsu points & meridians
  • Depth of presence & attunment

Watsu 3 - Adaptive (50 hrs)
builds on principals and concepts covered in watsu 1 & 2, with an emphasis on developing practitioner comfort, ability and intuitive awareness in working with special needs. Students will explore: The Way of Watsu; Viewing the Body Landscape; Active Listening; Somatic Languaging; Power of Touch in Relationship; and Building a Viable Practice. Students utilize a soft leg support and head cradle to assist in working with client’s that are challenged by size and/or loss of flexibility, mobility and co-ordination. Students will explore step work, and alternative saddles to accommodate emotional and physical guarding. An Orthopedic, Neurological and Systemic Guideline is provided.

  • Working With Special Needs
  • The Way of Watsu
  • The Body Landscape
  • Cradling & Support
  • Step Work & Alternative Saddles
Please visit the WABA website www.waba.edu for Watsu Practitioner requirements

Cameron West is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider, Provider # 451028-09.

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