You’ve no doubt heard of “equanimity”, defined as “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper”, but did you know that you can achieve both mental and physical serenity by moving in warm water? Hence I’ve coined the term “aquanimity®” as a word to describe the balancing of mind and body through aquatic movement.
Whether you engage in high-intensity deep-water athletic training or gentle, rhythmic “ai chi”, a form of aquatic tai chi, or an aquatic yoga flow using a noodle, moving in warm water balances both mind and body, facilitating a state of Aquanimity®.
In my work as an aquatic therapy specialist, I frequently witness the freedom warm water gives individuals who are unable to move with ease on land. But moving in a warm, aqueous environment also fosters a mental tranquility. Sometimes I wish I could show my clients video of themselves before and after an aquatic therapy exercise session. What a difference in the way they move and in their demeanor before and after they’ve moved in the water for an hour.
So if you’re in the need for some mental and physical balance, look no further than your nearest warm water pool.