This underwater image was taken during my sister’s underwater maternity shoot. I knew water was not my mom’s favorite place but she still wanted to help. She has a water related traumatic experience in the past and it causes fear of deep water. By looking at this photo, I can say that she has the best smile out of all of us! She is brave and strong!
Ere: When did you start feeling nervous about water and why?
Ma: I learned to swim when I was in elementary school in Japan. But years later, somebody pushed me down under water (he thought it was funny!) and I panicked. Ever since, I started to feel anxious thinking about deep water. I get scared when my feet don’t touch the bottom because I can’t control my balance and movement. It also feels like I’m falling down from the sky.
Ere: How was your daughter’s underwater maternity session? Were you ok in the water?
Ma: I was staying in the 4.5 feet area video taping. It was harder than I expected. I don’t remember the last time when I swam in a pool. It must be a long time ago. But I felt really really good because the water temperature was 92F and it relaxed my body and tension.
Ere: You are taking aqua fitness classes. What is the reason for going back to the water after the photo shoot?
Ma: I realized I felt so refreshed and happy when I left the pool. Like my spirit was lifted. I gained confidence and it gave me a courage to go back to the water again.
Ere: How is your YMCA aqua fitness?
Ma: It’s fun! Rebuilding muscles and reactivating cardio are not easy with my age but it still feels good after every class. I have difficulties balancing my body on land so I’m working on my strength for that reason. I’m weightless in water so I don’t need to pressure my knees. I can’t wait to go back to the pool again!
Ere: Would you consider having your own pool in the back yard??
I’m so happy to see my mom talking about her aqua fitness experiences. She is always excited and happy 🙂 I hope YMCA will open soon!!
I have a huge respect towards Dr. Bruce Becker, a physiatrist (a medical specialist in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) with a lifelong interest in aquatic therapy, he has researched, published and lectured on aquatics across the globe.
This is real. Video below shows a dementia patient’s progress and improvements through aquatic therapy.