Dayna K. Willbanks, Owner and OTR/L

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My intention for creating this unique private practice is to allow each client to receive my full attention for one hour or more depending on the modalities being used. My approach is to utilize my skills in manual and aquatic therapy to mobilize soft tissue restrictions, and then progress to core strength/stability and postural control. 

Typically I instruct each client in an individually designed home program that consists of basic flexibility, core strength/stability, self myofascial release using a foam roller, daily gentle exercise (walking, yoga, stretching) and hydration, as well as basic diet changes if warranted.  

Education:

  • Graduated Colorado State University with B.S. Occupational Therapy 1994
  • Studied Watsu ® with creator Harold Dull at Harbin Hot Springs, CA
  • Studied Aquatic Integration with creator Cameron West LMP
  • Studied Amnion with creator Mary Seamster, LMT, BCST
  • Studied Shiatsu with Shinzo Fujimaki, Master Shiatsu practitioner
  • Studied Myofascial release, Visceral Manipulation and Craniosacral Therapy with John E. Upledger, DO, OMM and Shauna Burchett, OTR/L
  • Studied Fluid Dynamics with Frank Lowen, LMP and Marianne McGreevy, PT

My fiercest professors have been and continue to be my clients.  Much of what I learn is from my ability to engage in deep listening to each body and follow the innate wisdom of each unique situation. While working with a client I tend to utilize most of these modalities during both manual and aquatic therapy sessions.   

 

Aquatic Therapy

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Utilizing the warmth and buoyancy of the water to relax and mobilize the entire body, aquatic therapy sessions incorporate myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, eastern meridian point work and breathwork.  In the water the body experiences a weightlessness which allows the spine, joints and muscles to be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water.  The changes that occur in the autonomic nervous system (which controls stress and relaxation responses) are greatly beneficial, especially for people with complaints of chronic pain.

This unique therapeutic intervention is highly effective in restoring sensory perception and motor control as well as increasing range of motion, reducing muscular tension and is a profoundly effective tool in managing pain.

Aquatic therapy sessions take place privately with Dayna in our above ground therapy pool.  With low lighting, gentle music, warm water and a calming atmosphere we invite you to experience a new way of healing.