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Therapeutic Benefits

Warm Water WellnessWarm Water Wellness       
Immersion a in 92-degree warm saltwater therapeutic pool:
• increases muscle strength, tone, flexibility, and mobility
• improves circulation and respiration
• rejuvenates sore muscles and joints
• enhances balance
• reduces pain
• speeds healing from injury and surgery
• eases anxiety
• improves sleep

Why 92 degrees? - warmth mattersWhy 92 degrees? - warmth matters       
This specific temperature range, 92 – 96 degrees F, is considered thermo-neutral, ideal for passive or minimally active therapy. Immersed in water at lower temperatures, a person more readily becomes chilled. Muscles would be more contracted.

Saltwater Ultraviolet Sanitized WaterSaltwater Ultraviolet Sanitized Water       
The pool utilizes state of the art ultraviolet and saltwater generators as well as CO2 to sanitize the pool producing bio- and bather-friendly waters. We are very proud of our sustainable green friendly facility, and offer the clearest bather friendly swimming pool water in the state of Oregon. The benefits are many...
  • No eye or skin irritation
  • Crystal clear water
  • No chlorine odor
  • Bio friendly

Medical + Mental Health SupportMedical + Mental Health Support       
Pool users experience improvement for a wide range
of medical and mind-body conditions including arthritis,
PTSD, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, and
diabetes. Circulation, blood pressure, edema, kidney
function, and much more are all improved in the pool’s
warm water.

Why The Pool is Great for YouWhy The Pool is Great for You       
Move to gain strength, improve balance,
reduce physical and emotional pain,
and by create a greater sense of calm
and confidence.

Connect and experience the camaraderie
and friendships that naturally develop in our
supportive environment and increase your
personal support and happiness.

Relax and enjoy the relief of supportive
weightlessness in warm saltwater.

Aquatic Activities for Arthritis +Aquatic Activities for Arthritis +       

Tamarack's warm water is a safe, ideal environment for relieving pain and stiffness caused by arthritis and other similar conditions. Our classes with an arthritis focus are designed to safely keep your joints moving and improve your sense of well-being.

For example, Gentle Arthritis Stretch allows you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. It offers slow, steady moves without use of a flotation device. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from a trained instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility. Move with joy as pain and stiffness decrease.

In another class? Always let your instructor know if you are working through arthritis or any similar condition.

Fibromyalgia Awareness -Fibromyalgia Awareness -       

Tamarack Aquatic Center is pleased to join the on-going efforts to inform health care providers, patients, caregivers and family in the Eugene/Springfield community about the signs, symptoms, causes, methods of treatment of fibromyalgia.

On May 4-6, 2017, a free 3-day event featured -

  • a forum with health experts on the most up-to-date treatment options
  • creative therapy open house at Willamette Medical Center
  • therapeutic water movement sessions at Tamarack Aquatic Center

Aquatic Therapy CertificationAquatic Therapy Certification       

Lane Community College in collaboration with Tamarack Aquatic Center is creating a new program!

For the first time, LCC will be training local physical therapists and wellness professionals to be certified aqua therapists. The new program certifies professionals to work with people in the water - especially the warm water of Tamarack Aquatic Center.

Dr. Bruce Becker , a nationally recognized leader in the development and practice of aquatic physical therapy and a Tamarack Pool Medical Advisory Board Member, initiated the program with a 10-hour workshop in September 2016. Renown aquatic practitioner and author, Doug Kinniard, LMT, trained participants through experiential exercises in Tamarack Pool's warm water.

Dr. Becker’s research began in Eugene/Springfield over 25 years ago as he developed aqua therapy techniques for athletes and those recovering from surgery. Aqua therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for pain management, mobility, flexibility, PTSD, and general overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Becker is author of Comprehensive Aquatic Therapy, a definitive text for PTs and MDs.