“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement
and methodical physical exercise save and preserve it". Plato
- That every individuall has the capacity to learn and improve their quality of life and movement.
- In respect, honesty and integrity.
- In the importance feeling heard.
- That when an individual expands their awareness and understanding of their body, that they are empowered to help themselves.
- That this work will change how therapists work in and use water.
Toni Fuller and Lisa Gilkes have worked closely to develop the Neuroaquatics Approach. The principles of Feldenkrais certainly influence this work, however it is also based on the most recent research on motor learning, brain neuroplasticity and pain. “We are both passionate about our work and genuinely care about our clients. Each individual offers us an opportunity to develop and refine this work and we have always enjoyed the collaboration and learning this offers. It is exciting for both of us to develop and share this work."
Lisa Gilkes graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 1984. Since that time she has had a variety of private practice and hospital experience and has worked as a subject convener and lecturer for the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
She continues to teach Aquatic Physiotherapy in the Physiotherapy Programs at both Griffith and Bond Universities. She is also a Distance Learning Facilitator for the Level 2 Aquatic Physiotherapy Courses run by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She completed her training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in June 2016. She works on a Monday as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in the Pain Clinic at Spendelove Private Hospital in Southport and works Tues-Saturday in her cinic and hydrotherapy pool at Club Active.
Toni Fuller has been a practising physiotherapist for over 40 years and a Feldenkrais practitioner for the last 26 years. She has worked in hospital rehabilitation, private practice, community health and has been a childbirth educator. However, throughout her career, she has had a particular interest in working with children with special needs.
In 2001, she started working in the water with Lisa Gilkes and together they have operated a successful private Aquatic Physiotherapy business on the Gold Coast since that time. (Aqua~Moves Physiotherapy). Toni has now taken on a more consultative role and continues to teach, sharing her incredible knowledge.