PLEASE NOTE: Our Hydrotherapy program is currently suspended, due to restrictions on public gatherings and public pool usage related to the COVID-19 crisis. We hope to resume the program as soon as safely and responsibly possible.

Hydrotherapy teacher and client in poolThis unique water exercise program offers individuals of all ability levels a variety of exercise opportunities, including adapted swimming, deep and shallow water aerobic exercise, balance and flexibility, and training options.

The water's resistance results in more controlled movements and participants experience an independence denied to them in other environments. The goal is to help adults and seniors living with MS become stronger and more flexible in body and mind. Participants spend two hours in the pool working on improving their strength, balance, coordination and endurance. Classes are held at public swimming pools and are open to individuals in the community with MS at no cost, other than a minimal pool fee.

Michele Harrison, Rocky Mountain MS Center Hydrotherapy Coordinator
Licensed Physical Therapist
(720) 273-7461

Julie Hines, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
(303) 467-7158

Individual Hydrotherapy Programs

Individual hydrotherapy sessions are facilitated by a licensed Physical Therapist with specialized certification and training. This one-to-one program may include shallow and deep-water exercise and water walking. Watsu, Halliwick, and Jahara therapy techniques may also be utilized. This service is scheduled individually and billed through insurance or paid for privately.

Community Hydrotherapy Programs

Two-hour hydrotherapy sessions are offered weekly. Shallow-water and deep-water exercise, water walking and adaptive aquatics are offered. A social gathering with refreshments follows each session. The cost for the Community Hydrotherapy Program is $45 per calendar year.

Tuesday afternoons, 1 to 3 p.m. 
Englewood Recreation Center
1155 W. Oxford Ave
Englewood, CO 80013 (view map)

Friday mornings, 9:30-11:30 am
Athmar Recreation Center
2680 W Mexico Ave
Denver, CO 80219 (view map)


Ai Chi

At the Englewood pool location, Ai Chi (water-based Tai Chi) and shallow/deep water strengthening and endurance classes are offered on Mondays and Thursdays The cost for a 10-week session is around $125.00 (price varies based on number of classes per session). 

Deep Water and Shallow Water MS Exercise Classes are offered in ongoing sessions and require an additional fee.  These classes are held at:

Mondays and Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m.
Englewood Recreation Center
1155 W. Oxford Ave
Englewood, Colorado

* Please call Michele Harrison for pool closures during the holiday season.

How To Register

For general information on the hydrotherapy program, click here.
To print a participant registration form, click here.
To print the required physician form, click here