St Gabriels School - hydrotherapy

By: St Gabriels  05/12/2011
Keywords: Hydrotherapy Pool

Hydrotherapy is the use of water at an increased temperature for the maintenance of health, the treatment of disability, the relief of pain and the promotion of physical wellbeing.

St. Gabriel’s hydrotherapy pool is heated and maintained at 32˚ Celsius, which is approximately 6˚ higher than a regular pool. The surrounding poolside air temperature is maintained at 29˚ Celsius. The higher water temperature helps to lessen muscle stiffness, ease muscle spasm and reduce pain, which allows for a wider range of motion and more effective rehabilitation following injuries and surgery.

Hydrotherapy can also improve balance, motor skills, co-ordination, posture and gait. For wheelchair users, the warm water allows freedom of movement that they would otherwise find unachievable.

Water provides an ideal environment for creating enjoyable social experiences for children. Providing a setting in which children with disabilities can move more freely allows them to exercise more control over the extent, duration and content of a therapy session. This means, for example, that they can move away, disengage or reach out for objects as they please. Furthermore, water play is a multi-faceted learning activity that can diffuse the severity of a complex activity for a disabled child or adult.

St.Gabriel’s Hydrotherapy Pool Open Sessions

Parent/Toddler Sessions

We have 3 parent/toddler sessions running per week.

Mondays 4-5
Tuesdays 4-5
Saturdays 12-1


The cost is €10 per session which includes 1 adult and 1 child. If there are 2 adults and 1 child it is €20 or if there is 1 adult and 2 children it is also €20.

These sessions are suitable for children between the ages of 0 and school going age (4 or 5years)

Open Public Sessions

Monday 12-12.45/12.45-1.30pm
Tuesday 5-5.45
Wednesday 2.30-3.15/3.15-4pm
Saturday 1-2pm

Group times available on request

For further information on the hydrotherapy pool, please contact:

Nickie Quaid, Acting Pool Manager

St.Gabriel’s Centre


Tel:        061 302733

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Hydrotherapy Pool

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