by Michelle McLaferty on August 16th, 2018  ​I'm so grateful to be featured in this magazine, LA Voyage, introducing local businesses. 12 years ago, I had passed the Chiropractic board exams and was immersed in a rigorous post-grad Radiology Residency. I was honored to be accepted into that residency, yet my health, and spirit, felt drained. I made vision boards in my limited spare time. Looking back, there were so many beautiful pools and resorts on those vision boards, even though I spent 90% of my time indoors during those years! Taking the plunge to exit that program early in 2007 when I serendipitously had an opportunity to train/work with an aqua therapy expert in LA felt extremely scary, and I made very little money in the beginning. 10 years later, however, I feel so excited helping so many clients, and teaching others, in this unconventional and extremely rewarding field that keeps unfolding, evolving, and surprising me every day! Follow Your Dreams!

by Michelle McLaferty on July 29th, 2015

In today’s day and age we are surrounded with high tech therapies, surgical advances, and pharmacologic “Quick fixes." However sometimes the best remedies are found within the simple, the natural, and indeed, the very old. 

The benefits of water are ancient and vast.  Aquatic Therapy has been documented as a therapeutic medium since ancient Rome. 

In 312 B.C. Romans began using hot baths and pools as a healing remedy.  During the 1200s, steam baths appeared from the Greeks, and mineral springs were thought to have medicinal value worldwide. In Japan, “Onsen," or hot springs have been utilized throughout history for their healing properties, and are still very popular today. 

Throughout Europe, Asia, Brazil, and even Canada, Aquatic Therapy is utilized very commonly today within the medical system as a first-line treatment for all forms of pain to address the underlying cause of a condition (including fibromyalgia, arthritis, back pain, sports injuries, MS, etc) as opposed to just prescribing medication. 
Thankfully, America is beginning to follow suit! 

Being in water significantly reduces stress throughout the body and facilitates healing. Much of the magic in water is due to the wonderful properties it holds - such as the upward force of buoyancy, creating the sensation of weightlessness in water. 

Buoyancy is defined by Webster's as: "1. The ability or tendency to float in water or air or some other fluid; the power of a liquid to keep something afloat. 2. An optimistic and cheerful disposition." 

Aquatic Therapy allows for less stressful treatment and greater mindfulness than traditional therapies typically provide. Water submersion unloads stress on muscles and joints, creating joint decompression and allowing the body as well as the mind to simply relax. In chest deep water, body weight is reduced to 25 percent, reducing stress on the joints, muscles, and more often than not uplifting a person’s disposition and sense of well-being.   

Aquatic-based rehabilitation began in the United States after the polio epidemic in 1916. It is said that a young polio patient fell from his wheelchair into a pool, and while attempting to keep himself afloat, he discovered he could move his paralyzed legs, which was not possible on land. He continued with a water exercise program to strengthen his lower extremities, and eventually progressed from being wheelchair-bound to walking with only a cane. 

In our Water Therapy practice, we have witnessed many "Miracles" and we share our passion for water with each and every one of our patients. Using the healing properties of warm water, age-old therapies and exercises, along with creative techniques to meet each person's unique skill level, we aim to provide a gentle, safe, and altogether pleasant mode of getting and staying well. 

"Healing energy comes from Source — it runs within us, and through us, emanating from us and to us."  
-Dr. Eric Pearl, The Reconnection 

Posted on February 16th, 2014

Posted on September 26th, 2013

My Aqua Therapy practice is now on Yelp.
I feel so grateful to already have a few reviews.

I appreciate my patients so much. Serving and helping you is what I'm here for!

Posted on March 1st, 2013

Jamie T.

Los Angeles, CA
I'm an avid surfer, snowboarder, golfer and volleyball player and Michelle is an expert at treating the golfer's elbow, wrist tendinitis, shoulder stiffness and lower back pain that have been flare up for me when I push it too hard.  My body feels like new after each session.  She's an expert at aquatic chiropractic care and it's amazing at how comfortable and therapeutic it is to be treated while immersed in the healing qualities of water.  Michelle is also an incredible massage therapist with magic, strong hands and she employs innovative electro magnetic devices like the Bemer machine to promote increased circulation, immune system support and stress relief.  She has a calm, easygoing disposition and takes great pride in her work.

Posted on February 24th, 2013

Check out this short talk ("FRED talk") I delivered this month on happiness, health, and the intuitive wisdom of the human heart.
My part starts at 4:15 minutes, to skip ahead to see me.  
Michelle McLafferty, FRED Talks, January 2013

Click on the photo to the left, then scroll ahead to minute 4:15.  Enjoy!

Here is the link:

by me on February 24th, 2013

I was honored this week to star in an "ask the expert" film shoot for ' How' called Aqua Fitness For a Healthy Body. 

Once the final edit is published online, I'll be sure to post it!

Posted on July 9th, 2012

We are also on Facebook! 

You can visit our page at:

Posted on July 6th, 2012