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Why we changed therapy weeks to 5 days rather than 6

As many of you will know, we’ve been running intensive therapy weeks for several years now with great success. We’re proud to say that we’ve achieved massive results for all of our Swim Lab International family, removing all limits and helping them to realise their full potential step by step.

We’re always looking for ways to improve our service and the results we can help our children achieve.

As part of that, we decided to shorten the majority of our intensive therapy weeks, giving you the same amount of therapy time spread over 5 days instead of 6.

The majority of weeks will now start on a Monday and end on a Friday, rather than running Sunday to Friday.

By extending the sessions a little each day, you’ll still benefit from the same amount of therapy time, so don’t worry if you’re a regular client, you won’t lose anything.

We haven’t been able to shorten all our weeks, as we’re restricted by the Fariones Sports Centre’s opening hours during weeks with Spanish bank holidays.

These can fall on any day of the week, so to accommodate that, we’ll have 4 or 5 weeks a year starting on a Sunday and ending on Friday.


How will the extra time be added?

The Sunday sessions (50 minutes aquatic and 50 minutes land-based therapy) will be added to the daily sessions, running Monday to Friday, by adding 10 minutes a day to one of your pool sessions and 10 minutes to your land-based session.

That means instead of having three 50 minutes sessions a day, you’ll now have a 50-minute aquatic therapy session followed by an hour-long land-based session, with a 10 minute break in between to change and take refreshments.

You’ll have another generous break before your third session of the day, which will be another hour-long session in the pool.

So what are the benefits of these shorter weeks?

 

Time to rest before the week begins.

We all know traveling can make you feel tired, especially if you had an early start and a long way to go to the airport before you even got on your flight.

Many of you travel on the weekend, arriving either late Saturday evening or even early on Sunday morning, which means your child’s exhausted.

Giving your child time to rest after a day of traveling, so they can start their intensive therapy sessions with fresh energy, means they’ll be able to get the most out of our time together.

We’ve often been asked if we can help with this, as it also gives you more flexibility when booking your flights and gives you the option to enjoy a little bit of holiday time before or after your week with us.

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Longer rest periods if you’re here for 2 weeks

Many of you come to us for two weeks back to back to make even more progress on your goals. Having a 5 day intensive therapy week allows two full rest days between the end of the first and the start of your second weeks.

Having two days rather than just one gives the body more time to recover and restore energy levels, ready for the week ahead so we can keep pushing the boundaries and really smash your goals.


More flexibility with Trexo

This change also gives the team greater flexibility with the use of Trexo during land-based sessions, as they are now an hour long. 


Supporting our team to best support you

Each and every member of our team is committed to giving 110% to every child we work with. We work long hours, tirelessly, to give your child the best opportunity to make progress towards their goals.

However, it’s physical work, and in doing this 6 days a week we limit the amount of time we have to recover ourselves. Having 2 days off a week allows us to start each week with as much energy as possible, to continue delivering the highest standard of therapy every single day.

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We put our family first

After carefully considering all options, we decided it’s in the best interest of all our family, both clients and the team, to make this change.

Every child will still benefit from the same amount of intensive therapy time within their week as we continue to push the limits and help them reach their full potential.

This change will also be reflected in our US therapy weeks, starting 1st of May 2023 in Florida.

Which weeks will still run Sunday to Friday?

The dates for 2023 and 2024 that will remain Sunday-Friday programmes are:

2023:
Sunday 19th February 2023
Sunday 2nd April 2023
Sunday 28th May 2023
Sunday 13th August 2023
Sunday 8th October 2023
Sunday

2024:
Sunday 24th March 2024
Sunday 26th May 2024
Sunday 11th August 2024
Sunday 27th October 2024
Sunday 1st December 2024

Your schedules will be sent out as normal one week before your therapy week begins.

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