Maria Gerondoudis

Swimming

Born in South Africa, Maria directs the Clinical Hydrotherapy Program at the Sports Medicine Centre of the Morningside Medi Clinic in Johannesburg, a leading multi-disciplinary sports medicine facility for the care of professional athletes and exercising individuals. The centre looks after the rehabilitation and recovery of many of South Africa’s national and professional teams, as well as the general public.

Maria’s specialised training, skills and over 15 years of experience in the field has led to her pioneering both active and passive techniques for pain conditions and athletic injuries, ensuring that Hydrotherapy is used as an effective intervention for most conditions that present symptoms of pain and stiffness.

Maria teaches internationally, has presented her work at 2 international and several local conferences, and has been published in 3 healthcare journals. She has consulted for the University of Johannesburg, Wits University, the Geron Institute, the Chevrah Kadisha, and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Oxford.

Carmen Whelan D’Arcy

Swimming

Carmen is a hydrotherapist and educator specialising in paediatric and sports hydrotherapy at the Sports Medicine Centre of the Morningside Medi Clinic in Johannesburg, a leading multi-disciplinary sports medicine facility for the care of professional athletes and exercising individuals.

Carmen has specialised skills and experience in infant and toddler hydrotherapy, building on her mother, Enid Whelan’s pioneering work in baby swimming and over 30 years of experience.

She takes a special interest in sports injuries, ensuring that athletes return to their sport in the shortest time possible.

Carmen teaches internationally and has consulted for the Geron Institute.

Testimonials

Swimming

“Maria Gerondoudis has demonstrated an instinct of genius in the development, execution and refinement of a unique technique of Clinical Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Physical Therapy), building on the labours of centuries to elevate the profession to new heights.”

T. D’Angelo Researcher, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, University of Oxford

“I have been most impressed with the results that Maria has been able to achieve with many of my patients. Those struggling with excessive stiffness post-surgery and others with adhesive capsulitis and conditions that require rehabilitation/ mobilization benefit most from her therapy.”

Dr PH LaubscherOrthopaedic Surgeon, Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, Johannesburg | Netcare Jakaranda Hospital, Pretoria

“At present, the best form of treatment for a frozen shoulder is aquatic bodywork hydrotherapy. We have had tremendous success with the last 50 patients with none of these patients coming to surgery to date.”

Dr Charles BreckonOrthopaedic Surgeon, Morningside Medi Clinic, Johannesburg

“Working with Maria has decreased my pain and I have gone from having very limited range to having a normal range of movement. I had been to numerous practitioners over the years and never improved in the way that I have with Maria.”

Dr Deborah JonesHelen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg

“Maria is a prodigy in her field, with advanced ideas, a generous soul, and a curiosity and enthusiasm tempered with gravity. Among other achievements, surgeons acknowledge that her technique has significantly reduced patient recovery time from orthopaedic procedures.”

T. D’Angelo Researcher, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, University of Oxford

“The water (heated) is excellent for creating an environment where the patients are comfortable to allow movement in the shoulder. This is one of the reasons why Maria gets such good results.”

Dr PH LaubscherOrthopaedic Surgeon, Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, Johannesburg | Netcare Jakaranda Hospital, Pretoria

“Working with Maria in the water has aided emotionally in accepting my condition and strengthening my psychological outlook. She is a kind, thoughtful person always wanting the best for her patients.”

Dr Deborah JonesHelen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg

“I believe the future landscape of physical therapy will be shaped by Maria’s work - and by those who will build on her work - to the benefit of patients young and old suffering from pain and immobility. I have the honour of having followed her work closely over the years, and applaud her.”

T. D’Angelo Researcher, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, University of Oxford

“Maria is always able to find a good balance between knowing when to respect the limits of a patient physically and emotionally and when a patient’s limits can be pushed to enhance their performance.”

Dr Deborah JonesHelen Joseph Hospital, Johannesburg