Aquatic Physio Exercise Australia

We believe you can exercise harder and smarter with lower impact in water for greater impact in your life… so you can get back to doing what you enjoy most.
We use the best and most up-to-date research evidence in exercise for knee arthritis in our aquatic programs to aim for less pain, improved fitness, freedom of movement and greater confidence in your knee.

Aquatic Physio Exercise Australia provides:

  • Aquatic physiotherapy¬†sessions for people with knee arthritis
  • Individual one on one aquatic physiotherapy to set up and monitor programs for people wanting to carry out some aquatic exercise independently
  • A visit to the pool in your building to check it out and give you advice about the best way to use it to get stronger and fitter
  • Consulting and teaching in aquatic exercise in Australia and internationally


To use the best research evidence to create the most effective aquatic exercise programs so people with knee arthritis can get back to the activities they love.


  • To provide smarter, more challenging and more effective evidence based aquatic physiotherapy exercise intervention for people with knee pain
  • To promote clear and interesting education on how aquatic exercise works
  • To be a leader in the uptake and inclusion of new clinical research into aquatic physiotherapy programs aiming to get the best results
  • To provide specialised programs to support people with knee arthritis to exercise in water to maintain the best movement in the long term

Sophie Heywood

Sophie Heywood
Clinical Manager – Aquatic Physio Exercise Australia

B Physio (Hons)
Masters (Sports Physiotherapy)
Cert (Hydro; Bath, UK)

Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Sophie spends a lot of time thinking about aquatic exercise. She has completed a number of research trials in aquatic exercise for people with knee arthritis and she is determined to understand exactly which exercises in water might work the best for leg strength, pain and movement.
Sophie studies way too much! She has completed studies at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath in the UK. Sophie has a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and she is trying to finish her PhD in aquatic exercise.
Sophie is passionate about spreading the word on most effective way to exercise in water in rehabilitation and teaches both in Australia and overseas with physiotherapy students at the University of Melbourne and Monash University as well as through the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Sophie was lucky enough to explore the world investigating aquatic physiotherapy on a Churchill Fellowship in 2008 and is still searching for all the best research evidence in aquatic exericse as well as publishing her own research.

Teaching at the University of Leuven in Belgium