What is Watsu?
Warmth and support constitute the most important
element of Watsu, the water version of Shiatsu. During this
workshop, participants experience the mighty properties of
water and their influence on people's physical and mental
Literally "shiatsu in water" is, at its simplest
level, a floating massage. With the help of the therapist,
you float comfortably in a large heated pool while your muscles
are massaged, your joints mobilized, tissues stretched, energy
pathways opened, and your whole body is swished and swayed
gently through the water. Most people find Watsu to be "blissfully
relaxing." Physical therapists, massage therapists,
and other bodywork practitioners all over the world use it
for treating stress, chronic back pain, orthopedic problems,
arthritis, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, and a host of other
conditions. So there is plenty to appreciate about Watsu
on a purely physical level.
But one characteristic that makes Watsu stand
out from massage and so many other forms of bodywork is that
it gives you the opportunity to go beyond the physical. Because
when the body relaxes so deeply - as it can in the warm weightlessness
of Watsu - the mind can cease its chatter. And when the body
and mind are quiet, what you're left with is the fundamental
essence of your being, making it a true mind/body experience.
Workshops and courses
are designed for natural health practitioners and patients
alike, who wish to learn Watsu's novel and powerful tools.