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What is Watsu
Watsu is a very soothing type of massage that takes place in waist-deep, warm water.
Developed by Harold Dull in 1980, who started applying Zen Shiatsu stretches to students floating in a warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs in California. The name is derived from the words "water" and "shiatsu".
How does Watsu work?
It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance.
The client is continually supported in a pool heated to exact body temperature. The warmth of the water helps the effectiveness of the treatment, while being floated, rocked, cradled and stretched.
The deeply relaxing effects of warm water plus the nurturing support, combine with Watsu's stretches, massage, movements and point work, to create a bodywork with a wide range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels.
What does Watsu treatment involve?
Most sessions take about 30 minutes.
The therapist and client both enter the pool, buoyancy floats are placed on the client's ankles, and the massage begins. During the whole time the therapist will cradle the body, with an arm supporting the knees and the other on the client's back. The client places an arm for support around the therapist's back and the other arm floats free.
The therapist will then twirl the client through the water, first one way then another, taking the body through a series of passive twists and stretches.
What can Watsu help?
Mobility problems, sleep issues, relaxation, flexibility, strengthens muscles, fear of water, anxiety and general wellbeing.