The term ‘Watsu’ is a combination of two words ‘Water’ and ‘Shiatsu’. It is the name given to a body therapy that is performed in warm water, which has been heated up to 35 deg C or 95 deg F. The therapy that is given to individuals this way is the combination of a number of elements, namely massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The instructor supports the body of the therapy receiver under water and helps him in floating, cradling, rocking and stretching.
How Does It Work
The warm water, in which Watsu is based, along with the support given by the instructor, not only relaxes the muscles, but also supports the spine. Consequently, the recipient becomes free of his own weight and also gets more flexibility. He is thus able to manipulate his spine, joints and muscles in a way that is not possible outside water. The activities undertaken under water usually include stretching, along with deep relaxation. The end-result is a number of therapeutic benefits as well as healing, on various levels.
Benefits of Watsu
Immediate Benefits (First Session)
Usually, people claim to experience the following benefits after the first session itself.
The following benefits have been experienced by people after undergoing a number of Watsu sessions.