Introducing Watsu! (Shiatsu in the water)
We are very happy to have Shiri Sarid, who is trained in Israel in this relaxing, therapeutic, aquatic technique! Watsu (Shiatsu in Water) is a way to find relief from pain, maintain (or improve) range of motion in the joints, relieve muscles of tension or recovery from physical trauma.
Watsu is a form of aquatic body work developed by American Shiatsu master, Harold Dull, in the early 1980s. It has since become extremely popular in spas and pools in Italy, France, Spain, Israel, New Zealand and others. Watsu applies the benefits of Shiatsu movements and pressure points, in the nurturing environment of warm water. It has been proven effective in treating chronic pain and a wide range of conditions, as well as an excellent way to reduce stress.
Many come to enjoy the relaxation and meditative qualities of this unique treatment. Clients who receive Watsu treatment have experienced a wide range of benefits including reduced pain, anxiety and stress, through increased flexibility, relaxation and deep breathing. It promotes a overall sense of well being.
The Watsu Experience
Your eyes are closed, your ears submerged under water, securing absolute tranquility. Your body is rocked and cradled in warm water. You are more detached from daily stress and tension than you were for years, possibly since you were in the womb. You are effortless, and your senses are free to feel new sensations. Your body enjoys the relaxation while experiencing motions impossible to practice on land. Your mind is liberated to reach far beyond where your daily routine lets it go. You might begin to laugh, or cry, or just feel a gentle smile widening across your face, as whatever ails you disappears. This is your Watsu treatment.
A Watsu treatment lasts 45 minutes. Small floats may be wrapped around your feet to prevent them from sinking and thus putting pressure on your neck. We begin with syncing deep breathing of the practitioner and recipient of the treatment, which is essential for their shared experience. The practitioner then floats the recipient, supporting his or her head and lower back. Ears are submerged, while mouth and nose remain above water. A series of continuous gentle symmetric movements through the water begins. Gradually soft presses and stretching of limbs are added, while support to the body is reduced. The body being weightless in water, allows the practitioner to move the recipient in motions he or she will never experience outside the water.
You really need to experience Watsu to explore all of the wonderful benefits. Please email us for more information.