Watsu was started in the 1980’s by Harold Dull, (director of the Harbin School of Shiatsu and Massage in northern California). He began to help people stretch and move in warm water. It is now used in over 40 countries and continues to improve people in several ways. It is now considered the leading edge in acquatic therapy. As well as being used alone it is often used in conjunction with land therapies.
It has been described as creating a greater connection between the different parts of your body. This connection is established because you are floated in someone else’s arms to be moved and stretched through the warm water. Just the idea of letting go and trusting someone in this way creates a connection.
Watsu has helped benefit people who have fibromyalgia, post mastectomy surgery, brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, chronic pain and several other conditions. In the short-term, it helps to decrease heart rate, decrease muscle spasms, increase digestion, decrease muscle tension, increase range of motion and decrease pain. Long term benefits include improved sleep patterns, decreased anxiety, continued decrease in pain, and improved healing abilities. People have reported extraordinary relaxation and improvement in all around well-being. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it.
Can you imagine floating in someone’s arms and being fully supported. All the while your muscles and joints are being gently maneuvered to increase your mobility. On top of this support your eyes are closed and your ears are under water giving you a sensation of being cut off from the world and being able to relax and enjoy the experience. Wow! I could use some right now.