Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water heated to near body temperature.
The warm water creates a relaxed envelope of support and comfort surrounding your entire body. During your Watsu session you’ll be gently guided through the water in graceful, fluid and supported movements.
These free movements expand into gradual stretches which allow your body to gently release tension in the spine, hips, and shoulders. Pressure can also be applied at key shiatsu points and along meridians to provide specific muscle massage and release. Add the experience of stillness in quiet water and you will discover Watsu to be a mind and body experience unlike any other.
The pool and room are an oasis away from the stress of life. The 16 foot salt-treated circular pool is in a private room isolated from the sounds and pressure of modern city life. At 97 degrees, the pool is a perfect temperature for full relaxation and creates a sense of feeling formless in the water. Lay back in the water, close your eyes, and let the gentle rhythms of the water transport you to a place of serenity and calm. After your session, you step directly into a shower to rinse and revive before you continue your day.
Compared with table massage, aquatic bodywork provides three-dimensional therapy along with a sense of weightlessness. In this three dimensional environment, your body is capable of:
- Increased range of motion by opening & stretching
- Relief from tension and joint compression
- Deep meditative relaxation
- Calming your nervous system
- Relief from acute pain
- Release of neuromuscular tension
Is Watsu for Me?
Generally, the gentle and nurturing experience of Watsu is suitable and beneficial for everyone, including:
- Women during pregnancy (Watsu is not recommended early in the first trimester of pregnancy)
- Persons with acute or chronic pain
- Those who need stress relief
- People recovering from trauma
- Anyone who needs an oasis of relaxation
*Watsu is contraindicated with open wounds, severe sunburns and rashes
*Watsu is not recommended early in the first trimester of pregnancy
Preparing for Watsu
- Bring a suit and towel, everything else is provided.
- Eat a light meal and hydrate
- Bring water and a snack for after your session
- Allow time after your session to integrate and reflect
- Avoid skin and hair products before your session (lotions and conditioners)