Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance.
Since 1980 when Harold Dull first floated and stretched people in warm water and started developing Watso, the number of those that benefit from it continues to grow.
The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support, combine with Watsu’s movements, stretches, massage and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels.
Now, Watsu is available in 40 countries for treatment of chronic pain and is taught in Universities around the world. People have said they have never felt so relaxed and one website http://www.watsu.com/benefits.html gives a list of how you can benefit from having this treatment.
Decreased heart rate
Decreased rate of respiration
Increased depth of respiration
Increased peripheral vasodilatation
Increased smooth muscle activity (digestion)
Decreased activation of striated muscles (skeletal)
Decreased muscle spasm
Decreased Reticular Activating System activity
Enhanced immune system response
Watsu helps decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion. The support of the water provides relief from compression forces in the joints. The movements through the water provide gentle stretching into all ranges for the spine and extremities while these joints are unloaded.