Watsu (whose name comes from combining the words Water and Shiatsu, “WATer shiatSU”) is, at its simplest explanation, a floating massage.
With the help of the therapist, you are stretched and massaged in a pool of 96 degrees. Using the resistance of the water the gentle movements allow for deep stretches and unwinding of the spine with ease. Joints that have resisted traditional stretching methods are coaxed in to movement by the worm water.
Try to imagine warm water enveloping your body like a glove, then being moved through the water without any effort on your part, like a sail boat gliding across the water in the wind, being held by loving arms and just letting go, allowing yourself to feel the freedom of the movement. This is Watsu. The heightened state of relaxation is dream like. When the session is ended, time has elapsed without being measured. The surreal experience that is Watsu transports the receiver deep in to themselves. When your eyes are closed and your ears are under water, you are in a place of complete silence, a place of deep healing.
It is difficult to adequately describe a Watsu session. Each receiver’s experience will be based on their ability to completely let go and allow the water to transform the tension in the muscles, to allow your thoughts to be given over to the flow of movements. It is truly a unique experience.