What is Watsu you might ask as we did when Stef contacted us, read on to find out as its now available in Lanzarote.
In a Nutshell:
Watsu: a massage in 3D
Watsu is a relaxing aquatic therapy. The movements are combined with soft stretching in the warm water. In Watsu we use the lightness of the body in the water to decompress the vertebras, to mobilize the joints and to stretch the muscles in a new way, free from gravity. You will feel half a dolphin and half an astronaut. The soothing effect of the warm water, together with the greater freedom of movement, influence our being at different levels, helping rebalance our body, mind and soul.
What Is Watsu:
Since 1980 when Harold Dull first floated and stretched people in warm water and started developing Watsu, the number of those that benefit from it continues to grow. Today, in more than 40 countries, Watsu is proving its effectiveness with chronic pain and a widening range of conditions. It has been welcomed as a primary physical benefits derived from the movements and stretches warm water facilitates, Watsu's power to reduce stress underlies both its effectiveness with those conditions in which stress is implicated and its growing popularity among the general public.
Many come out of a Watsu saying they were more relaxed than they have ever been. Some say it was one of the most powerful experiences in their life. More and more are choosing Watsu at spas. Recently an Asian spa association voted Watsu the best of all treatments offered in Asian spas.
The lasting benefits of Watsu for special needs have been confirmed by many reports and studies.
That its benefits for the general population can also be long lasting was demonstrated by a study at a university in Brazil in which 10 subjects from everyday life were, at the end of their tenth weekly Watsu, asked what Watsu meant to them. All spoke of the positive effect it had in their lives. The common element in all their reports was a greater sense of unity between different parts of their being.
The greater sense of connection that most feel with Watsu results from the fact that in order to be moved and stretched in a Watsu you must be floated in someone's arms. Our trainings focus on how to make a safe enough place for everyone to let go in our arms. The Watsuer learns to connect all the movements and stretches to the breathing of those they float. Because every level of our being can be effected in a Watsu, they also learn to not try to lead anyone into any particular level or state, but to just be with them.
Our trainings have evolved over the years to better ease our students into this new way of working and being with someone in water. No matter how much bodywork or therapy someone has done on land, when they step into a pool and float someone level with their heart and connect movement to breath, it is a new world. Those who want to introduce Watsu to others first learn a simple form and how to adapt it to whoever they have in their arms. Then they learn Free Flow.
A Typical Session
There is no typical session of Watsu. Because a Watsu can access so many levels of your being and a Watsuer is trained to just be with you, each session is different. One element common to all the sessions given by trained experienced practitioners is the preparation. Before you enter the water, questions will be asked to determine what your expectations are and whether there is any physical condition that requires attention, or any emotional that require sensitivity to bring the positive results that Watsu has the potential for.
It is possible to imagine what happens before you step into the water, but to know what Watsu is, it must be experienced, if not in real water, at least in the imagination. This can be done because elements of Watsu have counterparts in everybody's experience. Begin with the way you relax when you lie back in warm water. Add how it feels to be slowly stretched. Imagine how, in an element that removes pressure from joints and radiates warmth into muscle, you feel each stretch all the way through your body. Add to that pleasure of being floated and stretched what you feel in the best bodywork when the tension in your neck is sensitively released, when your shoulder is rotated and freed, when just the right point is held. Imagine how that is amplified when, instead of weighing heavily on a table or floor, your body is free to move. Add your most nurturing memory of someone holding, supporting you, just being with you, not trying to do anything to you, holding you so lightly you feel your own lightness as you sink and rise to the rhythm of your breath.
Combine all the above and there is still something to add- Watsu's flow. Watsu interweaves movement and stillness. It has a beginning and an end. And it is endless. Its lesson in letting go into the flow whatever comes up (and a lot does come up) can be carried into your everyday life. Watsu's feeling of still being connected at the end when you're no longer being held can rebond you to that part of your being that is one with everything.
Watsu is available in most of the spas of the island as well as in private pools. Contact Stef for a booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 633 468 311
Stef has more than 5 years experience of giving watsus and has adapted Watsu for the specific need of athletes (recovery and strong stretches), babies (mobility and playfulness), pregnant woman (fluidity and lightness), seniors (regeneration).