Watsu

Watsu is the first form of Aquatic Bodywork. Harold Dull began developing it in 1980 floating his Zen Shiatsu students in warm water applying its stretches and moves. In the years since, with the help of countless others in classes, clinics and spas around the world, Watsu has evolved into what many consider the most profound development in bodywork in our time. While other modalities are based on touch, the holding that working in water necessitates, brings both the giver and the receiver to new levels of connection and trust. This, combined with the therapeutic benefits of warm water and the greater freedom of movement it encourages, creates a modality that can effect every level of our being. These effects that begin with your first class will continue down whatever Watsu path you follow, whether one of sharing with family and freinds, or a professional path, or one in which you explore with others the creative engagement of our life force in Watsu Free Flow. In 1980 Harold also began developing Tantsu to bring Watsu's nurturing whole body holding and stretching back onto land. It too has evolved into a modality with a creative potential that can be shared with anybody.

 
Water is the epitome of fluidity, our great master in its continuous flow, permanent becoming.
Being water-like, moving like water means getting in touch with our inner qualities of fluidity, letting-go and profound relaxation.
The flowing quality is the key to the art of being relaxed, receptive, in harmony with our natural rhythm. Without opposing any resistance, without swimming against the current, beyond any useless effort, we simply become available to the current and flow with the river of life.
In Watsu we explore all these qualities of water: allowing ourselves to just float, held and supported by loving arms, which sustain us without judging, without interfering or trying to change us; allowing ourselves to simply be, just the way we are
An art of well-being, Watsu is practiced in hot water (34°/35°) and its benefits are felt in the body, as well as in the deepest layers of our being. The fluidity of water is conveyed by an alternation of movement and stillness, of inhalation and exhalation, just like instruments in an orchestra which, when in harmony, becomes syntonized with the heartbeat.

 

   Video: introduction to Watsu by Harold Dulll