Ease tension with the art of Watsu
Watsu combines the Japanese art of Shiatsu with warm water, which can help remove tension and enhance relaxation. Shiatsu is a form of “finger pressure” massage, which is applied to the body’s energy channels, and combining it with water has been found to be very effective.
The art of Watsu was developed in 1980 by Harold Dull who travelled to Japan to study Zen Shiatsu. When he got back to America, he promoted the benefits of this art combined with water and it is now practised in spas and therapeutic clinics all over the world.
A hot tub is the ideal place to practice Watsu
A warm spa (35 to 37 degrees C) is a perfect environment for a Watsu session. Floating in water supported by the Watsu practitioner, the Watsu receiver is gently stretched, turned and glided back and forth. As well as having specific pressure points manipulated, the receiver also becomes more aware of taking each breath at a slow and gentle rhythm, which helps towards the goal of complete relaxation.