WATSU is the principle form of Aquatic Therapy for rehabilitation.
It promotes deep relaxation, quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympatheticnervous systems. It has profound beneficial effects for trauma, both physical and psycho-emotional, with therapeutic application for neuromuscular injuries, stress, chronic pain,discomfort during pregnancy, and special needs.
I discovered WATSU when I was pregnant with my first daughter. Water has always been myhappy place and I got really curious when a friend suggested to try out something which feelslike being a baby yourself: carried, held, hugged, experiencing this buoyant feeling like a fetus ina womb
I clearly realize now that this WATSU session was the turning point in my life. After the session Ithought: ‘Oh, I’d love to work with body in therapy and bring change without talking or convincing,just by gently being and guiding’. Looks like WATSU has some silent power within…?
Usually WATSU session starts already on the ground with a little talk which continues smoothlyin the swimming pool then. There is a moment to get to know each other, to introduce the patternof the session, ask questions & get comfortable in the water.
Then, the floats are picked and tested which already gives a good sense of how it’s going to belike. You lay horizontally, being safely & lovingly held in the arms of the practitioner, ears in the water.
When the floats are well suited, the session starts standing still by the wall of the pool. Breathein, breathe out. A short intro.
Then you slowly move forward and lay again on the arms of the practitioner. The water dancebegins and you are carried with love and consideration throughout the whole session.
The session ends where it has begun.
Don’t rush to open your eyes. Breathe, stay, take in.
People who try it for the 1st time usually share that “it’s an incomparable experience, neitherheavenly nor earthy, very special”
And here, well to be honest, I believe that pregnant people are the one who can experience themost benefits of WATSU! One of the unique things is that WATSU gives an opportunity to feellike a baby in a womb yourself while you are actually also carrying a tiny little baby in your belly!What a special dance of holding and being held it is…
And this is of course not the only benefit:“WATSU was found to significantly lower participants’ levels of stress and pain and to improvetheir mental health-related quality of life and mood. In comparison to the passive control group,participants in the intervention group reported reduction in perceived stress from day 1 to day 8 (,Cohen’s ). Qualitative data indicate that WATSU was appreciated as enjoyable and deeplyrelaxing. No negative side effects were reported.”
Before practicing I tried the sessions myself. The positive influence was so obvious. And it wasone of the main reasons why I started to learn WATSU myself.
Harold Dull started WATSU in 1980 in California where he taught the Zen Shiatsu that he hadstudied with its creator, Shizuto Masanaga, in Japan.
In Zen Shiatsu stretching someone unblocks and balances the energy flowing through their bodymore than Shiatsu’s traditional work on points.
Harold found warm water to be the ideal medium for this. He also found that the holdingrequired to float someone takes them to a level of healing beyond that of touch.
In WATSU, while being stretched, someone’s whole body is so contained, they find it safe toaccess every level.
Now imagine this feeling of trust, floating and healing at the same moment. With a little baby inyour belly. Laying safely in warm water in loving hands.
If we continue to talk about love, there is this belief that heart has a memory. I also believe so.
40 thousand neurons store the information and make the decisions. Communicates with brainand other parts of the body. It’s not only the intellect which decides and leads, right? We oftenrefer to the gut feeling… or the heart’s intuition.
When a person feels care, gratitude, love through WATSU, her/his heart rate turns into a calmocean’s rippling waves. The same waves then reaches brain, respiratory and other bodysystems. This established connection provides an opportunity for the heart to tune the emotions& feelings. And the heart-related brain is concentrated then in those places where their analytical skills are the most needed. Creativity is growing stronger.
Do you remember that feeling of pure joy when you were little?
That laugh that water splashing was bringing?
These goosebumps after spending way too long in the water?
Whenever you feel overwhelmed or stressed, the thoughts are too chaotic, gift yourself with anopportunity to come back to these moments of pure joy, calmness…
People say that they experience the incomparable sensation of relaxation and happiness duringWATSU sessions. Give your heart the lead and you will be surprised how much wisdom andcalmness is there.
“I am very grateful to the Universe that brought me to Kristina. She is a very special woman whoradiates extraordinary peace, warmth and confidence. Just being with her is so good, safe andinfinitely calm feeling. Her Watsu sessions will take you on a journey of the soul without theconcepts of time and place. If you want to experience deep relaxation, a state of weightlessness,or try a new experience, be sure to take the time to invest in yourself. This way you will do a bigfavor to yourself and to everyone around you. After Watsu session you will become a betterversion of You. It’s an experience that’s hard to put into words, it’s a feeling which you want tocarry with you and not let go. The practice takes place in the water, and it is a great conductor for
connecting with your subconscious and the depths of the Universe. Water expands theboundaries of your subconscious and during a session you can become either a bird soaring inthe starry sky or an aquatic plant swaying in the depths of the ocean. Indescribable flight,weightlessness, waves, security. Kristina is extremely attentive and sensitive, she leads thewhole session very professionally and carefully. Tip after a session to have time for self-integration. There are major transformations going on after the session and it is possible that therelaxation will be so deep and you will just want to fall asleep. I highly recommend to try thisextraterrestrial gift of the Universe – the Watsu session with Kristina.”