Watsu® is the first form of aquatic bodywork. Harold Dull began developing it in 1980 in the warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs, California, floating his Zen Shiatsu students while applying 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 of our time. While other modalities are based on touch, the holding that working in water necessitates brings the receiver to a new level 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 affect every level of our being.
WaterDance ("WasserTanzen", the original German name) is an advanced form of aquatic bodywork developed in Switzerland by Arjana Brunshwiler and Peter Schroter in 1987. Like Watsu, it begins with the client being cradled, stretched and relaxed with his head above the water surface. In WaterDance, the client is then given nose clips and gradually and gently taken entirely under the water. This requires a mindfulness of the receiver's breathing rhythm. Once freed from the bounds of head support and gravity, the client's body can be moved, stretched and worked in literally unlimited ways. WaterDance incorporates elements of massage, Aikido, dolphin and snake movements, rolls, somersaults, inversions, dance and much more. It looks like a beautiful, underwater ballet and takes the receiver on a profound healing journey of body, mind and spirit.
Watsu® is represented by WABA, Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association. For more information on Watsu, aquatic courses or practitioners, visit: www.waba.edu