Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support, combine with Watsu's movements, and massage work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels.
The Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association (WABA) oversees the training programs for Watsu® and other Aquatic Bodywork programs and practitioners, and maintains their authorizations and transcripts on the Worldwide Registry. WABA also authorizes 4 training institutes to offer variants of its programs. There are 4 stages in a typical Watsu training, from a 16 hour Basic course to multiple 50 hour intensive courses. Those with a current license to touch, who have attended at least 50 hours of shiatsu or its equivalent, may add Watsu as an additional modality to their current practice on completion of Watsu 1 and 2 (100 hours) and 20 supervised practice sessions.
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