Freeing the Body in Water
To know what WATSU® is, it must be experienced, if not in real water, at least in the imagination. This can be done because elements of Watsu® have counterparts in everybody’s experience.
Begin with the way you relax when you lie back in warm water. Add how it feels to be slowly stretched. Imagine how, in an element that removes pressure from joints and radiates warmth into muscle, you feel each stretch all the way through your body.
Add to that pleasure of being floated and stretched what you feel in the best body work when the tension in your neck is sensitively released, when your shoulder is rotated and freed, when just the right point is held. Imagine how that is amplified when, instead of weighing heavily on a table or floor, your body is free to move.
Add you’re most nurturing memory of someone holding, supporting you, just being with you, holding you so lightly you feel your own lightness as you sink and rise to the rhythm of your breathing.
Combine all the above and there is still something to add - Watsu’s flow. WATSU® interweaves movement and stillness. It has a beginning and an end. And it is endless. Its lesson in letting go into the flow whatever comes up can be carried into your everyday life. Watsu’s feeling of still being connected at the end when you’re no longer being held can rebond you to that part of your being that is one with everything.