Watsu is a gentle form of therapy that takes place in temperate (around 35°C.), waist-deep water. It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu and muscle stretching. The warm water pool allows peace and a connection to nature allowing blockages to be gently released. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched in the arms of the therapist.
Moments of stillness alternate with rhythmical flowing movements, which free the body in ways impossible on land. The warm water relaxes the muscles and supports the spine. With this support and without the weight of the body, the spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water work. The effects include a very gentle, yet deep stretching and a release of muscular and joint restrictions, along with a state of deep relaxation, which encourages the release of stress and tensions.
And that is what Watsu in our opinion is all about: RELAXATION!
But for some people it will take a while before they can actually experience this ultimate way of relaxation. For the first time it can be a rather strange experience. You literally have to give yourself in the hands of the therapist, as you will be floating in his or her arms. Your therapist will always try to make a safe enough place for you to let go in their arms. And once you succeed in letting go, Watsu will be a treatment you want to do over and over again.
Watsu is already known since the 80´s when it was developed by Harold Dull, but you did not came it across very often untill the last couple of years. Nowadays more and more Spas include Watsu therapy in their Spa treatment menu as people get more familiar with it and are aware of the highly relaxing effect of this therapy.
At the Hotel Thalasia Costa de Murcia, Spain they even developed their own Watsu therapy, which they call ¨Thalatsu¨. They use the same gentle technique based on passive joint mobilisations as used in Watsu, but then they do this in a sea water pool (Thalasso pool) and in that way take advantage of the high buoyancy of the sea water in the Thalasso pool.