When the Shiatsu technique combines with the benefits of hot water, Watsu comes to life. From the composition of the two words “water” and “shiatsu”, Watsu is a discipline that produces positive effects on body and mind.
How does it work?
Just like in Shiatsu, a session of Watsu consists on submitting the body to manipulations and pressures from a qualified masseur, which in this case is called watsuer. However, the watsuer, has the task of delivering the treatment to a floating body since Watsu is an activity that occurs in water: the therapeutic properties of water and warmth help to enhance the benefits of this technique, strengthening the effects of the massage.
What are the exercises carried out during a session of Watsu?
Accompanied by acupressure, usually there are stretching and rhythmic undulations: all light exercises aiming at dissolving the accumulated psycho-physical stresses.
What are the benefits of Watsu?
Here are all the benefits that this type of treatment provides
#1 A gentle but complete training experience
All the exercises and the practices carried out during a Watsu session, help to exercise the whole body without tiring it out. Floating in hot water facilitates the movements and give a sensation of extreme lightness.
#2 Deep relaxation
Watsu enhances the relaxation of the whole body, reaching the sensation of total rest and recovery felt only after a deep sleep. During the exercises the eyes are kept closed and the water gives the body a sensation of dynamic suspension that envelopes it with its warm temperatures.
#3 Relief of stress
The practice of Watsu helps in loosening the muscular stresses to reduce levels of stress: hot water, floating and the movements of the masseur increases the mobility of the joints and the release of all the stresses piled up on the muscles.
#4 Cardiovascular stimulation
Finally, Watsu stimulates blood flow. This is a consequence of light pressure from the stimulating effect of hot water on the human body, which benefits have also increased thanks to pressures released by the watsuer.