Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, 33 to 36°C. It combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, 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, combined with Watsu's movements, stretches, massage and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels.
Watsu as an aquatic technique endorses the connection between the provider and the receiver, as well as the synchronization of breathing pattern and rhythmic movements. The provider and the receiver share the joy and freedom in their graceful moves in water. Most of Watsu Providers are physical therapists, occupational therapists or aquatic exercise related professionals.