Watsu: Freeing the Body in Water
This is a book about water, about our bodies in water and how, floating and stretching one another to our shared breathing pattern, we achieve new levels of peace and oneness. Many consider Watsu the most significant advance in bodywork in our times. While other forms are based on touch, Watsu creates a more profound connection through the holding and the deep connection with the breath that being in water facilitates.
The trust established combines with the relaxing effects of warm water and Watsu's moves and stretches to create a modality of extraordinary depth that has both specific therapeutic results and healing on many levels. Besides having countless applications in therapy, it brings new depths of 'connection' into the lives of the many sharing its simpler moves with family and friends.
This third edition completes the first 25-year evolution of what came into being when Harold Dull started floating people at Harbin Hot Springs in Northern California, applying the stretches of the Zen Shiatsu he had studied in Japan. It illustrates, step by step, the major positions and forms of Watsu. It introduces Watsuchanics (the body mechanics of Watsu) and other developments that help students learn Watsu.
More than sixteen therapists and practitioners have added contributions detailing the use of Watsu with all ages and the growing number of conditions that Watsu is proving to alleviate in clinics and spas around the world. New chapters feature Watsu with children and a form of Watsu that can be used in home spa/hot tubs. Also illustrated step by step is a complete form of Tantsu which brings Watsu's nurturing power back onto land.
More than a thousand images have gone into this book to give as clear an illustration as possible of the movements and forms of Watsu and Tantsu.
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CHAPTER I WATSU
CHAPTER II BASICTRANSITION FLOW
CHAPTER III WATSU ON LAND
CHAPTER IV REBONDING THE BODY
CHAPTER V EXPANDED FLOW
CHAPTER VI EXPLORATIONS
CHAPTER VII ADVANCED MOVES AND FREE FLOW
CHAPTER VIII DANCING IN THE WATERS
CHAPTER XIV WATER FAMILY
Appendix A Ai Chi Aquatic Tai Chi
Appendix B Wassertanzen WaTa or Waterdance
Appendix C Stretching Productive Counter Productive
Appendix D Healing Dance
Appendix E The Zen of Watsu
Appendix F Free Flowing
Appendix G Healing Waters Watsu Pool Design and Care
CHAPTER IX THE REHABILITATIVE BENEFITS OF WATSU
CHAPTER X Adapting Watsu for People with Special Needs
CHAPTER XI WATSU WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
CHAPTER XII HOME SPA WATSU
CHAPTER XIII CREATIVE MOVEMENT MEDITATIONS
A Delicate Balance