Watsu: Freeing the Body in Water

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Trafford Publishing, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 200 pages

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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The Watsu Bible by the Watsu Guru. Thank you Harold

Contents

CHAPTER I WATSU
11
CHAPTER II BASICTRANSITION FLOW
21
CHAPTER III WATSU ON LAND
32
CHAPTER IV REBONDING THE BODY
51
CHAPTER V EXPANDED FLOW
61
CHAPTER VI EXPLORATIONS
69
CHAPTER VII ADVANCED MOVES AND FREE FLOW
86
CHAPTER VIII DANCING IN THE WATERS
101
CHAPTER XIV WATER FAMILY
162
Appendix A Ai Chi Aquatic Tai Chi
170
Appendix B Wassertanzen WaTa or Waterdance
176
Appendix C Stretching Productive Counter Productive
178
Appendix D Healing Dance
180
Appendix E The Zen of Watsu
181
Appendix F Free Flowing
187
Appendix G Healing Waters Watsu Pool Design and Care
188

CHAPTER IX THE REHABILITATIVE BENEFITS OF WATSU
110
CHAPTER X Adapting Watsu for People with Special Needs
119
CHAPTER XI WATSU WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
134
CHAPTER XII HOME SPA WATSU
142
CHAPTER XIII CREATIVE MOVEMENT MEDITATIONS
150
A Delicate Balance
196
Glossary
198
Afterword
200
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