WATSU® Aquatic Bodywork and Therapy

WATSU® is the principle form of Aquatic Therapy for rehabilitation

Coming Winter 2021

WATSU® is a passive form of aquatic bodywork/therapy that supports and gently moves a person through warm water in graceful, fluid movements. WATSU® promotes a deep state of relaxation with dramatic changes in the autonomic nervous system. Through quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympathetic nervous systems, WATSU® has profound effects on the neuromuscular system. 

When you are immersed in water, not floating on top of it, and your ears are in water, you quiet the mind, and connect with your breath and body more fully.  Think of in the bath when you put your ears under and close your eyes-if you've never done it, try it, this is just a taste of what WATSU®  can deliver.

Ocean Water

The sympatholytic effects of WATSU® lead to enhancement of the parasympathetic nervous system. Physiological changes then occur throughout the body. These changes may include:

  • Increased Depth of Respiration

  • Increased Peripheral Vasodilatation

  • Increased Immune System Response

  • Increased Smooth Muscle Activity (Digestion)

  • Decreased Heart Rate

  • Decreased Rate of Respiration

  • Decreased Activation of Striated Muscles (Skeletal)

  • Decreased Muscle Spasticity

  • Decreased Reticular Activating System Activity

Find your Watsu® Bliss

WATSU® helps decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion. The support of the water provides relief from compression forces in the joints. The movements through the water provide gentle stretching into all ranges for the spine and extremities while these joints are unloaded.

Clients report decreased pain as WATSU® decreases their muscle spasm and muscle guarding, increases their range of motion, and promotes profound relaxation. Many clients also report a decrease in their emotional pain.

Deeper Benefits of Watsu®

Therapists utilizing WATSU® as part of their aquatic therapy treatment programs report the following improvements in their clients:

1. Immediate Benefits With First Session

  • increased range of motion

  • increased muscle relaxation

  • decreased muscle spasm

  • decreased spasticity

  • decreased pain

2. Long-term Benefits After Multiple Sessions

  • improved sleep patterns

  • improved digestion

  • improved healing and immune system response

  • greater decreases in pain

  • decreased anxiety

  • many clients report a decrease in their emotional pain

Watsu® Healing Potential

WATSU® is being incorporated into aquatic therapy treatment programs in hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers around the world. Therapists are impressed by the benefits for so many of their clients. Some of the many populations who have benefited include those with

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Stroke

  • Parkinson's Disease

  • Arthritis

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Chronic Pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Post Mastectomy

  • Post Thoracic Surgery

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Floastu your Watsu® 

Floatsu is the best handcrafted flotation device for aquatic bodywork and deep relaxation; and handcrafted by our amazing therapist Tamara Caggiano! More than just a flotation device, Floatsu is used to support your body while receiving aquatic therapy. Being suspended in water, your body is able to drop into a deeper state of relaxation, peace and quiet. 

learn more at floatsu.com

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