What on earth is Watsu I hear you say?
It is often described as “an idyllic underwater massage and manipulation with a sensation of womb regression”. The Watsu web site says:
“Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35oC.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, 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, combine 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.
Moments of stillness alternate with rhythmical flowing movements, which free the body in ways impossible on land. The warm water relaxes the muscles and supports the spine. With this support and without the weight of the body, the spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water work. The effects include a very gentle, yet deep stretching and a release of muscular and joint restrictions, along with a state of deep relaxation, which encourages the release of stress and tensions.”
Watsu is widely offered for around $100 (£55) and might be a great gift for any friend or family with persistent aches and pains.