Listen below to Fitness Advisor/Body Worker Kianti EvoLuv and Chef Jennifer Houst on www.innerlightradio.com from 3-4 pst for the Earthly Dish Radio Show this last Wednesday for
“Episode #31: Watsu – When Spinal Movement and Massage Therapy Meet.” Listen as our hosts interview Kim Harts Watsu practitioner about her amazing water based body work.
The first thing you’ll notice about Watsu is how comfortable the water feels — it’s warmed to skin temperature, so slipping into the pool feels as natural as breathing. It’s just as effortless when the actual bodywork begins; simply hold your face skyward and allow the practitioner to do the rest.
The session consists of floating while the therapist moves your body through the water while performing shiatsu massage. The water allows the body to be manipulated in ways that aren’t possible on land, while the sensation of being cradled in water is deeply relaxing.
“Massage is wonderful, but Watsu is something completely different. We’re working on a deeper level here,” says 20-year Watsu practitioner Kim Hartz, the spa director at Venus De Fido in Palm Desert. “It’s transformational.”
As your hips loosen, the spine unbuckles, and the breath calms. Then, as the body finds relief, emotions can surface in powerful ways.
“When we’re in the water, we are often heart to heart,” Hartz says. “That’s the beauty of Watsu. It’s a bit like dancing and trusting your partner.”
Cultivating that profound sense of trust is one reason Watsu has become a useful therapeutic tool for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Hartz is such a believer in the healing power of aquatic bodywork, she volunteers with Wave Academy, which offers Watsu for military veterans and their caregivers.
“This allows us to reconnect with ourselves in a place that is safe, not scary,” she says. “It can feel like being reborn.”
To learn more about Kim: https://www.facebook.com/WatsuKim/