What is Watsu?
Many people have different perceptions about what Watsu is. Some think it is from a
Japanese word that means"water" while some think it's from a Polynesian phrase. It is true
that the first practitioners were Japanese, but the forms they developed have nothing
whatsoever to do with Japanese water doctrine. The original Watsu came from China, and
it's influences of both Chinese and Japanese martial arts.
The original practitioners thought there was something peculiar about their patients that
caused them pain. They attributed it to a blockage of chi or energy in the patient's body. It is
often called"anma" which is really just another word for chi or the universal life force. The
practice's movements are extremely similar to those of Tai Chi. They are usually soft and
circular, spiraling, arch, pendulum-like movement, and waves, just like Tai Chi.
There is no uniform term for Watsu, but it usually involves some form of massage,
manipulation, or motion therapy involving the entire body. A therapist spends a lot of time
getting into the patient's body and working with various parts of the body. Some kinds of
Watsu can only be administered by a licensed therapist who specializes in treating injuries
and skeletal disorders. However, in plenty of cases, you can get a good Watsu treatment at
any gym or health center with the right therapist. It's not recommended that you start doing
Watsu yourself, because it is not something you can master in a short timeframe.
One popular form of Watsu therapy is known as"chiogging". It involves a therapist getting
deeply within the legs of the individual while massaging it. This may also help treat juvenile
arthritis. Another fantastic type of Watsu is called"tsumesentera". In this treatment, the
therapist inserts long needles into specific points of the customer's body.
In Japan, there is a college of Watsu known as"harbin". This school specializes in using
different massage strokes for treating patients with neurological or muscular conditions.