Aquatic Massage or Watsu
Mar 30, 2017 10:30PM
By Dorothy L. Richmond
Aquatic massage is recommended especially for acute or chronic pain from injury, fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, sore muscles and grief. It is just the ticket for a “mini-vacation” for the over-achiever in us all. The form of massage melts away tension in body, mind and spirit.
During aquatic massage, a client floats in the warm water, while being massaged and stretched by a licensed massage therapist with gentle, flowing movements—allowing trust and truly deep rest. Craniosacral therapy is often included in sessions, as well as Jin Shin Jyutsu and shiatsu, the basis of aquatic massage. Treatments usually last about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Just being immersed in warm water lowers blood pressure and increases oxygen intake. Allowing oneself to float into a trance-like state creates trust and connection with all humanity and all of life.
Dorothy Richmond, LMT, has offered Aquatic Massage since 2007 at Santa Rita Springs, in Tucson. Connect at 520-622-4201 or [email protected]. See ad, page 36.