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May 22, 2004


The author of this article desribes her Watsu experience at a health retreat in Australia.

Watsu is the brainchild of Harold Dull, Director of the School of Shiatsu and Massage at Harbin Hot Springs in California. In 1980 Harold began floating his students in the springs while applying Shiatsu. Watsu is used to treat conditions such as chronic pain and stress because the weightlessness created by the water relaxes the body deeply, relieving pain and ceasing mind chatter.

Hollie explains that during the massage she will always hold me and never let my mouth or nose go under the water.

She supports me with one arm under my shoulders and the other hand on my lower back. After only a minute I feel like I'm melting into the water.

Hollie puts me into stretches and twists that I would never attempt on dry land. She also massages my body by applying pressure to specific points as in traditional shiatsu.

My eyelids are inoperable and I don't want my Watsu to end.

Posted by linda at May 22, 2004 12:13 PM

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