Watsu® 1

Class details

  • Class Hours: 50
  • Instructor:  Cameron West, Davida Taurek and Harold Dull
  • Prerequisites: None
  •  Class Materials: Class Manual by the instructor, Class Textbook: “Watsu® Basic and Explorer Path" by Harold Dull. Bring a swimsuit and towels
  • Checkin at Harbin front gate as early as 12pm Sunday. You may enter the classroom building at 6pm to bring in your bedding and food if you'd like. Class orientation begins promptly at 6:30pm for a 7pm class start time

Watsu is a water therapy developed by Harold Dull to create a unique blend of Zen Shiatsu and yogic stretches designed to free the body in water. Watsu 1 is a basic introductory course in aquatic bodywork. In this course, you will learn to move receivers through a smooth, flowing 30-45 minute sequence of Watsu’s basic positions and holds.

Attention is paid to the breath, fluidity of movement, proper body mechanics and general knowledge of eastern and western anatomy. Instruction and practice time in the pool is 30 hrs. Movement and sequences are demonstrated then practiced under the supervision of the primary instructor and assistants. The remaining 20 hrs of class time is on land with discussion, meditation, movement exercises, lectures and videos.

You will learn:
• To understand the professional parameters of being a Watsu practitioner
• To coordinate movement and breath
• To move your receiver from position to position in a seamless and continuous way
• To maintain fluidity of movement throughout a session
• To develop the awareness and skill to ascertain your receiver’s rhythm, utilizing stillness and dynamic movement as needed to invite the body into balance
• To understand body mechanics, body alignment, balanced footing and proper stance
• The sequencing and the appropriate applications and contraindications for each move
• To acquire a basic understanding of Zen Shiatsu principles of being present without attempting to actively do anything
• Acquire knowledge of optimum pool requirements for aquatic bodywork (depth, temperature, etc.)
• To demonstrate professional boundaries and communication skills
• Review standards of an ethical practice