Watsu Therapist - 788 hours

The Watsu® Therapist program provides you with the extensive training in aquatic bodywork. Combined with sound knowledge of principles of Shiatsu, it prepares you to combine and choose from different techniques to give professional sessions to your clientele.  Note that 100 hours of Shiatsu training (Shiatsu 1 and Shiatsu 2) are required for the Watsu Therapist Program. You can use these classes as your Massage Therapist 100 hour electives or complete both classes separately. Complete the 558 hour Massage Therapist Program and add 230 hours of Water classes and Practicum. Classes can be taken in any order, as long as prerequisites are satisfied.

program requirements


Complete the 558 Hour Massage Therapist Program:
100hr - Massage Intensive
50hr - Anatomy Bones and Muscles
50hr - Anatomy Body Systems
50hr - Pathology
25hr - Kinesiology
16.5hr - Essential Business Skills
16.5hr - Ethics
150 hours of Specialized Bodywork Training*
100 hours of Program Electives**
Add the classes below to complete the 788 hour Watsu Therapist Program:
50 Watsu 1
50 Watsu 2
50 Watsu 3
50 Watsu 3 Adapted
30 Required Practicum Demonstration of Mastery
  CPR Certification  (not available at the school)
788 Total Watsu Therapist Program Hours

Required Practicum:

Documented 1 hour sessions:
20 Practice Sessions (10 sessions completed after Watsu 2)
10 Received Sessions from at least 5 different WABA Certified Watsu Practitioners

Demonstration of Mastery:

After completing Watsu 2 and 20 documented practice sessions, a student must demonstrate mastery of the form and principles of Watsu by giving a session to a WABA authorized Instructor or Assistant. This demonstration can also be made under instructor Supervision, or during an audit of Watsu 2.

* Specialized Bodywork Training - Choose any three of the following 50 hour classes:
- Advanced Therapeutic Massage
- Craniosacral Balancing 1
- Craniosacral Balancing 2
- Deep Tissue 1
- Deep Tissue 2

** Program Electives
100 class hours from the Program Elective list. This list includes land and water classes. Three 16.5 hour classes are counted as 50 class hours.

Estimated Program Tuition for Masseur/Masseuse (Watsu® Therapist) 788 hr.

Tuition: $12,590 – 13,592
Registration fee: $100
STRF: $6.50 – 7.00
Equipment: $42
Books: $280
Total: $13,018.50 – 14,021
Practicum: 30 hrs
$500-1,500 Addt. Cost

Book prices may vary depending on what electives are taken. Prices vary depending on auditing or which classes are chosen for electives.
The state of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by California residents who were students attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Only students who are California residents are required to pay the STRF fee.

Registration Fee and STRF Fee ($.50 for each $1000 tuition) are non-refundable. No STRF charges until further notice.

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Watsu® is a registered service mark assigned to Harold Dull.