What is Watsu?

WATSU®   (Water Shiatsu)

is the application of a series of skilled, hands-on techniques to respectfully stretch and mobilize soft tissues and joints of an individual being floated and entirely supported in thermal neutral water temperatures by a trained and certified practitioner. In rehabilitation, WATSU® is being used in conjunction with functional task training.


During a Watsu® session the warm water and low gravity combine with the security of being held. This allows deep relaxation and release to occur as the therapist performs Zen Shiatsu and Massage. Muscle guarding is decreased and a physically and psychologically calming atmosphere is created. This environment and the gentle nature of Watsu® are conducive to profound insights, understandings and positive change.

Harold Dull began developing WATSU® in 1980 floating his Zen Shiatsu students in the warm pool at Harbin Hot springs, California, applying Shiatsu’s stretches and moves. The holding that working in water necessitates brings receivers to new levels of connection and trust, beyond other modalities based on touch. This, combined with the therapeutic benefits of warm water and the greater freedom of movement it encourages, creates a modality that can effect every level of our being.

The Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association (WABA), an educational non-profit organization, is dedicated to making the benefits of both giving and receiving Aquatic Bodywork available to everybody. WABA records classes taken everywhere, making it possible for students to study wherever they want and fulfill the requirements to be listed on the WABA web-site as practitioners, etc.

Minakshi first studied WATSU® with Harold Dull in 1990 and became the first certified WATSU® teacher in 1991. Minakshi co-taught with Harold at every WATSU® class at the School of Shiatsu and Massage in California, until 1998. At that time she opened her own aquatic bodywork facility in the Florida Keys. She continues to teach with Harold and others at the WATSU® Center in California.

WHERE IS WATSU WORLD WIDE? (You will neet Adobe Reader to access this file.)