Watsu® is a passive form of aquatic bodywork/therapy that supports and gently moves a person through warm water in graceful, fluid movements. Watsu promotes a deep state of relaxation with dramatic changes in the autonomic nervous system.
Through quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympathetic nervous systems, Watsu has profound effects on the neuromuscular system.

 

Watsu helps decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion. The support of the water provides relief from compression forces in the joints. The movements through the water provide gentle stretching into all ranges for the spine and extremities while these joints are unloaded.
Clients report decreased pain as Watsu decreases their muscle spasm and muscle guarding, increases their range of motion, and promotes profound relaxation. Many clients also report a decrease in their emotional pain.
 

Harold Dull, BA, MA, is the president of the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association (WABA), and the creator of Watsu, Tantsu, Co-centering and Watsu CQ. 
Harold has trained with the foremost Zen Shiatsu teacher in Japan, Shizuto Masunaga (author of “Zen Shiatsu”), and the two foremost teachers in America, Reuho Yamada and Wataru Ohashi. 

The profundity and effectiveness of the bodywork forms he has created reflect his passionate practice and deep understanding of energy and the body; the creativity of these forms reflects his background as a poet in the San Francisco Renaissance. 

His current book “Watsu: Freeing the Body in Water” is an eloquent testament to the power of both his writing and his bodywork.

Harold speaks several languages, which allows him to teach his work all over the world. He has been honored with the International Aquatics Award from the United States Water Fitness Association; honored at the National Aquatic Exercise Conference in Japan; and in 1998 received the Tsunami Spirit Award from the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.

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