Son intérêt pour le toucher et toutes les formes de massage le fait d’abord étudier Shiatsu et le massage harmonisant avant de vivre deux expériences déterminantes : ses premières séances de Thai Yoga Massage et de Watsu. Dans les deux cas, quelque chose de magique se produit, de l’ordre de la révélation. Apprendre et pratiquer ces disciplines devient une urgence, pour son bien-être comme pour celui du monde. Aujourd’hui, ces techniques et d’autres (Healing Dance, WaterDance, Dynamic Thai Massage, technique Bowen...) sont devenues l’objet principal de sa recherche et il n’a de cesse de partager sa passion tant par la pratique professionnelle que par l’enseignement. Polyglotte et nomade, il utilise son expérience professionnelle d’acteur, de chanteur, de musicien et de danseur pour affiner la transmission de ces savoirs lors de cours ou de stages dans une dizaine de pays d'Europe et d'Amérique du sud.
Giovanni Baccarani s'intéresse aux disciplines bio-naturelles et aux techniques corporelles depuis 1993. Il est devenu Instructeur de Zen Stretching et Shiatsu en 1999 et Instructeur de Watsu en 2003 après avoir étudié en Europe et aux Etats-Unis avec Harold Dull et d'autres Instructeurs de techniques aquatiques parmi les plus renommés au monde. Avec plus de 10 ans d’expérience comme enseignant de différentes disciplines, il est fondateur de l'Ècole Internationale de Watsu. Il est un des instructeurs les plus actifs et en recherche constante dans le monde du travail corporel aquatique et du Watsu. Il transmet sa passion pour le travail corporel aquatique et, grâce à son ample expérience d'abord comme praticien de Shiatsu et Watsu, puis comme Instructeur, il est réputé pour l'attention qu'il porte aux détails et à la technique. Ses cours sont amusants grâce à son sens marqué de l'humour : même les techniques les plus complexes deviennent plaisantes, intéressantes et riches d'inspiration et d'informations utiles grâce à sa profonde compréhension de la philosophie médicale orientale et du travail corporel, tant au sol que dans l'eau. Pendant des années il a exercé avec succès dans un cabinet de disciplines bio-naturelles à Milan et travaillé comme thérapeute de choix pour athlètes et danseurs professionnels. Il enseigne régulièrement en Angleterre, en France, Belgique, en Espagne, en Italie, en Russie, au Portugal.
Since qualifying as a practitioner in April 2004, Dawn has an abundant amount of hours giving Watsu at her Private Watsu Clinic in Stafford, U.K. She has trained with Harold Dull and has a keen enthusiasm to keep up with the latest developments by working along side top Watsu instructors/coaches such as Michele Chelenza and Giovanni Baccarani and many other highly knowledgeable professionals as well as working in co-operation with Watsu Europe school and their outstanding training programme,. In her passion to spread the word of Watsu she became the founder of The U.K. Watsu Academy in April 2010 and gained instructor status herself in September 2011. Dawn supports and provides the perfect environment for her Watsu Clinic clients and Watsu Academy students to take away the maximum experience, knowledge and development from their visits. Dawn has a life time of water based experiences both as a professional and with personal enjoyment and fun. Whilst passionate about attention to detail along with great consideration, care and support she shows for her students and sharing of her knowledge, once she knows all is on track, the cheeky devilment fun appears; this combination relaxes and enhances the learning potential of each student knowing they have this special space to grow and develop as a person and Watsu Professional.
Paul worked in the Interior Design Industry for over 25 years laterally as the director of a successful design practice, however he always had an interest in alternative therapies and from childhood always enjoyed being in or around water.
In 2009 whilst on holiday at a spa in Arizona Paul received his first Watsu and was immediately hooked. There and then he decided to learn more about this amazing therapy and on returning to the UK he started his “Watsu Journey” training at the U.K.Watsu academy and also in the USA.
In addition to Watsu he has also studied Shiatsu with the renowned Shinzo Fujimaki as well as Therapeutic massage and Cranio Sacral Therapy in Water.
Having had a background in business and an understanding of how stress can overtake our lives and affect our wellbeing has greatly influenced his approach and his work, both in and out the water. Paul is based in central Scotland but also travels to wherever there is opportunity to work in warm water, he continues to study and appreciate his new path in Life.
John has been in the Health and Fitness Industry for over 30 years. He studied Physical Education and Psychology at University and followed with a teaching qualification. He taught sport in High School for a number of years and then studied Massage Therapy in South Africa. This was followed by Sports Massage and Shiatsu, and he opened a School of Massage Therapy in Zimbabwe in 1993. In 2001 he moved to Ireland and studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and deepened his knowledge of Taoist philosophy by studying Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Taoist Meditation at the Healing Tao School in London. His latest journey is his exploration of Watsu Therapy with the International School of Watsu (formerly Watsu Europe) of which he says, “Of all the therapies I have learned and practiced, Watsu is the most unique and profound. The possibility of holding and being held by another human being in warm water is a very special and precious gift, and it has the power to touch the deepest part of ourselves - our very souls."
Agi has worked in the field of special education for over thirty years. In that time she has worked with pupils from the ages of two to nineteen years old with a wide variety of special needs. Believing that the most effective learning is made through a truly holistic approach Agi has used the pool as her most powerful resource. In the warm embrace of the water Agi has been fascinated by how pupils have opened up on every level. It is this liquid liberation that has been the main inspiration for the development of the Sensory Swimming sessions that Agi creates. Using coloured, moving lights and images, natural sounds and music, scents and aromas along with an array of visually stimulating materials and things to be explored and experienced, Agi transforms the hydrotherapy pool she works in into themed multisensory, interactive environments. Here pupils go on water journeys to discover worlds such as A Midnight Oasis, Snow Shadows, An Indian Summer or Dolphin Waters where they can freely explore with mind body and spirit. It was in researching aquatic therapies to underpin her work that Agi came across Watsu. It took some time before she was able to experience a session herself, but once she had, she had no doubt that she had found the most perfect and profound modality to add to her work. It is the beauty of the subtle, gentle way that Watsu meets one where one is on an emotional and spiritual level that Agi has found the most inspiring. Having a deep connection with the water and a passion for sharing her joy in all that it affords one, Agi feels most blessed in having been led to Watsu. Agi now incorporates Watsu into her work and offers sessions to pupils, staff and to private clients.