Do you love water and want to learn to work in it, with it?
Do you want to learn a massage technique that is based in zero gravity, permitting tridimensional movements that would otherwise not be possible to complete, liberating the body and the mind?
Training with the International School of Watsu gives you the tools and qualifications to do just that.
Watsu is the Aquatic Therapy that allows the body to move in 3 dimensions in the absence of gravity and in absolute thermal comfort (water is heated to 34 degrees).
Whether you are a fish in the water, or if you do not know how to swim; whether you are an expert body worker / therapist or if you have never dared to give a massage, Watsu will surprise you and get you hooked!
The ISWatsu Training Program
The Professional Watsu qualification facilitated by the International School of Watsu is a non-regulated program. The team of the International School of Watsu has been providing Watsu training for amateurs and for professionals since 2003 guaranteeing unbeatable experience in this field.
The Professional Watsu Course is split into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level comprises several modules (hands-on, practical training in pool, theory courses, individual and group assessments, practice session in the pool and professional sessions to receive).
To attend a Beginners Course, there are no prerequisites, as professional training in Watsu is complete in itself. All the necessary training skills, to become a Professional Watsu Therapist, are integral to the course.
Some professionals like Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Shiatsu professionals and other manual therapists may be able to credit some modules of their prior training towards their Professional Watsu qualification allowing them to complete the Professional Watsu Curriculum in a shorter time frame than people who have no prior therapy experience. The specific situation of each applicant will be assessed on a case by case basis.
Who is it for?
Watsu training is intended for all people wanting to explore the aquatic environment from a new perspective and learn about the therapeutic advantages it offers.
A professional training in Watsu is the natural step for all health professionals (for example physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, psychomotricists and special education teachers) who want to acquire skills in aquatic therapy, opening the doors to facilitating the benefits of rehabilitation in water to their patients.
Many wellness - and complementary therapy professionals, such as Shiatsu practitioners, Thai massage therapist and therapists of the spa business - find in Watsu a way to deepen and broaden their understanding of the aquatic world, enriching the palette of healing techniques that can be offered.
Personal and professional coaches, working with high performance athletes, trust in Watsu to reduce the physical recovery time following competitions and between training sessions. Watsu is also recognized and used for increasing concentration levels and maintain an optimal balance between the mind and the physical, cultivating a positive and optimistic attitude. Watsu is part of the training program of some Olympic teams from Eastern Europe.
The Professional Watsu Course is also intended for all aid - relationship professionals, such as psychologists, psychotherapists, Gestalt therapists, perinatal therapists, family therapists, etc. Buoyancy provided by the water element, such as the gentle embrace of the therapist, a Watsu signature, makes this therapy a powerful tool, facilitating healing of a wide range of pathologies (see studies on the use of Watsu with orphan children, war veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome) and victims of violence and/or abuse).
Midwives, doulas and all practitioners in the maternity field: water is the ideal environment to work with pregnant women and Watsu provides the tools to do it effectively and effortlessly. Buoyancy in warm water and the resulting sensation of weightlessness can be very energy-restoring and alleviate pains as the spine and joints are discharged from the body weight. Equally, on an emotional level, the link to the unborn child becomes more vivid through the aquatic environment. Our embryonic experiences are “stored” on a cellular level. The experience of holding and being held in water activates this cellular memory and with it, our ability to make the unconscious conscious.
Training - Where do I start?
I have no previous experience of body work
Full training duration = 300 hours of practical, pool-based training + 200 hours classroom training.
Two qualifications are offered:
After developing experience as a Watsu Advanced Professional and being able to demonstrate a successful professional practice in the field, it is possible to commence the Watsu Instructor training path.