Watsu is an aquatic bodywork modality which originated in 1980 in Harbin Hot Springs (California) by the ingenuity of Harold Dull.
A poet from the "San Francisco Renaissance" movement, who travelled the world, including a long stint in Japan, during which he studied Zen Shiatsu with Master Masunaga, he founded his Shiatsu school in northern California. As great lover of water, he began to apply the stretches of Zen Shiatsu on a massage table placed in a thermal water pool. He soon realized that by holding his client, he did not need the massage table, and thus Watsu was born.
Over 40 years later, and thanks to the contribution of hundreds of professionals from various other techniques, from Yoga to Physiotherapy, from Thai massage to Shiatsu, Watsu has become the generic word to identify the family of aquatic bodywork based on floatation with support provided by a giver.
40 years have passed since Mr. Dull invented Watsu. During that period other inventions arose, like the first PC from IBM, Sony's Walkman, the CD or Motorola’s first cell phone. Great inventions that marked a wonderful time. Thank you.
Luckily the world didn’t stop in the ’80s.
Since the beginning of his teaching career in 2003 Giovanni Baccarani, with the collaboration of the International School of Watsu team, have re-thought and re-designed the technique taking into account the latest developments of anatomy, physiology and neurology.
Seeing the extent of development that we have put in our “evolved” watsu, the moment has come where it deserves its own name. It’s a way to acknowledge the differences that lay in the foundation principles, which we base on the Master Key System (MKS); the modern technique, revised under the lens of functional anatomy, healthy biomechanics and the theory of the fascia, and the objective-based teaching method and revolutionary curriculum, which are also unique to our school.
We call it AQUASOMA®