Can I get a “Viva Mexico!”? There’s a lot of excitement in the air and reason to celebrate! In addition to the anticipated “El Grito” on the 15th, this massage therapist is celebrating the recent announcement of an amazing Watsu (Water Shiatsu) certification course coming to Mexico. It may not seem like a big deal, but I assure you it is!
Over a year and half ago when my wife and I were in the planning stages of our new home, my dream was to build a specialized pool to provide Watsu to my clients. My first choice as far as where I would learn this new modality was the School of Shiatsu and Massage located at Harbin Hotsprings, California. Watsu began here in 1980 when Harold Dull started floating people in the warm pool while applying the stretches and principles of the Zen Shiatsu he had studied in Japan.
So, after researching the prices of the school and accommodation, I quickly learned that it was going to be well over what my already-strained budget could handle. So, my search for a reputable certifying school narrowed down to this side of the border. But alas, I had no such luck finding anything reputable.
A year or so passed and then, as if by magic, I found an email in my inbox announcing that for the first time ever, Harold Dull, the creator of Watsu, would be coming to Mexico to teach only 24 students this coming February. Amazing! It was as if the Gods heard my yearning desire and orchestrated the perfect option!
So, as we continue the construction of our house and pool (completion date before Christmas—fingers crossed!), I count the days until February when I will go to DF for the 3-week course in Watsu I and II. I’m so excited it just makes me want to shout “Viva Mexico!”
More on Watsu
Watsu (Water Shiatsu) is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C / 90°F). It combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support combine with Watsu's movements, stretches, massage and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels.