What the Watsu?
We’ve given you an insider’s look at the farm-to-table massage, the couple’s massage and the lymphatic drainage massage, and now we want to touch on a different type of offering from the world of massage. Have you ever skimmed a spa menu and wondered what the word “watsu” was all about? We’re here to share with you the mystery of what this profound spa experience entails.
Our take on the watsu technique? Hands down, this is one relaxing treatment.
Here’s the Rub
Watsu is a two-pronged combo, stemming from “water” and “shiatsu.” The massage treatment takes place in a warm pool, in which the therapist supports you as you float, cradling you with one arm under your knees and the other around your back.
This type of aquatic massage is designed to be something of a dance, as your therapist twirls and sways you through the water while administering rhythmic movements, stretches and techniques like pressure-point massage.
The Benefits of Watsu
Those in need of a bit of gentle kneading will enjoy this massage because it’s designed to relieve stress, muscle tension and pain. Not only is this treatment believed to have a healing physical effect, it fosters a spiritual effect as well. Being immersed in water stimulates deep relaxation for mind and body, and the massage also promotes trust and connectivity, as you will rely completely on your therapist who is holding you. Relax, knowing you’re in good hands.
Where’s the Watsu?
Watsu is actually more common than you may think — chances are, a spa near you will offer it. Check out these locations that list watsu on their menu; we’ve highlighted just a few spa getaways below.
Bagni di Pisa Medical Spa Resort – Pisa, Italy
Select Canyon Ranch locations nationwide
Emerson Resort & Spa – Mount Tremper, New York
Golden Door Spa – Escondido, California
Kurotel Longevity Center and Spa – Gramado – RS, Brazil
Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Mii amo, a destination spa at Enchantment – Sedona, Arizona
Miraval Arizona – Tucson, Arizona
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa – Paradise Valley, Arizona
Sha Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort – Alajuela, Costa Rica
Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort – Grosseto, Italy
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa – Sonoma, California