Community
Watsu is
  • Therapy
    Watsu alleviates a multitude of conditions, particularly those related to stress and/or isolation;
  • Bodywork
    Having our body treated as a whole activates our self healing;
  • Personal Growth (for both the holder and the held)
    All three appear to some degree in every Watsu. The Watsu Round adds a fourth:
  • Community
    Sharing and helping each other learn in threes deepens our connection.
The Watsu Round
Float each other in the knowledge that we are all connected. Peace and Joy. Take turns as the holder, the held and the helper whose oversight frees the holder to explore, eyes closed, the depth of that connection. There are four training rounds, each ninety-minutes in the pool. In the first the Waterbreath Dance that connects us through the breath in every Watsu session is followed by the powerful Tandem Watsu closure in which two of us stretch and hold someone between us. The subsequent training rounds add additional Basic Watsu moves between that opening and closure. Each is complete in itself. The first is offered by itself to guests in spas. The four are offered one at a time to members of a gym where they are welcomed compliments to their exercise regime. The first two are combined in our four hour Watsu Round class that is for everybody, the second two in our four hour Expanded Watsu Round.
Toma el turno en cada uno de los tres papeles de la Ronda de Watsu
  1. El sostenido. Con los ojos cerrados, entrégate al agua. Disfruta de ser tomado por los movimientos poderosos del Watsu por uno de un lado y luego, después de permanecer en quietud, por el otro desde el otro lado hasta que sostienes de nuevo, los primeros lugares donde coloca la mano es debajo de su espalda baja y la otra la coloca en el Hara *, justo debajo del ombligo, en el centro del cuerpo. Sé Paz. Inclínate suavemente contra la pared, una mano en cada una de las puertas del corazón **, las otras manos sostienen las manos a nivel de sus centros del corazón. Tres en uno.
  2. El que sostiene. Una vez que haya aprendido a fondo los movimientos y tienes la supervisión del guía, cierra los ojos. Deja que el agua haga todo. Permítete caer en el vacío al final de cada respiración. Sube suavemente cada vez que la persona que tienes en los brazos se vuelve más liviana a medida que respira, estableciendo el ritmo de los movimientos y los estiramientos hasta que te detienes para sostener las puertas corporales **. Sostenga las puertas, hasta que lo que ocurre en su otro brazo se convierte en un continuo, un movimiento con el agua que invita a todo su ser. Los tres se vuelven uno.
  3. El ayudante. Supervisa movimientos de quien sostiene, haciendo de espejo. La respiración, la libertad y la paz, en su propio cuerpo. Los tres se vuelven uno.
*Hara. En Japón, esta área alrededor del centro del cuerpo, tiene el rol más importante en el Zen Shiatsu que Harold Dull introdujo en el agua mientras se estaba desarrollando el Watsu. El hara y la conexción con las puertas corporales llevan el Watsu en un reino más allá de una técniac de relajación.
**Puertas: Cuando Harold estaba desarrollando Tantsuyoga en la India, se le dijo que las partes del cuerpo al las cuales él trabajaba una y otra vez, son consideradas puertas en el que el espíritu entra. En algunas tradiciones éstos se consideran las cuatro esquinas. Harold les nombró en las esquinas del pecho, donde se originan los meridianos de pulmón, las Puertas del corazón, y los que están en las caderas, las Puertas del cuerpo. Él encontró que, manteniendo un sostén continuo de las puertas del cuerpo durante el Watsu, con el hombro y la mano del mismo brazo, la conexión con la persona que flota a nivel de su corazón, y lo que se está sucediendo con su otro brazo desde el centro del corazón se vuelve más consciente. Entonces introdujo esto dentro del nuevo Watsu Básico como el movimiento continuo del agua.
Individuals, couples and groups of three are all welcomed to our rounds. Most Basic Watsu classes begin with the Watsu Round. The complete Watsu round and Tantsuyoga (Watsu on Land) are combined in Watsuyoga, a perfect weekend for families and teams. Whatever is learned can be shared again and again. Instructions for introducing the Watsu Round to friends while joining them are included in the seventh edition of Watsu Basic and Explorer Path.

Benefits of Learning in Rounds

Learning in Rounds has proven to establish a supportive environment that enhances learning in various ways: by Paul Rich
  • Setting a Good Tone: From the onset, Rounds' participants experience learning Watsu as a joyful and supportive experience, with kindness and compassion.
  • Developing Rapport, Having Fun, and Providing Mutual Support: Group dynamics of Rounds enhance the ability to develop good rapport, promote a sense of fun and playfulness, promote curiosity and opportunity to get to know each other, and provide mutual support through feeling of inclusion and wellbeing.
  • Healthy Social Dynamics: Rounds, by their nature, with groups of three, help ensure that everybody feels included and able to participate; prevents undesirable social dynamics such as formation of cliches, awkward pairings, and being left out; prevents concerns about paired intimacy; and generally promotes feelings of safety, relaxation, and being supportive as the initial Watsu experience.
  • Enhancing Learning: By their nature, Rounds provide a natural way of learning, through a cooperative rather than competitive environment, opportunity to learn by receiving, giving, and observing, as well as by being guided verbally and practicing in silence, plenty of repetition without tedium, experiencing with eyes closed and open, and plenty of time for integration.
  • Accommodating Individual Needs: Individual learning style is supported, with opportunities to learn by hearing, seeing, doing, experiencing, being guided, figuring out on one's one, being part of both a larger group and more intimate smaller group.
  • Preparing for Working in Pairs: By learning initially in groups of threes, in every combination of receiving, giving, and helping, participants build a solid foundation concerning Watsu's basic moves, develop a supportive social context; and generally prepare for later possibilities of working in pairs, in a way that feels safe and natural.


Watsu should always be first learned from a qualified instructor who will train you in the body mechanics needed for your well being as well as that of the one in your arms. Find all the authorized upcoming classes here.
For information contact registry@watsu.com