To the public:
MSc, Watsu 1, 2 and 3 Instructor. Senior Teacher and Coach Advisor. Earned his degree in Physical Education and Athletics Trainer at the University of Physical Education in Krakow in 2000. Inspired with massage during his studies, he decided to work with the body. Finished postgraduate specialty of Athletic Recovery (2001) and a series of massage and manual therapy courses. While working with a person suffering from CP, he accidentally saw a recording of a Watsu session of that person, and, interested in the session's results, he decided to take part in Watsu 1 training in the Netherlands (2000). Fascinated with Watsu therapy, he continued taking courses abroad and started to organise courses in Poland. In 2007, he was granted the Watsu Therapist certificate, and in 2009 he completed the instructor's course (ITC), becoming the first certified Basic Watsu instructor in the Eastern Europe. Very quickly, he fulfilled the remaining requirements and was granted the right to conduct Watsu 1 and Watsu 2 trainings (2010) and Watsu 3 in 2016. At this time, he also found out the concept of working with fascia - Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers, which significantly influenced his work in water and outside swimming pools. In 2011, he completed the Anatomy Trains Teacher Training in the United States, and again became the first certified Anatomy Trains Associated Teacher in the Eastern Europe.
Tomasz Zagorski has an educational background as a physical education teacher and athletic coach. Additional education are sports therapy, different kinds of massage and manual therapy. He has opened his doctoral thesis concerning applications of Watsu among endurance athletes at Academy of Physical Education in Krakow. He is the owner of a leading massage company HandsOn which serving and teaching massage for many years. He works with top level athletes including several Olympic Champions and medalists as well as World Record holders. He is founder and president of Aquatic Therapy Development Association Watsu Polska which made a huge promotion of Watsu in press articles, internet, during presentations on SPA expos, in universities and clinics.
His clinical practice focuses on athletes, specialising in working with competitors of the highest level in their disciplines. He has worked with athletes training and competing in handball, football, athletics (racewalking, long-distance running, hammer throw, sprinting), whitewater kayaking, fencing, skiing (cross-country skiing, Nordic combined), in clubs and with national teams (of Poland, Tunisia, France, Qatar). He has worked with many Olympic Champions, World Champions, European Champions and World Record holders, including: R. Korzeniowski (athletics), J. Kowalczyk (skiing), K. Skolimowska (athletics), S. Ziolkowski (athletics), A. Wlodarczyk (athletics), R. Knapik (fencing), J. Diniz (athletics). Currently, he works in France with Christophe Lemaitre, the fastest white sprinter of all time, helping him to prepare for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
He is the author of many articles on various aspects of working with the body. He was an active participant of many conferences, also international: 2nd Biennal Congress of South African Sports Medicine Association, Johannesburg (2010), Fascia in Sports Medicine, Ulm (2013), 4th Fascia Research Congress, Washington (2015), 3rd International Watsu Conference, Krakow (2015), International Water Conference, St. Petersburg (2016), British Fascia Symposium, Wrocester (2016). On the basis of his knowledge and experience in sports and working in water, he created his original concept of Watsu for Athletes, which teaches the optimum application of Watsu in athletic recovery and supporting athletic training. He is also the co-author (with Mariusz Kurkowski) of the original concept of Fascia in Water, which presents the potential of applying the techniques of myofascial release in water environment.
In his career, he has met many distinguished teachers, to whom he remains very grateful. In water, they include: Basia Szpak-Borst, Harold Dull, Mary Theri Thomas, Peggy Schoedinger, Minakshi, Arjana Brunschwiler, Linda De Lehman, Jurgita Svediene, Paulina Orzel, and others. He was taught "dry techniques" by i.a. Ger Plaatsmaan, Aleksander Bielecki, Thomas Myers, James Earls, Robert Schleip, Serge Gracovetsky, Willem Fourie, and many other teachers and students, who, by sharing their knowledge and asking questions, stimulated him in continuous development and formed the foundations of knowledge he now passes to his students in turn.
As far as Watsu teaching is concerned, he prefers the style based on techniques ensuring safety and high quality of movement and touch, as well as ergonomics in therapist's work. This new approach, of which Tomasz is one of the pioneers, gains more and more interest globally, and it is the basis for therapeutic application of Watsu. He is eager to support with his experience creating new communities developing Watsu, especially in the first stages (he introduced Watsu in Russia and helps to develop Watsu in many countries).
In teaching Tomasz Zagorski combine his passion for Watsu, academic knowledge and experience from years of work with many interesting people. "To give Students both: knowledge and skills for safe and effective work with clients and passion for this work such I have since my first course in 2000".
The main concern is safety and quality of touch and movements – the new approach for water work for better effectiveness and satisfaction from the work.
Tomasz is a former distance runner, he loves to travel, playing golf and skiing.