Healing Dance I constitutes a paradigm shift for the student of aquatic bodywork. It sees the body as at home in the water and hydrodynamic in its form, healing in the flow of movement. It understands the psyche as needing not only nurture and closeness, but space, freedom and acceptance of self-expression, as well. More than anything else, Healing Dance I is the wave. In addition to seven full-body waves the sequence encompasses various circles, figure eights and releases, all balanced by the stillness of positional sanctuaries, and woven together with flowing transitions. The study of body mechanics extends beyond the familiar Horse and Warrior Stances to include different walking patterns that allow traveling across the pool. Healing Dance principles are discussed on land and practiced in the water. These include moving by example, creative imbalance, the rhythmic field and dosing movement. Finally, you are introduced to Relating and Mirroring, the goal of all technical study, the art of sensitively accompanying the movement impulses and unwinding of receivers. A written and photo manual are provided and a DVD of the sequence is made available.
Prerequisites: Watsu 1
Ahara Vatter

Ahara is currently a WABA certified Basic Watsu, Watsu® 1, 2 & 3 Instructor as well as an Instructor of Introduction to Healing Dance & Healing Dance 1 & 2. She teaches mostly in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, but is happy to travel to other locations. Ahara has various skills in her background. She is a CMT as well as a Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist. She is a certified yoga instructor, for 25+ years, an Ayurvedic Postpartum Doula and Pancha Karma Specialist. She currently teaches PostPartum classes thrugh Sacred Window School and Ayurved Sadhana Institute.. She has trained with Hawaiian Kahunas. She has served on the WABA ESAC (Educational Standards Advisory Board) for 4 years and currently chairs the WABR ethics committee. She has a private practice in Santa Fe, NM and in Denver, CO. She works as well with team of practitioners in Santa Fe with people in life transitions and healing life traumas.