Phone; 8087476916

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

Inika Spence-Whaley

I have been an aquatic bodyworker since 1996, working at Harbin Hot Springs as a Watsu®, WaterDance® and Healing Dance® practitioner. My classes are informed by my extensive work with clients from all walks of life. I am passionate about Aquatic Bodywork and bring that passion to my teaching. My knowledge of movement comes from yoga, tai chi, and dance and my knowledge of the water comes from swimming and playing with dolphins. My teaching style is very much like an aquatic bodywork session, easy and graceful in a flowing environment. I teach Watsu® I & II, Healing Dance® I & II, and the underwater Healing Dance courses: Above & Below and Shape & Space. I also teach Healing Dance 100 (Aquatic Basics and Healing Dance Essentials) for spa and clinic environments.

I spent 2 years as director of Harbin School of Healing Arts before it burned. I have since moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, working and teaching at Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center.

Mauna Lani

This pool has been in operation for many years as a warm water therapy pool for the Mauna Lani resort guests and local residents. The Mauna Lani is closed for renovations, scheduled to open in November, 2019. Until then we will be able to use it for Aquatic Bodywork classes. It is inside a "lava tube". Very unique design.