Waterdance (or "Wassertanzen", the original German name) is a form of aquatic bodywork developed by Arjana Brunschwiler and Aman Schroter in 1987. Like Watsu, it begins with the client held in the practitioner's arms above the surface of the water, where the body is cradled, stretched, and relaxed. In Waterdance, the client is then given nose clips and gradually and gently taken entirely under the water. Once freed from the bounds of head support and gravity, the client's body can be moved, stretched, and worked in literally unlimited ways. Waterdance incorporates elements of massage, Aikido, dolphin and snake movements, rolls, somersaults, inversions, dance, and much more. The effects of this work include deep physical release and can induce deep states of relaxation, meditation, bliss, and even visions. A prerequisite for participating in Waterdance classes is that you have training in Watsu or other forms of above-surface aquatic bodywork, such as Jahara Technique.
In Waterdance 1 we explore the art of breath connection that enables you to establish a deep rapport with your clients, inspire their trust and offer the attentiveness that is necessary when bringing someone below the water's surface. You learn the Waterdance short form which includes learning to establish a rhythm that works with each client's breathing needs and to move all body types through the water with security, ease and graceful fluidity, giving the receiver a profound sense of freedom and joy.
Prerequisites: Watsu 1 or Watsu 100
Shanti E. Petschel
I have professional backgrounds in Healing Pedagogy, as a trained artist in painting and music (drums, gongs, percussion), shamanic approaches of healing in nature, for more than 35 years.
I fell in love with Aquatic Bodywork twenty years ago, could`nt help, but went through more than 4000 hours of training in AB, it's therapeutic impulses and associated skills, which has led me to integrate the „Aquatic Bodywork “ on a cellular basis. For me practicing WATSU and WATA became life- enriching meditation and developed a strong sense of spiritual grounding in me.
Since early 1991 I have studied Watsu with Helen Schulz, Harold Dull, Elaine Marie, Arjana, Minakshi and Alexander George; my studies of WATERDANCE got me into lasting friendship and a professional cooperation with Arjana and Peter Schroeter, the founders of WATA. I am also a practitioner of IAT (Integrative Aquatic Therapy-David Sawyer, Annie Brook)
WATA, with it's prenatal implications, now is my favorite.
As a WABA-Instructor of WATSU and WATA, since 1993, I have taught more than 300 Seminars in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Hawaii, India and Chile
This has enabled me to develop a very personal and unique view on how to support the opening of broadened perception, rich creativity and a space for feeling safe of my international students. I feel dedicated to the flow of deepened understanding, qualifying experience, fluent movement and widening vision. „...and if you can develop all that - immersed in a big portion of warm laughter and supportive humour, the „Flow of Here and Now“ will immediately be present...
for twenty years now I am also a Vision-Quest-Guide and
Out-door's -Teacher (School of Lost Borders, CA)
I am the Co-Founder of the German WABA-Institute (IAKA)
Teacher of: WATSU I & III, Waterdance I & II & III
"freelance" teacher I love to be invited to different countries....