Watsu with Children ... Watsu for Athletes ... Links to additional articles on specific applications of Watsu will appear here to supplement the overview below of the Physical Therapist, Peggy schoedinger, who has more than twenty years experience practicing and teaching Watsu in clinical settings.
Benefits of Watsu® For People With Orthopedic, Neurologic And Rheumatologic Special Needs
is a passive form of aquatic bodywork/therapy that supports and
gently moves a person through warm water in graceful, fluid
movements. Watsu promotes a deep state of relaxation with
dramatic changes in the autonomic nervous system. Through
quieting the sympathetic and enhancing the parasympathetic nervous
systems, Watsu has profound effects on the neuromuscular
system. These changes benefit clients with a wide variety
of special needs.
sympatholytic effects of Watsu lead to enhancement of the
parasympathetic nervous system. Physiological changes then
occur throughout the body. These changes may include:
Watsu helps decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion. The support of the water provides relief from compression forces in the joints. The movements through the water provide gentle stretching into all ranges for the spine and extremities while these joints are unloaded. Soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques may also be incorporated into a Watsu session.
Clients report decreased pain as Watsu decreases their muscle spasm and muscle guarding, increases their range of motion, and promotes profound relaxation. Many clients also report a decrease in their emotional pain.
Neurologic Special Needs:
Watsu helps decrease hypertonicity, including spasticity and rigidity. The rhythmical, gentle rocking motions in warm water coupled with the repeated trunk rotation and trunk elongation are helpful in decreasing abnormal muscle tone.
Benefits of Watsu:
Therapists utilizing Watsu as part of their aquatic therapy treatment programs report the following improvements in their clients:
1. Immediate Benefits With First Session
Watsu is being incorporated into aquatic therapy treatment programs in hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers around the world. Therapists are impressed by the benefits for so many of their clients. Some of the many populations who have benefited include those with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, strokes, Parkinsons Disease, arthritis, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, post mastectomy, post thoracic surgery, and post traumatic stress disorder.
Many clients report that nothing else is as effective in decreasing their pain and improving their ability to move.