What’s new? Watsu is new to me.

Whats new? Watsu is new to me.

According to http://www.watsu.org.nz/ Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water. It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support, combine with Watsu’s movements, stretches, massage and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels.
Moments of stillness alternate with rhythmical flowing movements, which free the body in ways impossible on land. The warm water relaxes the muscles and supports the spine. With this support and without the weight of the body, the spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water work. The effects include a very gentle, yet deep stretching and a release of muscular and joint restrictions, along with a state of deep relaxation, which encourages the release of stress and tensions.
I belong to several online support groups and every time I see someone trying something new whether it is a new medication or therapy – I try it. Recently I read about a person who had attended a session of Watsu. I did my normal thing – research, research and more research. I found that the rehabilitation center that I had attended for Fibrocize offered Watsu. The therapy pool is set at 85 degrees, has a ramp or stairs for entry and benches along the side to sit. The hot tub is a part of the pool so is easily accessible.
I had been on my longest flare that I have experienced. It seems that when I get them they are stronger and last longer. I decided to make an appointment with Holly one of the three therapists that perform Watsu at the Courage Center.
Even though I had done my reading I still did not really understand what I was going to be doing. She explained that I would be using floating devices attached to my ankles to help me from sinking. I would also have another floatation device under my knees and that my neck would either be supported by her or a floatation device. She told me that I would lay back and that everything but my face would be in the water and that for the next hour I was just to lay back, close my eyes, relax and just let my body go limp. . She would be moving my body and wouldn’t push it too far since it was my first time.
Basically – I was being told that for an entire hour I was supposed to do nothing, relax and give up all control of my body.
Ok – for those who know me personally – you can stop laughing now. I can do those things – really I can. Seriously – you can stop laughing.
What happened the next hour? I laid back, eyes closed and let the water take over.
I can honestly say that for that hour I felt relaxed and more importantly I felt no pain. How is that possible? I can’t even flip from one side of my body to the other side in bed without major pain. Even while during my treatments at my wonderful Chiropractor I experience pain. When the hour was over I was placed on the bench in the water. She said that I should keep my eyes closed and take my time to come back.
Afterwards, she asked what I thought of it and how it felt. She could tell that I had let my body “go” or relax. She then told me that even though I had been relaxed – she could tell I was in a flare. She could feel my nerves pushing almost fighting back. It has been almost a week since my session. I am out of the flare. I wish I could say I knew it was the reason. I don’t think I will ever know what the exact cause of the flare to start or the end. I just need to keep trying to find out how to keep them further apart.
I’m not sure whether I believe entirely in all of the astrological signs. However, the more I read about earth, water, and organic/natural remedies – I am changing my mind.
I no longer think its a coincidence that my birth sign is a water sign. One site stated that Cancers health issues generally have a strong emotional component. Water sign people easily pick up negativity from others. They tend to be stiff and dehydrated and have difficulty sleeping.
For me, it may be the perfect astrological sign; I belong in water – it’s been my pain saviour.
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