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What is Watsu®?


Watsu®, which literally means Water+Shiatsu, was developed by Harold Dull who brought Zen-Shiatsu, from his studies with Master Masunaga, into the medium of water in the early 80’s. Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique based on the framework of traditional Chinese medicine that includes massage with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms; assisted stretching; and joint manipulation.


Without the need for a futon to support the receiver, Harold found imaginative ways to move,  support and stretch the body while still being able to perform acupressure and bodywork.


Many years have passed since Harold Dull first started in the warm waters of Harbin Hot Springs, CA. In the interim, many other gifted Physicians, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists and other healthcare professionals from around the world have added to this new take on bodywork we call Watsu®.


Today, more than 20,000 people from over 90 countries have been trained in Watsu® and other forms of Aquatic Bodywork. You can find all  authorized Watsu® (and other aquatic bodywork modalities) practitioners and instructors on the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association Registry.