Aquatic Integrative Psychotherapy
I've always loved this video. Authentic movement and safety are integral to our survival and well being. Warm water evokes feelings of support and is an excellent medium for movement-based psychotherapy that helps us unwind long held tension patterns and physical armoring.
These may be associated with tension, fears, depression, shock or trauma imprints in the nervous system. As these somatic memories and constrictions release, playful movement emerges. The healing is internalized on a deep tissue level that goes beyond what most people can imagine.
Much in the same way that a shamanic journey allows us to experience another reality in order to heal, water allows us to immerse ourselves in a flow of sensory and emotional currents. By engaging in the free movement and emotions, we are actively healing. A new logic of moving awakens our creativity and aliveness. At a deep level, the doors of change and vitality are opened. The physiological stage for transformation is set.
Let the play begin.
WATSU is a surface technique where we use the movement of Tai Chi together with the dynamics of water to open and free your body. You are passive, but continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched in a slow flowing dance. The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support allow you to relax and move in ways that would otherwise be impossible.
When I facilitate a session, it often takes on the quality of renewal. Your true self is brought forward and liberated. Being submerged in water is reminiscent of prenatal life, sounds are muffled and time stops. Movement and gravity become a slow motion dance of submergence and emergence, waves, rolls, twists, inversion and quiet stillness.
This Waterdance offers a freedom beyond what can be experienced on land. It is a deep and miraculous gift of healing. I hope you'll join me.