The Art and Science of Aquatic Shiatsu
Levels 1, 2 and 3
50 hours each
Fulfills the 100-hour Shiatsu Requirement to become a WATSU Practitioner
Also can be chosen as a 50-hour elective
Fire and Water offers a clear, coherent, and most importantly, applicable base of knowledge to participants. Whether you are new to Watsu, and/or bodywork, or have been practicing for years, the information taught is invaluable. With Minakshi’s grace and skill in the water, combined with Shinzo’s fire and profound knowledge of Shiatsu, this course is sure to be enlightening, and enriching beyond measure.
Theses courses are taught half on land, half in the water. On land, students are introduced to concepts of oriental Shiatsu. They learn ways of using meridians and points that are only available in the water.
Course Objectives: Fire & Water I
- Learn how to touch and enjoy being in the water, while practicing gentle joint mobilizations, stretching and applying pressure
- Learn the locations of the meridians
- Palpate key points along the meridians including source points
- Learn one back point for each meridian
- Practice (in water) combining back and key points with hara massage, for each meridian
- Learn positions in which the meridian stretches can be practiced along with the points learned
- Educate their clients by showing simple stretches and points
- Experience the many benefits of Shiatsu, including a balanced flow of energy, deep relaxation and an overall feeling of well-being. Many experience pain relief.
Course Objectives: Fire & Water II
Students will further their understanding of concepts of oriental Shiatsu by:
- Reviewing & expanding their understanding of the material in Fire and Water I
- Having a basic understanding of “Five Element Theory”
- Learning “front” points in relation to the five elements
- Studying the daily rhythms of the “Ki” cycling through the meridians
- Learning to diagnose their own “kyo” and “jitsu” and apply this personal understanding to a general understanding of the theory
- Applying their knowledge of “kyo” and “jitsu” to the hara (on land & in the water) for a deeper understanding of deficiency & excess
- Learning the location of the five elements in the hara and the front of the body and how to connect with them
- Learning indications for back points based on understanding sense organs, etc. & their relationship to the five elements
- Recommending “homework” for their clients based on five element theory
Course Objectives: Fire & Water III
Students will apply their understanding of concepts of oriental Shiatsu, including:
- Experience empowering ourselves by coming into resonance with our heart & breath and expressing our dreams.
- Understand & practice neck care in relation to its connection with the Triple Warmer, Hara, Back “Yu” Points and Front “Alarm Points”, 12 Meridians of Arms & Legs, 2 Central Meridians
- *Experience the synthesis of connecting all the above elements together with the head across the neck.
- Understand the 6 meridian flow in the neck.
- Understand the 5 Elements energetic theory.
- Understand the 5 Element assessment questions and practice with each other.