Welcome to WATSU® - Relax deeply and discover an artful approach to movement, stillness and touch, in water.
Watsu® Basic (and level 1) is the first step into the world of Watsu - the first form of Aquatic Bodywork created in the 80's by an American Poet in San Francisco, Harold Dull. With roots in Zen Shiatsu, it consists of you simply floating in warm skin-temperature water while having someone gently supporting you, synchronising with your breath and following your body's subtle movement patterns into a dance of stillness and motion including elements of shiatsu, graceful yoga-like stretches, massage... until you totally let go and literally, flow. As well as being therapeutic for a wide range of needs, it is a fully immersive sensory experience like no other. If you are new to Aquatic Bodywork we recommend Watsu to be the starting point. If you would like to have a taster, join us for Basic Watsu, which is the first part of Watsu Level 1.
During this foundation course, you will learn the principles, techniques and a repertoire of movements, that will allow you to share this work with others. It is a unique way to increase your awareness of the body, reframe the concept of touch, and explore creativity and authenticity in movement. It is also an opportunity to access a space of healing and deepen your relationship with yourself and others as well have fun and play.
(exact dates and venue to be confirmed)
•Maximum group of 14 students
•Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association registration and certification included.
•Pre-requisites: None. But we do recommend experiencing at least one session of Watsu beforehand. If this is not possible for you, don't worry- the course is structured in such a way that you alternate between giving and receiving sessions, which allows you to gradually discover the therapeutic benefits of Watsu.
Part 1: Basic Watsu (16hrs)
The initial focus will be our own body. Through movement and stillness we will re-discover our core in the water and emphasise on alignment and ease of movement. We will then explore our body in relation to another. Emphasis will be given on how to stay grounded and aware of the space while tuning-in and engaging with another through touch and the breath. We will then focus on how to safely support another in a floating position and various ways to connect on a subtle level, encouraging trust and surrender while being neutral. You'll then be guided into a basic progression of moves and encouraged to explore and improvise. You will also learn how to apply some of the principles learnt in the water, on land. This workshop has a meditative tone, being the foundation of movement in Watsu.
open to all
Part 2: Transition Flow (34hrs)
We will build on the basic form learnt during the first 16 hours, taking the meditative quality into greater movement dynamics and flow, exploring the dance of Watsu. We will learn a whole set of techniques, exploring the potential of water and its three-dimensional space. We will find ways to adapt the techniques to various body types. Greater movement requires greater stillness so there will be a focus on body mechanics to support and move each person effortlessly through the water. We will look at the quality of 'listening' and 'following' the natural movement patterns of our partner. The sense of ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to’ will be explored during exercises on land.
34 hour workshop
pre-requisite: basic watsu
about steve karle
Steve initially trained as an actor, including studies at LAMDA and RADA in London. A major influence during this time was his movement coach Lorna Marshall, author of 'The Body Speaks'. His interest in body awareness drove him to study Zen Shiatsu, which led him to discover Watsu® -Water Shiatsu-. He has trained with and assisted Harold Dull, the creator of Watsu, Arjana Brunschwiler, co-creator of WaterDance®, Minakshi, and Theri Thomas, founder of Aquatherics® going on to become a certified teacher of Watsu in 2011. He introduced and developed the concept of Aquatic Bodywork for Amanresorts where he regularly visits as trainer and practitioner. He is also involved with Liquid Vibrations - a UK Charity bringing Movement and underwater sound to children with special needs. Steve graduated from a two year program of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in 2013, which has given a new depth to his work in the water.
His aim as a teacher is to guide the student organically into understanding the principles that lead to technical mastery. His focus is also on creating both a fun and interactive space as well as a healing environment where each student can dive deeper into their personal journey.
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