While your first session is a unique experience in itself, it really is just an introduction. It takes some time for the body to integrate such new forms of movement, to let go of holding patterns and whatever is hinging natural fluid movement. It's a journey and we follow you at your own pace and through whatever therapeutic process the sessions lead you to.
A variety of elements will gradually be introduced in follow-up sessions which may include:
Breath-work . . .
Pranayama is a sanskrit word made up of prana: life force or breath, and ayama: to extend. You will learn a series of simple yogic breath-work techniques, also used by free divers; these will allow control of the breath and maximise full use of your lungs to oxygenate the body. Whilst nourishing the nervous system, you will simultaneously lower your heart rate and increase your breath hold capacity, allowing exploration of a new dimension underwater.
Underwater Submersions . . .
Once your nervous system has calmed and your heart rate has lowered, your respiration will naturally slow down. You can then explore
new depths of relaxation. By wearing a nose clip you are gradually
immersed completely below the surface as you breathe out and brought up
to the surface to breathe in, alternating techniques above and below the water with the rhythm of your breath. Our approach, based on Water Dance by Arjana Brunschwiler, incorporates principles of Aikido and dance with fluid movements that resemble the motion of animals, such as dolphins and snakes, taking you beyond time and space,letting you re-discover the primal force within...
Sound Therapy . . .
Sound travels faster in water than in air. Since the body is made up of more than 60% water, it engages with sound on a direct vibrational level. Using ancient Tibetan Singing Bowls above and below the water while you float on a water pillow, a blend of sounds will be performed that will resonate throughout your fluid body, giving you a musical massage that may be more powerful than touch.
Craniosacral Therapy . . .
An extremely gentle therapy based on Osteopathy, which focuses on the body’s most subtle motion: the ‘primary respiration’ based on the
ebb and flow of the cerebrospinal fluids. By tuning into these wave- like rhythms through gentle holding of the cranium, sacrum and other key locations, we allow the body to unfold and express its most basic fluid nature. Through sensitive skills, the practitioner then encourages greater flow, allowing the body to re-organise itself towards optimum health. In water, this flow naturally takes on a physical motion. Treatments can be experienced in water or on the treatment table.
In order to follow the various needs, conditions and goals you may have, we also work closely with other renowned specialists, including movement therapists, traditional chinese medicine practitioners, osteopaths, in order to create bespoke programs and retreats, as we believe the synergy of combining approaches and perspectives can be more effective than just seeing one single practitioner.