Watsu®: the aquatic therapy we all need need

Only for guests of the Ecohotel El Agua

Close your eyes and imagine you are floating in a warm pool of water, with the scent of essential oils wafting on the breeze. Your body is guided by the gentle embrace of a practitioner who slowly stretches you, releasing blocked energy and tension. Your restless mind is silenced and you enter a state of zen bliss. This combination of water and Shiatsu is known as Watsu®.

The origins of Watsu®

Watsu® massage is a form of aquatic therapy (hydrotherapy) consisting of stretching, massage and acupressure in the comfort of a warm water pool. Although it was developed in the 1980s, its concepts go back many centuries. Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese massage technique that uses acupressure to release tension in the body and promote deep relaxation. Its name translates as "finger pressure". In ancient Egypt, water was considered compensation for the freedom the soul lost in its bodily form. Harold Dull, the creator of the Watsu® technique, was a Zen Shiatsu therapist who realised that the application of Zen Shiatsu had a greater effect on the body when applied to his patients in water. At the Harbin Hot Springs in Northern California, he began to create a therapy that harnessed the healing properties of water and Shiatsu techniques, and Watsu® was born.

What happens in a Watsu® session?

Used to relieve pain and discomfort, Watsu® uses the resistance of water to relieve physical tension and achieve a state of deep relaxation necessary to promote inner healing. Individual sessions take place in a pool or tub of warm water at 35°C to mimic skin temperature. A watsu® instructor places the patient in a supine position and gently guides the patient's body through a series of gentle twisting, rocking, rocking and vigorous stretching. Pressure is applied to acupuncture points and meridians that help to mobilise the joints. The goal is to release stored tension in fascia and muscle tissue and promote a healthy flow of energy through gentle stretching and the support of water. This passive hydrotherapy is a deeply relaxing alternative to traditional massage.

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Watsu® at EcoHotel El Agua, Tenerife

Guests staying in the tranquil enclave of EcoHotel El Agua can enjoy a Watsu® treatment in the private pool, designed to maximise guests' wellness experience. Surrounded by aromatic shrubs, palm trees and picture postcard views of the subtropical Arico valley, the serene topaz water invites guests to relax and enjoy a feeling of weightlessness. Guests can opt for a stand-alone Watsu® treatment or choose the premium holistic health package "Water for Health". This aquatic wellness journey combines state-of-the-art epigenetic testing with Wim Hoff ice baths and deep breathing. It also includes daily massages, Watsu® treatments, meditation, personalised diet plans, juice cleanses and hygiene workshops.

What is it used for?

The main objective of Watsu® is to stimulate and relieve various components of the musculoskeletal system through movement, while improving blood circulation. However, this treatment can also be used to improve physical movement and joint mobility.

This gentle form of aquatic body therapy offers multi-faceted relief for a spectrum of physical and psychological conditions. The buoyancy of Watsu® in water works wonders for people struggling with muscle tension and lower back pain by relieving pressure on the spine, promoting relaxation and releasing tight muscles. Its flowing movements and supportive environment are especially beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, as it promotes a feeling of weightlessness and relieves discomfort.

Even pregnant women find respite from bodily and emotional tension during Watsu® sessions, which can ease discomfort and promote relaxation. The benefits of Watsu® alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders, thanks to its nurturing embrace that offers a safe space for emotional release and restoration.

Anyone looking for a respite from the relentless demands of everyday life can enjoy a Watsu® treatment at EcoHotel El Agua. It has also shown promise in assisting people with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and spinal injuries by providing gentle movement and improving mobility. It also plays a crucial role in injury rehabilitation by facilitating gentle exercise, promoting circulation and fostering a sense of well-being during the recovery process. Overall, Watsu's holistic approach offers a sanctuary for healing, addressing both physical discomfort and emotional distress with its nurturing touch and therapeutic environment.

What are the benefits?

The feeling of calm and weightlessness experienced after a Watsu® treatment makes it one of the most popular treatments at EcoHotel El Agua for people of all ages. As each session is tailored to the individual needs and specific condition of each guest, the benefits are also unique. Guests who choose this therapy can experience a deep sense of relaxation and renewal and therapeutic effects that extend beyond the physical by offering a space for emotional release and mental rejuvenation.

Pain relief

The healing effects of water have been proven to reduce pain in many people who choose Watsu® treatments. Thanks to the buoyancy of the water, which relaxes the muscles and releases any tension stored in the muscle tissue, joint pain and any musculoskeletal pain is reduced. Pain receptors in the body known as nociceptors are also activated through the massage and acupressure of the Watsu®.
Watsu® and are stimulated by the density and pressure of the water, which also helps to reduce any pain, from back pain to chronic ailments.

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Anxiety reduction and stress relief

Pain is often linked to anxiety and by reducing pain in the body, anxiety symptoms are also reduced. The feeling of weightlessness while in the water, combined with the stretching and massage of the Watsu®, leaves guests with an overwhelming sense of peace after a treatment.

Greater flexibility

After continued use of Watsu® therapy, an improvement in the range of motion of the joints can be experienced. By promoting fluid movement and reducing tension in the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the joints, Watsu® facilitates a gradual expansion of joint range of motion. As guests continue to incorporate Watsu® into their wellness routine at EcoHotel El Agua, they can experience a new freedom of movement and a greater sense of ease in their daily activities.