Watsu® & Oceanic Bodywork® Aqua (OBA) Basic
Watsu & Oceanic Bodywork Aqua (OBA) are aquatic bodywork modalities given in a warm water pool (ideally 35°C). While Watsu is the mother of all water therapies, created by Harold Dull in the 1980s, OBA (formerly called Aquawellness) was developed afterwards by Kaya Femerling and Nirvano Martina Schulz. It combines elements of light movements and stretching, massage and mobilization of the joints in connection with breathing and energetic work conducted both on the surface and under water.
Watsu, the part where the client's face stays always on the surface, introduces the body mechanics required to work with someone in water in order to create a profound state of physical and mental relaxation. During the OBA part the receiver is brought under water (with nose clip), which offers a unique experience.
Watsu & OBA offer an opportunity for profound relaxation and letting go, building trust, being nurtured and held, expanding inner and outer boundaries, releasing emotions and traumas – ultimately, for freeing body and mind in a flow unique to each client and each session.
In this course, you will learn and practice basic techniques and qualities (grounding, presence, stillness, movement, attention) of being and moving another person in water. You will experience floating other people and being floated, on the surface and under water, creating a space for deep relaxation and nurturing body, mind and spirit.