Introductory Level Training Begins With One Of The Following Courses:
Watsu Experience WeekendThese weekends incorporate tai chi, massage and other touch techniques alongside spending time in the water. They are offered at Mana Retreat Centre and are a lovely way to explore and experience sharing with others who are learning/interested in healing touch. (Note: hours do not count towards ongoing Watsu training.)
Watsu Basics Weekend (16hrs)This weekend focuses solely on Watsu covering the basics of working in water, starting and completing a session, water breath dance and a simple Watsu sequence. Time is divided between experience in the water and land time exploring the principles and concepts of Watsu. Experience giving and receiving and begin to explore the joy and subtleties of this work. Perfect for those who wish to share Watsu with friends and family as well as a prerequisite for the 6-days trainings.
Core TrainingFor those who wish to extend and deepen their Watsu practice, ongoing training is available in the form of two 50-hour modules Watsu One and Watsu Two. Participants learn longer, more complex sequences and techniques, while refining the qualities of support, flow, and presence in the water. Time is spent both on land and in water exploring the principles and practice of Watsu, boundaries, ethics, self awareness, movement, grounding, bodywork/touch and holding. All the time working on deepening in understanding, awareness and sensitivity.
- Watsu One
50hrs, over six days
Pre-requisite: Watsu Basics Weekend
- Watsu Two
50hrs, over six days
Pre-requisite: Watsu One
All the above courses, (with the exception of the Watsu experience weekend), are recognized by The Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association (WABA) and the hours will count towards completion of Practitioner Certification worldwide.
After attending any of the above, participants are welcome to 3 monthly gatherings held in a central location, (usually Rotorua or Taupo.) This provides an opportunity for students and practitioners to meet, to get to know others in a relaxed atmosphere and to give and receive sessions. These are not formal teaching weekends, however the experience of sharing sessions with others, creates a wonderful low cost, opportunity for a great deal of informal learning and refinement.
Practitioner Certification (Recognized By WABA And The NZ Charter Of Health Practitioners)
- This is a comprehensive 620hour training including work in water and on land.
- Training is divided into several modules which can be completed at the student's own pace. For those with prior experience, (e.g. massage and other body therapists, physiotherapists, counselors, nurses etc) several of the land modules may be cross-credited.
- To count toward Practitioner status, water trainings must be carried out by a WABA authorized instructor.
- A variety of 'land courses' are recommended and have been chosen with the aim of providing the necessary skills for the safe practice of Watsu.
Contact us for details re practitioner path.
Click here for a list of Watsu Instructors in NZ.