MERMAID MEDICINE – WATSU AND WATERDANCE
Mermaid Medicine is all about the water – it is a gentle form of body therapy performed in warm water, (around 35°C.) It combines elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. The receiver is continuously supported while being floated, cradled, rocked and stretched and taken to the depth of the underwater world.
The deeply relaxing effects of warm water and nurturing support, combine with Watsu’s movements, stretches, massage and point work, to create a bodywork with a range of therapeutic benefits and potential healing on many levels. Ajna learned Watsu with Harold Dull, the creator of this form of therapy. Ajna furthered her studies of water therapy with Aguarhara and Waterdance, both techniques which take the receiver under the water. This adds the element of pranayama, breath exercises and results in a feeling of not knowing which way is up or down, an anti gravity deep understanding of re entering a womb like space, as Ajna sensitively accompanies the movement impulses and unwinding of the receiver. Moments of stillness alternate with rhythmical flowing movements, which free the body in ways impossible on land. The warm water relaxes the muscles and supports the spine. With this support and without the weight of the body, the spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water work. The effects include a very gentle, yet deep stretching and a release of muscular and joint restrictions, along with a state of deep relaxation, which encourages the release of stress and tensions. It is finding countless applications in therapy, aiding recovery from injury, relieving muscular and joint pain and encouraging movement and flexibility