WATSU offers even more therapeutic benefits than other forms of land based bodywork. It penetrates more deeply and more quickly, as the water conducts electrical currents within the body, speeding up the healing process.
1. Increases circulation - The warm water helps reduce muscle tension. The gradual movement through the water or hydrostatic pressure acts to massage the body. As circulation improves, blood and oxygen flow more freely to muscles and organs. Metabolites that cause soreness and fatigue are carried away and eliminated.
2. Improves range of motion - The warm water and gentle stretching combined with rocking movements and applied pressure to the pressure points help free the joints.
3. Reduces stress - In states of weightlessness, respiration is slowed, which creates dramatic changes in the autonomic nervous system. Slowed breathing quiets the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system and enhances the rest and digestive (parasympathetic) system.
4. Aids in a restful sleep - The changes that occur in the autonomic nervous system and the deep relaxed state one enters in a WATSU session makes the body and mind calm, which helps you get a deep, restful sleep.
People in pain, particularly arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers, have difficulty sleeping. WATSU can alleviate some of the pain to quiet the nerves, which helps them get a better night's sleep.