By Shelby Jones, Public Relations Manager, ISPA

With temperatures soaring around the country the only outdoor activity anybody seems to be interested in is lounging in a pool. If you’re in search of a break from the heat and a little relaxation, we know the perfect treatment: Watsu.

Watsu is a massage that uses shiatsu techniques and is performed completely in water. Since the body is weightless when submerged you can move more freely and manipulate limbs more easily. A therapist supports your body and gently stretches and massages you as you continually move through the water. You ears will be submerged but your nose and mouth will stay above the water.

Harold Dull is credited with formulating the technique in the early 1980s. While it’s not widely available at most spas, only about two percent of spas offer it in the U.S. (ISPA 2010 U.S. Spa Industry Study), it’s a great treatment to try anytime of the year. As Watsu gained popularity, several similar techniques were formed including water dance where the client is submerged, healing dance which incorporates dance techniques in the water and the Jahara Technique that utilizes flotation devices.

Many people find Watsu helpful if they are recovering from an injury, need to relieve muscle and joint pain or want to gain flexibility. We’re willing to bet that Rodney Dangerfield had a few Watsu sessions before performing his famous Triple Lindy.

If you want to learn more about different spa treatments visit ISPA’s spa glossary at experienceispa.com.

If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of our partner ISPA; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!

Shelby Jones is based in Lexington, KY at the ISPA headquarters, Spa Week’s exclusive trade partner. She has worked as ISPA’s Public Relations Manager for five years where she connects with top media outlets to promote ISPA members and the spa lifestyle. To get in touch with Shelby please visit experienceispa.comemail her or follow @ISPADoYou on Twitter. If you’re in the spa industry, we encourage you to become a member of ISPA; weekly e-mails with pointers like these are just one small part of the package to help you succeed!

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