Ten years ago if you'd mentioned 'Watsu' to a spa goer or an aquatic physical therapy patient, they might well have said 'What?' That's no longer the case.
In this post I look at what people saying about Watsu®. Can we, as practitioners, contribute to the conversation to enhance and safeguard the perception of our work? Could we glean some tips for promoting Watsu by reading blogs about it?
Watsu® is listed in spa vocabulary and an increasing number of spas offer it as a signature treatment; it is also a popular training modality offered at most of the National Aquatic Specialty Certificate Conferences organized by the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.
More and more Watsu® (and related aquatic bodywork) practitioners have websites to showcase their work. However, only a handful regularly blog about their own work. You will occasionally find receivers blogging about their experiences though.
For the last couple of years I have been intensively trawling the internet for blogs* about or including aquatic therapy (especially Watsu® and its relatives) written by practitioners, receivers, or others with an interest in the topic (whether health- or culture-related).
In December 2008 and March 2009, I gathered together some of these gleanings in what I called Aquatic Blog Carnivals. You can read those two collections here: The water web - a blog carnival; Aquatic healing arts in the blogosphere.
Since then, I've been sharing other examples, as I came across them, with colleagues on the Aquatic Therapist Ning. Here is a compilation of just a few recent ones with extracts and links to the full sources. Tip: I keep abreast of these by setting up Google Alerts.
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Seeing colors during Watsu®
A first Watsu® experience
Another Watsu® experience
Good publicity for Watsu®
Have you been thinking about creating your own aquatic blog?
... get some inspiration at the end of the post.