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"For aquatic therapy courses and how to go about getting the best training in India CG Prashanth is your man: Aquatic Therapy India.  If you are interested in Watsu, you should also visit Watsu India and Quiet Healing Center. …"
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"Hellow sara, yes i heard about prashanth sir, i also want to do course on aquativ therapy, will you please help me for the same."
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Wellness and water at a retreat in India

I'm nearing the end of 2 years working to set up and provide the aqua services at a new high-end wellness retreat in north India. It's been such an engaging (and challenging) experience that I am continuing.  I am so greatly indebted to Harold Dull for creating the healing art that is Watsu and for the others…See More
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Importance of staying hydrated when immersed in water for long periods

Being in water for some time makes most people want to pee.  This is why I ask aquatic bodywork clients to avoid drinking too much fluid before a session and encourage them to drink plenty of water afterwards.The dehydrating effect is especially significant for some (see highlight below) as Peggy Schroedinger, Aqua PT explains.  I thought this might be of interest here ...Renal response to immersion in waterTwo hormonal changes occur:Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is suppressed resulting in an…See More
Oct 9, 2014
Sara Firman (Sulis) left a comment for Judith Stapleton
"Since I sampled Truesuit last year, I have been able to recommend it to my new employers in India who ordered me three further suits in beautiful designs that fit well with the retreat setting in which I work.  They are very comfortable to wear…"
Oct 9, 2014
Sara Firman (Sulis) commented on Laurie Emerson's group Thinking about Building?
"Interestingly, I was talking to a client today who mentioned a new combination of ultrasonic and ultraviolet out of Australia that claims to reduce chlorine up to 90%.  Here are some…"
Aug 22, 2014

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How are you involved in aquatic therapy?
I began my water journey at Harbin Hot Springs, CA a decade ago in 1998 and have been devoted to this healing art-form ever since then.

Most recently (spring 2014), I have been appointed Wellness Specialist Aqua providing aquatic bodywork and aquatic exercise to guests at a wellness retreat (Vana Retreats) in northern India.
Your discipline or title (PT, OT, CTRS, ATC, SLP, Watsu practitioner, adapted aquatics instructor, whatever!)
BSc., MPhil. LMT. Watsu® Therapist, WaterDance Practitioner (WABA). Ai Chi Instructor.

Please see the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Registry (WABR): http://www.waba.edu for more on my credentials

My full resume on LinkedIn:
www.linkedin.com/in/visionsparetreat
What temperature, depth(s) and approx dimensions is your therapy pool (if you have one):
Dedicated warm pool room with 12 ft diameter pool at 96 F.
Indoor warm pool at 92 F.
Main patient populations:
Adult
What unique products or services do you offer:
A web resource for practicing or aspiring aquatic bodyworkers.
Website:
http://www.aquapoetics.com

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Wellness and water at a retreat in India

I'm nearing the end of 2 years working to set up and provide the aqua services at a new high-end wellness retreat in north India. It's been such an engaging (and challenging) experience that I am continuing.  I am so greatly indebted to Harold Dull for creating the healing art that is Watsu and for…

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Posted on March 8, 2016 at 8:37am

Importance of staying hydrated when immersed in water for long periods

Being in water for some time makes most people want to pee.  This is why I ask aquatic bodywork clients to avoid drinking too much fluid before a session and encourage them to drink plenty of water afterwards.

The dehydrating effect is especially significant for some (see highlight below) as Peggy Schroedinger, Aqua PT explains.  I thought this might be of interest here ...…

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Posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:03am

Watsu testimonial from a veteran

Veteran Josh says that Watsu is the first thing he has tried that has made a difference after just one session; noting that antidepressants for example can take up to one month to be effective.

This is a wonderful account that I hope will reach many other veterans. Please share.

Josh asks his colleagues to 'truly immerse yourself in [Watsu]'; notes that he slept like a baby the night after his session (no combat dreams); and finds that Watsu is helping him to trust others, as…

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 12:00pm

Watsu and Tantsuyoga Explorer Path

This August I attended a new (2011) 50 h class called 'Watsu and Tantsuyoga Explorer Path' with Harold Dull creator of Watsu®, held at Mary Seamster's White Stone Institute in Washington.  Here is a short account of my experience. 

Classes like this can be found on the WABA (Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork) registry:…

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 12:00pm

Working with military personnel and vets

If you're interested in working with military personnel and vets, please take a look at this video and the comments it has brought. As warm water aquatic bodyworkers our practice can evoke even more strongly the softness of voice and approach that is being RECONSIDERED here ... at least at first.

Aside from the use of language and tone that more effectively matches the receiver's own ...  I'm reminded of how, with people who are wound-up or muscle-bound-up such that their bodies also…

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Posted on May 3, 2012 at 2:57pm

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At 5:45am on June 28, 2008, Rosemary Herlong said…
Hi Sulis,

I'm leaving for the ATRI Symposium in 45 min.; so, my answer will be brief. I was using fabric in the water from something I learned at a symposium years earlier. I started attaching extra pieces of fabric to my pt (pool blankets to dry & wrap up in when they got out of the pool) when my aide said that they had a blanket someone made into a cape that I could use. I said, "great idea" get it. She said, "I was teasing". I said, "No, get it". Thus, FabriCaping was born. I came up with the word afterwards. I love it myself. I'm writing an article about it in more depth for the AWKA letter to be printed in the fall. I am producing and selling the capes. Would love to talk more with you later. Thanks for asking! I'll return on July 6.
At 4:16pm on June 29, 2008, Rosemary Herlong said…
It does help one to become more fluid with their movements. I like the way you described it in terms of flowing with the water. I just may use that this weekend when presenting the class on FabriCaping. Hopefully, soon I'll have a video of it on my website - www.waterspice.com. I'll let you know how things go with the class.
At 8:00pm on August 22, 2008, Jennifer Simm said…
Thank you very much for the invite. I love being a part of any aquatic network as this is my most favorite passion in life. Helping people with the wonderful world of aquatic therapy.
At 4:35am on August 23, 2008, Basia Szpak-Borst said…
June 2008 Here is the update on the Hungary Watsu Orphan Project.

It went extremely well with 4 volunteers for 5 hours working with 5 different houses (each house was home to 20 kids with professional round the clock shifts of parents) ranging in age from 3-24. Only 5 kids from each house came so the others felt left out. (Ages ranged in 9-15)

Deep emotions and visions came up for both children and watsu givers. At the moment the slide show and pictures of this event May 18 are waiting for permission to be shared with the public. They are concerned about singling out children in any publicity however they were open for group pictures and we are eager to share this breakthrough with other countries in a PR.

In a meeting June 15th of Hungarian Watsu 2 students) we voiced concerns, ideas and came to the conclusion to focus our efforts on one house over a period of 6 months starting September with monthly watsu sessions.

That would make 6 visits (one hour each way outside of Budapest), 7 volunteers watsuing approx 4-5 hours (45 min sessions) watsuing all the kids of the house including house parents and perhaps a psychologist working with them. There may be some fees for having a child psychologist involved to monitor and quantify things.

Some ideas of turning this into a professional research came up however we are keeping it a community project at this time.

There were no costs as the Orphan director was wife of the Spa Owner. They let them use the Spa for free 5 minutes away walking distance. Can travel expenses be re-imbursed for the volunteers for future visits?

Instead of building a site specific location there is a property with salt mineral spring water that can be made into a watsu retreat centre for the kids from all over Hungary, we proposed 2-3 days trips and retreats where we can open up to volunteers from all over the world top popularise this concept.

I made a suggestion that eventually if there is interest we can train the kids and adults to give to each others and make them self sufficient after the 6 months, they can plan activities to the Spa such as watsu. It seems that house parents are often keeping situations under control.

Meanwhile we can keep training more volunteers in Hungary, they are very excited about the positive feedback in our meeting at the orphanage where my Hungarian organizer Nandu translated, my co-ordinator Roland Farkas who initiated contact was there and 3 assistants : Ginny Marton, USA/ Brazil, Kristof Deneke, Germany and Jurgita Svediene, Lithuania as well as the Director of the Orphans of Komaron.

A proposal for these expenses, travel, psychologist and purchase of a center, in addition a training could be organized after the 6 months to bring these skills in house.
www.aquabodywork.com
At 12:15am on August 31, 2008, Yifat Cohen said…
Hi Sulis,
Thank you for inviting me to join Aquaticnet.
I have already contacted Andrea selzman and answered her interview. I am waiting for the article to be published.
What does it mean joining Team Aquaticnet? Could you please tell me a bit more about it?
Yifat
At 10:38am on September 2, 2008, Inika said…
Sulis,
So good to see you here. I hope all is going well and I will see you sometime, somewhere in the world.
much love, water sister,
Inika
At 3:15pm on September 5, 2008, Dave Towe said…
Sulis -
Thank you for the warm greeting! Wonderful to have an aquatic community, support, and share!
At 1:48pm on September 6, 2008, Ertan Tüfekçioğlu said…
Hello Sulis,
As you suppose we know each other in İstanbul. I see that we are growing up(enlarging). Our aim is to be one of the best group that heal people in the water.
Thanks for your interest.
Sincerely
At 11:50am on September 7, 2008, Sara Firman (Sulis) said…
A link to Harbin Hot Spring - where Watsu began!
At 12:45pm on September 8, 2008, Sheila Maxwell Cook said…
Sulis,
Thank you for the invitation to join the aquatic group. We do not teach Watsu at the School, teaching Massage Therapy keeps us busy! We do ,however, take our students to a pool for a class on aquatic massage as a pary of their hydrotherapy course, and we incourage therapists to take cont. education in aquatic work.

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