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 that followed on. This work is my passion.
I'm surprised to discover that more than 95% of guests at my current place of work (who come from all over the world and are well versed in spa) have never experienced Watsu or aquatic bodywork. The variety of guests (cultures, ages, health status) means that being an experienced practitioner is an asset, probably essential. Many people also do not know that aqua offers far more than swimming!
I continue to be astonished at the versatility of Watsu/ aquatic bodywork which can meet needs on all levels (physical through emotional to spiritual) in ways just not possible on land. It is also fascinating to work alongside many other alternative practitioners (ayurveda, sowa rigpa, traditional chinese medicine, and more) as we learn to integrate our offerings in customized itineraries for such a range of guests and their varied needs.
In addition to aquatic bodywork, I provide Ai Chi and aqua fitness group classes, help people to who fear water (many from this region do) to make it a friend and am continuing to develop our offerings. This month I will connect with Quiet Center/ Watsu India to see if we can encourage more Indian nationals to train in Watsu (so far only 2 have completed full training). If you are Indian and have begun training in Watsu or something similar, please do be in touch. (PS There is no scope for onsite aqua trainers at this retreat.)