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Watsu is a gentle form of bodywork that draws on elements of massage and Zen shiatsu. It is performed in water – an almost weightless, three-dimensional environment – making it possible for to move and stretch in deeply beneficial ways that are simply not possible to achieve on the massage table. The water is kept warm – around 92° – for comfort and to facilitate deeper relaxation.

You are continuously held as the practitioner moves you through gentle stretches, massage and trigger point work, releasing muscular and joint restrictions. With the weight off the vertebra and joints, water allows much greater movement and flexibility of the core musculature, spine and joints. This makes it possible for Watsu stretches to be quite different than any on land.

Watsu specifically for the mother-to-be during the childbearing year is also available.

Leigh Downing is a native of Texas and has lived in Austin since 1991. Her passion is Watsu therapy and Cupping massage. As a Watsu Therapist with over 1000 hours of training, Leigh is keenly observant of her client’s breath and pays close attention to any signs of overstimulation or holding. From the first time she received a Watsu session, she knew this was the path she was meant to follow.  Leigh has taken every class offered at the School of Shiatsu and Massage in Middletown, California to be certified as a Watsu Therapist.  Her additional certifications include Aquatic Bodywork Therapist, Shiatsu Practitioner and Waterdance Practitioner.  She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist with certifications in Cupping Therapy, ColorRead more...
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Judy has been practicing bodywork for more 15 years and has had the privilege and pleasure to learn with some of the most talented teachers and fascinating bodies from all over the world. While she is passionate about all forms and philosophies in the healing arts, her true joyful purpose is aquatic bodywork. This modality allows the body to move with the powerful but gentle forces of water helping people deal with stress, pain and discomfort while creating blissful relaxation that cannot be experienced on land. Read more...
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