14 Aug Recommendation Corner: Essential Massage and Watsu
Everyone loves a good massage. Whether long hours traveling, exciting days jam-packed with activities, or just the daily grind, massage is an amazing way to let go of physical and emotional stress, leaving you rejuvenated for what’s ahead. Watsu, a type of massage done in warm water, is particularly relaxing, putting you in an almost trance-like state as your tension melts away.
For me, massage is quintessential to my well-being and maintaining my travel momentum. I love being active and keeping my body free of knots and pain makes all the difference. If massage isn’t part of your life, I suggest you try it out! For me, it’s a must.
In San Miguel de Allende, I go to David Galitzky of Essential Massage and Watsu who practices a combination of deep tissue, Swedish, Lomi Lomi, reflexology, cranio-sacral and the newest edition, Watsu. I’ve been going to David for the last 2 years and absolutely love his massages.
So, I decided to check out Watsu, and wow …if you grafted Tai Chi onto water ballet, this would be the result. Gliding through the water, stretching, allowing the weight of the water to move your body in conjunction with muscular massage- it’s downright magical. You lose yourself in the warm water, forgetting where your limbs end and the water begins, and when it’s all over, it takes a while to come back to earth. The world disappears and your mind relaxes completely.
Watsu (Water Shiatsu) got its start in Harbin Hotsprings, California in 1980 when Harold Dull floated people in a warm pool while stretching and applying principles of Zen Shiatsu, which he studied in Japan. Watsu is a gentle form of physical therapy, performed in warm water (about 34° C). It combines elements of massage, joint mobilization, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance art. Weightless in the water, joints, muscles and soft tissues can stretch effortlessly, energetic blockages dissipate and the body experience a true freedom of movement.
So, whether traveling to or through San Miguel, or as a resident, check out this deeply relaxing and mindful type of massage.
What’s your favorite type of massage or bodywork? Feel free to comment below.