Has anyone tried Watsu (Water Shiatsu)?
They say it induces a meditative like state...I have not tried it yet, but would like to experience it.
Similar experience of combining a Swedish Massage with Sensory Deprivation Chamber. I know, sounds conflicting, doesn't it?
I signed up for a Watsu 90 minute experience on a Saturday morning around 9AM. http://www.waba.edu/ (Where they teach Watsu) is only a few minutes away from where I had my experience.
The 44 year old Watsu female therapist greeted me, and we both went into one of the natural hot spring pools. She put a small air band around both of my legs to help with buoyancy.
I closed my eyes and tried to focus on my breathing and stopping the mental chatter. A few minutes into it I realized we were at the end and 90 minutes had elapsed as if time stood still. Very odd and very relaxing. Later that day I had quite a few moments of clarity where I was able to realize the purpose for the day -- for me.
Unlike Swedish Massage where the outcome might be muscle relaxation; Watsu is a spiritual version of massage designed to help calm the mind and reach whatever inner peace can be found with inside ourselves.
It's just one of those things that I think everyone should try once in their life -- for the experience. May not be for everyone.
If you've had a Watsu experience, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it.