Could you define Watsu® and CranioSacral Therapy in Water ™?

Watsu® (Water Shiatsu) is a discipline of body work that leverages healers and supporting patterns of water at a temperature between 34-37 ° C.

This technique, along with the therapeutic effects of hot water and three-dimensional movements offering water, allow a person to reach deep states of relaxation and listening to the mother, in addition to decompress the vertebrae, mobilize joints and stretch the muscles in an alternative and complementary to other techniques that can be carried out under dry conditions.

All this makes this technique is one of the most relaxing and complete world.

CranioSacral Therapy is a very subtle method of manual therapy, used to detect and correct the changes that occur in the craniosacral system that may be the cause of motor, sensory and neorológicas dysfunctions.

Elisa Muñoz Blanco, Physiotherapist, Osteopath and CranioSacral Therapist, Professional and Advanced Instructor Watsu® Watsu®, joined both disciplines in the water, creating CranioSacral Therapy Water ™, a technology that takes years to implement, and currently directed and taught as formal training to professionals around the world.

The application of CranioSacral Therapy in Water ™ multiplies the therapeutic benefits mum, to be held in a weightless situation where the hydrostatic pressure exerted by the need to raise the corrective movement in the body stimulation.

We understand the craniosacral system as responsible for maintaining the physiological environment for the brain and nervous system, and the fascial system as one continuous anatomic structure that passively contributes to the biomechanical behavior of the body.

Thus, treatment of both entities is vital for human health, and is today still a big unknown for many health professionals.

CranioSacral Therapy Water ™ is a modality with profound healing effects for individuals with high levels of stress, chronic pain, frequent headaches, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

Elisa has helped children with autism, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder and impaired immune system, and has argued successfully assisted women experiencing difficult pregnancies and difficult births.

Watsu® and CranioSacral Therapy ™ in water are also recommended as a bonding experience for the couple.

What is the procedure? Does it differ between a pregnant woman and another is not?

They described a few points of Shiatsu is prohibited stimulate during pregnancy, because in advanced stages of pregnancy facilitate placement of the fetus and its approach to the birth canal.

Watsu® both TCS and Agua® have flotation aids, thus increasing the volume of mother and baby or restriction of mobility of certain joints, suggest the use of these aids in performing certain movements .

How often should a pregnant woman do it under normal conditions?

Like any other human being in a therapeutic setting, the frequency of treatment sessions depends on each individual case.

According to evolution, and indicative way, this frequency range from several weekly sessions at a monthly meeting.

What are the specific benefits for a pregnant woman?

Could you relate discomfort / pregnancy symptoms?

Effects that cause a session:

In the musculoskeletal system:

Both techniques address harmoniously throughout the body, promote muscle relaxation and keep fit.

Prevent pain from muscle spasms, especially at the spine, caused by the constant changes that occur in the course of the nine months.

Reduce the pressure on the spine rigid muscles and nerves, thus eliminating any dysfunction this pressure might be causing.

Prevent pain at the level of sacro-iliac by increasing diameters in the pelvis joints.

They maintain and improve joint mobility.

In the respiratory system:

In the water breathing naturally it is working permanently.

Improving respiratory mechanics and reinforces the diaphragmatic activity, altered by the increased volume and abdominal pressure.

Increases breathing capacity, allowing better oxygen to the baby and mother.

By becoming aware of breathing and apneas control, self-control required at the time of delivery is favored.


Specific effects of manual therapy:

Blood and lymph circulation is stimulated, facilitating the elimination of toxins.

Thanks to the water temperature and specific movements, the body relaxes in a way impossible to make out of the water, relaxing muscles and joints and muscles moving in a very safe and comfortable way, reaching deep relaxation.

It stimulates the production of endorphins which produce a general sense of physical well-being.

Relieves fatigue and edema that occur in the lower limbs, stimulating venous return.

Digital pressure is performed at acupuncture points (tsubo) stimulating energy channels in order to restore health and welfare and rebalance the vital energy.


Mother-Son Link

It helps stimulate the ability to recognize one’s emotions and fears and be able to relate in a better way with the baby.

Share and strengthen a healthy and safe with baby bond.

Share feelings of affection and love that will be reflected after delivery and decreasing the possible post-partum depression.

Create a stimulus connection and bonding with baby.

The aquatic environment provides a deep sense of motherly care and unity, bringing us closer to the same environment in which babies are in the womb.


Specific physiological changes of the parasympathetic nervous system:

• Decreased heart rate.

• Slowed breathing.

• Increased ventilatory capacity.

• Stimulation of the immune system response.

• Improves lymphatic system activation.


Specific benefits of relaxation:


– Increase joint mobility arches.

– Decreased muscle spasm.

– Decreased muscle activation.

– Improving the viscoelasticity of the soft tissues.

– Decreased pain between 40 and 60%.



– Improving the quality of sleep.

– Improving intestinal transit and digestion.

– Improved response of the immune system and the ability to heal.

– Improving the quality of life and perceived health status.

Why it is not convenient to do it before three months of pregnancy?

Pregnant condition is not described itself as a contraindication to the application of both techniques. There is no scientific evidence to correlate the application of manual therapy with the loss of the baby in the first three months of pregnancy.

However, in this period there is an increased risk, therefore, we can lose our son has a face value infinitely superior to what we can gain the benefits of the session.

Why take the risk?

Is it possible to do it until the last moment, if it is not against medical advice?

In this period will only be subject to assessment Professional application in high-risk pregnant.

How do you help a woman is better prepared for childbirth?

Watsu® and CranioSacral Therapy are Agua® Aquatic Bodywork techniques that allow us to work with confidence, with pregnant women group generally do not have this kind of attention, because of their pregnant state because they can not lie on a stretcher for massage sessions when they are tired or sore, or if they find a table where do, treatment is not entirely complete.

With Watsu® and CranioSacral Therapy Agua® conducted a comprehensive work, where we create a space for listening and connection, reflection and support to share and develop the feelings and changes that occur during pregnancy.

Watsu® gives special relief to pregnant women because it allows a strong connection between mother and child, to be both in the same aquatic environment, in addition to releasing the tensions of the pregnant state and whose main objective it is to promote at all times emotional and physical condition of the mother.

The same quietness and relaxation breathing mother, the child and transmit will allow a very important and crucial connection between them, the same that will be subsequently reflected in their upbringing.

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