For Spa Operators around the World
Interested in starting Watsu in your spa?
Toru and Yukako have been around the world to work as visiting practitioners and/or trainers at top-brand spas and resorts. We know what it takes to be visiting practitioners/trainers. We guarantee your guests’ satisfaction with the service we render. But it is really the teamwork among your management, spa staff, concierge (villa hosts), and us that makes it all successful. We are very flexible in terms of contracts and working environment because we understand each spa operator has different priorities, principles, environment, and other situations. Let us work together on behalf of your guests who would have the most memorable experience that they have ever had.
Watsu Training for Your Therapists?
If you wish to train your therapists to start Watsu treatment in your facility, Toru is the Senior Instructor to meet your needs.
The initial training for the massage therapists is 10 full days. This will get them ready to start providing professional sessions to your guests. Then at least 6 months apart, we offer the second visit to do the advance training for 6 full days. (The training schedule can be flexible.)
The initial training is about fundamentals. They will learn how to float people safe and comfortable. The second training is very important for the therapists to become competent and efficient for the various body types of the guests. It’s good to have these training separate. By the time of the second training, the therapists will earn some real experience with the guests, and they will know what it takes and what improvements they need to focus on.
Contra-Actions of Watsu
While Watsu can give the guests miraculous experiences they have never had, we will be clear that Watsu can have its downsides if you are not trained well. Neck pain and motion sickness are the major ones. And this is a big challenge especially in cases like when the guests are bigger than the therapists and/or when the guests are cautious.
Watsu is not about memorizing the series of movements. Everyone is different and everyone reacts differently. And the therapists need to learn how to flow accordingly. If you force movements, you may get motion sickness. There is an art of following the body in the flow.
So Toru will teach the safe way first. The quality of touch and movements will be emphasized. “No complaint from the guests” is the first goal. Then in the second training, Toru will elevate the skills to another level. Assessments and strategies are more emphasized. After 2 trainings are complete, they will start getting “WOW” experience.
We understand that it is impossible to take the therapists out of the shift for training for 10 days when your spa is in operation. What has worked well in the past is that we only do training for 3 – 4 hours in the morning, after lunch, the trainees can go back to their shifts, and Toru can work as a visiting practitioner and give sessions to your guests. 20 x half days can achieve the same as 10 x full days. And both the resort and we can earn extra income during the training.
for Watsu Session
1. Water Temperature 33C - 36C
The water temperature is the most important issue. Relaxation in the water requires “non-sensible water temperature” where you can spend hours in it and you don’t feel cold or hot. That is 33C to 36C degrees (92F to 96F). Warmer than swimming pool. Cooler than a hot bath. This is the magical temperature for relaxation. You float weightlessly in this warm water, you feel like your skin melts and you become water, and your spine starts unwinding.
2. Space 4m x 4m
The minimum pool space we ask for is 4 meters by 4 meters (or 4 meters in diameter). We have worked in a 3.5-meter diameter pool. We could manage sessions in that space but a little more space is preferrable for the customer’s experience. But if you have a small pool like 3.5 meters, we can still offer alternatives.
3. Depth 100cm - 120cm
The adequate depth of the pool is 100cm to 120cm. The therapist will be standing in the pool. We need to be able to use body mechanics to move around. But if your pool doesn’t meet this requirement, we can offer alternatives.
4. Tranquil Environment
It is better for the customer’s experience if we have a tranquil environment. The pool doesn’t have to be all private, but it’s best to be private. We’ve done Watsu in a little corner of a big open pool, and most customers don’t mind as long as it’s a tranquil environment. It’s more of the noise that bothers customers, both in the air and in the water. When you float, you hear everything in the same water no matter how far it’s coming from.
5. Indoor or outdoor
Watsu can be done either in an indoor pool or an outdoor pool. But with an outdoor pool, we need to give some considerations. They are the sunlight and the wind. The customer will be floating and facing up the whole time in the session, like 1 hour. It depends on your location but you would not like it if you have to face up to the tropical sun for 1 hour. It’s better to have a shade, either a tarp or trees. That keeps us out of the rain too. As for the wind, even in the tropical climate, the wind feels cold to your wet skin. It’s nice to have some kind of fence, building, or trees around to block the wind.
These are not really requirements. This is just to give you an idea that there may be something you can do with your pool to improve the customer’s satisfaction. Either you or we do not wish to be in a situation where we can’t offer our service when it’s rainy or windy.