Watsu Therapy Ankeny IA

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Kerkhoff Chiropractic & Wellness Center
(515) 978-9074
260 Highway 6
Waukee, IA
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Complimentary consultation
This is our way of encouraging you to find out if your problem can be helped by Chiropractic care. It is also a way of acquainting you with our facilities and staff. While new patients are welcome, no one needs to feel any
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Monday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Applied Kinesiology, Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Traction Therapy, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Disc Herniation Treatment, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Homeopathic Medicine, Massage Therapy, Pain Management, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Signature Massage By Dawn
(515) 965-0222
201 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny, IA
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Massage Practitioner

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Massage Heights
(515) 963-2000
2732 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
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Massage Practitioner

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Island Tan
(515) 270-0765
5460 Merle Hay Rd
Johnston, IA
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Health Spa, Massage Practitioner

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Bodyminders the
(515) 277-1662
6021 Lookout Dr
Johnston, IA
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Massage Practitioner

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Waukee Wellness & Chiropractic
(515) 978-9080
710 Alices Rd
Waukee, IA
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Call today to schedule an appointment! Saturdays open by appointment only.
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Monday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Applied Kinesiology, Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Traction Therapy, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Decompression Therapy, Disc Herniation Treatment, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Holistic Chiropractic Care, Homeopathic Medicine, Orthogonal Chiropractic, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Envision Salon
(515) 964-4009
1802 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA
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Massage Practitioner

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Bjerke Chiropractic
(515) 964-0627
105 NE Trilein Dr
Ankeny, IA
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Massage Practitioner

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la James International College
(515) 278-2208
8805 Chambery Blvd
Johnston, IA
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Massage Practitioner

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Advanced Massage Therapy
(515) 577-1172
5850 NW 62nd Ave Ste B
Johnston, IA
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Watsu: Cirque du Soleil for Your Body and Mind

As I waited at the side of the outdoor Watsu pool for Vince, my Watsu Therapist, I sat and thought about what was to come. Unlike most other massage therapies which take place on a massage table, a massage chair or on the floor, Watsu (derived from the words Water and Shiatsu) is special in that it is a type of massage that takes place in the water. Because of this unique format, anyone interested in trying Watsu should not have a fear of and must be totally comfortable in the water; they need to be capable of trusting and letting go; and they need to be comfortable with intimacy.

For as long as I can remember, I looked for any opportunity to spend time in the water…whether it was body surfing in the ocean, scuba diving with tropical fish and sea turtles or dancing under our backyard sprinklers as a child, water in any form was something I enjoyed…something fun. I don’t know, maybe it’s the Aquarius and Pisces in me, but I always had a special relationship with water.

When Vince arrived to the Watsu Pool, he was warm and disarming. After exchanging a few pleasantries, we entered the pool, and although the winter Sonoma air was quite cool, the pool felt familiar and soothing: held at a strict temperature of 98 degrees, the 4’ deep Watsu pool creates a womb-like environment for its visitors.

Once we entered the pool, Vince proceeded to put soft Velcro ‘floaties’ on my ankles, explaining that they would help me with my buoyancy during the session. We then stood together, I, with my back against the side of the pool, knees slightly bent in a squatting position and he, facing me in a similar stance. Taking slow, deep, breaths, we stabilized and synchronized our breathing patterns. He explained that it is really important to continue breathing throughout the session…that holding my breath would make it difficult to stay relaxed and benefit from the session. He also reminded me that ‘letting go,’ and letting him do the work was vital, for ‘helping him’ would be a hindrance and would make it difficult for him to do his job.

After a few more deep breaths, Vince inquired if I had any concerns, health issues, or fears and then reminded me of the level of intimacy that I would experience…that Watsu is more intimate than most other types of massage and that he would be cradling my body and holding me close throughout the treatment. After I assured him I was ready, we then embarked on an hour long journey that was unlike anything I had ever felt.

All sense of time was lost as Vince created an experience reminiscent of a Cirque du Soleil performance, featuring me as the main event. The structure of the session was truly organic, flowing from one move into another, seamlessly like a dance, making it easy to relax and forget about the minutes passing.

And indeed, Watsu was one of the most intimate treatments I had ever had. Cradling my body with one arm under my knees and the other around my back, while resting my head next to his on his shoulder, V...

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