Watsu Therapy Middletown NY

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Holst Chiropractic Office
(845) 265-8090
450 E Main St
Middletown, NY
Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Applied Kinesiology, Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Decompression Therapy, Emergency Chiropractic Care, Homeopathic Medicine, Pain Management, Personal Injury

The Woodhouse Day Spa
(845) 703-7727
390 Crystal Run Rd Ste 109
Middletown, NY
Industry
Health Spa, Massage Practitioner

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Body Kneads
(845) 344-4822
1 Beattie Ave
Middletown, NY
Industry
Massage Practitioner

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Winterton Day Spa
(845) 733-4485
51 Winterton Rd
Bloomingburg, NY
Industry
Health Spa, Massage Practitioner

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Gale Cohen Lmt
(845) 294-0111
11 Webster Ave
Goshen, NY
Industry
Massage Practitioner, Mental Health Professional, Physical Therapist, Psychologist

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Harvey W. Stern, DC
(845) 205-3651
699 Ridgebury Road
Slate Hill, NY
Hours
Monday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday Closed
Services
Auto Accidents, Chiropractic Neurology, Chiropractic Treatment for Injuries, Chiropractors, Pediatric Chiropractic, Personal Injury

Family Massage Center of Middletown
(845) 341-0022
41 Dolson Ave
Middletown, NY
Industry
Massage Practitioner, Osteopath (DO)

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Therapeutic Motions
(845) 343-8555
800 Route 17M
Middletown, NY
Industry
Massage Practitioner

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Botanical Skin Care
(845) 294-2380
4 Wood Rd
Goshen, NY
Industry
Massage Practitioner

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Judith Powell Lmt
(845) 457-2460
201 Ward St
Montgomery, NY
Industry
Massage Practitioner

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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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