Group Ai Chi & Massage Sessions
“Ai Chi is the sigh we give when we’re at peace,” says Jun Konno, founder of Ai Chi. Inspired by the popularity of Watsu®, a water-based massage therapy, Ai Chi serves a need for a gentle, relaxing water movement practice which can be done alone or in a group setting.
Ai Chi provides the same relaxing benefits experienced during Watsu® and is influenced by the flowing, continuous and graceful movements that typify many East Asian physical disciplines.
Participants practice Ai Chi in warm, shallow, chest-deep water, with knees softly bent, body immersed to the neck. The program combines deep breathing with slow, broad movements. The arms, legs and torso flow in continual patterns characterized by “softness” and “roundness.” Ai Chi’s constant circular movements create a feeling of harmony that, with repetition, becomes internal and fosters relaxation.
Small Group Sessions of four or five include Ai Chi Instruction, followed by use of floatation pillows to float & decompress the spine and joints, while receiving massage in areas of concern, such as neck and shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, hands and feet.
Couples Ai Chi & Massage
Bring a friend or family member and plan to relax! I will teach you the basics of Ai Chi, followed by time to float with neck and leg pillows, while receiving therapeutic massage in areas of concern, such as neck and shoulders, lower back, hips, knees, hands and feet.
Floating in Motion for Couples
Bring a loved one and learn how to float each other. I will teach you how to sink into the water, attune to breath, softly support one another, with the intention of gently moving through the warm water, together.
Watsu® Aquatic Massage
Watsu® is a unique form of bodywork and aquatic therapy that combines immersing the body in warm water with traditional shiatsu technique, massage, and gentle stretches. Performed in a 96 degree pool and without the weight of your body; Your spine, joints and muscles can be manipulated and freed in a way unique to water work.
Watsu has been described as an incredibly nurturing and deeply nourishing experience unlike any other form of healing.
The sensation of floating through space and subsequent feelings of expansion and peace that result are difficult to describe in words or demonstrate in a photograph. The release of old physical, mental, and emotional patterns can have profound and long lasting effects.
Watsu® Aquatic Massage Can
- Alleviate muscle pain, soreness, and tension
- Increase mobility and flexibility
- Decrease anxiety and stress
- Lessen symptoms related to depression
- Restore healthy sleep patterns
- Support psychological and/or emotional work and letting go
- Support conditions such as Arthritis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, injury/trauma, Scoliosis, post-traumatic stress
- Open energetic and emotional blockages
- Release the body’s holding patterns and gently realign
- Lead to a greater sense of peace, well being, aliveness, and connection to self and others
Special Health Care Needs
Aquatic sessions with Teresa are available to benefit adults and children affected by:
- Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Spasticity (resulting from stroke, Cerebral Palsy, etc)
- Trauma and/or Abuse
* "Watsu® is often a treatment of choice, especially in the later stages of Cancer when relaxation, pain reduction, and improvement in sleep pattern become the more primary treatment goals." Peggy Schoedinger, PT, Watsu® Instructor
Watsu® for Pregnant Women
Watsu® is an ideal modality for pregnant women, particularly throughout the second and third trimester.
During Watsu® you are weightless, floating in a warm, body-temperature pool, as you are gently stretched and massaged from head to toe. As your body changes and grows, regular Watsu® sessions provide a safe and uniquely nourishing environment for both you and your baby to enjoy.
Watsu® alleviates common pregnancy symptoms including:
- Back pain
- Emotional anxiety/overwhelm
- Heaviness of the legs
- and additionally, promotes a deep connection to your baby and profound centering in preparation for childbirth.
Watsu® for Postpartum Mothers
The water work is cleansing, nourishing, and deeply supportive; everything an overworked, drained, mother needs to replenish and return to care for her family.
Watsu® helps mothers
- Fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply (often during their sessions as well!)
- Melt tension in the neck and shoulders from carrying and/or nursing baby
- Decrease symptoms of fatigue
- Elevate mood and relieve symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety
- Check in with personal, physical, and emotional needs
- Create healthy self-awareness and connections apart from their child
- Develop a deeper connection and compassion towards their baby and his/her needs
- Feel supported (as the ones who provide support to others 24/7)
- Process feelings
Typically clients ask for an Amnion® session when in their daily life there is a sense of not being connected. Not being connected to other and most of all not being connected to self. The work is a somatic based therapy, which looks at the impact of the client's fetal and birth story on their daily life. We note that motivation to come into Being can be thwarted by something as seemingly insignificant as an incorrect; touch, look, or word. With the help of the Practitioner we can surround ourselves with the matrix of the amnion (membrane that surrounds and protects the embryo) and re pattern the blocks that keep us in unease or dis/ease. Clients report that they feel “more radiant, more self, more seen” and that their pain has subsided.
In the session when the client comes to a floating horizontal position, certain embryological patterns unload and release. As practitioners we are not there to make anything happen, we are there as research artists looking, waiting and assessing possibilities. We see what moves and what wants to move. We see where coming into- self was challenged, or distracted. The client is offered a safe bridge (tools) to accepting their personal story, and personal pain. The session may progress to going under the water with a nose plug in place. This takes the session to a whole new realm of possibilities for expression and articulation. There is no sequence to a session; there is a recommendation to allow several sessions to unfold.