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Watsu : Water Massage Exercise for Pregnant Women and its Amazing Benefits

Updated on August 29, 2014

Watsu : Water Massage Exercise for Pregnant Women and its Amazing Benefits

Watsu : Water Massage Exercise for Pregnant Women and its Amazing Benefits. When I was researching about topics about pregnancy exercises and its benefits, I came cross a kind of technique which is termed watsu - a water therapy which combines the principles of shiatzu and massage where in one is submerged in water. It looks amazing and those who experienced it shared that it is indeed a good therapy. For most part it is a therapy for muscle, joints and the whole body relaxation which is done in the water by a therapist. According to resources, it was in the early 1980’s when Harold Dull introduced this technique combining the Zen shiatzu and warm water therapy.

The good thing about watsu is that it is recommended for all age group, adult, children, men and women. It is also good for those who experienced back pains and some muscular pain problems and those who just have back pains and surgeries.  PHOTOBUCKET PHOTOBUCKET

Watsu : Water Massage Exercise for Pregnant Women and its Amazing Benefits

Now let us talk about what watsu really is -- Watsu is a combination of shiatzu and aquatic therapy. Shiatzu is from the word shi, meaning finger, and atsu, meaning pressure and is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. According to wikipedia, “there are two main Shiatsu schools -- one based on western anatomical and physiological theory and the other based on Traditional Chinese medicine. It has also variations in the Western world.

Benefits of Watsu for Pregnant Women :

  • Since watsu is a holistic type of healing it is best as it is natural way of mind body coordination
  • Good for heart rate, decreased rate of respiration and a good immune system response.
  • Watsu massage is good for muscle and joints, it does promotes stretching of the muscles plus joints.
  • Relaxes the body and mind, helpful for the pregnant women specially for stress and anxiety plus relaxation
  • This is also best for the preparation for the water technique of giving birth if you are thinking of it as an option
  • You are like floating and you can feel the ease and relaxation all over your body

Other Benefits of Watsu for the General Population :

  • Treatment of chronic pain
  • Those who are recovering from serious accidents or injuries may benefit from watsu
  • Promotes balance and you become flexible
  • Muscles are relaxed
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Others also used it for brain injury, spinal cord, stroke, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

The Watsu Session :

  • The therapy is carried out in the pool as one can moved the body freely with the water
  • The water as it is warm is soothing and give relaxing mood to the patient
  • It lasts usually for an hour
  • It involve usually a continued manipulation by the therapist while he does the massage and floating and turning around of the patient and then resting at some point

You will need the following for the shiatzu session :

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Floats
  • Pool with warm water
  • Therapist of course

Where to Avail of the Services :

Watsu is available in most of countries through spas, hospitals and clinics, find a local directory and you can avail of it, plus the local hotels. For pregnant women always consult your health provider before embarking in this wonderful exercise, just to be sure.


Watsu a tested way of relaxation and therapeutic technique is helpful in pregnancy as well as it is also advisable for the whole population including children. The soothing power of warm water and muscle relaxation through massage while in water is helpful in breathing technique and help pregnant women to relax and meditate in preparation for labor. it is also a good exercise for pregnant women as it helps relax the muscles and joints in an environment which supports relaxation for the whole body. I cant wait to experience this technique.


Some birthing and delivery options hubs :

  1. Different Ways of Giving Birth and How To Choose the Best Option
  2. Childbirth with Hypnosis -- Hypnosis Techniques In Giving Birth Plus Amazing Videos
  3. Introducing the Alexander Technique In Giving Birth Naturally
  4. Feeling at Ease With Water Birth Technique Plus Amazing Videos
  5. Give Birth the Natural Way By Lamaze Method : Cost and Where to Avail of Services
  6. The Bradley Method of Giiving Birth : Hubby, Where Are You
  7. Meditation To Ease Labor Pains

Exercise Hubs for Pregnant Women :

  1.  Simple and Easy Exercises for Pregnant Women
  2.  Yoga During Pregnancy
  3.  How to Use Meditation to Ease Labor Pains


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    • restrelax profile image

      restrelax 6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      Amazing hub information for all pregnant women.

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      massage therapy business 6 years ago

      Glad I stumbled upon your site. This is article is indeed very informative and you included videos too. A must-read especially for pregnant women.

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      Endless Pools Swimming machines 7 years ago

      Excellent hub

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great source of information. Watsu is still not very well known - excellent Hub. All your work is thoroughly researched and written.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you prasetio, Maita

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I found great information from you ,Maita. You have many collection of hubs about pregnancy. And most of your hub useful for us and I have bookmarked all about pregnancy topic from you. Good work as usual and thumbs up for you. Have a great day and take care!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks hello for your nice comment, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Mam, RevLady, I need this one, water therapy, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Lovely indeed, Mam Nellie, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      You are most definitely most correct Kuya Dave, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Ron hehe, it might help you, this water massage, Maita

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      rprcarz50 7 years ago

      Another well done Hub! Very good content . I wana be pregnant to get one of these massages. Ha Ha . That would be a miricle . Great work my friend !

      Thank you for your time


      As Always also a2z50

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita sweetie, The bouyancy of water is very theraputic, for releiving stress, as well as great physiotherapy too.

      Brother Dave.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      ah-h-h-h-h-h------------- I'm asleep. . . . ;)


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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Well, just when I thought you were through with the pregnant, here comes another and it is just as interesting and important as the others. Great Maita!

      Forever His,

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That sopund fantastic. It really must help women and Im sure the baby too. Thank you for caring and doing so much research.