2605 – Watsu® Applied Clinically

Intermediate / 3-hour Workshop


Faculty: Ruth Meyer, MEd, RKT, ATRIC



Review client case histories to determine appropriate application of forms and orientation of Watsu®. Learn how to be fully present with the person in your arms to promote trust and relaxation using optimum Watsuchanics. Learn how to optimize the water to minimize the impact on you. You will practice the footwork and arm positions to establish a strong foundation for more advanced Watsu® work. Learn multiple Watsu® positions and moves and the integration of those moves into a flowing sequence to apply in the clinical setting.



1) Demonstrate the foot work and body mechanics of the basic Watsu® form.

2) Study transitions from opening (vertical) to the horizontal positions to closing (vertical) with appropriate body mechanics and consideration for the physical and psychological needs of the client in their arms.

3) Determine guidelines for the appropriateness of Watsu® for clients and learn techniques to facilitate optimal experience through tempo, hand placement, selection of positions and degree of movement.

4) Supplemental materials for intake and feedback from a Watsu® session.

5) Comprehend WABA terminology for footwork and body positions.

6) Identify strengths, modifications and limitations in self and client for Watsu® use (body size, proportions and dimensions, intimacy levels, psychological care, pool dimensions).

7) Develop a sequence of moves to integrate into an aquatic therapy program.


FACULTY: Ruth Meyer, MEd, RKT, ATRIC, has offered aquatic therapy and kinesiotherapy services for 30 years. She has been an Arthritis Foundation Instructor trainer for aquatics and exercise for 15 years.

She practice techniques include Bad Ragaz, Halliwick, Watsu®, Waterdance, the Burdenko Method, craniosacral and myofascial release. Ruth is currently Director of Employee Wellness and MOVE! Weight Management for Veterans Coordinator at the Richmond VAMC in Richmond, VA.