Definition of Watsu in English:



  • A form of shiatsu massage that takes place in water.

    • ‘For matching spa services try sound and color therapy, energetic massage like Reiki, many water therapies like Watsu, floatation tank work and saline pool therapies, are also a good match.’
    • ‘It's large for a city spa, superbly designed and offers a vast range of therapies, many of which - Watsu, Shiatsu, Balinese synchronised massage - draw on the traditions of the East.’
    • ‘All offer programs beyond the blissful soak in mineral water: from Swedish and Shiatsu massages to wraps and Watsu.’
    • ‘And when a muscle pulls or a ligament tears, all manner of body workers are available: Gyrotonic, Nia, Watsu, yoga, and of course, Pilates.’
    • ‘With both Watsu and skydiving, you must suspend all your anxieties and place your complete trust in your coach - whether jumpmaster or masseuse.’


1980s: blend of water and shiatsu.