Healing Dance Aquatic Basics
Spa Provider Training Module 1 - 50 Hours
with Michael Hallock
30th January - 5th February
Healing Dance is the next generation, an evolution of Watsu Aquatic
Bodywork. While Watsu offers more static holds and shiatsu based
acupressure, Healing Dance emphasizes movement and flow, freedom
in space, exhilarating movement contrasted with nurturing holds, and
intuitive sessions guided by receiver’s unconscious body cues.
Healing Dance Aquatic Basics is open to everyone, regardless of background. Natural caregivers, bodyworkers, dancers, yogis, and fans of the water are usually drawn to sharing this art. The course may be taken purely for personal interest, as a personal healing journey, and also as a course leading towards professional certification.
The course begins with the foundation for floating friends and loved ones safely in the water. We learn the primary ways to support receiver in the water. If you were painting, consider this a palette of primary colours. We then develop this palette with a further range of possibilities, learning a complete short routine of about 45 minutes. We also explore the use of the “flotation pillow” so that receiver can free-float and we can work around them with both of your hands free for more specific bodywork.
Expect relatively full and focused but spacious days of floating and being floated. The atmosphere is sincere but not serious.
We learn a lot, have fun, and are nourished by the both giving and receiving. It is usual for these courses to stir emotions and begin a healing process. For many they are joyful and trans-formative.
A Watsu therapist since 2002, Michael has worked as a therapist, trainer and retreat leader for several world renowned resorts including Chivasom Thailand, Golden Door Australia, and Fivelements Bali. In 2009 he collaborated with Healing Dance founder Alexander George to develop the Healing Dance Spa Provider Training. Michael was recently featured in National Geographic Indonesia and CNN and is a pioneer of aquatic bodywork in Asia Pacific.
Is the course accredited?
Yes. The course is with the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association (WABA) and Healing Dance Institute.
They lead towards certification in Healing Dance Aquatic Bodywork, Watsu, and other aquatic bodywork modalities.
Upon completion of the course, you receive a certificate recognizing your successful completion of the course, as well as registration of your course hours with WABA and Healing Dance Institute.
What is the path to certification?
Healing Dance Spa Provider certification consists of Module I & II, combined with 20 logged sessions given, and 10 received sessions (2 of which from Healing Dance practitioners). Module I & II account for the aquatic bodywork aspect of the certification which must be complimented by: license to touch, anatomy/physiology, and ethics training, as well as private sessions of “fine-tuning” and “demonstration of mastery” given by a Healing Dance
teacher. Once complete, we submit all certificates to the Healing Dance Institute for approval.