Origins of Watsu®

Watsu® (Water Shiatsu) is the first form of Aquatic Bodywork. It began in 1980 in the warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs when Harold Dull started floating people while applying the stretches and principles of the Zen Shiatsu he had studied in Japan.


In the years since, with the help of countless others in classes, clinics and spas around the world, Watsu has evolved into what many consider the most profound development in bodywork in our time. While other modalities are based on touch, the holding that working in water necessitates, brings the receiver to a new level of connection and trust. This, combined with the therapeutic benefits of warm water and the greater freedom of movement it encourages, creates a modality that can affect every level of our being.

Watsu® is a registered service mark of Harold Dull.

Extract from, the official website of the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association