Special Certification Program

Special Requirements for Bodywork Practitioners to be registered on the WABA registry as a professional Watsu India - WABA Watsu Practitioner (2020)

Certified practitioners in any type of bodywork with minimum 500 hours of recognized training with the required qualifications (see below) will be recognized worldwide as Watsu practitioner as soon as all requirements listed in level 1, 2 and 3 are fulfilled.

Watsu Level 1

Watsu Basic


Watsu 1 (Transition Flow)

16 Hours


34 Hours

Recommended: give minimum 5 sessions after Watsu 1 (not more than 3 to the same person/receiver)

Recommended: receive minimum 2 sessions from a certified Watsu practitioner


Watsu Level 2

Watsu 2 (expanded flow)


Shiatsu for Watsu (or equivalent land course)

50 Hours


50 Hours

Demonstration of mastery of Watsu 2 to a recognized WABA instructor before applying for Watsu 3

Recommended: give minimum 10 sessions between Watsu 2 and Watsu 3 (not more than 3 to the same person/receiver)

Recommended: receive minimum 5 sessions from a certified Watsu practitioner


Watsu Level 3

Audit (repeat) Watsu 2
and/or WABA electives


Watsu 3


Watsu Special Integration
(only if suggested by your tutor)

50 Hours


50 Hours


n/a

Hands-on session to a recognized WABA instructor after Watsu 3 (2 hours)

Total logged sessions given during training period: minimum 20 (not more than 3 to the same person/receiver)

Total logged sessions received during training period: minimum 10 from a certified Watsu practitioner

Provide Basic Life Support (CPR) certificate


Total

254 Hours

This learning program is estimated to be completed in about 2 years.

Continuing training:
after completing the certification process, 50 hours of training is required every 3 years to keep the practitioner status valid.

Eligibility:
Licensed Professionals eligible for this program includes Nationally Certified Massage Therapist (NCBTMB), Licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant, Licensed Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapist Assistant, Registered Nurse (BSN/MSN), License to practice Medicine or Dentistry (MD/DO/DC/DDS/DMD), State Licensed/Certified Massage Therapist (500+ Hours), ATRI Certified Aquatic Therapist (2003 Standards) with over 500 hours of certified training.

Those with an extensive bodywork practice in an area where the minimum requirements were less than 500 hours may reduce the 500 hundred hour minimum by 50 hours for each year of full time bodywork practice. Those with similar qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis.