Above & Below
This class is designed to bring the principles of Healing Dance® into the underwater experience. Maintaining flow above and below the surface is integral; the material explores how to smooth out the moment of submerging and surfacing. When rhythm, movement shape and body position are pre-set at the surface, the receiver experiences a less radical change at the moment of submerging. The coursework begins taking Watsu’s Basic Moves underwater and extends this idea to the whole session, introducing a variety of takedown moves from the repertoire of Healing Dance. From the feedback of practitioners working with Above & Below we know that it is indeed making going under possible for people previously unable to allow themselves to be submerged. Taking the moves below the surface becomes a fluid dance, bringing the receiver to a place where there is no need to breathe and bringing the giver to a joy in movement and presence. This class offers a copious toolbox of moves that are simple, elegant and intriguing to enrich your experience in the underwater world. A written and photo manual are provided and an MP4 of the sequence is made available. To view the Above & Below Gallery, click here.
This sample video shows the Head Arm 8 dive. Notice the Continuity Principle, whereby the surface move is seamlessly submerged and the underwater move at the end is brought to the surface and sustained for a few seconds.