Above and 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 the Healing Dance. From the feedback of practitioners working with Above and 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 of breath 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. A written and photo manual are provided and a DVD and MP4 of the sequence are made available. To view the Above and Below Gallery, click here.
This is the original raw footage of the Head Foot Parachute, filmed in Goa. In addition to the poolside CD player and the swishing of the water, you can hear true Indian local color in the background, including beeping motor scooters and exotic bird calls from the surrounding forest. (None of this survived into the soundtrack of the Above and Below DVD, unfortunately.)