Introduction to Healing Dance Underwater
The Introduction to Healing Dance® Underwater (IHDU) is designed as a first underwater course for students who have already taken surface courses, such as Watsu I or Healing Dance I. IHDU is a 4 day course that specifically prepares you to take Shape and Space and Above and Below, the two major underwater trainings of Healing Dance. The transition to submerging receivers rather than merely supporting them on the surface entails learning several skills before one can take a receiver safely underwater. These fundamentals covered in the course include how to a) read the breath precisely; b) signal appropriately; c) offer and remove the noseclip; d) unweight the head on submerging; e) give the head freedom underwater; f) gauge the amount of time spent underwater; g) maintain the absolute space; h) soften the hands in grips; i) use one's weight and breath to create deep movements; j) travel in the pool, and k) pre-support the head on surfacing. Participants learn a surface warm-up followed by a sequence of thirteen submergings arranged in an order that could be used in a session. A written and photo manual are provided and an MP4 of the sequence is made available. To view The Introduction to Healing Dance Underwater Gallery, click here.
This snippet taken out of the Introduction to Healing Dance Underwater DVD provides a glimpse behind the scenes, explaining how to do the Knee Head Parachute. Without having studied aquatic bodywork, the terminology won't make much sense, but names such as the "Monkey Frisbee Grip" may spark your curiosity...