Teachers of Healing Dance ®
Alexander George is the originator of Healing Dance. He is one of WABA's senior instructors; since 1991 he has led over 300 week long 50-hour intensives in Anatomy, Massage, Barefoot Shiatsu, Watsu, Healing Dance and WaterDance. Alexander presently leads trainings in the US, Germany, Portugal, France and Italy. His trainings are known for their humor, humanity and technical expertise. email@example.com
Inika Spence has been an aquatic body worker since 1996, working at Harbin Hot Springs as a Watsu, WaterDance and Healing Dance Practitioner. Her classes are informed by her extensive work as a therapist and bring a grounded and practical aspect to her teaching. She has over 2800 hours of training and over 4500 hours teaching aquatic bodywork. Inika has been teaching Watsu and Healing Dance since 1999. She brings grace to the water and conveys that grace to her students through her knowledge of movement and experience in yoga, tai chi, dance, meditation. Aquatic bodywork is her passion. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Theri Thomas has been everything from a corporate trainer to a martial arts national competition competitor and coach. She currently is the owner and manager of the Aquatic Bodywork Center and has been a practitioner and instructor in the areas of massage, martial arts, yoga, Nia, fitness, core awareness, nutrition, hypnotherapy and holistic health over the past 29 years, 20 of which have been in San Diego. She has trained with Alexander, the creator of Healing Dance, Harold Dull, the originator of Watsu, with Jahara the creator of the Jahara technique, as well as with and with Peggy Schoedinger P.T. the originator of Adaptive Watsu. Mary Theri is one of Healing Dance's Senior Instructors. email@example.com
Ahara Vatter (aka Har Kaur) has been an Aquatic Bodyworker through WABA since 1998. She is a Healing Dance Instructor and a Watsu Instructor. She brings patience to every class and helps each student discover their own natural wisdom in the water, as well as the body mechanics to support their movements. The full spectrum dynamic play of Healing Dance, coupled with it’s organic nature, encourages us to find freedom and understanding in the movement and sanctuary spaces of our body and in those of our floating partners. Healing Dance enlivens any therapy we do in the water. It is a brilliant water modality. Come join us. firstname.lastname@example.org
For Michael Hallock it was love-at-first-float when he first experienced aquatic bodywork as a receiver over 20 years ago. As he surfaced, his first words were, “I’m going to do this!” First training as a Watsu Therapist in 2002, he went on to work with several world renowned resorts including Chivasom Thailand, Golden Door Australia, and Fivelements Bali. When Michael discovered Healing Dance, he felt immediately at home with the exhilarating fluid movement, and honoring intuitive approach. In 2009, along with Nicola Kapala, he inspired Alexander to develop the Healing Dance Spa Provider Training and went on to become a Healing Dance teacher himself. Widely respected in the field and much loved by his students, Michael’s teaching is characterised by depth, humour, and warmth. Michael was recently featured in National Geographic Indonesia and has become a leading teacher of aquatic bodywork in Asia Pacific.
Anat Juran says of herself, “Being in the water and connecting with people has been my passion and medicine since I remember myself, hence my life is forever entwined with water and people”. Anat’s long professional experience in aquatic education started with 15 years as a nationally leading competitive swimming coach in Israel, followed by another 20 years of managing her own aquatic center. She developed swimming programs for babies, toddlers, children, and for people with special needs. Her passion for working in the water with people led her to take interest in many forms of therapy including Swedish and Sports massage, Shiatsu, and Aromatherapy, as well as different hydrotherapy techniques including Halliwick. Anat is a Watsu Therapist and teacher, a WaterDance Practitioner, and a Healing Dance Practitioner and teacher. She is also trained in Hakomi – an experiential Body Centered psychotherapy. email@example.com
Claire Muskopf learned to swim before she learned to walk. Water unified and permeated most of her life. Aquatic bodywork has beautifully reconnected dance and that love of the water for her since 2007. Claire deepened her knowledge through her trainings, in Healing Dance, WaterDance, Esalen Massage and Fluid Presence. Displaced from being a Healing Dance practitioner at Harbin Hot Springs, Claire is based in Hawaii where the ocean is a constant comforting and healing presence. Part mermaid, she has been known to say, “if I only had gills, I'd never get out of the water.” The fluidity of the body of work that is Healing Dance, the vocabulary it holds and the ease and care in which movement is offered to clients all provide great inspiration for her. Her playful spirit looks forward to sharing knowledge and exploration with you.
Monika Veerman comes from a varied background including gymnastics, dance, massage, and progressive muscle relaxation. In 1999 she discovered aquatic bodywork and has since become a Practitioner in Watsu, WaterDance and Healing Dance, studying from each of its founders. In 2019 she became an Instructor of Healing Dance. In her own words, “The natural movement patterns of the water, which Healing Dance makes so tangible, trigger in me the deepest and happiest feelings. As a practitioner and teacher, I enjoy bringing people into a world of deep relaxation and well-being.”
Alda Lopes has worked daily in the water and with the water for fifteen years as a Swimming Teacher (with babies, children and adults), Hydrogymnastics, Ai-Chi and Hydrobike. In the search for new knowledge related to the water element, she discovered the aquatic bodywork techniques, becoming a WATSU® Practitioner in 2011 and a Healing Dance Practitioner in 2019. Alda considers herself an eternal student, enjoying the beginner's mind discoveries.
"Healing Dance was an amazing revelation that rocked me, submerged me and expanded me. It is always with a feeling of gratitude that I welcome someone into my arms for the first time. I feel an enormous privilege to be able to float someone with technique, with beauty, in deep listening and being a witness of each one's surrender." Water has been her second home, her teacher, her temple and a joyful journey. Alda offers her sessions near Lisbon, working mainly with chronic and emotional pain.
Carole Condamine has been involved in the wellness world since 2004. Her journey began traveling the world to study from different masters in the art of massage and energetic work. These travels also allowed her to enjoy her passion for diving.
Her first encounter with aquatic bodywork was with Watsu in 2008, leading to becoming a practitioner in 2014. Taking care of people in the water brought her joy and happiness. It was like blending two passions in one.
Soon after, she discovered Healing Dance, becoming a practitioner in 2019. She immediately fell in love with the gracefulness, the elegance, the beauty, the essence and the philosophy of this discipline.
Carole offers sessions in the south of France.
" Life is a beautiful journey. Somehow along the way I’ve been guided to take this path toward Healing Dance and I feel so grateful for it."
Kathrin George is a Watsu, WaterDance and Healing Dance Practitioner. Besides Healing Dance she teaches the Introductory Weekend and Basic Seminar courses in the German system. For over 20 years she has worked as a physical therapist. In her own words, "Water was always my element, and the discovery of the water work was love at first sight. It combines my passion for water and movement, as well as the joy of meeting and caring for others. Beyond this the water work is an ideal complement to my physical therapy. Both receiving and giving are a blessing in my life, providing me with an island of tranquility in an often turbulent everyday life." firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashaman Gray "I have been dancing in the water since my first training with Alexander in 1999. The fluidity and dynamic grace inherent in aquatic bodywork immediately touched my center, and integrated my passions for body awareness, movement and relating. I studied many of the prominent aquatic modalities, and was certified to teach Healing Dance by Alexander in 2005. Since then I've taught in the mainland USA, Hawaii, India, Spain and Hungary, and love discovering new people, waters, and countries through this beautiful art. In addition to my experience in the water I have practiced and taught bodywork for almost 20 years, am fascinated with breathwork and martial arts, instruct sustainable movement and fitness practices, and have worked as a performing classical musician and a climbing arborist. I look forward to meeting you in the water!"
(Sophie Anquetil) discovered Watsu® and Tantra over 20 years ago. After she had become a Watsu® and Healing Dance® Practitioner she specialized working on unconscious cellular memories. She is also a certified Skydancing Tantra® Teacher II and co-founder of Aqua-Tantra®, facilitating in Europe and Mexico. Through her immersion in Healing Dance she discovered more flow, movement and awareness in her sessions. Bodhi teaches the IHD, Healing Dance I and the Integration Day. She brings a rare passion and commitment to her work, being strongly guided by her intuition. “I feel deeply connected to Healing Dance. Integrating Alexander’s work became so natural for me. With sensual movement and the feeling of water on the skin, Healing Dance is for me the most tantric in the aquatic world!”
Sarah Reynolds arrives to the Healing Dance family a skilled Myofascial Therapist (1999), Watsu Practitioner (2003) and Massage Therapy Instructor (2001). Currently, she offers healing sessions on land and in water in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Throughout her life she has dreamed of the ocean and in particular ocean waves and tidal movements. For Sarah, Healing Dance is unique in its elegance and its power to open doorways for self acceptance and expanded consciousness. Her teaching style is both direct and creative. In her classes, water is the medium for students to learn this exquisite technique and explore the depths of human experience. The water takes us there.
Deb Evangelista has been a water baby for as long as she can remember. One of her earliest memories is of sitting in the shallows of a Midwest freshwater lake in the summer of 1968. In college she got the opportunity to teach adult swim lessons, private swim instruction and aqua aerobics. Deb’s journey with Watsu began in 2006, receiving her practitioner status in 2012. Along the way, she was introduced to a sister modality, Healing Dance. Deb received her practitioner status in Healing Dance in 2013 and her accreditation to teach Introduction to Healing Dance in 2016. She is also trained to lead Ai Chi. Deb’s work is highly influenced by the principles of Somatic and Polarity therapies. She holds the title of Polarity Therapy Life Coach. Deb loves swimming amongst the waves of adult learning and believes in meeting and supporting students where they are in their personal journeys of discovery and learning. She believes in the healing qualities of being seen, held and heard - sacred space and witnessed in our process. email@example.com
Valérie Hamoniaux started swimming in 2008. She became a swimming instructor a few years. Subsequently she discov-ered WATSU, becoming a Practitioner in 2014. She then dived into the study of Healing Dance, becoming a Practitioner in 2019. Today Valérie shares the benefits of water through sessions, workshops and swimming lessons with the desire to make people aware of the physical, psychic and emotional benefits of aquatic practices. "Healing Dance has conquered me by the precision and richness of its technique that allow an encounter with oneself and with the water, in the service of better being."
Rui Granja became a WATSU Practitioner in 2004 and a Healing Dance Practitioner in 2019. He comes from a background in Human Resources and Psychology of Work. Discovering aquatic bodywork in 2000 was a turning point in his path, revealing a true passion. The deep impact of Healing Dance and Watsu, took him to work mostly with chronic pain in the north of Portugal and also sharing this flame through presentations in educational institutions and to the public in general.
Rui, sees Healing Dance as a “rare act of creation”, a superb aquatic bodywork technique that adds knowledge, beauty and universality to the translucid water.
“Testing Healing Dance for the first time with fibromyalgia and spondylitis receivers was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life. The joy they were feeling from physical and emotional pain relief, made me resonate with it in a complete state of gratitude and humility.”