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  Watsu and Aquatic Therapy at The Abbott Center
Aquatic Therapy Our 4' deep heated hydrotherapy pool is available for a variety of uses. A swim jet, massage heads and fitness 'toys' are some of the choices available for excercising with our water fitness trainer. Water based excercise is very popular in cross-training programs and is used extensively by those who need rehabilitation as well as those for whom land-based excercise is difficult.

Warm water is also appropriate for hydromassage (a floating massage using a pressurized hose), for Watsu (water shiatsu, a gentle floating therapy), or for relaxation before or after a therapy session. Our therapists will work with you in the pool or you can excercise and relax on your own.
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Watsu
Watsu is a gentle form of aquatic bodywork that integrates the buoyant properties of water with the stretches of shiatsu to promote healing and relaxation on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. The client is glided through soothing warm water in a "water dance" while being supported by the practitioner who uses techniques such as stretching, acupressure, floating, massage and cradling. The receiver's body glides gracefully through the water while the forces of gravity on the joints and spine are liberated, allowing many relaxed positions not possible on land.

The stretches of shiatsu release blocked energy along the meridians that carry the life force called "chi." Watsu integrates a range of applications from stress reduction at health spas to treatment for pain relief and muscle reeducation at rehabilitation centers. It is used to address certain psychiatric problems as well. More about "being" than doing, Watsu recipients report a heightened sense of awareness of inner feelings, improved general relaxation, digestion and circulation, better sleep and decreased pain.
Conditions Responsive to Watsu
Chronic Pain and Injuries
~ Headaches
~ Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain
~ Arthritis & Joint Pain
~ Head & Back Injuries/Whiplash
~ Cancer & Surgeries

Physical & Emotional Tension
~ Chronic Fatigue
~ Daily Stress
~ Depression & Anxiety
~ Physical and Emotional Abuse
~ Isolation
~ Attention Deficit Disorder

Problematic Exercise
~ Limited Range of Motion
~ Obesity
~ Soft Tissue Dysfunction
~ Post-Masectomy/Surgeries
~ Pregnancy
~ Neuromuscular Disease
~ Weakness
 
Benefits ~ Improved sense of well being
~ Decreased pain
~ Increased energy
~ Release of anxiety and stress
~ Depper sleep
~ Decreased muscle tension
~ Improved posture
~ Acceptance of self and others
~ Release of emotions
 
Conditions Responsive to Aquatic Therapies
Fitness
~ Rehabilitation from injury, disease, joint problems and surgery

Massage

~ For those who relax better in warm water
~ For those who are sensitive to deep tissue massage
 
 
 
The Abbott Center
323 High Street Westwood
MA 02090-1103

TEL (781) 326-3841
FAX (781) 326-4344

 
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