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The main benefits of WATSU and Aqua Body Works are a deep relaxation, easing of different physical and emotional pain, such as back pain and head-aches.
Clients report decreased pain, as WATSU and Aqua Body Works decreases
their muscle spasm and muscle guarding, increases
their range of motion, and promotes profound
relaxation. Many clients also report a decrease in their emotional pain. Therapists utilizing WATSU as
part of their aquatic therapy treatment programs report the following improvements in their clients:

1. Immediate Benefits with First Session
. Increased range of motion
. Increased muscle relaxation
. Decreased muscle spasm
. Decreased spasticity
. Decreased pain

2. Long-term Benefits after Multiple Sessions
. Improved sleep patterns
. Improved digestion
. Improved healing and immune system response
. Greater decreases in pain
. Decreased anxiety
. Many clients report a decrease in their emotional pain
Watsu is being incorporated into aquatic therapy treatment programs In hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers around the world. Therapists are impressed by the benefits for so many of their clients. Some of the many populations who have benefited include those with
. Traumatic brain injury
. Spinal cord injury
. Strokes
. Parkinson Disease
. Arthritis
. Cerebral palsy

Chronic pain
. Fibromyalgia
. Ankylosing spondylitis
. Post mastectomy
. Post thoracic surgery
. Post traumatic stress disorder.
The sympatholytic effects of WATSU and other forms of Aquatic Therapy
Lead to enhancement of the parasympathetic nervous system. Physiological
changes then occur throughout the body. These changes may include:
. Decreased heart rate
. Decreased rate of respiration
. Increased depth of respiration
. Increased peripheral vasodilatation
. Increased smooth muscle activity (digestion)
. Decreased activation of striated muscles (skeletal)
. Decreased spasticity
. Decreased muscle spasm
. Decreased Reticular Activating System activity
. Enhanced immune system response

WATSU helps decrease muscle tension and increase range of motion.
The support of the water provides relief from compression forces
in the joints. The movements through the water provide
gentle stretching into all ranges for the spine and
extremities while these joints are unloaded.