In 1995, back from a long journey in Southern Casamance (Senegal), I was wondering what I could give back to the people who had hosted me, providing food, friendship, palm wine, love, good vibes and laughter, protection, apart from memorable angling and wood canoe steering lessons. My wise friend Michèle told me to go and see Yuichi Kawada Sensei. Crucial meeting with an inspiring teacher. Deep healing time. Fifteen years later, here I am, Libran Snake, wandering, meandering, practicing and teaching bodywork round the world. Just giving back here what I once got there.


Centuries ago, a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda was born in the temples of Thailand. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage (or Nuad Bo Rarn in thai) the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of postures while palming and thumbing along the energy "Sen" lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility. No oils or creams are used.

"Thai Yoga Massage exemplifies the four divine states of mind described in Buddhist teachings. These are: loving kindness, compassion, vicarious joy and equanimity. Thai Yoga Massage is traditionally taught and practiced with the aim of embodying these states in action. For this reason the massage is sometimes referred to as "meditation in movement". During a good Thai Yoga Massage the receiver would experience this meditation as a state of clear, calm and vivified embodiment."

(Howard Evans)


The first session of Watsu I got from my friend Cathy was a pure delight. A real bliss. Endless giggles. Ripples. Joy. And a revelation: I was made for this. This is for me. I am here to let the whole world know about this wonderful technique! The practice of Watsu and Wata today allows me to combine my strong passion for massage with my experience as a professional dancer and my delight to be in water.


The Watsu® (Water Shiatsu) is an amazing aquatic bodywork technique developed in the early 1980s in Harbin Hot Springs, Northern California. Watsu combines different forms of touch and massage with deep stretches, joint manipulation, postural and energy work. Water is heated at 34°C in order to help self-healing energy to flow more naturally, as well as relieve physical, psychological or emotional tensions. The privileged intimacy that is created during a session increases self-consciousness and self-confidence in and outside the water.

Please note that it's not even necessary to know how to swim. Your neck is supported at all times and your face is never submerged.


The Waterdance (Wasser Tanzen or Wata in short) could be the underwater sister of Watsu. After a gentle beginning, the recipient is being given a nose clip and gradually brought underwater during exhalation. This three-dimensional session, apart from having all the positive effects of a Watsu, will moreover enhance the awareness of one's own breath, and invites to a gentle exploration of letting go. No minimum lung capacity is required ... and as for Watsu, it is not even necessary to know how to swim. A session lasts about an hour and a half (shower included).

""It was like yawning. I enjoyed the well-being, the eyes closed and the smooth ebb and flow on that water which swept the obstacles, that water which carried us like a colossal chest, that water, always there for our rest, transmitting lives and loves, words and thoughts. (...)


Here, no flood of thoughts, but only the stroke of the wave and desire, mingling, touching, ebbing and flowing, running - INFINITE DEPTH OF PEACE."

(Anaïs Nin)

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