With wisdom enriched over 20 years, Shantam has become one of the people who best understands the therapeutic effects of water. It was she who developed Fluid Presence, the most holistic of therapies, which understands the body and movements as a whole, in and out of the water.
It is one of the therapies most based on the principles and methods of Watsu. It was developed by two therapists from the Quiet Healing Center in Auroville, India, between the forest and the sea, in an environment that brings together various complementary and alternative treatments, in a kind of community work-in-progress from different areas. In other words, a small paradise of well-being.
Amongst the activities at this centre, there is a section dedicated to aquatic therapies, with a pool heated to 35 degrees where different therapists carry out their practices. Dariya and Daniel are the duo of residents who created this concept called Liquid Flow, a series of movements and touches that resulted in a very unique style, in line with the foundations of Watsu. At the center and also in other parts of the world, there are several people dedicated to aquatic therapies who have had specific training in this style, and many are linked to Liquid Zome.
It is different because it mixes the qualities of Watsu, OBA (Oceanic Bodywork Aqua), Healing Dance and Water Dance. The therapy starts at the surface, while the body relaxes, with smooth but continuous movements, so that the muscles and joints receive the effects of the warm water.
During the session, you can combine the placement of a nose clip, so to enjoy the second part of this massage: submersion. It is at this point that the experience becomes deeper and more relaxing. The sensation is similar to the passage of a river through us, in a fluidity of water that comforts us and stretches the body.
They are immediate, but they also extend over time. Water massages are a unique way to release tension and rest your body. They are a vehicle for treating injuries or muscle pain. They welcome a sense of effortless surrender that leads us to overcome mental or physical barriers, letting the body and mind flow freely. The session ends with a gentle return to the outside world, so that the impact is not sudden. There is a a moment of grounding that awakens emotions and bring a sense of inner peace. This sensation of floating remains even when we put our feet on the ground and it accompanies us for a long period of time after this wonderful experience.