‘Getting Well in Newer Ways — A Report from the Frontlines of Santa Barbara’s Alternative Health Movement’
By Matt Kettmann, Chief Editor of the Santa Barbara Independent October 7, 2010
Article written by By Matt Kettmann and Photo by Paul Wellman
WRT Water Release Therapy®
Submerged in a warm pool, my body is carefully flopped about, like a beach towel being shaken of sand in slow motion. My underwater mind, at first worried about when my next breath would come, forgets momentarily about the needs of my lungs. It is instead lost in a full state of utter relaxation as it floats about weightlessly, my limbs occasionally stretched, my muscles frequently massaged. Welcome to the pleasures of WRT Water Release Therapy® (WRT), a modality invented by my former Yoga Instructor Diane Feingold, who took the tenets of Watsu® (or “water shiatsu”) and developed a much deeper practice.
“I’m focusing on being fully present in mind, body, and emotion, connecting deeply with all levels of being,” explained Feingold, whose clients include both those seeking simple relaxation and others with more critical needs, such as rape victims, fibromyalgia sufferers, and folks with serious neck and back problems. “It allows me to support someone in a space where they can move in ways they cannot move on land. It helps people really integrate a lot of healing, a lot of letting go. People can free themselves up from things that might be in the way of living fully in their life.” Continue reading