My Watsu® Journey

How Aquatic Bodywork Transformed My Work, Life and Outlook.

The Australian Institute of Aquatic Bodywork and Aquanat founder, Anat Juran, February 2021

When it all began…

Twenty years ago, before relocating to Australia with my family, I was a young mum to 3 kids and an owner and manager of a swim school which operated out of the back of our property in Israel, specialising in teaching aquatic skills to babies and toddlers and providing individual aquatic care for the fragile, with over 440 students and clients a week.

With a business to run, a home life to keep together and 3 young children to take care of, I was constantly overstretched both mentally and physically.

My work life involved long hours in the pool, management and problem solving, and the mental pressure of always having to think ahead.

I look back on this time now and realise how stressed I was, how often haunted by feelings of guilt for missing parts of my kids' lives, and how much pain and fatigue I continuously endured.

I was committed to holding it all together.

An old photo of Anat Juran as a young mother holding her two small children while sitting on a picnic blanket under a tree at a beach
Camping with my babies

Being highly motivated I couldn’t resist opportunities to add more skills to my professional toolkit, and learn new techniques and methods so that I can offer the best experience both to my staff members and my clients.

So when the opportunity presented itself in September of 2000, I ignored the signals of over stretching myself, thinking that if I only applied “will power” and “time management skills” I could survive with less sleep, and that relief is just around the corner… I honestly believed that I was invincible.

 An old photo of young swim coach Anat Juran sitting out of a pool while teaching kids to swim
Coaching competitive swimming

Without thinking twice, I of course enrolled into an intensive training course in Aquatic Bodywork that year - my first Watsu course!

This course, Watsu I, was to be 6 intensive days in which, I was told, we would spend about 7 hours a day in warm water.

I didn’t know much about Watsu or Aquatic Bodywork then.

At that point in time Watsu and other passive forms of Aquatic Bodywork had just been introduced in the county and were fairly unknown.