How do I prepare for my Somaquatics session?
Arrange to arrive at your appointment relaxed and on time. It is good not to do anything strenuous for the rest of the day after the session. It is best not to eat anything difficult to digest about 2 hours before the session. If you feel very hungry, you can have some fruit or juice. For afterwards you can bring a snack and water or tea for hydrating. Bring swimwear that you feel comfortable in. It's good to have one bath towel and something warm to wrap yourself in afterwards, such as a bathrobe, a second bath towel or a sweater.
What happens after the session?
After the session we have a short talk. Sometimes clients would like to talk about their experiences, have a question or wish to be touched in order to arrive fully in the here and now. In any case, it is important to drink a lot and possibly eat something - fruits, vegetables, nuts and dried fruits are great, because they contain minerals and vitamins that the body can use well now. The best thing is to take the next few hours or the rest of the day off so that you can fully indulge in relaxation.
Is Somaquatics the same as, for example, Watsu or Aguahara?
Somaquatics is my neologism and my brand. At the same time, I understand somaquatics as an umbrella term for all somatic methods and approaches that take place in water, whether alone, in pairs or in groups.
I can't hold my breath for very long. Can you still get me underwater in the session?
Many people think they can't hold their breath for very long and then in the session they are amazed at how long they are relaxed underwater. This is because in a relaxed state the body needs less oxygen and also releases anxiety that can come up when we hold our breath. In any case, I always observe the breathing rhythm of my clients very closely and adjust accordingly, so that no stress arises and everyone can feel safe. In the preliminary talk there is also the opportunity to talk about exactly such questions.
I am afraid to I put my head under water. Can I still book a somaquatic session?
Absolutely - we can design the whole session so that you are never completely submerged with your head and your face is always out of the water. I usually work with a pillow, but sometimes I hold the head safely on my arm or hand. In our preliminary talk we clarify such needs, e.g. also whether you would like to try putting your face under water. We will then agree on exactly how we will do it, whether you will control it on your own or I will let you know and then immerse you only very briefly on the surface at first. In any case, a session that only takes place on the surface can be just as wonderful and intense as one where you are also moved underwater.
Do we talk during the session?
During the session you will have your eyes closed and just let go. It is not planned that we talk and most likely you don't feel like it. But if there is something important, of course you or I can say it. We also have a preliminary talk where we clarify everything that is necessary and at the end we have a follow-up talk.
What if I have to go to the bathroom during the session?
In general, it is good not to drink or eat too much before the session and to go to the toilet again right before the session starts. If you do have to go to the bathroom during the session, we'll just take a short break, that's not a problem.
Is Somaquatics also suitable for children and teenagers?
Yes, definitely. Most children love water. Of course, it depends on whether the child or teenager is up for such a session. In addition, it depends on the age, the individual and the moment, how the session will turn out. With some children, for example, I would rather not go with the head under water, with others it might be a bit more playful, because they can relax better in action than when being still. I have also had a child fall asleep in the session and only wake up again on land. It's very different, just as it is with adults.
I have my own pool. Do you also make house calls?
Yes, by arrangement, I also make house calls. It is important that the water temperature is comfortable and warm enough for you and that the water depth is around 1,20-1,30m. Just ask me specifically about this.
On the photos it looks quite close and intimate. Actually, I'm not the cuddly type...
Somaquatics is not about cuddling. However, physical contact is inevitably part of the session and it depends on you how much that is in the foreground. Primarily it is about your relationship with yourself and the water. I am simply there and hold the space. But then, of course, it can also be that someone, for example, remembers his:her childhood very much on the body level and explicitly enjoys being held in the arm. On the other hand, there are also many ways to limit the physical contact to a necessary minimum. My task is to sense how much closeness and distance is appropriate for my client and to act accordingly. It is also important to say that a session in the water can be a sensual experience for many clients, but it is in no way a space for sexual interaction, I am very clear about that.