Today we’d like to introduce you to Fuad Phillip Alan Osceola.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Fuad Phillip Alan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I came across the 18th century French Enlightenment philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau ‘s observation about the human condition, “ Man was born free but everywhere he is in chains”.
I put the quote under my picture in the high school yearbook. I set out to find a solution to avoid this fate. I sought to define my individual chains, so I could then break them.
Seeking answers, I study psychology, education, and literature at UMass/Amherst and UCAL/Irvine. Carlos Castenada gives a guest lecture about the construction of one’s internal reality.
In the pursuit of knowledge, I come to understand that the ideal school will feature a Mind/Body paradigm for healing. I find such a school, Soma Wholistic Center for Health and Education. I study counseling, group encounter, massage, meditation, dance and movement therapy, bioenergetics, Reichian Breathing, Gestalt therapy, Tai Chi, yoga, music and art therapy with Dr. Abraham Sussman and Dr. Jon Lieff.
I begin an advanced study of a range of massage modalities, including Hawaiian, Thai, Swedish, Acupressure, Amma, Polarity, Trager, and Postural Integration.
I immerse myself in further study of chain breaking methods of existential psychosynthesis (integrated therapies) with famed Mexican psychiatrist, Dr. Salvador Roquet and legendary 100-year-old curandera, Maria Sabina in the Sierra Madres. While encountering the sacred, I learn that fear of death must be overcome in order to break the chains and allow for life, love, and peace.
Later, I attend Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduate with a Masters of Education degree from the Counseling and Consulting Psychology Program.
I work in nursing homes, elderly public housing, geriatric psychiatric wards and Bridgewater Hospital for the Criminally Insane in order to help heal the people and break their chains.
Russian aquatic genius, Dr. Igor Burdenko teaches me water therapies for fitness, conditioning, and rehab. He tells me how his father came home from WWII stiff, immobile and riddled with bullet holes, and how his father healed himself by going into water every day in order to recover.
I visit Marathon Key, FL in order to learn warm water Watsu aquatic massage for facilitation of the relaxation response and freedom of movement, and I became a Watsu Practitioner.
I refine my technique with advanced Watsu study and further develop my understanding of the underlying dynamics and mechanics of the healing effects of Watsu.
The key to understanding is suggested in the work of Dr. Ernest Rossi, and of the renowned 20th-century hypnotist Dr. Milton Erickson. Dr. Rossi explains the relationship between the ultradian rhythm and the relaxation response, and he compares the restorative benefits of the 20-minute break with the healing states entered into during Dr. Milton Erickson’s hypnotic therapy sessions. According to brain science research over the last 30 years, sighted by Dr. Rossi, the body repairs itself during a 20 to 30 minute period every 1 ½ to 2 hours. This repair of the body is enhanced if the right brain hemisphere activity can be supported by rest or massage. At least one restful 20 to 30 minute period is recommended per day. The healing practices of massage, Watsu, meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, 20-minute nap, and hypnotic states all have this rest component in common and are vehicles for the ultradian rhythm to manifest.
Some of the chains in human kind that philosopher Rousseau referred to can be conceived of as stress. Stress management is identifying the chains and dissolving them and being able to maintain a stress-free state.
I establish LA Watsu to support this process of reducing stress and increasing body and mind awareness through massage, Watsu, meditation, counseling, and fitness.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Finding warm water therapy pools for Watsu treatments.
Raising the visibility of Watsu in the marketplace.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LA Watsu – what should we know?
LA Watsu is about stress management, helping people be healthy, and initiating a self-discovery process that identifies stress by developing proprioceptive awareness. Stress is relieved through Watsu and massage, and a self-monitoring skill is created, which helps avoid further stress. A stress-free body can be maintained through Watsu and massage, as well as aquatic fitness.
In Watsu, the body is held and massaged in a warm water pool of 96-98 degrees (about body temperature), allowing for mind expansion beyond the body boundary. Being moved freely through the water, the client can let go of pain and experience creative realizations. The buoyancy of the water reduces stress on the joints, and lateral and medial flexion of the spine creates a flowing experience that is unique. Water assisted stretching occurs in the form of flexion and extension of the body. While being floated, diaphragmatic breathing initiates the ultradian rhythm and the relaxation response. A serene hypnagogic dream state can then experienced.
At LA Watsu, increased health and happiness is the goal for each client.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Watsu has helped some people overcome their previous phobias of the water. Watsu is a safe way to promote a compassionate guided corrective experience in the water. Perhaps, the most beautiful transformation is when fear of water changes to love of water. When these people are able to enjoy the water, it is an amazing grace.
- One Hour Watsu Treatment: $100 in Marina del Rey or Tarzana
- One Hour In- home Watsu Treatment: $150
- One Hour In-home Integrated Massage Treatment: $125
- One Hour Aquatic Fitness Training: $75
- Website: www.LAwatsu.com
- Phone: 646.825.0969
- Email: info@LAwatsu.com
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