Healing Dance I

Inika Spence

November 17, 2013 - November 22, 2013

Water Dance Class - HawaiiHealing Dance is a synthesis of Watsu, Trager Work, Waterdance, and pure movement.  It combines the freedom, scope and 3 dimensions of Waterdance with the safety and nurture of Watsu. The approach is based on the healing power of movement and how the body naturally moves in water. The movements are hydrodynamic and spacious, featuring many different undulating wave movements that integrate the body and release blocked energies. Quiet embraces, releases, tractions, smooth transitions and massage are all woven together in an unending flow. Life and movement re-enter the body.

In 1990 Alexander George combined his Watsu and WaterDance training with his 25 years experience in ballet, modern, and free movement exploration to develop Healing Dance. With the help of Inika, in 1999, he created Healing Dance Above and Below which brings Healing Dance and Watsu moves under the water.

Healing Dance I

In Healing Dance I the entire session takes place above the surface of the water, yet it elicits many of the same responses experienced in an underwater session. The giver enjoys the pleasure of his or her own dance, bringing the grace of movement to the receiver. The form follows the natural tendencies of the body moving in water in a variety of waves, circles and figure eight’s with the legs free to experience the sensation of the water flowing past. Positional sanctuaries, releases, creative stretches, and transitions, including the Matador and Vortex, are part of this level. Students learn the principles of relating and mirroring, moving by example, generating a rhythmic field, and applying advanced body mechanics to be able to travel smoothly across the pool to create "virtual currents".

Land sessions cover counter-indications, theory behind Healing Dance, presence and how to begin a session as well as some rhythmic bodywork.

About the Facilitator(s)

Inika SpenceInika has been an aquatic body worker since 1996, working at Harbin Hot Springs as a Watsu, WaterDance and Healing Dance Practitioner. Her classes are informed by her extensive work as a therapist and bring a grounded and practical aspect to her teaching. She has over 2800 hours of training and over 4500 hours teaching aquatic bodywork.

Inika has been teaching Watsu and Healing Dance since 1999. She brings grace to the water and conveys that grace to her students through her knowledge of movement and experience in yoga, tai chi, dance, meditation. Aquatic bodywork is her passion.

Inika has spent a great amount of time in the water throughout her life, some of that time involved working and playing with dolphins both captive (working on a communication project with John C. Lilly) and free swimming. Inika is able to impart the joy of movement and gentle touch to her students in an easy, flowing environment. She teaches Watsu I & II and all the classes of Healing Dance.

Student comments:

"(Inika) created balance and flow ...like one long perfect Healing Dance." T.W.

"Inika's class was structured like the spirit and principles of Watsu in the ease of learning and teaching." A.L.

"Fantastic teacher, the best I've had for balance, support, understanding, flexibility, experience, knowledge, and facilitation skills. " L.C..


Workshop Fees

Kalani is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity. Your stay here supports our educational mission, preservation of ancient Hawaiian cultural sites, and the development of a model sustainable community.

Tuition-only price: $650. Discounts are available if taking multiple bodywork courses.

To register and/or book accomodations and meals, contact Kalani Reservations Desk. Prices subject to change without notice.

Prices subject to change without notice.