Whole Body Holding - Contact - Breath - Deep Support Communication - Support - Trust in Touch - Creativity   Pleasure - Connection


TANTSU is a relaxing and stress relieving bodywork practice that can be received in a therapeutic context, or shared for enjoyment and connection between family and friends.  A Tantsu session includes whole body holding (Tantsu cradles) , passive stretching, shiatsu pressure, massage techniques,  contact of the energetic body, spontaneous movement and non-verbal communication. Tantsu is an opportunity to relax into non-sexual, safe intimate contact. Tantsu's “cradles”, positions in which our whole body comfortably holds and moves with the receiver’s body, create a sensation of deep containment in which it is safe relax and open to a new state of wellness. 

Tantsu was created over 30 years ago by California poet and visionary bodyworker, Harold Dull, as a land-based complementary practice to his original creation of Watsu, massage in warm water.   Tantsu can be practiced anywhere, with nearly every kind of person, from babies to the elderly, in loose clothing.

You can begin with a wonderful weekend experiential course of Basic Tantsu, or dive in deeper with the full 280 hour Tantsu Professional Practitioner Training.


Tantsu’s benefits include:  Balancing the nervous system, which harmonizes all of the body’s vital processes  -  Increases immune system functioning  -  Creates a positive environment for the body’s own healing process  -  Promotes deeper breathing  -  Relaxes muscular tension  -   Relaxes lower back and neck tension  - Encourages health circulation of blood -  Helps to detoxify the body of accumulated toxins by encouraging movement of lymph fluid  - Relieves pre-menstrual tension  -  Increases vital energy  -  Promotes deep and restful sleep-  Creates a flow of energy that balances anxiety and insomnia  -   Provides a restful support for individuals in recovery from accident or surgery or during treatment for chronic illnesses  -  Relieves mental tension and fatigue  -  Promotes a healthy emotional response to stressful situations.

Tantsu is a new way to be with others, a new humanism, a way to access and share our creative joy in the interplay of breath, movement and stillness.

Tantsu sessions, classes and trainings are given internationally by instructors and practitioners accredited through the Worldwide Aquatic Bodyworker Association.