30 Apr Rachel Jacobs: Massage Therapist and Watsu Aquatic Therapy Practitioner
How long have you been a massage/watsu practitioner and what was the path that led you into bodywork?
I have been practicing massage for 15 years. Coming in to this practice was one of life’s amazing moments where I was moved toward my calling without understanding that it was what I was destined to do. I worked in the medical field for several years, including positions in doctor’s offices, long term care facilities, and hospice care. I always felt a little discouraged in knowing I wanted to help people feel better, but I felt like I wasn’t quite hitting the mark. I knew I had more potential to help people in a different way, I just didn’t know what that way was. I signed up for massage school in Colorado Springs never having had a massage before or even knowing what being a massage therapist was about. I went in to it blindly, but I felt guided to take the journey, so I trusted my intuition. I am so thankful that I did. Massage therapy has been my passion for my entire career. I feel so lucky to be someone who feels like I have ultimately found a trade where my talent and intuition blend together with my passion for service to others, allowing me to experience deep joy in my work.
More recently I have also become a certified Watsu practitioner and have been offering aquatic therapies at SunWater Spa for the past year and a half. The path leading me to this treasure was similar yet very different from my decision to become a massage therapist. I began again by blindly following my intuition and signing up for a Watsu therapy as a birthday gift to myself, I had never heard of Watsu and had no idea what it was, other than you were in the water and that sounded great to me! I had a one hour session with Mitzi and it changed my life. I was blown away by the experience and I immediately thought to myself “Whatever this is I need to be a part of it. I need to share Watsu with the world.” So I began my journey to becoming a Watsu practitioner, which also facilitated a deep journey within myself. Receiving and subsequently giving Watsu is a profound healing experience for me. I’ve learned and grown to love and accept myself so much more through this healing therapy.
What gift does your work offer your guests? What do you want your guests to walk away feeling/thinking?
How would you sum up your personal philosophy or mantra?
What is one self-care suggestion you offer to your recipients?
Based on your experiences, what makes SunWater stand out from other wellness centers/spas?