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WATSU AND WATERDANCE THERAPIST AT RANCHO LA PUERTA IN MEXICO
Tecate, Mexico, an hour south of San Diego, is the home of Rancho La Puerta, a 3,000-acre wellness retreat at the base of Mount Kuchumaa (it’s a sacred site for the area’s indigenous Kumeyaay people). A major draw is its lengthy roster of on-site healers, one of the most popular being aquatic therapy practitioner Dave Towe. Buff, tattooed, and shaven-headed (but gentle and encouraging), Towe administers Watsu (a mix of “water” and “Shiatsu”), a unique form of bodywork conducted in water that’s ninety-six degrees, the same temperature as the skin. As you float in the quiet, Towe guides you through stretches that relax muscles and release tension and trauma (tears are not uncommon).