ELLE (Canada) - - Escape -

“It’s a syn­ergy of move­ments,” says Maria Pierce, my spa ther­a­pist, of the un­der­wa­ter mas­sage

treat­ment I se­lect out of cu­rios­ity. “It’s very re­lax­ing for me too,” she adds. In a pri­vate treat­ment room with its own small pool, she

care­fully and strate­gi­cally swirls me through the wa­ter—some­times just by lightly touch­ing my big toe­—and gen­tly stretches my float­ing limbs. While there is a lovely sky­light over­head, I close my eyes and trust in her move­ments: “Just go with the flow,” I think as I con­cen­trate on the feel of the wa­ter’s cur­rent against my skin.

Since I never touch an edge or the bot­tom, my sense of time and place tem­po­rar­ily evap­o­rates. “The wa­ter is strong,” Pierce ex­plains af­ter­wards. “The more you re­lax, the more tension you

release. You have to let your­self be in the mo­ment.”

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