aqua 4 life

12029 NE Ainsworth Cir 100
Portland, OR 97220

Phone Number: 503-863-4286

License number: 22189

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Practice description

Watsu® is a therapeutic movement and massage modality, offered in a pool heated to near body temperature. The therapeutic benefits of massage are multiplied by the sense of support and weightlessness of water.

With over 14 years of experience in the Physical Therapy and Massage world, Victor offers Watsu® to pregnant women, children, and people who are recovering from an acute injury, seeking relief from chronic pain, and/or looking for a deep state of relaxation.

Aqua4Life’s ultimate goal is to restore well being and balance to the 4 interrelated elements of the human body: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, to allow you to enjoy your life fully.


Watsu session 60 min $150
3-Sessions Package $405

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Reviews (8)

May 31 2019

I had a Watsu session with Victor during my 37th week of pregnancy and am very glad I did it! It opened up physical and energetic spaces for me to connect with breath and my baby. It felt very safe to be in the water and in Victor’s hands. He definitely carried a nice balance of technique and compassion in his work. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a warm environment and gently approach to aid their healing and relaxation.

Vanessa Couto
May 14 2019

I came to see Victor Barreda Pazos for a Watsu session when I was recovering from a herniated disc and acute sciatica pain. I wanted to find relief from the pain and also relaxation. What I found is twofold.

The experience in my body was of deep relaxation, but it was a spiritual/psychological healing component that I wasn’t expecting. To be in the water and being held by someone in a therapeutic manner is also profoundly healing around an issue of trust or surrender. This is where I feel that Watsu also has a deeply spiritual component to its healing potential.

Victor Barreda Pazos holds a perfect container as a therapeutic healer, and that’s key in establishing trust. He is very knowledgeable, and I appreciated his experience and ability to explain things.

I would recommend Watsu not just for relaxation or pain, but also for its psychological/spiritual benefits too.

Kelly Hogan
April 29 2019

Victor is a master at this work. I have had lots of types of treatments for sore muscles and back pain and watsu was the most gentle and effective of them all. The experience felt safe and peaceful and the healing is tangible on the physical, mental and emotional levels. I highly recommend this experience.

April 5 2019

I had my first Watsu session with Victor last week. I have arthritis & a few other things I’m managing. I also love being in warm water. What a treat! It seemed like a very healing experience and I highly recommend it if gentle/flowing movement in warm water sounds good to you.

Darcy Molloy
August 10 2018

I just finished my first Watsu session with Victor, and I must say I’m very pleased! I was a bit apprehensive on many fronts, as I am feeling fragile after the loss of a furry loved one, and have some neck pain issues I was afraid of aggravating in the process. The experience, though, was really quite magical. I had a whole new kinesthetic perception of my body. A lot like dancing, and while Victor is highly skilled and intuitive, I felt I was mainly in my own little world. He knew exactly where my “spots” were, and was able to address them in such a poetic way, I was without fear, and in total comfort. I feel quite renewed! You have to try this! It’s crazy-neat!

July 12 2018

As Víctor’s partner, I have had the privilege to witness his journey from his very first Watsu course until today, as a small business owner with a burgeoning Aquatic Bodywork practice. Over the years I’ve received aquatic bodywork from him as well as several other professionals. The quality and combination of services Víctor offers in the water are unparalleled! Whether you feel weighed down by pregnancy or are managing acute or chronic pain, Víctor’s unique set of bodywork skills combined with floatation is the ultimate in stress relief and healing. The sessions I had with Víctor during pregnancy were stellar—from his movement technique to his craniosacral work (my personal fav) to his muscle untangling, all while floating in a blissfully warm, private pool—the best! Victor has swim shirts for you to borrow and ear plugs, and he creates a safe, judgement-free container for whatever sort of relaxation or healing journey your time in the water takes you on. Especially during pregnancy, Aquatic bodywork with Víctor is a must-try. Even with the special cushions, getting comfortable on a massage table while pregnant is tricky. Receiving bodywork while floating in water, who could ask for more!

April 19 2018

I went to see Victor because my shoulder, low back and hips were so messed up, I couldn’t sit, stand or walk without pain. My whole body was angry! As a massage therapist, I need my body to work…and be pain free. I saw Victor on the recommendation from my husband who said it would help align my spine better than a chiropractic adjustment. He was soooo right!!! Not only did I feel and hear my joints gently align, being in the warm water helped all my muscles relax and eased the pain. During the session, It was as if I was floating away on clouds….at times totally forgetting Victor was there. After the session, my body was pain free and I could walk normal. After the long ride back home, some of the pain returned, but was greatly improved the next day, and completely gone the day after that. Amazing!!! I wish I would have tried it during pregnancy….can’t even imagine how amazing it would have been.

February 1 2018

I had an amazing experience in my watsu session with Victor. I was almost 9 months pregnant and very emotional when I arrived. Victor was amazing at helping me ground, come to center and find peace before even entering the pool. Once we did and the session began I felt instantly safe, relaxed and experienced deep comfort. I feel as if the session helped my physical and emotional body align. Leaving me with deeper clarity and inner strength to continue until giving birth a week later. I strongly believe this was exactly what my body and even baby inside was needing to be prepared and ready for birthing. I highly recommend this for any one looking to find deeper relaxation and clarity of mind.

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Other business info

Patients accepted: Any
Ages treated: Infant, Children, Adults
Conditions treated: Aging, Anxiety, Arthritis, Back Pain, Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Depression, Detox, Fibromyalgia, Foot Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Headache, Hip Pain, Injury, Joint Pain, Knee Pain, Leg Pain, Men’s Health, Migraines, Neck Pain, Nerve Pain, Pain, Pediatrics, Plantar Fasciitis, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Shoulder Pain, Sports Medicine, Strains and Sprains, Stress, TMJ, Tendonitis, Trauma, Women’s Health
Same day appointments: No
Outcall/home visits: No
Office type: Clinic

Insurance accepted: Pacific Source, Regence
Payment types accepted: Cash, Check, Credit, Paypal

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