watsu portland

12029 NE Ainsworth Cir 100
Portland, OR 97220

Website: aqua4lifepdx.com
Phone Number: 503-863-4286
Email: aqua4lifepdx@gmail.com

License number: OR LMT #22189

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Practice description

Imagine a sense of complete harmony and full body relaxation while also being supported weightlessly in water; therefore reducing pain, tension, stress, and anxiety…
Through a therapeutic movement and massage modality called Watsu®, you can truly have this feeling and more! And, it’s offered in a small private pool; heated to near body temperature.

Aqua4Life’s founder and LMT, Victor Barreda Pazos’s ultimate goal is to restore well being and balance to all four elements of the human body: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual; allowing you to enjoy your life more fully.

With over 14 years of experience in Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Bodywork; Victor works with pregnant women, children, athletes, people with acute injuries, chronic pain, and those looking for a deep state of relaxation. During your session, you can depend on complete safety,  professionalism, skilled touch, and a session designed for your specific health needs.

Victor is a sensitive and skilled practitioner. During my session, I eased into a calming and deep meditative place, and I felt completely safe and nurtured. After my session, I felt lighter physically and emotionally, and freed from some pain I had been carrying for a long time. I highly recommend it!” ~ Fellow LMT, Anasuya Oyarzabal

Relax and (literally) let your cares, worries, and pain float away!

Current Offerings for Watsu in Portland (see services page on website for more details):

  • Peaceful Pregnancy
  • Pain Relief
  • Fluid Beginning
  • Self-care and Wellbeing
  • Balanced Childhood
  • Couples Nurturing Connection
  • Sports Training and Recovery
  • Watsu for Babies Class



Watsu® for Self-care and Wellbeing
60 min Session: $150
90 min Session: $225
60 min 3-Session Series $405

Watsu® for a Peaceful Pregnancy:
60 min Session: $150
90 min Session: $225
60 min 3-Session Series $405

Watsu® for Pain Relief:
60 min Session: $180
90 min Session: $270

Watsu® for a Balanced Childhood:
30 min Session: $80
30 min 3-Session Series $205

See website for complete fee structure

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Reviews (10)

Izarra Varela Moore
February 4 2020

Victor was a delight to work with: knowledgable, professional, and genuinely invested in his craft. During the treatment, I felt both physically free but also seen and cared for. I would definitely recommend Victor and Watsu water therapy for anyone looking for an alternative to traditional movement therapy methods.

July 11 2019

I was so happy to find Watsu offered here in Portland to help me with an shoulder/neck injury from a car accident and even happier he could work with my motor vehicle accident insurance. Victor has been an integral part of my healing process. I’ve tried many other modalities but find that my pain and tension headaches go away with Watsu. The water along with Victor’s knowledge of body mechanics really help me so much. His attentive and gentle approach is so rare these days and really appreciate him. I can’t stress enough how much everyone could benefit from this approach to healing with water. I’m a fan for life. Thanks again, Victor!

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: Other

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

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