Coccydynia is pain of the coccyx or tailbone – the lowest bone in the spine. While it can be damaged in an accident, the pain can also be caused by childbirth. Symptoms can include an ache when sitting down and rising from a seat. Talk about a pain in the rear!;)
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, near Zurich in Switzerland has recently introduced Water Shiatsu to help ease the pain of Coccydynia sufferers. Water Shiatsu is a stretching and massage treatment that takes place in a pool. The water allows the vertebrae to be supported, with the spine fully relaxed as it’s carrying no weight.
The treatment starts by strapping buoyancy aids to the legs. The client then gets into the pool with the therapist who instructs them to shut their eyes and lean back. They are then led round the pool, while floating, with their head resting on the therapist’s shoulder. Music is usually played in the background and they are moved in a figure-of-eight shapes to rotate the spine.
After this service, clients report that their back and spine feel lighter and less stiff. Sounds heavenly doesn’t it?:)