I can’t say that I’ve been the moisturising kind of lass and I was never really the hairdryer owning kind either. I soon realised, however, that I simply cannot let things slip when working in water.

After three hours in warm water moisturising becomes a demand and staying dry between the toes and in the ears has also bought me my first hairdryer.

Recently I had the opportunity to reflect on the depth of my sensitivity and how that worked or didn’t work for me.

Working in water demands that I be in full respect of myself and how I’m feeling.

Surrounded by people I was meeting for the first time and surrendering to a new level of trust in aquatic body work I found myself having to  express exactly how I felt in order to stay afloat.

I might be used to pushing myself way past my borders on land and thin air but in water this simply isn’t possible.

When I got to come up for air I got to come up for air!

I’m speaking literally and metaphorically here.

In fact working in water has taught me in the most grounded way how to take care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Emotions surface quite intensely when wet and so expressing and communicating them clearly and effectively also becomes a consequence of good self care.

The water itself becomes a tangible mirror in which to reflect and examine where exactly I stand, or should I say float?

In the water’s stillness I have found my border, my limit, my sense of self. I have found my footing, my grounding and a natural ally in myself.

A no is a no is a no. Not much point pushing anything too far when in water because it is likely to come right back at me there and then.

And by respecting myself I am taking care of myself and hopefully diving deeper into respecting others too.