Watsu, Massage, and Aquatic Education in Portland - OR

Aqua4Life aims to restore well being and balance to the four interrelated elements of the human body: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, through the use of the healing properties of Water. Aqua4Life offers Watsu and Aquatic Education for the childbearing year and children in two different locations in NE and SW Portland. Aqua4Life also offers Prenatal and Clinical Massage with a holisitc approach to favor the body’s natural healing mechanisms, in NE and SE Portland, where we accept Regence and Pacific Source insurances.  


Watsu is the world's first form of Aquatic Bodywork offered in a pool heated to near body temperature. The therapeutic effects of bodywork are multiplied by the low-gravity, three-dimensional movement, and the warm, full-body embrace of water.
During a Watsu session you will be gently and safely floated, rhythmically moved, stretched, and massaged. The body melts into the water.  The weightlessness and warmth of the water decompress the spine, loosen joints, and relax muscles. You will feel a freedom of movement that liberates tension.  Thoughts and feelings flow freely and are cleansed.  A feeling of peace and wellness overcomes the body and spirit.
Watsu was developed by Harold Dull who brought Zen-Shiatsu, from his studies with Master Masunaga, into the medium of water. Shiatsu is a Japanese massage technique based on the framework of traditional Chinese medicine that includes massage with fingers, thumbs, feet and palms; assisted stretching; and joint manipulation. Without the need for a futon to support the receiver, Harold found imaginative ways to support and stretch the body while still being able to administer acupressure.
Many years have passed since the early 80's when Harold Dull first started in the warm waters of Harbin Hot Springs, CA. In the interim, many other gifted Physicians, Physical Therapists, and Massage Therapists from around the world have added to this new take on bodywork we call Watsu.


Watsu for a Peaceful Pregnancy >

Watsu is an ideal wellness practice for pregnancy because water supports your joints and allows for safe stretching and massage in a three dimensional environment. Watsu during pregnancy is a refuge. As if in the womb herself, the mother feels warm, secure, and serene, which creates the ideal environment for nurturing the connection between mother and baby, as well as strengthening trust and acceptance of the journey ahead. Recipients comment the lightness and sense of emotional and physical release, along with numerous other benefits, including relief of back, shoulder and neck pain, and relief of muscle spasms and sciatica. It has also been used for helping with breech position and labor stimulation.

60 min Watsu: $100*

*All non members of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center will pay an extra $20 for the guest entrance to the facility. This will allow all-day access to the pool, gym, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool.

*Gift certificates only accepted at Dolfun

Watsu for Pain and Stress Relief>

Watsu is an extremely beneficial self-care practice, improving all of the functions of the autonomic nervous system, with therapeutic application for acute injuries and chronic pain. Along with deep stress-relief comes improved concentration and mood and relief from migraines and anxiety. Watsu gently balances the nervous, fascial, skeletal, and muscular systems, promoting the body’s natural capacity to heal.

60 min Watsu: $100*

*All non members of the Mittleman Jewish Community Center will pay an extra $20 for the guest entrance to the facility. This will allow all-day access to the pool, gym, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool.

*Gift certificates only accepted at Dolfun

AquaPrenatal Group Classes>

Pregnant women often include exercise, swimming, and yoga into their wellness routine. Our prenatal class has strong emphasis on gentle movement, stretching, strengthening, and relaxation exercises. We will create a safe and supportive place to share the most exciting and challenging time of life with other mothers and their loved ones.

Aqua4Life offers Aqua Prenatal in NE Portland on Fridays 7Pm-8pm

Early Childhood Aquatic Education>

Learning to swim is possibly one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to a child. Aqua4Life has partnered with DolFUN SWIM Academy to offer aquatic education for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and grades level children.

DolFUN has developed a multi-faceted learn to swim curriculum that places an emphasis on the learner’s natural relationship with the water and uses the qualities of that relationship as one’s primary safety device creating a life-long love of swimming and being in, out, around and under the water.

Connecting our natural core body balance with the aquatic environment is key. Being able to submerge, release air, surface at the interface, and accept air rhythmically is the secret to being in harmony with the water. This needs to be experienced and taught before full propulsion.

A student learns to focus on mastering the water’s natural forces to influence brain development and aquatic comfort. From these postures students can first learn to manage aquatic forces for safety and then propulsion. Students will learn their primary postures, stroke elements and continue on to secondary stroke development and efficiency.

Incorporated into our method is the Swimplicity® approach which is an environmentally accurate Learn to Swim program curriculum created by Edie Flood, Milt Nelms, and Bill Boomer-United States Olympics coach.


Clinical Massage for Injury Treatment>

Massage therapy can be hugely beneficial to anyone when it comes to injury rehabilitation. It can help to speed up healing and can actually help prevent re-injury in a variety of ways. Clinical Massage aims on specific areas of complaint and it is intended to release and relieve areas with chronic and acute pain as well as extreme muscle tension and joint stiffness.

We will apply and blend modalities like Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Shiatsu, Manual Therapy, Deep Tissue and Stretching during your treatment to favor the body’s natural healing mechanisms and to help you recover faster from your specific injury. Your session will include exercise homework so that you can maintain the progress you have made during the session.

We are accepting Regence and PacificSource clients for Insurance Billing.

For scheduling and checking your insurance benefits, please contact:

Zenana's Prenatal Massage>

Massage during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum has a long and honorable tradition and is one of the safest and most effective ways to reduce tension, stress, and anxiety. Massage also supports the dynamic physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. Our sessions focus on the special needs that arise during the childbearing year, reducing discomforts and concerns such as chronic muscle tension and pain, swelling, muscle spasms; and to enhance the physiologic and emotional well-being of both mother and baby. Extra care and attention are given to the mother’s comfort and stage of pregnancy, featuring our unique and amazing body cushion and reclined positions. All massage services begin with an indulgent warm-water foot bath with essential oils.

60 min Prenatal Massage: $90

75 min Prenatal Massage: $105

90 min Prenatal Massage: $120

Packages, membership, and gift certificates are available upon request.


Zenana's Specialty Massages>

Aqua4Life offers a wide variety of specialty massage treatments at Zenana Center for Wellbeing. All massage services begin with an indulgent warm-water foot bath with essential oils.

Allergy Alleviation Massage Treatment

Intention: Alleviate discomfort from seasonal allergies and encourage healthy lymph system movement for ultimate immune system health. Oils of: Benzoin, Lavender, Petigrain & Orange

Grounding Massage Treatment

Intention: Reconnect with your body; release deep tensions and stress; promote the grounding connection between your body and the earth. Oils of: Vetiver,Ylang Ylang,Frankincense,Sandalwood & Lavender

Silk Road Massage Treatment

Intention: Reconnect to your body and spirit: the powerful, beautiful wonder that is you. Oils of: Benzoin, Ylang Ylang & Orange

Blissful Detox Massage

Intention: Detoxify the body with gentle lymphatic system stimulation. Not suitable for pregnancy. Oils of: Juniper, Cedar & Grapefruit

Focused Relief Massage

Intention: Alleviate pain and encourage healing of a specific area of the body. Oils of: Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Lavendin, Calendula, Peppermint, Plai and Black Pepper (alternative oils will be used for prenatal massage)

Blissful Escape Foot Treatment

Intention: Deep, focused relaxation. Relish in your creation with a soothing foot and leg massage leaving you blissfully relaxed and your skin velvety smooth.

Nurturing Massage

Promotes general relaxation, relieves tension, soothes sore muscles and improves circulation.

Deep Tissue Massage

This massage is used to address chronically tense areas of the body. Employing techniques that are slower and pressure that is deeper, your therapist will concentrate on areas of tension and pain.

Motor Vehicle Accident Recovery Massage

Restores balance to your system with therapeutic and relaxation techniques designed to assist in faster recovery. Billed to insurance.

Modified Table Session

This allows for a fully clothed massage of target areas while lying on either our supportive body cushion or our reclined wedge. The perfect introduction to massage or a great way to take a relaxing break when time is limited! Traditional massage chair available upon request.

Personalized Enhancements

Upgrade your next massage to include one of our specialty add-on services for a unique experience tailored just for you. Add-ons: Customized Aromatherapy, Hot Oil Scalp Massage, Face/Sinus Massage, Lymphatic Leg Brushing, Foot Reflexology, Stretch Mark Prevention & Attention, and Top Shelf Oil.


Victor Barreda Pazos

Son of a Physician and a Nurse, Víctor has been fascinated by the human body and it’s interconnected workings from a very young age. This passion led him to a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. After years of working in different realms of healthcare as a Physical Therapist and Massage Therapist in Europe, he became a Watsu professional in 2012 ( and eventually a Licensed Massage Therapist in Oregon in 2016.

Becoming a father in 2010, Víctor discovered a new passion for the power of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. It is his most sincere belief that we can make this world a better place by better caring for pregnancy and birth. In each session with Víctor, his clients can depend upon his full presence, intuitive touch, and connection to their specific aims and needs, creating harmony while reducing pain, tension, stress, and anxiety.

He has been practicing bodywork, massage and manual therapy for 13 years and his training through the years has been extensive (+2500h) with different schools around the world. Víctor seamlessly combines a wide variety of techniques, including Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, Craniosacral Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Maitland Australian Manual Therapy, and Ayurvedic Massage. With the knowledge gained from studying pregnancy and birth alongside his wife, a Full Spectrum Doula, Víctor offers his wisdom and understanding during Prenatal Massage and Bodywork sessions. Ultimately, he is deeply drawn to supporting life from the very beginning and hopes to share his passion for a natural and healthy approach to birth and parenting.

Victor also enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys in nature and around town. He also loves cooking, gardening, dancing, playing drums, biking, hiking, and connecting with new and old friends.   503-863-4286



“I was happy to receive Watsu from Victor– a conscientious young man, sensitive in his approach, skilled in supporting the body and neck (critical in water work!), and committed to offering aquatic bodywork to families, mothers, pregnant women. I highly recommend his work, especially for any birth professional, pregnant woman, or new mother or father, (or baby too!). You’ll experience the sensations of being in a womb world, touch in with what a baby may be experiencing in the womb, or feel your hips jiggle free in preparation for birthing and discover the fluidity of the pregnant body that has been become more and more compressed with effects of weight and gravity. Try it!!” – Leslie, Prenatal Massage Instructor (California)

“The Watsu session with Victor has certainly been one of the most special moments of my pregnancy…I felt like I was freed from the physical body and all was peace…I swam with my baby with the sweetest and most peaceful practitioner. Victor accompanied us toward a vibrant light that I perceived as the culmination of a beautiful stage…it helped me connect with my baby as well as her father, finding the three of us in an indescribable moment of pure love and joy, far beyond the material world. I would love to repeat the experience. Dearest Victor, thank you for this wonderful gift!”Janis (Spain)

“I received an Aquatic Bodywork session two days past my (estimated) due date. I had painful contractions every ten minutes. I entered into the warm water and the discomfort of the contractions stopped. I weighed nothing, my belly weighed nothing, and we rocked. With my eyes closed, looking into myself and connecting with my baby, we moved through the water, held by Victor. It was quiet, there was peace, there was introspection. I felt like my baby was no longer inside of me, as if the two of us were cuddling and dancing a relaxed and tender aquatic dance. Victor’s presence was subtle. I felt the presence in his hands but he was totally silent, respecting my intimacy and that of my baby, allowing us our own unique experience…I was planning a hospital birth, but my second child was born two days later in a beautiful vaginal birth at home. I did not tear and I had no problems with my previous cesarean birth. I was relaxed, calm, secure, and deeply peaceful, just as I was when I emerged from the session.” – Esperanza (Spain)

“I came to see Victor nearly 40 weeks pregnant and went into labor 6 hours after our session! He is very kind, professional, and intuitive. For an hour I felt like a baby in utero fully supported and cared for, guided in meditation without words. Highly recommended!” – MaryJane, LMT (Oregon)

“I was in my Third Trimester of pregnancy when Victor floated me and did Watsu. I felt very supported and was able to relax quickly. With the warm water and his soothing touch, I felt like a baby inside a womb, gently swirling around. He creates a safe a comforting atmosphere for you to unwind” – Julia, LMT (Oregon)

“I experienced a weightless sensation that I hadn’t experienced in any other therapy. You lose the notion of the body and it is easy to let yourself go, entering into a state of complete relaxation. When you leave the water, you feel your whole body vibrate, and then a sensation of balance takes over, that everything is in place.” – Marina, LMT (Spain)

“Working with Victor is amazing. He has special gifts, and is wonderfully intuitive. I love how he incorporates massage therapy and physical therapy into his watsu techniques. My session was tailored specifically to my needs. I experience healing, connection, and complete relaxation during my sessions with Victor” – Walter, (Oregon)

“Victor creates a beautiful, nurturing experience. I felt so free in the water! This is like nothing else in Portland. I’ve been waiting for this. Thank you so much, Victor. Watsu makes a great monthly ritual.” – Emily, LMT (Oregon)

“I had a massage with Victor last weekend and it was absolutely magical! Massage in the water might very well be my new favorite type of massage. The pool is warm and beautiful. You leave your session feeling weightless and free, truly at peace. I highly recommend Aqua4Life if you are looking for stress and pain relief and an amazingly relaxing experience!” – Julie, LMT (Oregon)

“Thank you so much Victor for helping me remember what it is to surrender to the water-dance, to openly receive and be safely and lovingly be held in that space. My heart is full, joyful and so grateful for your work” – Monica, (Oregon)


6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
Aqua4Life offers Watsu at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Thursdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm

Aqua4Life offers Prenatal Massage and other spa treatments at Zenana Center of Wellbeing on Tuesdays 9am-2pm, Wednesdays 2-7pm; Fridays 9am-1pm; and Saturdays 1pm-6pm

12029 NE Ainsworth Cir #100
Aqua4Life offers Watsu at ​DolFUN SWIM Academy on Fridays from 3:30pm 8:30pm

Aqua4Life offers Clinical and Prenatal Massage at Whole Mama ~ Whole Child on Mondays 1:45pm – 6:30pm. We accept some major insurances.
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Owner of Aqua4Life Aquatic Bodywork LLC
LMT #22189
Watsu professional

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