Altai Massage & Shamanic Bodywork
"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments we hold all of a client's stories in our hands. We witness someone's experience of their own flesh, through some of the most powerful means possible: the contact of our hands, the acceptance of the body without judgment, and the occasional listening ear. With these gestures we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another person's legend." - Tracy Walton
Blending ancient and traditional massage and shamanic practices, Altai Massage is a profound journey that releases imbalances, tension and blockages from body, mind and heart, allowing us to return to our wholeness.
Altai Massage Therapy has its roots in ancient forms of bodywork that have been practiced in different parts of the Altai region of Siberia for thousands of years. It is a flowing, rhythmic, deeply nurturing massage which has origins linked to Siberian and Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and the indigenous shamanic healing practices.
During a session, you will be taken on a healing journey where your practitioner will work with your muscles, joints, structure, energy body and emotional release of stresses to help your body rediscover the space within. She will focus on blockages within the physical or energetic body, using warm essential oils, breath, movement and intention to release and free you from that which is blocking the flow of your health.
This is a full body, deep tissue massage which incorporates Eastern meridian work to identify points for applying pressure to the body and loving massage movements using, hands, elbows and forearms in a dynamic, flowing form that mimics the ebb and flow of nature’s elements. The work is very beautiful, like an ancient dance, enabling both the client and practitioner to voyage into deeper realms of consciousnesss.
Altai Massage and shamanic Bodywork help to bring a person into alignment with his or her true nature - to what is pure and sacred. It addresses physical, emotional and mental blockages by working with the subtle energy, the physical body and the soul. These techniques work on all levels simultaneously: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.
This work helps to release and clear toxicity and tension from the body, mind and heart, allowing the life force energy to flow so that the body can return to its natural state of balance, harmony and health. Part of the process involves bringing awareness to and illuminating the places that hold tension in the body, and the patterns and wounding from life that are the root cause of the tension. During the session we may talk about what is going on for you in your life, past trauma's, injuries, challenges or difficulties that have caused to body and mind to create a 'hardened' casing of protection around certain areas. Through working into the tissues and fluids of body, as well as often simply allowing a story to be heard, we create the space for the system to release what it is holding, and for the energies to flow again with our original essence.
As well as being a way to help clear mental and emotional distress, Altai Massage and shamanic bodywork can help to relieve physical tension, ease aches and pains, relieve stress and fatigue, and helps to balance and align your whole system. This kind of bodywork is refered to as holistic because it treats the whole person, on all levels of your being. It is a deeply nurturing therapy, which will leave you feeling relaxed, revitalized and freer in your body and mind.
Altai Massage therapy may help in the following ways:
Relaxes, soothes and relieves stress
Helps to ease feelings of depression, anxiety and fear
Restores and calms the mind
Helps to rebalance the energy system, leaving you feeling more energised, empowered and self aware
Relieves nervous tension
Supporting the acceptance and release of grief and emotional trauma
Helps in the releasing of mental and emotional blockages
Improves muscle tone and relieves muscular tightness, stiffness and spams
Increases range of movement in the muscles and relieves muscle fatigue and soreness by helping to clear toxins and waste products from the tissues
Increases blood circulation
Helps reduce excess fluid in the tissue by increasing lymphatic drainage supporting lymphatic functions to remove waste
Helps to strengthen the immune system increasing the rate of blood flow
Calms the nerves releasing tension and stress
Improves circulation in the skin encouraging cell regeneration by increasing nutrition in cells
Improves the skin's resistance to infection
Improves circulation dilating blood vessels helping them to work more efficiently producing an enhanced blood flow
Helps to decrease blood pressure due to relaxation
Stimulates the flow of blood to different body parts
Deepens respiration and improves lung capacity by relaxing tightness in the respiratory muscles which slows down the rate of respiration
Increases peristalsis in the large intestine helping to relieve constipation, colic and gas stimulating digestion
Increases urinary output, which helps to flush out toxins
Artwork - "Sweet Dreams Of The Grandmother" by Jody Bergsma