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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 heaviness, tension and blockages from body-mind-heart, allowing us to re-attune in our wholeness.

Altai Massage Therapy has its roots in ancient forms of bodywork that have been practised 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 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, listening and attention, creating a space for your being to release and restore.

This is a full body, powerful, deep tissue massage which incorporates meridian work to identify points for applying pressure to the body and nurturing 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.

This work helps to release and clear toxicity and tension, allowing the life force energy to flow so that the body can return to its natural state of balance, harmony and health. During the session there is an invitation to be in quietness or to speak about what is arising within in your life, to look to the root of what has caused tension patterns, stress or closing down. 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 unwind and begin to move again.

Altai Massage can help to relieve physical tension, ease aches and pains, relieve stress and fatigue, ease mental and emotional distress, and helps to balance and align your whole system. This kind of bodywork is 'holistic', treating the whole person. It is a deeply nurturing therapy, which will leave you feeling relaxed, revitalized and freer in your body and mind.  

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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


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