STILLNESS IN MOTION with Natalie Wittwen – Neuromuscular Kinetic Massage Therapist, Tai Chi instructor and Massage Teacher/facilitator.
“I touch people because I care about others, our health, what we do and our impact on this earth. These simple foundations are what brought me here. I am not your typical massage therapist. After 19 years of experience and hundreds of clients, I have learnt that Massage Therapy is SO MUCH MORE than a relaxing experience at a spa. Don’t get me wrong, there is a definite need for that experience. I see soft tissue as more than merely a physical element, but as a deeply complex, neurologically driven part of who you are. I use this understanding to work WITH you – not ON you – to create change that works. Combining bodywork techniques that I have learnt (Swedish & Aroma Massage, Trigger Point Therapy ,Myofascial release, & more recently Kahuna Massage), I listen with my hands, feel the earth below my feet, and draw on my Tai Chi flow in order to connect with the client and together we harmonise our flow to a note of joy and tranquillity! I am passionate about life and how I can make a difference no matter how small." Natalie loves to share, besides teaching Tai Chi, Natalie facilitates 'Re-connect with Touch' workshops for absolute beginners that want to learn how to connect with another (See under listings under HOLISTICA EVENTS - next 2 day workshop 14 & 21 August 2021 / 1 day workshop 16 October 2021)
So whether you have a healthy active body or are a desk-bound professionals, persons with eating disorders, prenatal Mums and older persons, Natalie will provide you with an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Natalie is available for massage bookings at two venues (Constantia and Milnerton Ridge)or in the comfort of your own home. With the use of blended aromatherapy oils/balms, Natalie will custom her treatments according to your needs, using a combination of techniques(Swedish, Trigger Point & Myofascial Release) and offers Prenatal massage. There is also an option of Indian Head Massage in which the client remains clothed.
Natalie is also a Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan instructor. Tai Chi is the harmonious flow of an ancient eastern martial art, practised mainly for its health benefits for body and mind. Tai Chi taps into the eternal spring of vitality and longevity. Group classes offered outdoors (Summer 2020/2021) in Little Mowbray, Oranjezicht Cape Town and Milnerton Ridge. One-on-one classes are available online via Zoom.
Taijiquan is a form of movement in which stillness and movement co-exist. In movement there is stillness. In stillness there is movement. Taijiquan prevents and fights diseases, strengthens the body and with continuous training you can defend yourself against a stronger attacker. When practicing Taijiquan, efforts are made to get a calm heart/mind (xin) and a still spirit(shen). The movements unfold naturally (ziran) and are smooth and graceful, like moving clouds and flowing water. In this way, you can convert the never ending stress of work into a state of stillness. The reduction of stress immediately reduces some tiredness and weakness, which can be eliminated in the long term. Taijiquan helps weariness and leaves one feeling refreshed and relaxed. This is an application of stillness.
People participating in these self-cultivating exercises, find their body posture awareness increases, learn more about optimal balance and embrace the breathing and relaxation techniques taught, thus maximising the feeling of calmness in our busy modern lives and increasing chi-energy!
“Moving mindfully and with ease, brings about a graceful way of being present as we flow through the natural course of life”