It's my pleasure to welcome you to Nurturing Touch, my practice for Shantala massage.
My name is Kimi Uegaki and my practice is the result of my personal journey to discover where my passions lie. It is based on my interest in the human body, human development, health and well-being, and it is fueled by my fascination with the roles our skin and touch have in all of this.
How did I get here?
My first career was as a physical therapist working in neurological rehabilitation. During this time, I experienced how important touch was on a daily basis and how my hands were my most important tools. With my hands, I could guide my clients with the necessary tactile cues as they learned how to stand and walk again after a stroke or head injury. Thanks to touch, we didn’t need words to communicate with each other. This was particularly useful if my clients had trouble speaking or understanding due to damage the speech centre in their brains. My hands conveyed support, encouragement and safety to my clients, and my hands told me how my clients were feeling and responding.
Later, I took side-step into research as I wanted to know if the treatment methods I/we used as (a) health professional(s) actually worked. This resulted in me completing my PhD. I worked as a researcher for a number of years but then I started to miss working with my hands.
When I became a mother, I discovered Shantala baby massage and child massage. It felt like a homecoming and massage is now one of my most important tools in my parenting toolbox. My children love it and they regularly ask to be massaged, especially after a busy day. It helps them get in touch with themselves, become grounded and sleep better.
So here I am with this return step to work with my hands again. It’s my pleasure to teach parents about Shantala baby massage and child massage, and to offer individual Shantala relaxation massage sessions.
I look forward to hearing from you.
"De cursus van Kimi gaf rust en ontspanning voor mij en mijn baby. Mijn zoontje raakte erg ontspannen van de massage en viel aan het einde van de les meestal in slaap. Ook voor mijzelf was het een moment om bij te komen. Het was een fijne manier om even wat extra aandacht aan mijn kindje te geven. De praktische insteek van de cursus maakt dat je thuis direct de massagetechnieken kunt toepassen. Ik zou de cursus zeker aanraden aan andere moeders of vaders aanraden!"
~ moeder van David (7 weken oud)
"Kimi is een hele fijne docent! De babymassage was heerlijke quality time met mijn dochter. Een absolute aanrader!"
~ moeder van Rosa (8 weken oud)
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