Available: Monday & Friday
Matt worked at Alchemy from 2009 to 2013. He is an Acupuncturist, Remedial Massage therapist, Zen Shiatsu practitioner, Yoga and Qigong teacher, and First Aid instructor.
While Matt is most famous in Bellingen for his Remedial Massage and Zen Shiatsu, he is also a qualified Acupuncturist. Matt has also completed post-graduate studies with Dr Tan, focusing on relieving pain fast, increasing your range of motion, and creating balance in your body and mind. This treatment provides very effective relief for bad backs, as well as numerous other chronic and acute conditions.
Matt focuses on going beyond your symptoms to help you restore your natural health.
He designs your Massage and Zen Shiatsu treatments specific to your needs, ranging from a gentle energetic touch, to deep gravitational pressure, leaving you feeling nurtured, relaxed and rejuvenated.
He also offers advice on stretches and corrective exercises for various ailments.
Matt’s journey into becoming a practitioner is interesting. When Matt began studying a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 1991, like many massage therapists, he soon developed sore hands, wrists, arms & neck from performing so many massages.
Searching for a different way to move his body, Matt discovered Zen Shiatsu and Okido Yoga – which encompasses Indian Yoga, Japanese Zen, Chinese Taoism, Martial Arts and Western Health practices. Hooked, he began a series of deep wilderness experiences with his Okido Yoga teacher (1991-93). They would trek through the Australian Bush for 7-10 days at a time, whilst studying the art of Zen Shiatsu, Massage, Yoga, Qigong, Martial Arts and Nutrition, carrying only a yoga mat and a backpack full of macrobiotic food.
These deep experiences led him to search for the connection between mind and body. He explored life working in various jobs, including as a journalist, a tree planter, working in a bookshop, studying at university, becoming a teacher, a Shotokan Karate instructor and a father of twins.
Whilst running a video shop in Bellingen for a number of years, he noticed the connection between each individual and the movies they watched. Recognizing the intimate relationship between people’s life story and their health, Matt returned to working as a Zen Shiatsu and Massage therapist (2007), studied Acupuncture (2011), and completed further studies in Yoga, Shiatsu, Massage, Meditation and Qigong.
You will now find Matt passionately treating many patients each week, as well as teaching Zen Shiatsu, Massage, Yoga, Qigong and First Aid courses in Bellingen and throughout Australia.
If you need a Health Fund rebate, Matt offers them for most of the health funds.
To find out more about Matt, please visit his website www.lifeyoga.com.au