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Self-Care Massage & the Alchemy of the Senses with Alex Scrimgeour

Self-Care Massage & the Alchemy of the Senses; an exploration into the arts of self-massage, facial reflexology, alchemical qigong, and Cha Dao (the Way of Tea).

Drawing from both traditional practices of embodiment and internal alchemy and from new understandings in modern neuroscience, we will learn methods of re-patterning our relationships with our body, our senses, and the world. We will explore the principles of Qigong, the self-massage traditions of ‘Dao-Yin’, and the healing potential of Dien Chan (Vietnamese facial reflexology). These practices are excellent for releasing physical tension, stress, anxiety, and for feeling happy in the body.

The common thread between these practices is how they engage the senses, and in this light we will embed our time within the setting of a traditional tea ceremony, which can help bridge together these diverse teachings.

By learning about and cross-referencing new understandings of our brain and nervous system with the old alchemical traditions of Nei Dan (internal alchemy), we will develop a deeper appreciation of our innate human resilience and natural capacity for transformation.

The morning will be playful and free-flowing and will allow space for both discussion and reflection.

The morning will be playful and free-flowing and will allow space for both discussion and reflection.

About Alex Scrimgeour:

Alex holds qualifications in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, tui-na massage, Thai massage, and is a specialist in Dien Chan (Vietnamese facial reflexology). He has practiced both qigong, taichi, and meditation for over 15 years and has learnt with some of the world’s leading practitioners. He aligns most closely with the lineages of Yeung Family Tai Chi, learning with Yeung Ma Lee in Hong Kong, with Stillness-Movement Nei Dan, learning with Michael Lomax, and with the Buddhist meditation tradition as taught by Burgs.


Alex has a passion for Cha Dao (the Way of Tea), having learnt at the top teahouses in both London and Taiwan. He also has worked in the field of trauma for some time, giving tea ceremonies and teaching qigong at Khiron House, the UK’s leading trauma centre. He has a passion for integrating both traditional and modern teachings and finding innovative ways to adapt these teachings for contemporary lifestyles.

Ticket Cost: £35

Time: 10.30am - 1pm

Saturday 22nd June 2019

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