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Sometimes, he might shake your spine so hard you feel like your teeth are going to fall out yet such is his skill that you willingly surrender to his psycho spiritual and physical MOT. When he does acupressure, he guides you to control your own healing. You tell him how hard to press and when to move to another pressure point. The whole process feels empowering yet by creating this whacky theatre for the senses, you somehow bypass your own mind. Always a blessed relief.

The combination of music, breath and bodywork, using Mutkin’s skillset of Chinese modalities including gong sound healing, acupuncture and cupping, creates such a kaleidoscopic experience that you emerge completely discombobulated, as if you have been through a wind tunnel. Everything about your body and your connection to it has been challenged; you’ve been shaken, stretched, soothed and sung to until you can feel the thrum of your essence awakening.

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Mutkin encourages you to become present to yourself to the degree that when you leave his massage table you feel somehow reborn. And crucially, you are emotionally and physically released. This outer galactic spaciness takes time to abate. Which is why Mutkin only offers this bespoke treatment at the Beaverbook, where you must book half a day in the spa. The staff in the café must be used to guests staggering in afterwards, looking catatonic, then staring dreamily into their broth.

The day-long Mindful TCM Journey will run seasonally for groups of up to 3 persons with the next retreat scheduled for 27, 28 and 29 November 2021.  Pricing starts from £350pp to include a 2-hour mindful full body treatment, a wholesome Deli lunch and use of The Coach House Spa facilities.

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