I discovered my calling for massage therapy in 2004 when my wife began a high pressure job with intense work hours and was experiencing frequent recurring tension headaches. After trying various remedies I discovered that massage was a safe and effective way to reduce stress, eliminate muscle tension and support overall well being. I was inspired by the power of healing touch.
I pursued my degree in massage therapy at the College of Health Professions in New York with a focus on Chinese medicine. Several styles of massage were emphasized in my education including Tui Na, AMMA Therapy and Reflexology. In addition, I discovered a Japanese abdominal massage technique called Hara.
Upon graduation our family moved back to Moscow, Russia. As I began my professional practice I explored a wide range of modalities and techniques working in several wellness centers. Increasingly, I sought out to make more significant and deeper impact on long term health of the people in my practice. I came across abdominal massage again when I learned about Slavic visceral massage, which is an old folk technique of working with internal organs. Following an extended course in Slavic visceral massage I joined the Institute of Traditional Eastern Medicine. Here I worked in collaboration and partnership with doctors of Chinese and Tibetan medicine.
After returning to New York I began my private practice under the name of Taiga Bodywork in Ghent NY, while also working at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, NY as a Wellness Provider. While at Omega I completed a certification program in Qi Gong Healing with renown Qi Gong Master and Healer Robert Peng. In 2016 I joined Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute of Rhinebeck. There I have the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse team of healthcare practitioners to deliver an unparalleled healing experience.
From the very beginning I set out to discover how healing touch and pure intention can positively effect the health of people and bring true joy and happiness into their lives. After a decade of inspiring practice I am grateful to share with my clients the gift of the profound benefits of holistic bodywork and pure Handcrafted Wellness.
- Anton Taiga, LMT