Bringing people back to their balance and back to their relaxed, natural state of being: that is the work that the Peruvian therapist Maria Elena Bautista has been doing with love and dedication in her studio in the centre of Amsterdam for more than eighteen years.
“I love to see happy people. In Peru we feel free and happy despite all our problems. What strikes me about the Netherlands is that many people are walking around with frowns on their faces. Stress is usually the cause. That’s why I dedicate my life as a therapist to combating stress. The techniques of traditional Eastern medicine are important tools in my work, and I also feel connected to the old Inca teachings of the sun and the five elements and humanity that balances between heaven and earth.”
With the smooth techniques of traditional Eastern medicine, which treats the human being as a whole, Maria Elena helps her clients to release their mental and physical tensions at the same time, so that the energy can start flowing again.
Traditional Eastern medicine covers a broad range of disciplines, such as acupuncture, tui na, moxa and cupping therapy, as well as the famous shiatsu (finger pressure therapy) that originated in this tradition. It has been proven that these techniques help solve many physical complaints, but also mental complaints, addictions and pain.
“An integral part of my therapy is helping people express their emotions, so that those emotions won’t get stuck in their bodies. I also teach people to enjoy the present more, because a joyful attitude to life is essential for your health. By strengthening the personal balance between body and mind, you will automatically feel better. As a result, you are more productive and useful at work and at home. This does not just work for the hectic lives of business people, but also for, say, students, pregnant women, overloaded mothers and children.”
After the diagnosis, Maria Elena makes a responsible decision to use one or multiple techniques. Then she starts working in her atmospheric studio at Brouwersgracht. At the same time, she focuses on personal problems. This method usually leads to a direct deep relaxation.