Anastasia Xidis was born in New York, in 1976. She is a Tai chi teacher and soma therapist specialized in Visionary Craniosacral Work and Thai massage.
The importance of the well being of the mind, body and soul inspired Anastasia to shift her life towards the healing arts, while working with and on herself. She started studying and practicing Tai chi chuan, the yang style, in 2004 with Tew Bunnag (a well-known teacher on Death and Dying and Tai Chi Master) and Napoleon Xifaras (Tai chi teacher and choreographer based in Athens). The way Tai chi chuan was transmitted to her involved the development of natural awareness: a reunion with and a return to her center by letting go and slowing down, an approach that has been enhanced by the practice of Samata, Vipassana and Metta meditation.
The importance of touch took Anastasia to Chiang Mai, Thailand. There she was introduced to Thai Massage, under the guidance of one of the most respected Thai massage healers, Master Pichest Boonthumme. Enhanced her knowledge on Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage) and Oil Thai massage. Attended and taught tai chi at the ‘Thai-Massage Circus’ over a period of three years with exceptional western teachers: Arno L’ Hermitte, Kaline Alayna Kelly, David Lutt and Gwynn Williams. Through these teachings she deepened her practice by cultivating the four qualities of the heart: unconditional love, compassion, joy and equanimity (Metta, Karuna, Mudita, Uppekha). She attended a few Osteo-Thai courses, Acroyoga and different styles of yoga that helped her sharpen my touch and energy.
Her personal practice in stillness, acceptance, body awareness and deep listening led Anastasia to the healing art of Craniosacral Therapy. She studied at the Milne Institute, Visionary Craniosacral Work, under the direct guidance of Hugh Milne, world-renowned craniosacral teacher, osteopath, and author of the book The Heart of Listening. She has completed and assisted Hugh in all seven levels of the training, as well as in personal sessions in Germany and Switzerland.
The interrelation of all the above practices helped Anastasia to cultivate her intuition, deep listening, sense of timing, quality of stillness and sensitivity, which she believes are among the most important tools for every healer. She has been working as a therapist and teacher (internationally) for the past five years. She enjoys whirling, observing people and swimming in the Aegean Sea.