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Hidden Gems: Meet James Cloutier of Alchemy of Sound Bodywork

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Cloutier. 

Hi James, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Growing up in a creative household, naturally, I developed a love for the arts. Music became my main artistic focus with drums and percussion at the forefront of my interest. Music has always been so much more than just entertainment for me. Music is an opening into the heart and soul of our human experience. A key that unlocks our innate nature to restore and heal from within. Even though I felt this at an early age, it wasn’t until 2016 that I began to understand the magic of these truths. My introduction into Sound Healing/Therapy began when I first heard the ethereal sounds of a strange-looking UFO-shaped instrument called a “Handpan”. Little did I know that the Handpan would be responsible for revealing to me, an entirely new way of living life. A life full of expression, community, compassion, mindfulness, and holistic health. I soon began studying with various Sound Healing mentors, furthering my knowledge and experience around the profound connection we all share with sound and vibration. Around the same time, I started taking my mental and physical health more seriously. Through talk therapy, yoga, qi gong, and meditation, it became clear to me that the mind and body are not separate, they are directly connected and the separation is an illusion. This newfound clarity is what inspired me to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. The combination of Sound, Bodywork, and mindfulness have become my vehicles of service to help inspire the re-discovery of the mind-body connection and to educate and empower anyone seeking to cultivate a life of health and wellness. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Opening a new practice in holistic health at the beginning of 2021 certainly carried with it plenty of fear and limiting self-beliefs. The biggest struggle I faced was finally taking the leap of leaving the “security” of my previous employment and trusting in my purpose. At a time in history with so much unknown it was/is a true test of my conviction and ability to adapt and grow. As a practitioner and forever student, this continues to be one of my biggest lessons in life. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Alchemy of Sound Bodywork is a holistic health service specializing in Massage, Bodywork & Sound Therapy. Combining modern science with ancient healing arts to inspire health and restore balance from within. Sessions are highly individualized that support your unique journey towards a healthier way of living. Modalities utilized include Massage/Bodywork techniques that seek to enhance mind-body connection, reduce chronic pain and promote natural restoration. Working with the present state of each client is what guides a session to be more focused on relaxation and/or deep musculoskeletal releases. Another modality I offer is Sound Therapy, various high-quality musical instruments such as Himalayan Singing Bowls, Tuning Forks & Gong are utilized throughout a client’s session. These healing tools are profoundly effective at nurturing meditative states and promoting deep relaxation. When your mind-body-spirit is finally allowed space to fully exhale, clarity and rejuvenation is often the natural result. The immersive qualities of sound and vibration hold a great potential for deep self-discovery and returning harmony to one’s spirit. I believe in educating my clients with the mindful practices that have positively transformed my life as well as countless others. It is with sincere compassion that I offer gentle breathwork, guided meditation, and mindful living guidance for any and all walks of life in search of support and personal development. Alchemy of Sound Bodywork speaks to the great alchemist that exists within us all. Empowering our innate potential for healthy transformation and realigning with our most authentic expressions of living. 

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
So many lessons to unpack over the last 20 or so months. Of the many that come to mind, nurturing my own health and wellbeing is at the top for me. With so much of the outer world being out of our control, I believe the most important thing someone can do is to take back control of their own inner world. Investing in your health and wellbeing is the single most empowering choice you could make and gift to yourself. When you heal yourself you heal the planet. 

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1 Comment

  1. Jodie Preston

    November 21, 2021 at 3:26 am

    He is a true Gem. Helping others with his Sound Healing ,
    Meditation, and therapeutic massage skills, speaks of his devotion and spiritual character.

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