Shanti in Sanskrit means peace, rest, tranquility and bliss. That’s our ambition for our massage. You say what is bothering you (tiredness, pain, sadness, etc.) and we decide together if you want a massage or a yoga class. If you choose a yoga class, we’ll try to find the style of asana practice that will fit your body. If you choose a massage, we’ll check the main energy lines in your body according to Thai medicine with our hands, then give you our diagnosis about what could be the root cause of your problem.
These energy lines (sen lines in Thai medicine, meridians in Chinese medicine, nadis in Ayurvedic medicine) are covering our whole body and they have different tasks. If you never experience energy movement in yoga, massage, Tai Chi or Qi Gong this might be difficult to understand, but think about your feet for example. When somebody is tickling your feet you might laugh, so there is a connection between your emotion and the soul of your feet, and Thai medicine describes this line that goes under the feet and in other parts of your body as the emotional line. Sometimes you feel good, happy and sometimes the contrary; sometimes you don’t even know why and this is down to whether the energy is flowing freely or not.
Now if you experience some discomfort it’s not necessarily a physical issue. Sorry for the bad news but our life is a series of energy blocks, created by what we think, say, do or eat, or due to karmic lessons that need to be learnt (lessons from the past). We try to see this discomfort or pain as an indicator of what you could do to improve your general health and to help you be more conscious of the cause of the block.
Then we help you to release the blockage by working on energy lines using different tools. By putting words to the root of your problem it should help you to understand it and then accept it. We usually finish the treatment by suggesting some homework you can do to keep you happy and in good health. Our aim is to not only be a relaxing massage therapist but also a pain treatment therapist.
cooking class on thursday 21 of may with Sahana (Rasayana Mysore kitchen)
Channa masala (Chickpeas Coconut curry)
Ginger basil fried rice
The recipe is sufficient for 3-4 people for one meal.
For Channa masala
1. Chickpeas – 100 gms of you soak and cook or 1.1.5 small cans of you are using the canned ones. 1 US size cup if you’re using cups.
2. 1 boiled and peeled potato ( don’t mash it)
3. Ginger – half a thumb size grated
4. Garlic cloves – 4
5. Tomatoes – 2 medium size roughly chopped
6. Half an onion (can be red or white) – roughly chopped
7. 1tsp cinnamon powder (optional but I recommend it)
8. 2tsp of paprika
9. 2tsp of turmeric
10. Full fat coconut cream or fresh coconut
11. Handful of cashew nuts
12. Jalapeno or green chillies if you like spicy food.
13. Cilantro (optional) and lemon juice.
14. 1tsp of curry or coriander powder (don’t worry if you don’t have)
Please remember to cook the chickpeas, boil the potatoes and chop tomatoes and onions.
Ginger basil fried rice
1. 200gms of cooked rice ( I suggest basmati but any rice works)
I soak my rice for half hour, strain the water and cook with 1:2 water in an open pan for 20mins. Again, every rice is different please cook your rice in the way that you’re used to) we use 60gms of rice per person, that’s the usual measurement. You can calculate for the number of people you’re cooking accordingly.
2. 1 thumb size ginger grated
3. 4 garlic cloves finely chopped
4. 2 bay leaves
5. 1 big cup of chopped fresh mint (basil also works)
6. Cumin or fennel seeds
8. Cloves (optional)
9. Cinnamon stick or powder
If you’re not vegan then you can use butter but I like to use coconut oil.
Please don’t forget to cook the rice before the class.
We need a smoothie blender or food processor to make the curry paste. Bullet, Ninja, Vitamix or any good smoothie blender works.
We need a wide pan for curry and a another pan to cook the rice (I prefer the rice pan to be a bit deep)