The first tool is you and your body:
On your side you can help us to make your massage more efficient by wearing loose clothes and having an empty stomach: wait at least an hour between your last meal and the massage, or be completely empty (4 hours without food) if you come for Chi Nei Tsang (stomach massage).
Details concerning your current health can help us to understand your body better, e.g. pregnancy, menstruation, details about your mood, fatigue, sadness, old scar tissue, issues in your work life, etc. Remember to drink lots of water after the treatment, ideally with a little bit of lime, salt and sugar.
Shiatsu Anma and Thai massage: These types of massage use pressure, as well as soothing, rotating, stretching, taping, vibrating and adjusting movements. You might find as many different styles of Shiatsu and Thai massage as you’ll find teachers.
The main difference between these two styles in my point of view is the name of the energy line (meridian or sen) but the same techniques are applied.
You keep your clothes on for these types of massage, and it’s best to wear relaxed clothing so we can move you easily.
These massages give flexibility to the skin, improve the circulatory system, give flexibility to the muscular system, help to recover the balance of the bone system, facilitate digestive system functions, regulate the functions of the nervous system, facilitate relaxation, heighten awareness, free blockages in energy flow, invigorate the nervous system, relieve pain and muscle tension, increase the ability to absorb nutrients, strengthen and rejuvenate the body, improve circulation of blood and lymph fluid, increase flexibility (through passive yoga postures), and give a general feeling of wellbeing, assisting in balancing the body, mind, and spirit, and enhancing elimination of wastes and toxic debris caused by physical, mental and emotional strain.
Deep Tissue massage: This type of massage releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Here we are aiming to target the structural muscles – those that are directly involved in maintaining a good posture.
Craniosacral work: A craniosacral therapy session involves the therapist placing their hands on the patient, which allows them to tune into the craniosacral system. The practitioner gently works with the spine and the skull and its cranial sutures, diaphragms and fascia. In this way, the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased, the movement of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord is said to be optimized, and misaligned bones are said to be restored to their proper position. Craniosacral therapists use the therapy to treat mental stress, neck and back pain.
Swedish massage: A soft, soothing massage with oil to detoxify the muscles from toxins.
Tok-sen: A Tok-sen is made up of a wooden hammer called ‘hom’ and a piece of wood called ‘lime’. The vibration produced by the hom hitting the lime helps to release tension. It’s very efficient to clean the toxic energy lines of the body. Here is a video of one of my teachers.
Chi Nei Tsang: Energy blockages can come from the abdomen area. The negative emotions of fear, anxiety, depression and worry cause the most damage. This massage is a good way to help release those tensions. It can also help bring your yoga practice to a higher level of spirituality and improve your back bend. You need to come with an empty stomach for this one and plan a relaxed evening afterwards with a light meal, such as soup.
Herb balls: These are cotton ‘balls’ which contain a blend of dried healing herbs. They are directly applied to sore spots or injuries, or used along the Thai energy lines to shift energy blockages, improve organ function and restore balance to the body.
Asanas: Pantanjali, the ancestor of modern yoga, describes asana in Sanskrit as «Sthira Sukham Asanam» – a posture that is steady, stable, motionless, comfortable or filled with ease. To finish the massage treatment, if needed, we will advise a few asanas you can practise at home to help you stay in good health.
Meditation: Depending on your needs, different meditation techniques are available. I can teach breathing techniques that I learned from Linda Lee, which will help you to feel present. I can show you a technique I learnt during a Vipassana retreat that teaches you to focus your mind and cut the flow of thoughts. I can also teach you chakra meditation to rebalance the energy centre depending on your mood.