massage options

I offer couch based Thai bodywork and Ayurvedic massage. My approach has developed through good teaching and clinical experience as well as personal experience of bodywork. Where appropriate there is some crossover with techniques but generally Thai bodywork is clothed and Ayurvedic massage is with oils and therefore skin to skin.

Thai massage has a musculo-skeletal approach to ease the body and mind, including some joint mobilisation and stretching. Ayurvedic massage uses flowing skin to skin techniques and acupressure points to create a similar effect. My sense of the two approaches is that Thai massage works from the outside in – physical body to energetic body – and Ayurvedic massage works from the inside out – energetic body to physical body. If you try both you can tell me what you feel the difference is!

Thai bodywork

Thai bodywork is both a remedial and therapeutic form of massage. It can encourage flexibility, relaxation and balance. As well as having a musculo-skeletal approach, Thai bodywork can educate the receiver about their body, creating a new awareness of what is possible, what is useful and what is less useful. You can start the massage feeling scattered and physically compromised and complete the massage feeling grounded, taller and centred.

Techniques include effleurage, sequences of soft tissue pressing and combinations of stretching and joint mobilisation and use of acupressure. Considered deep tissue techniques are also incorporated for specific attention to muscle groups.

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Ayurvedic massage

Ayurvedic massage originates in India and has a similar energetic approach to Thai bodywork. Before looking at the client on the physical level, Ayurvedic massage considers the client’s individual constitution to choose techniques to encourage them to return to their healthiest balanced state. The massage includes the use of herb-infused oils and techniques to stimulate, passify or balance the receiver’s unique combination of energetic forces or doshas. It also includes attention to the body’s system of marma points or marmani. These acupressure points are vulnerable or sensitive zones connected to the physiological and energetic systems of the body.

This massage can be very oily and the techniques employed will more familiar if you are used to receiving skin to skin massage. Some time is spent focusing on marmani which deepens the effect and experience of the massage. This approach benefits from time; I strongly recommend the two hour appointment. The shorter hour appointment is wonderful too but requires a focused rather than whole body approach.

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