Thai Yoga Massage as a Power Pack

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Profound wisdom has been popping up in my mind lately. I realised I’d been chasing wafers for ages, getting lost in the immediate things that demand my attention, I couldn’t see the bigger picture and the ghosts kept on getting the better of me;

Then I remembered that Power Packs exist! So I went out and found some and now Inky Blinky Pinky and Clyde are high tailing to their safe zone.

What are those power packs in your life? What are the things that fill up your energy tank and help you face the things that scare you that you can’t ignore? For me its been regular deep bodywork, getting out into nature, visiting healing places that have meaning for me, some self care resources I had forgotten existed.

Since I’ve been filling my energy pack I’ve had glimpses of the landscape around and within me, the big screen that I’d lost sight of in pursuit of the small wafers. I am able to see the things that boost me so I can face those hungry ghosts, I’ve finally realised that they are not going to stop coming.

I am making a commitment to myself by writing down the people, places and things that support me for when I have been chased down to the point of forgetting.

Will you do that for yourself?

Could healing bodywork that Thai Yoga Massage offers be one of the power packs you have overlooked?

 

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Buddhafield Festival – Dance of Life and Death

 

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I’d like to share my musings on my work last week at Buddhafield festival whose theme this year was ‘Dance of Life and Death’. I watched the festival be born with the arrival of hundreds of excited tent laden folks, the excitement, pain and life force become channeled into singing, dancing, shouting, releasing, rising to a dizzying climax on Saturday with drumming and dancing in 27 degree sunshine, all this happened as I worked steadily in the healing garden, the stories of the wider world reached me through those who came to see me. From Sunday onwards I witnessed the ending, the crowds leaving, structures disappearing to return the field to its natural state.

 

The nervous anxious states that accompanied me in were washed away by the incoming waters of friendly eye contact, physical contact, living close to the earth, the presence of the insects, the sounds of birds, all of this dissolving my individualised separate experience, opening me up. I witnessed this in the bodies and beings of those who came to see me to receive bodywork. As I untangled the aches and strains they had brought from their outside lives or from camping on uneven ground I dropped deeper and deeper into the magic of connection with land and humans and how intricately our healing is woven of these elements, how much more powerful we are together with the presence of the butterflies, flowers and trees, all of them reminding me of the states of being that we also have access to and how hard these states are to access in modern western life. People came to me from dancing, stretching, connecting deeply with others in held spaces, opening to new ways of seeing themselves, others and the world around them. By the second day it was striking how open and ready to go deep into releasing those bodies were, a process that can take weeks or months with clients outside of that setting.

 

My passion for bodywork has grown from seeing how powerful and beautiful we are when we allow things to open us up, I see bodywork’s gift to open and enable life to move through us and prevent us getting caught up in emotional and physical pain, to keep us from our lives passing us by as we accept a state of living death. I see how desperately we need this in our cerebral driven world that does not value our connections to self and others, I see how intrinsic physical contact and care are to healing, and how healing is not something that happens as a one off, that it’s a process that requires diligent regular kindness for self and meaningful connection with the natural world and other humans.

 

Thai Yoga Massage can offer deep healing bodywork, its not something that can fix a long standing problem in a couple of sessions, its not a miracle cure, but it contains many elements of healing; close contact, movement, compassionate attention, affirmative self care.

Outside of the sessions a commitment to listening to your visceral experience needs to be made to enable healing, a journey that you may not have begun yet or you may be struggling to nourish or maintain…

I believe Thai Yoga Massage can bring you closer to knowing the value of committing to the journey back to life by offering an opportunity to feel connection, embodiment, deep rest…Are you ready to make that commitment to yourself?

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photo by Saskia

 

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage is a centuries-old healing massage therapy that helps to release tension and boost energy through a combination of deep stretch, gentle pressure, and mindful breathing. This holistic treatment combines teachings of Ayurveda, yoga, and mindfulness to create what has been called a ‘practical application of loving kindness’ that rejuvenates and heals.

During your Thai Massage session, we work with the 10 Sen or Energy lines within your body to increase circulation, flexibility, and openness. Through rhythmic, ritualistic movements, pressure is applied to the whole body. The massage takes place on a comfortable floor mat to allow me to gently guide you into supported stretches from the Hatha Yoga tradition in a comfortable and safe space.

For me, each treatment is an offering of Buddhist principles of kindness, compassion and awareness.  And as we move through the sequence, we engage with the body’s natural energy points to increase the entire flow of energy and create a feeling of wellness and renewal.

What do my clients say?

My clients tell me this feeling is tangible immediately following a treatment. Rowan said ‘I could feel blockages both physical and energetic being moved through; I was stretched in ways I could not have stretched myself without ever feeling pushed; and I felt physically and emotionally held and supported. It seemed that Yarrow placed herself totally in service to the work, and something extraordinary flowed through her hands and movements. At the end, I felt I had been gifted with a glorious new body.’

And Faye felt the massage was ‘relaxing as well as energizing’. Soon after her session, she observed, ‘This treatment facilitated my body to stretch out in a way that would be hard to achieve by myself as the practitioner really holds and supports the stretch…I felt much more connected throughout my body so left feeling much better.’

As you are supported throughout, in a calm and comfortable space, this is a treatment that is accessible to people with all levels of fitness and flexibility.

Thai Yoga Massage helps to release tension in the body and helps joint mobility. By using these techniques, Thai massage helps bring balance to the body, stimulate circulation and leave the recipient with a sense of well being.

Five Workplace Wellness Tips

Last week I visited Exeter CoLab to host a day of 30 minute Traditional Thai Yoga Massage sessions for employees at the city centre charity hub. I brought my kit and my practice to this space in order to extend the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage to busy people in their workplace.

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In our work, we are often so caught up in the job that we forget to look after ourselves. We skip lunch, eat at our desks, sit for hours and the stress builds up. Taking time out for wellness can help you recharge, stay fresh and healthy which will boost your productivity.

Thai Yoga Massage was developed many centuries ago, but many of its principles can be applied to living better in today’s working world. Here are five workplace wellness tips inspired by Thai massage

1. Get Fresh Air

If you’ve ever practised yoga, you’ll know that your breathing makes a tremendous difference to the way that your body responds to a session. This principle applies to Thai Yoga Massage but can be used throughout the day. Increased oxygen, enhanced mood and better sleep have all been attributed to getting fresh air.  Even a 10 minute walk can boost brain function and reduce stress. And if you can find somewhere that’s green, then all the better.

2. Stretch

Thai Yoga Massage uses deep stretch to boost circulation along the body’s natural energy lines. Increased circulation means more oxygen moving around the body in a more efficient way. This allows the body to heal, repair injuries and fight illness. So, while you may not be able to engage the deep stretch of Thai Yoga Massage at your desk, taking a moment in your day to stretch your arms, legs and back can give you a quick recharge with lasting effects.

3. Keep it Moving

When energy flows happily the whole body is refreshed, but when blockages occur it can be difficult to feel your best.  During a Thai Yoga Massage treatment, you will be placed on your back, your front, and each side to get the best movement and stretch for your wellbeing. It is a full body therapy that appreciates the importance of joint mobility and muscle flexibility in maintaining the healthy flow of energy in the body.  Sitting for long periods has been connected with health challenges like type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Researchers suggest that taking short, active breaks from sitting, every 30 minutes ‘engages your muscles and bones, and gives all our bodily functions a boost – a bit like revving a car’s engine.’

4. Quiet your Mind

Before the start of a Traditional Thai Yoga Massage session, your practitioner will pause for a moment to quietly meditate, wishing wellness unto you with the hope that you ‘will be happy and that any illness will be released’.  As a Thai Yoga Massage therapist, taking time out to quiet my mind helps me connect with my clients, centring myself and ensuring that my mind is focused and prepared. This simple gesture, the conscious quieting of the mind, takes seconds but can help eliminate stress before it manifests. With emails, phone calls, and constant notifications happening throughout the day, taking a moment to pause and breathe is a precious and valuable opportunity for self-care.

5. Make Time for the Gift of Wellness

Those who practice Thai Yoga Massage often refer to it as a ‘practical act of kindness’. During each massage therapy session, the aim is to convey a sense of wellness for the other person that recentres and revives them. As a recipient of the treatment, you are not making an indulgence so much as an investment in yourself. By making time to help yourself feel better now, you are saving a great deal of stress and hassle in the long run. So whether it’s a massage, an extra glass of water, a bit of a neck stretch while you’re waiting by the kettle or an extra five minutes of fresh air, make yourself a priority.

Want to learn more about the how an ancient therapy can help you thrive in today’s world? Contact Thai Yoga Massage Exeter for more details.