Thai Yoga massage is a traditional and ancient form of massage. It is a dynamic and flowing treatment that can be energising or relaxing. It will be adjusted to suit you and your needs, so a full consultation is taken at your first session and follow up ones at subsequent sessions. This is a great treatment if you are feeling stiff or inflexible and also great if you are flexible! TYM works on the idea that there are a multitude of invisible energy lines running through the body that carry life force, Prana. Prana is created by the air we breathe and the food we eat. The use of direct thumb pressure on the lines and stretching of these areas, is understood to release tension, inflammation and congestion in the body therefore improving well being and the flow of prana and dispelling weakness illness and disease. This is not a diagnostic treatment but works therapeutically to help release imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. There are direct similarities to yoga and their energy lines, prana nadis and Thai Yoga massage. This type of massage is experienced fully clothed (please wear or bring clothes you can easily stretch in) and on a futon.
Shireen was first introduced to Complementary Therapy through meeting a Reflexologist whilst training as an Adult Nurse at Oxford Brookes in 2002. It inspired her to want to learn about the preventative perspective of health care and how it was just, if not more, important in helping and educating others’ in dis-ease and health.
Shireen trained in a Complementary Therapies Diploma at the City of Bath College and qualified in 2006. She also qualified as a Traditional Thai Master practitioner Diploma in 2008 at the Highly esteemed Body Harmonics Centre in Cheltenham. As an experienced holistic practitioner Shireen is continually developing her skills and furthering her knowledge in holistic health and nutrition through reading, research, attending talks and workshops and has a deep, extensive knowledge and understanding of the human body through various studies and nursing. Shireen’s practice aim is to tailor each treatment as acutely as possible to address the specific problem areas. This can be achieved through incorporating different massage disciplines, giving a uniquely synergistic and individual treatment. Fully qualified and insured practitioner member of the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
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I grew up in the North East of Scotland in a beautiful forest, and was immersed in plants from a young age. If I had a sore throat my mother would send me to the garden to pick herbs to make a gargle. She took me to massage workshops when I was five, and I did my first degree in Reiki when I was eight. These experiences influenced me from a young age and have been deep in my heart.
I travelled to Thailand to learn Thai Yoga Massage and trained in a variety of techniques including Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Table Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Thai Herbal Ball Massage and Tok Sen, an ancient technique taught in the temples by monks. I am also trained to teach Thai Massage. We worked with boys at a youth offenders borstal, and we worked with mentally and physically disabled, and Elderly patients, in care homes.
Thai Yoga Massage is like a beautifully choreographed dance that invokes the deepest of peace. It is an ancient art which has been practiced for over 2,500 years. It involves a symbiosis of acupressure and stretching techniques, sometimes referred to as ‘lazy yoga’. Thai Massage works along the energy lines, (called Sen lines) in the body. These lines are correlated with Chinese Qi meridians.
Swedish Massage is designed to soothe, relax and relieve the body and the mind. It eases stress and tension with a variety of techniques such as effleurage, petrissage and tapotement.
Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to work deeper into the layers of muscle and soft tissue. The nature of Deep Tissue Massage means that it is really effective in treating chronic conditions. The pressure, stripping and friction techniques break down knots and lactic acid crystals and improve circulation to bring relief and relaxation.
Herbal Medicine is also referred to as phytomedicine, and is a tradition that involves using plants for medicinal purposes. Different parts of the plants can be used to make medicines, including the leaves, flowers, berries, bark, roots and seeds. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine, and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP.
I have been practicing Herbal Medicine and bodywork for five years, and I have worked in a variety of settings, including Herbal First Aid (and E.M.R – Emergency Medical Responder) at festivals. This has given me a lot of experience working with both acute and chronic complaints.
I have experience in a variety of techniques and often blend the different styles, tailoring the treatment to the individual needs of the client. The most popular treatment is a synergy of styles such as Swedish to warm and soften the muscles, DTM to release deep tension and lactic acid crystals and Thai stretches to clear, open and realign the body. I often use Herbal Medicine to complement body work treatments, such as calming teas and healing balms. I combine gentleness and care with strength and presence to provide the perfect treatment.
I use herbs, hands and heart, working in harmony, to empower and inspire people to health and vitality for themselves, and for the world.
Thai Massage Diploma 2013
Therapeutic Thai massage Diploma 2013
Thai Herbal Ball Massage Diploma 2013
Thai Foot Massage Diploma 2013
Thai Table Massage Diploma 2013
Teaching Thai Massage Diploma 2013
Swedish Massage ITEC Diploma 2014
Deep Tissue Massage 2014
E.M.R (Emergency Medical Responder) 2014
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine NIMH 2017
N.I.M.H – National Institute of Medical Herbalists
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