11 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR

01225 466 944

Thai Yoga Massage

October 30, 2015

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.

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.

Qualifications

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

Professional Bodies

N.I.M.H – National Institute of Medical Herbalists

Days at Neal’s Yard

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Website

www.ishaherbsandhands.co.uk

https://www.nimh.org.uk/