Bodywork

Heal yourself…

I am passionate about the power of hands-on touch to facilitate your own body’s innate ability to heal itself. As such, I offer Thai yoga massage treatments, deep myofascial release massage and hands-on reiki treatments.

Thai Yoga Massage

Thai yoga massage is a massage technique that’s over 2500 years old and is suitable for everyone. It originated in India then was spread to Thailand by early Buddhist travellers, where it absorbed Chinese and Thai influences. Its joint Indian and Thai heritage has created a unique massage experience of passive stretching (where you are placed into stretches) and acupressure. The acupressure is based on the idea of ‘energy lines’ that run through the body. By applying pressure along these lines, blockages in the body’s energy are released, bringing balance to the body and mind. The combination of stretching and acupressure has the effect of deep relaxation combined with a feeling of invigoration. It is often called ‘lazy yoga’, as it allows you to benefit from stretches and joint mobilisation exercises without having to do any of the work yourself!

The benefits of regular treatment include:
-Increased flexibility and joint mobility
-Relief of stiff, aching muscles
-Relief of chronic tension, especially in the lower back, hips, neck and head
-Deep relaxation
-Stress relief

The massage is given fully clothed – it’s best to wear stretchy clothes such as leggings or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, with a long-sleeved top or jumper to avoid becoming too cold. You will lie on a comfy mattress on the floor and be placed into various positions by the masseur. There are four main positions – lying on your back, on your front, on your side and sitting up – the positions used will depend on your specific needs.

The massage covers the whole body, from the feet up to the head, and lasts between one and two hours. The masseur uses different body parts (e.g. elbow, hands, feet, knees) to apply the different massage techniques and the routine is given in a flowing sequence. Generally the massage is given in silence, allowing me to tune into your body and allowing you to completely switch off and unwind.

It’s best not to eat at least one hour prior to the massage.

Deep myofascial release massage

This massage technique uses light application of oil and a variety of massage techniques to release tension and stuckness in the body through focusing on following the myofascial lines through the body. I use deep inner listening to move the fascia in the direction it wants to move. The massage is ideal for attending to specific restrictions in the body, or can be adapted as a holistic full-body, relaxing massage experience.

The treatment is given on a massage table. Before the treatment you will be given time to undress to your underwear and towels will be used with sensitivity to cover areas not being worked on. Your comfort and feeling of ease during the treatment is paramount.

Reiki

Reiki is a simple and natural form of hands-on healing, brought across to the west from Japan in 1938. Reiki roughly translates as ‘universal energy’, also called ‘Ki’, ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’ in other traditions. We are simply directing this energy, which is omnipresent and infinite, for specific healing. Suitable for everyone, it addresses mind, body and spirit and the healing always goes to where it is truly needed. Reiki takes you back to your true self.

The treatment is given on a massage table (or in a chair if that’s preferred) and you remain fully clothed throughout. The hands are laid gently on the body in various non-intrusive positions and each position is held for at least five minutes. This way, the whole body is covered by the reiki, which will always go to where it’s most needed anyway.

The treatment takes around one hour, with extra time given before and afterwards for a chat, to check-in and integrate the session.

Bookings

Please get in touch about arranging a treatment or to find out more information. Sessions are offered from my dedicated healing space in central Portugal, close to Fornos de Algodres. I can also do home visits where necessary, within the local area.

Sessions are offered on a sliding scale of £30/£40/£60 for around 90 minutes. If this scale is an issue for you, let’s talk.

It is worth saying that a ‘potency’ builds the longer we work together through this kind of bodywork, as our energetic connection naturally deepens with time. However, one-off sessions can sometimes be all that’s needed too. Always follow your own intuition on this.

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