When you come to me for a massage, I will always start the session with a short conversation. I explain some things about Thai Yoga Massage and about what you can expect. And I ask: ‘Why do you feel like receiving a massage today?’. Depending on your answer, we formulate a goal for the massage together.
For instance, you might be looking for relief from physical discomfort or pain. Maybe there is a specific area of the body you want attention for. Using pressure, strokes, and stretching, my aim is then will be to bring back space and movement into those areas. To let energy flow again, also in corresponding places of the body, since pain in one area often can be a manifestation of misbalance somewhere else. Sometimes vigorous treatment is called for, sometimes more gentleness, sometimes all I do is let my warm hands rest on a painful area inviting the tension there to drain away.
Another reason to receive massage might be that you are looking for a form of support. You might be in a challenging and stressful period of your life and be looking for place to put your burden down for a while and experience a sense of being carried. In that case I could choose a slower and more gentle quality of touch. Or use a strong steady pressure, to reconnect you with the Earth. I listen to the breath of the receiver to move in harmony. We enter a soothing rocking rhythm in which you can let go deeply, sink, and arrive back home in your own body again.
It could also be a choice to activate your body, to generate some energy. Thai Yoga Massage can be dance-like and playful with big movements, rocking and shaking. The receiver is then like a passive dance partner. One time you end up on your belly, then on your side. I’m the active partner, folding you in and stretching you out. A surprising voyage. I invite you to breath fully again, so that after the massage you feel more energetic and alive.
As you see, there are different possibilities when you come for a Thai Yoga Massage, depending on the request you bring. In all cases you will leave deeply relaxed and with a great sense of physical well-being.