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.

8 years of Thai Yoga Massage

8 years of Thai Yoga Massage

It has now been 8 years since I began my journey with Thai Yoga Massage, in those 8 years I have grown to appreciate the critical importance of self care and the consequences of failing to prioritize my wellbeing.

These days my passion is to help and inspire others to find ways to fit wellbeing practices into their busy lives. The rate of burnout amongst my peers over the last decade has been alarming, my peers are women between the age of 35 and 60, what is most disturbing is how few feel empowered to manage and often even talk about the exhaustion that so many of us feel, obviously when you are exhausted the last thing you feel able to do is take on the job of dealing with your exhaustion. All too often a trip to the doctor leaves us feeling that there is nothing that can be done and that it is just a normal part of life, our age and our time to feel exhausted.

I do not claim to have all the answers and there are many ways that the scientific world will shut down those of us who speak up with suggestions that are not proven by science, but I feel its my duty as a human to share the things that have worked to help me through my own battles with exhaustion and breakdowns, both large and small, mental and physical. I am eternally grateful to the holistic healthcare practitioners who shared with me all of what has brought me back from a hypothyroid induced breakdown 4 years ago to a place where I feel my clarity and passion for life has been restored.

So this is my first blog about the building blocks that have supported and continue to support my recovery and I want to start by simply introducing a biggie, supporting the nervous system, the intricate web of chemical, neurological and physical matter that drives the symphony that is our experience of reality.

I lightly call myself a Parasympathetic Paramedic, the parasympathetic nervous system is the part of our miraculous body that comes into being when we are feeling safe. When we are experiencing life through its lens we can ‘rest and digest’.

When I practice Thai Yoga Massage I am praying and giving thanks because I have an opportunity to offer some rest to a person whose nervous system is living in this frantic world. I have been learning about the nervous system from teachers and from the experience of it dictating how I experience each moment.

My most constant teacher has been Tara Brach whose teachings are about kindness, when we practice kindness to ourselves we are doing something radical, we are turning towards our ability to ‘tend and befriend’ and ‘rest and digest’, the direct polar opposite to ‘fight, flight, freeze’ which created stress hormones and inflammation in our bodies,  our relationships and  our world.

I cannot think of a better way to spend my life than to call in more of the great things that happen when we humans can access a way to land into our bodies, rest a while, know that it is possible to rest and how radically it changes how we feel about everything.

For now will leave you with a poem that has encouraged me to stop and rest countless times over the last 2 years, it is a practice that has endless distractions and responsibilities competing for its space but even if 10 minutes of sitting still is all I have managed to give to myself in a week, this poem has often been there for me, I hope it can be there for you too…

Let go of what is passed.

Let go of what may come.

Let go of what is happening now.

Don’t try to figure anything out.

Don’t try to make anything happen.

Relax, right now and rest.