After receiving my first Thai massage I was amazed at how effective it was. It is still my preferred treatment to receive for all occasions and specifically for therapy.
My interest in the workings of the body started at the age of 9 practicing Judo and Taekwondo. In high school I experienced sore knees from gym training and saw a physiotherapist, which inspired me to look more seriously at studying a form of body work.
On leaving school I went to Uni to become a physiotherapist and studied human movements and psychology.
Formal studies didn’t suit my learning style and after 2 ½ years I left and commenced an apprenticeship as a carpenter. It was here that I learnt many ways to injure the body and discovered Thai massage as a remedy! Carpentry assisted me in many other ways, funding trips and studies throughout the world for many years.
I realigned with my passion for bodywork in 2008, when I travelled to Chiang Mai in Thailand on friends recommendations. Here I studied with the Sunshine Network and Sunshine School founded by Ashokananda who is credited for bringing Traditional Thai massage to the west. Through the Sunshine network I heard of Pichest , Chaiyuth, Sinchai and Nat.
Before long I found my way to Arjan Pichests’ classroom. I was exposed to a new way of working, quieting the mind, learning to feel the body and work intuitively. I witnessed a fusion of styles and techniques and learning was playful and exciting as well as therapeutic.
Two years later I returned to study with Pichest for a more lengthy period of time to absorb his teachings and philosophy. I credit Pichest for the majority of how I apply my techniques and my approach to working with the body. I was drawn to his philosophy, attitude and way of teaching. Full immersion in learning the art of feeling and sensing the tension in the body to bring about healing. Pichest is always adamant that good comfortable posture for the therapist is crucial not only in self care, but also in transmission of a good ‘feeling’ and receiving information ‘sensing’, in order to know where is best to work and to what depth is beneficial for the receiver.
Whilst in Chiang Mai I made good use of my time, healing my body receiving massages from many masters and skilled practitioners.
Mr Nat was one of my preferred therapists, a blind master who practices southern style Thai Massage. Later I had the pleasure to train with him as well and use many of his techniques as part of my treatment.
On the same trip I studied the ‘Heart of Yoga’ at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandriam in Chennai to understand more about the yogic roots of Thai massage. This lead me to other things, funnily enough to the ‘life of the householder’, to be a father and partner, where I am currently studying patience, communication and cooperation skills
In 2011 I completed my certificate IV in Massage therapy in Sydney, Australia.
Today I am still intrigued and amazed at how amazing the body is, how it functions and has evolved over time. I also recognize now, more than ever how when not connected to the mind, the body suffers and then eventually tries to reconnect with the mind often with pain as a language to communicate.
My currently interests and practices are Ziran Qigong, Bagua, Xingyi, Tai chi, capoeira angola, ancestral movement and anything that brings me joy, health and inspiration.