The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Emerson Bastos – Family Constellations and Five Elements

Welcome to Episode Two of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Emerson Bastos

the shiatsu guy podcast - emerson bastosIn this episode Simon interviews Emerson Bastos, a Shiatsu therapist and teacher, Family Constellations and Five Elements facilitator in a wide ranging exploration. Including Emerson’s path to finding Shiatsu, how he began teaching, his own journey with Personal Development and a look to the future with his current projects of working to free the Self…

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Links for the books we discussed in this episode:

The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts

(UK) 

(US) 

 

Loves own Truths by Bert Hellinger

(UK) 

(US) 

and Love’s Hidden Symmetry by Bert Hellinger

(UK) 
(US) 

 

Even if it costs me my life by Stephan Hausner

(UK) 

 

(US) 

 

How to find or get in touch with Emerson:

www.emersonbastos.shiatsusociety.org

5 Elements Constellation Workshops on Meetup.com

emersonshiatsu@hotmail.com

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Ralf Marzen – Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage and Somatic Experiencing

Welcome to the very first episode of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Ralf Marzen

the shiatsu guy - ralf marzenIn this episode Simon interviews his Thai Yoga Massage teacher Ralf Marzen in a wide ranging exploration. Including Ralf’s path to finding Thai Yoga Massage, how he began teaching, his own personal journey with Meditation and a look to the future with his current projects of Trauma work and mindfulness teaching…

Ralf talks about his experience and impression of the healing process, dedicating his life to being a healer, as well as what it means to be a therapist and the hidden benefits!

You can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

 

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

 

Links for the books and videos we discussed in this episode:

Jack Kornfield – The Wise Heart on Amazon UK

and The Wise Heart on Amazon.com

 

I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Amazon UK and 

I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Amazon.com

Human Documentaries on Youtube – we created a little playlist for you 🙂

How to find or get in touch with Ralf

Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage – www.muditathaiyoga.com

Stillpoint Centre for Wellbeing – www.stillpointlondon.com

Expanded Living Course – www.expandedliving.co.uk

Thai Yoga Massage Retreat in Southern Thailand – annual retreat every year!

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

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The Differences between Northern and Southern Style Thai Yoga Massage

“The body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care”. As quoted by one of the greatest people of all time, Gautama the Buddha.

The Buddha has, in his own way, been a part of how Thai Yoga Massage was developed and evolved over the centuries.

But before we explore the different styles of Thai Massage, let’s look a little more deeply into its origin.

Thai Yoga Massage’s roots lie in India and the flower bloomed in Thailand. Jivaka Kumar Bhacca is the founding father, and is now known in Thailand as the Father of Medicine. An Ayurvedic doctor renowned for his knowledge of herbal medicine, his exceptional medical skWat Pho - Thai Massageills and for providing medical care to important people during his day, including the Buddha himself.

While Thai Yoga massage’s principles came from the Buddhist schools, its basic practices and techniques evolved in India, China, Thailand and South East Asia and have since spread throughout the West over the past 20 years or so.

Within Thailand two distinct forms evolved, giving us its two main styles, Southern and Northern Thai massage.

For us to be able to fully appreciate these two styles, we’ll first look at their similarities and then their differences.

First, Southern and Northern styles both recognise Jivaka Kumar Bhacca as its founding father, originated in India along with Buddhism, some 2500 years ago.

Second, both styles came from two elements. The ‘Royal Style’ and ‘Common Style’ of Ancient Thai massage.

The Royal style is called ‘Nuat Rajchasumnak’, meaning; providing the receiver with great respect and courtesy by the practitioner.

The other, which is the Common Style is called ‘Nuat Chaloeyseuk’, meaning; manipulate tense and tight muscles due to intense labour occupations.

Wat Pho - Thai Yoga Massage - Sen LinesAnd last, they both include combinations of stretches and muscle manipulation as well as giving pressure to the 72,000 Thai Sen lines and energy points of the body.

Now for the differences between the Northern and Southern styles of Thai Yoga Massage

The Southern style is known as “Folk Thai Massage”, it is taught in Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and its has been largely influenced by Chinese medicine. As a result it’s more focused on the powerful work on energy lines and pathways, opening energy channels and giving deep Chinese acupressure. A good invigorating choice for someone who wants to feel strong and be full of energy.

While the Northern style is known as “Royal Thai Massage”, mainly taught in Chiang Mai and has a greater Indian influence. Unlike the Southern style, it has more of a focus on slow, yogic stretching techniques and done in a gentle rhythm way found in Ayurveda and Yoga. Perfect for those who want to unwind and relax after a long day of hard work, or to release tension from tight muscles.

Depending on the receiver’s needs and personality, both styles have their own unique and special way of conditioning the body and providing relief for muscular tensions, stress and body pains due to overactivity.

Simon studied the Northern style of Thai Yoga Massage at Muditha Thai Yoga school, but the southern style shares some similarities with Japanese Shiatsu Massage.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog post please see our two other posts on Thai Yoga massage, specifically the benefits for Office Workers and for Sports People.

Please comment below and share you’re experience a if Thai Yoga Massage. Perhaps you’ve visited Wat Pho temple or received Thai Yoga massage yourself.

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Thai Yoga Massage TestimonialI felt refreshed and relaxed for days after the massage

I had a 90 minute full body Thai Yoga Massage from Simon and I felt very relaxed all the way through the session. First of all the room was set up well, it was warm and relaxing music was playing. He made sure I was comfortable and relaxed.  I really enjoyed the experience and made my painful knee much better by applying careful massage around the area. My neck and shoulders felt much better the next day, and overall I felt refreshed and relaxed for days after the massage. I can highly recommend Simon, he knows what he is doing!!

Andrea T London. UK

5 Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Sports People

Thai Yoga Massage has been proven very beneficial for athletes and sports people because of its unique combination of deep stretching and yoga moves.

If you feel maxed out and that your muscles need to rest and recover from very tiring sports activity and training, then Thai Yoga Massage is perfect to refresh and return your energy so you can reach new athletic levels.

ThaThai Yoga Massage stretchi Yoga bodywork can play a vital role for every sports person or serious athlete in addition to your regular workouts, exercise and sports practice. Actually regular Thai Yoga therapy may help you gain the athletic advantage over your competition and lengthen the overall life of your sporting career if added to your existing conditioning program.

So below are the benefits of Thai Massage and how it could help athletes, martial artists, dancers, runners, Cross-fitters and other sports people in a way that is perfect for those who are highly active and whose bodies are put under constant pressure from aggressive, explosive and repetitive movements.

5 Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage and Bodywork

  • First, Thai Yoga massage enhances and boosts performance by increasing energy and flexibility as well as decreasing muscle tension. This may lead to an increase in performance ability and decrease the chance of injury. And also, because Thai Yoga bodywork improves blood circulation, it helps the body to more efficiently receive and process nutrients that are essential for optimal body functions.
  • Regular Thai Yoga bodywork helps maintain better condition of the body by keeping your muscles healthy and flexible, which prevents them from developing injuries or losing mobility. 
  • It also helps heal sports injuries (which as you know is all too common) more quickly by reducing pain, swelling, bruising and muscle adhesions, as well as relaxing and stretching sore muscles. And while recovering from injury, Thai Yoga Massage partially compensates for the lack of exercise during inactivity.
  • And of course, let us not forget the meditative qualities of Thai Yoga therapy. It is a known fact that Thai Yoga massage relaxes the mind and body and improves emotional balance, making it the top choice for athletes when it comes to game-winning relaxation and mindset-mastery.
  • Thai Yoga Massage hip stretchFurthermore, athletes and sports people may maximise the benefits of Thai Yoga massage through having it before an event or competition as a preparation therapy and after the event as a recovery therapy. The pre-event massage will aid in increasing flexibility, mobility, preventing injuries as well as improving concentration and focus plus it calms down nervous athletes prior to the competition. The post massage will then promote faster recovery through pain relief from muscular fatigue, soreness, stiffness and especially sports injuries. 

So whether you are into sports activity professionally or simply as a hobby, Thai Yoga massage is a great way to condition your body and keeping it in peak performance as well as helping in recovery after tiring and extreme activity.

Please leave comments below about your own health issues or concerns, or tell other readers about your experiences of having received Thai Yoga Massage

We’ve also explored the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Office Workers as well as the differences between Norther and Southern style Thai Yoga Massage in other blog posts… Subscribe to receive updates on new posts!

Thai Yoga Massage TestimonialI felt refreshed and relaxed for days after the massage

I had a 90 minute full body Thai Yoga Massage from Simon and I felt very relaxed all the way through the session. First of all the room was set up well, it was warm and relaxing music was playing. He made sure I was comfortable and relaxed.  I really enjoyed the experience and made my painful knee much better by applying careful massage around the area. My neck and shoulders felt much better the next day, and overall I felt refreshed and relaxed for days after the massage. I can highly recommend Simon, he knows what he is doing!!

Andrea T London. UK

6 benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for office workers

There are so many benefits of Thai Yoga Massage, it’s fair to say that everyone can benefit from regular Thai Yoga bodywork.

Office workers benefit from Thai Yoga MassageThai Yoga Massage is particularly effective for people who are often on their feet, are involved in long days of physical work, regularly suffer from muscular tension and sports injuries or are suffering from the long-term effects of whiplash.

And Thai Yoga Massage is also perfect for aching professionals such as office workers, educators and business people who sit for long periods of time doing potentially repetitive and tedious movements. The Thai masters say that Thai Yoga therapy is not only for those who ‘move more’ but also for those who ‘move less’.

So in a world of those who ‘move less’, we would say that Thai Yoga Massage can do wonders for your tense, tight body. It delivers physical and psychological benefits that impact on every aspect of the body and mind.

6 Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Office Workers

  • Reducing stress is at the top of the list as it is one of the most common causes of pain and illness at work.
  • Thai Yoga bodywork has meditative qualities that improves emotional balance and harmonises mind and body, making you feel calmer and helps you gain mental clarity through the deep relaxing stretches and massage techniques. 
  • Thai Yoga Massage also relieves pain due to overworked muscles such as tight necks, hips, backs and shoulders. It is done through using gentle pressure to open joints, highlighting deep stretching and lengthening tight muscles. This combination encourages the muscles and joints to settle into their proper positioning and alignment, relieving you from pain.
  • Another good thing about Thai Yoga therapy is that it also improves overall posture by balancing and correcting body alignment as well as improving body functions resulting to increased flexibility and mobility.
  • In addition, it has also been proven to reverse some degenerative spinal diseases such as scoliosis, lordosis and kyphosis. [citation needed, like Wikipedia]
  • And just like other types of massage, Thai Yoga Massage helps release harmful toxins from your body. Through improving blood circulation, toning the internal organs and lessening digestive disorders, Thai Yoga bodywork will assist your body in getting rid of dangerous toxins. 

Thai Yoga Massage stretchSo there you have it, the many benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Office Workers. Not only does it give you relief from stress and muscle pain, it also improves your overall posture and body functions as well as the added benefit from its detoxifying effects. It has been proven to be very effective not just for those who are always active and on the go but also for those whose jobs make their bodies stiff and tight due to prolonged sitting or standing.

Please leave comments below about your own health issues or concerns, or tell other readers about your experiences of having received Thai Yoga Massage

We’ve also explored the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Sports People as well as the differences between Norther and Southern style Thai Yoga Massage in other blog posts… Subscribe to receive updates on new posts!

Jo Maughan Thai Yoga Massage Testimonial for Simon Henderson The Shiatsu Guy

I left with a sense of overall well-being which lasted a few days

Simon’s massage relieved my tight left shoulder and neck which was wonderful. More than that though, the massage was very reviving and relaxing overall and I left with a sense of overall well-being which lasted a few days. What I liked most about the Thai Yoga Massage was that Simon actively manipulated my joints and I was more active in the massage. Thank you, Simon – you seem to be able to exert just the right amount of pressure.

Jo Maughan - Career, Confidence and Happiness Coach @ Your Thinking PartnerLondon, UK