Thai Massage Demonstration by Alena Prentice
It all started when…
I made a lot of changes in my life in 2016. Exactly why all that happened in one year, I am not sure. It felt like a surge of positive energy swept me away!
After 25 years in local government, I realised that my real vocation is about caring for people, and so I set about getting qualified. I am now in my third year of studying for a diploma in Psychotherapy and will qualify in 2020. In the meantime, I also started Hands & Heart to offer people soothing therapies for healing body, mind and soul.
I was drawn to Shiatsu after seeing a book about it in Oxfam and finding myself in an introductory workshop with the Northern School of Shiatsu the very next day. I love this beautiful, meditative therapy that combines depth of touch with the ancient Chinese understanding of healing using the body’s energy pathways. The quality of peacefulness Shiatsu produces is simply amazing – the healing power of touch!
My approach to bodywork combines my traditional massage training with my grounding in Reiki and my continuing journey with Shiatsu. Last year, I got the chance to go to Rishikesh in northern India to train in traditional Thai Massage. The deep and progressive stretching of Thai Yoga massage now enables me to work with stretching in a bigger way, within the range of oriental holistic bodywork that is such a powerful tool to ease away stress and reduce pain. I am passionate about self-care, because I have lived that hectic life full of work and no play, no real awareness of myself, my feelings or where I was going in life. Now I know how important it is to be good to yourself and to tune into that beautiful, positive world that is inside you, and I want to help others to love life too.