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from a photography session with my Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khachenniam

23 Feb


before I left Chiang Mai I took some photographs for my Thai Massage Teachers Somwang Khachenniam & Kea Metawarin Kap. This is one of my favourites from the few closeups that I shot that day.

Incredible teachers & thai massage practitioners.


about my teacher Somwang Khachenniam

31 Jan

This morning I learnt that Somwang Khachenniam and Kea Meta Kap together with a team are opening their own Thai Massage Spa & hopefully school below the South-East corner of the Chiang Mai old city moat.

I will share with you a google map address as soon as I have it confirmed.

In the meantime if you are looking for my incredible teacher then please get in touch with me and I will help you find this outstanding team! I do not make recommendations lightly: these are some of the very best teachers and very best practitioners of Thai Massage that you will ever find.




ajarn (teacher) Kea Meta Kap – Chiang Mai, Thailand

my incredible Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khaccenniam

14 Sep

my first and primary Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khaccenniam is soon opening a school and massage business in Sendai, Japan. Absolutely worth travelling to this location, all the more so because she is going into business with the authentic Thai restaurant owner who owns the entire building and makes delicious thai food.

If you are sincerely interested in reaching out to Somwang for training or classes then I can put you in touch. Somwang’s English is fluent but direct. She is lovely but will keep your focus tightly on your practice. You would expect nothing less from a person who has worked for the massage school Wat Po for 15 years without taking a holiday! For at least the last 10 years she was the head teacher of the Chiang Mai Chetawan Wat Po school. Under her strong leadership the school flourished into a superior learning environment.

A photograph that I took for my Thai Massage Teacher Somwang Khachenniam who is opening school in Japan! Can you believe how amazing this is for her!!!

A photograph that I took for my Thai Massage Teacher Somwang Khachenniam who is opening school in Japan! Can you believe how amazing this is for her!!! (model: Jason Stropko, who also studied with Somwang)

The current team of teacher as well as the new head teacher (left behind after Somwang’s departure) are fantastic and incredible in their own right. You would be very well advised to entrust yourself into their care.

I am certain to return to Chiang Mai to study with Nuy, who stays on at the Chetawan Chiang Mai Wat Po school, who knows so much about herbal thai medicines, about balm making, about thai element theory (and more), the other senior and supporting teachers are fabulous and some became good friends to me. I will always return to Chiang Mai to spend time with these wonderful teachers.

And simultaneously it is time for me to start saving to visit Somwang Khacceniam in Sendai, Japan and add a new teacher to my list. Nephyr Jacobsen, who runs the Naga Center School for Thai massage in Portland, Oregon. I already had the amazing opportunity to take a 10 week Theory course with her (which I hope to repeat this year, if she has space for me, as it was THAT good) and would love to deepen my practice and learn how she approaches Thai Massage.

Tumeric and Cinnamon

10 May

Sorry this is just a short one:

I wanted to quickly share how incredibly much both tumeric and cinnamon seem to have helped me with my terrible joint inflammation on my left big toe joints. The pain was starting to spread and make me quite miserable when I remembered to add the anti-inflammatory tumeric to pretty much everything I ate. (I eat a lot of raw things and banana smoothies made with bananas and coconut milk. I don’t usually eat much wheat or processed foods. But had just emerged from a period of travel in which my food choices were limited, and it seemed to have set off the inflammations, which worryingly I think are a form of arthritis.).

It took just a couple of days to make a difference. Beware though: tumeric will stain your teeth, so brush extra carefully, extra properly. Both spices together seem to have made a huge difference to my wellbeing. I doubt that this was psychosomatic, I was too busy to think about the ‘wonder-cures’, they just worked while I had forgotten that I was even using them. They helped more than I hoped they could.

announcement: Artist vs Holistic Professional

4 Aug

Dear friends:

just in case you are a little confused if you know me only as a full time artists. I’ve decided that for better balance in life I would like to contribute more to my own as well as other’s wellbeing and sense of balance. I remain adamant to exhibit in Venice at the most glorious Art Biennale there is, rather sooner than later, I continue to make art and take it professionally serious.

But Health is a gift that I would like to remind everyone to value. And I would like to support friends and strangers as they become my students and clients in finding their best balance. 

I choose to earn my living not with bar/cafe work or selling items that clutter our beautiful and fragile planet but instead with something that I see as a gift to our health. A gift that leaves no trace other than a sense of wellbeing, improved immune system, greater flexibility, better focus of mind, better sleep…. (endless benefits).. I wonder if you understand this. I would like to invite you to book a treatment with me before the end of august as I have some plans that may take me out of Liverpool (art plans). In january I might teach in Cambodia, which would mean that I will continue bodywork training in Thailand straight after. Which would in turn mean that your next chance of a treatment will be around february/march, at potentially increased cost unless you are an existing client… Don’t leave your body hanging, take the opportunity now. Looking forward to seeing you for Massage or Yoga. (if you really want to you can also massage your brain: I still teach German language)

many Links to me… / “All roads lead to Rome”…

18 Jun

Professional artist: www.birgitdeubner.com

Buy professional Fine Art prints: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Birgit75
View & buy doodles: www.etsy.com/people/over7seas

I have an irrepressible blog habit… some on this list are very new, some ancient, some very active, some less so. View: www.over-the-seven-seas.tumblr.com/  Read: www.overthesevenseas.blogspot.co.uk/ & last but not least drink: One Daily Cup of Coffee http://onedailycupofcoffee.blogspot.co.uk/ 

where can you find me?

7 Jun

physically I am based in the UK. I have an apartment in Liverpool where you will currently find me most of the time and am available for work anywhere in the world.

looking for me for Yoga or for Thai Massage? https://senthaimassage.com/ http://ashtangaliverpool.blogspot.co.uk/ (not currently open) http://morningyogaclasses.blogspot.co.uk/ (reviving this soon) http://yogasouffle.blogspot.co.uk/

My Etsy Shop (over7seas) http://www.etsy.com/people/over7seas?ref=si_pr

Birgit Deubner art / though/ writing/ research http://birgitdeubner.wordpress.com/ similar but more often worked on: http://birgitdeubner.blogspot.co.uk/

One Daily Cup of Coffee http://onedailycupofcoffee.blogspot.co.uk/ coffee and cafe reviews http://cafecritic.blogspot.com/

at home and around the world : Over the seven seas http://overthesevenseas.blogspot.co.uk/ Climbing Glass Mountains: http://glass-mountains.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=f558827f9bb80cf8

experiments with blogs and titles: http://catching-the-muse-by-her-tail.blogspot.co.uk/

SALE of my stuff, NEW ITEMS next week: http://surpluspossessionssale.blogspot.co.uk/

no longer active research notes: http://seminar-presentations.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=1af797b03df540b1

happy with my choice

4 Jun

Yesterday I had the opportunity to work on a fellow artist and I only found out as we started the Thai Massage that she has had plenty before. My first client in England with Thai Massage experience. I am not sure, perhaps it was this information or her general energy, I enjoyed the treatment a lot. It was the first in the UK where I felt back at home with the body, mine as well as my clients. I had the most peaceful moments and really good, good focus. The kind of focus that just comes effortlessly and flows. I felt affirmed in my choice and is was a wonderful experience to work on someone who I could sense was very accepting of my touch. A small milestone reached.

I couldn’t have been more happy, when she described my work as ‘seriös und detailliert’ (professional and detailed : in my pressure points and general touch). Feedback from someone who has had a lot of Thai Massage and the majority at Wat Pho which is where I learnt my skills. I would love to  jump on the next flight to Thailand to continue my studies. But this may have to wait a year, and I am very keen to find myself 2 clients daily.

I have never been happier than now. Life is good. A wonderful partner, a new career path, without abandoning the existing one. I just feel that Thai Massage and of course Foot Masssage and Oil Massage are so entirely worthwhile, so right and holistic and healthy for life. I think it is an incredible blessing that I could train in these gifts and like as if that wasn’t enough that I also got to study and qualify with a Yoga Teaching certificate. It’s just utterly amazing. I am grateful for this fantastic opportunity!

And I can’t wait to keep sharing it.