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from a photography session with my Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khachenniam

23 Feb

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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.

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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.

 

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

Now offering Thai Massage in San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley

23 Jun

I may already have mentioned it but I have now arrived in California and am still looking for some wool blankets to use instead of a Thai Massage mat. I found that working on a few wool blankets layered on top of each other was really good for me as the practitioner (the wool left me feeling more grounded than synthetic and spongy mats) and so far clients have felt good, too.

As I am only just arrived 3 weeks ago I am still in need of good recommendations for 100% wool blankets (70% + other fiber would also be ok). Tomorrow I will be giving my first treatment to a volunteer. We will film the massage session and add it here to my website to give everybody an even better idea of how a massage treatment looks and what to expect during your own session.

Continuing studies, starting the year fresh

23 Jan

I am in Thailand continuing my Thai Massage Training as well as the online Theory Program with the Nephyr, director of the Naga Massage School in Portland Oregon. Like as if that wasn’t plenty I stumbled on a Mysore Ashtanga Teacher and am finding my way back into the fold of the Ashtanga family. I missed this!

All of this is only possible really because I stay in a small studio apartment where the rent is just over $100 per month (3500 Baht)… there is more to this, I’ll explain in another post.

So for the past week my days started at 5.45am and I was reasonably busy until about 6pm, by the time I had dinner it was closing in on bed time.

To try and see if I can change my life a bit this year I am beginning with working on my night owl habits.. For the past week I managed to go to sleep most nights by 9pm. If I don’t go to sleep this early then I won’t be able to get up early to make it to Yoga class. And It all just feels so incredibly healthy and why wouldn’t I got to sleep when it means I can make my way to the yoga studio and feel my fragile body wake up and remember how to move?

It has been astonishing to see how much fear I hold and how much this keeps me from living a full life. Finding myself stand on the yoga mat means facing some of those fears and finding out that yes: I have some physical limitations but the rest of me is fine and wants to move, get strong and feel that amazing feeling that you can only feel when you have done a yoga practice, with as much concentration as you can manage and with sincerity. It is too easy to make excuses.

I keep remembering that we have only one life. So if maybe I need a hip operation one day then that is ok, but the remainder of my body still needs the endorphins that come with moving it.

At this point I don’t know how long I will be able to keep up my early morning routine. I hope I can cement it into my system and start a new life.

The Thai Massage practice plans are also changing. I am finding myself very reluctant to spend money at a new School with teachers who may or may not be as outstanding as my current ones. It is quite a hurdle when you don’t have much money. You have to make your choices so much more carefully.

So my current updated thoughts are: to continue refreshing my memory with my old teachers before moving on to any other ones. The idea is that it ought to be better to be good at one style of massage, really good rather than muddle my way through several?? Well I am still having longings for practice in the Northern style, too.

It is bed time. I will ponder these thoughts again tomorrow.

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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)

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.