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The art of a consultation

Sitting with my clients this week I have noticed that in my mind I am unpacking some of the questions I ask them in the consultation.

The consultation part of the session is illuminating, especially if the questions are direct, focused and lead to more questioning.  For it is the questions and the introspection that are important.

There is an art to the consultation process. It is a space for clients to feel they can open up and unravel what is going on internally. When they speak and verbalise what is going on there is a conscious acknowledgement of thoughts, feelings and […]

Choosing compassion over anger

Aagh! I had a hard one this week. I had to make a clear choice to practice compassion over anger, and it was a challenge I can tell you.

I have had an ongoing difficult relationship with the landlord of the flat I moved into 6 weeks ago. I won’t bore you with the details but suffice to say that they are bad enough for me to be moving out again this weekend (packing up the whole house for a 2nd time). I can’t get out of there soon enough.
When I received a ridiculously rude email from my landlord who used […]

Highlights from my recent Thailand trip

I have just returned from spending a month in Thailand. It was a very different trip to ones I have taken in the past, perhaps this was because I was returning there in my mid 40’s, or maybe it was because I was travelling with a group of women who are also passionate about the country and its healing practices.

The month was filled with learning about culture, tradition, and food, healing practices, self-care, nourishment and herbs along with many hands-on techniques to share with students and to treat clients.

My main take homes from the trip were:

  • Learning about the level […]

All pain and no gain!

I recently had a Thai Massage that injured me.  I went to a place in Thailand that I know well and that has a good reputation with foreigners. My expectations weren’t too high, I hoped for a decent relaxing massage and nothing more.

Thai massage, if performed badly can be quite dangerous and I would categorise my experience this summer as one of those such events.  It wasn’t just bad in that the practitioner was lacking skill (although he obviously was) or that he was doing a cookie cutter sequence. It was as if he was deliberately and intentionally harming me.

I […]

The Chemistry of Kindness

Through my work I am privileged to see people with their mask removed and their innermost vulnerabilities revealed.  I hear about people’s lives in a way that not many people do. This is one of the things I love about my job and why I feel honoured to do the work I do.

A natural part of my job involves being very present, being kind and listening.  I often think that beyond my skills, training and knowledge it is the kindness that people need most, along with being heard and understood.  So often we move through life and no one really […]

Natasha’s quest for knowledge and a course in the making

This summer I travel to Thailand with four Thai bodywork practitioners who have a passion for working with pregnant and post-partum women. We are going on an incredible and exciting research trip, organised by my teacher.

I feel very strongly about being able to offer support to women throughout one of the most important times of their lives. Despite it being an exciting time, it is also often difficult.

The birth of my daughter involved a Cesarean due to her being breech, so the home birth I had planned was not possible. Luckily I had my mum, aunts, sister and a nutritionist […]

What is Ya Dom sniff medicine?

Ya Dom is a gorgeous natural medicine widely used in Thailand to help clear a blocked nose, calm the nervous system and reduce the symptoms associated with sickness and dizziness. Ya Dom is also very energising, so its great for those times of day when you might have mental slump! We find many Yoga and Pilates teachers purchase big jars of it for their classes as it can help with balance, focus and clarity of mind. Everyone else buys their own little pocket sized ones to use throughout each day.

As is common with Thai medicine, Ya Dom smell divine! There […]

Use a diagnosis by colouring your attitude positively

For many years in my clinic I have seen people who come for treatment and talk to me about the diagnoses they have for their condition.

I often wonder if having the diagnoses has been beneficial for them.  I think this because I see that in some cases, especially when the person has suffered acute pain over a long period of time, that they become this condition.  They define themselves by it.  Their pain or condition take over in an unhealthy way and their life often revolves around it.

I understand how this can happen.  Pain over long periods of time wears […]

Making herbal balms & liniments for Thai Yoga Massage

“I made some mistakes so you don’t have to…” Natasha de Grunwald from London Institute of Thai Yoga Massage explains.

Balms and liniments are integral to a Thai bodyworkers toolkit for giving a Thai Yoga Massage. Applying them directly to the skin (which is an organ of elimination and absorption) is an easy way to get the medicinal properties of the herbs directly into the body during a Thai Yoga Massage.  For example, they are very necessary when treating injuries, drawing toxins and stagnation from the body, for bruises and scar tissue, to release muscular tension and to get deep into the […]

Treating a cough with Thai medicine

Over the last couple of weeks there seems to have been a nasty bug going around, left right and centre people have been coming down with a painful and chesty cough, fever and headache. Natasha explains how Thai medicine helped her family.

“Both my mum, sister and daughter have had a nasty bug this past week and it is very unpleasant with a rattling, mucousy cough that goes on and on. In my mum’s case she has had it for 4 weeks – she finally resorted to taking antibiotics, something she is not keen on doing.

With the onset of my daughter having […]