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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 […]

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 […]

The story of preparations for a Thai Herbal Compress Workshop

Running an Thai Herbal Compress Workshop is the most labour intensive workshop that Natasha de Grunwald currently offers, but it is also one of her favourites. It is a 2 day workshop where students learn to make and use therapeutic Thai Herbal Compresses.

Natasha spends days running around to various Asian supermarkets all over London and make endless phone calls to hunt down obscure herbs, roots and spices.  She finds herself in wonderful fabric shops and charity shops and then borrows equipment from friends, neighbours and whoever else she thinks may have what is needed. Natasha also has to contend with the fact that, […]

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 […]

WAI KRU

For many years my Thai Massage teachers taught me to chant well known Sanskrit chants such as “om mani padme om”. I was taught that the main reason for this, and why Thai Massage practitioners might regularly chant was to acknowledge the fact that the massage was based on a Buddhist philosophy, and that the regular process of chanting would focus my attention ready to give massage. I liked the idea behind this, but also wondered why we were chanting something that was non-­‐Thai.

In more recent times I have new teachers and a new lineage-­‐ I am very proud to […]