A very belated Happy New Year to everyone!
We have been surprisingly busy on our travels. Our three months in Thailand passed far too quickly and we are now in the foothills of the Himalayas gearing ourselves up to start ascending the hills with toddler in tow.
Our main achievement in Chiang Mai, Thailand was to both graduate from the internationally renowned “Old Medicine Hospital”, an important centre for Traditional Thai Medicine. As well as having perfected our Thai Massage technique we will be bringing home hot herbal compresses that will now be included as standard in Lucy’s “Knotbuster” massages (with oil).
After 1 month of intensive study at the Old Medicine Hospital, Lucy undertook further training with two Thai Massage “masters” (Pichest Boonthumme and Lek Chaiya). She also worked as an assistant at a new training centre called ‘SVG’, where we were also asked to be the models for their new textbook!
In the name of research we also tried pretty much every type of massage on offer from fantastic foot massage with little wooden sticks to a very strange herbal massage treatment where the therapist stuck his bare foot on a bed of hot coals, dipped it in a herbal infusion, and then trampled on you. Needless to say, I am afraid we will not be offering that one in Shilbottle!
If you are still wondering ‘what on earth is Thai Massage’ then you might like to watch our YouTube video:
Please see below for details of what we have on offer when we return to Northumberland in March. Meanwhile, don’t forget that Margaret Davidson is teaching yoga classes in Shilbottle in Lucy’s absense (call 01665 581431 for details) and Deborah Moore is providing massage therapy and reflexology (call 07588 021215).
Dates For Your Diary 2012
Massage Appointments – Available from Monday 19 March
Special offer – 90 minutes for £50 until March 31 (rising to £60 on 1 April)
Yoga Workshop – Sunday 25 March, Shilbottle Community Hall
“Springing Forward” – adjusting your body clock to British Summer Time
Morning Session (10am-12.30)
An extended practice of active yoga postures and pranayama (breathing techniques). You will feel like you have been working hard but the practice is safe and suitable for all levels and abilities.
Afternoon Session (2pm – 4.30pm)
A deeply relaxing and nurturing Restorative Yoga practice. Did you know that 15 minutes of conscious deep relaxation is equivalent to a whole hour of sleep in terms of restoring the body? This is the perfect day for a restorative yoga practice to gently allow your body system’s to readjust to the new timezone, boost your immune system, balance your hormones and leave you feeling deeply peaceful and re-energised.
The workshop is £15 per session or £27 for the whole day, including a simple lunch of soup and bread, and tea and cake at the end (a bargain!)
Please look at the website for more 2012 workshops.
Yoga Courses – all resume after Easter
General Yoga (Felton) – resumes Tuesday April 17, 7.00-8.30pm
General Yoga (Shilbottle) – resumes Wednesday April 18, 9.30-11.00am
Yoga Study Group (Shilbottle) – starts Thursday April 19, 9.30-11.30am (subject to interest).
Postnatal & Baby Yoga (Shilbottle) – resumes Wednesday April 18, 11.30am-12.30pm
Pregnancy Yoga – please contact for details.
Maximum 8 students in all yoga courses so please contact us to reserve your place.
“Anything can be tamed with love.”
A little quote from Sangduen (“Lek”) Chailert, the founder of the Elephant Nature Park – a fabulous elephant sanctuary we visited in Chiang Mai. Lek has pioneered a way of working with and training elephants based on kindness rather than force. She has rescued many Asian elephants from terrible fates such as begging on city streets, being fed amphetamines so they can work longer hours in the logging industry, or standing on landmines while foraging in the jungle.
Best wishes to all. We are looking forward to returning to Northumberland and seeing you again soon.
Lucy, Henry and Rowan