Interview with Ana Seymenska - Physiotherapist and Thai Yoga Masseuse

How would you describe yourself and the way you work to some-one that has never meet you before?

Thai Yoga Massage - Stretching

I am a qualified physiotherapist who specialized in Thai Yoga Massage, which is an ancient form of therapy from East Asia involving acupressure and applied Yoga-like stretching. Through my therapy sessions, I hope to remind others,  “There’s more to life than increasing its speed.” as Mahatma Gandhi said, encourage them to allow themselves to slow down and stop more often, and to practice less doing and more allowing. My aim is to help people to feel more comfortable and well in their bodies.

What exactly is a Thai Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage is a unique and powerful massage therapy that combines acupressure and gentle applied yoga-like stretching. Traditional Thai massage also called “Ancient Massage” in Thailand, can look back at the long history of therapeutic healing, the earliest roots of which lie in Northern India dating back 2,500 years ago. 

What is the difference from a deep tissue, Swedish or from an aromatherapy massage?

Traditionally Thai massage is done on the floor on a mat and not on a table like in the other forms of massage; the receiver is wearing comfortable stretchy clothes and no oils are used. 

The theoretical principles behind Thai massage and the approach to the body are also different. While in the West the treatment is based mostly on anatomy and physiology knowledge, in Thai massage (as well as other East Asian practices) the practitioner is concerned mainly with balancing the energy system of the body by working on energy lines and points; that approach allows the practitioner to develop a way of work that is more intuitive, mindful and centred. 

What are the benefits from a Thai Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage Positions

Some of the benefits of Thai Yoga massage include - encouraging healing and recovery through the stillness of the body and mind. Increased one’s own body awareness, calm or invigorate the Central nervous system. Quieten and calm the mind. Increase general and local circulation. Improve the flexibility of the muscles and joints. Stimulate the work of the internal organs. Improve breathing and help the body to detoxify.

Thai Yoga massage, as a complementary therapy, is invaluable for promoting health and well-being and is recommended in combination with nutritious food and physical activity as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle.

Is a Thai Massage appropriate for any age?

There is no age limit for receiving Thai massage. Although there is no minimum age as such, it is recommended that anyone under 16 should receive consent from an adult who has parental rights and have them to attend the session.

What can I expect to feel after my Thai Massage?

There are several reactions one can expect after receiving a massage. Most common are - being tired or energized, both of which are associated with the energy balancing effects of the massage. Other common effects reported after Thai massage are - a feeling of relaxation, tranquillity, lightness, freshness, calmness, peace, centeredness. After a Thai Yoga Massage I personally feel more relaxed physically and in my thoughts about things and at the same time I notice myself more alert; I am more tuned in to myself and to the outside world.