Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and their answers.

 

Please don’t let this page hold you back from contacting me or asking me a question face-to-face! I’d love to chat about all the questions (and many more) listed on this page.

I have heard Thai massage is painful, is that true?

While some Thai massages might be painful (depending on the style), the massage I provide should not be painful.

There are two styles of Thai massage, and the style I have been trained in works more with stretching than with acupressure points. Massaging these acupressure points is often considered painful.

This being said, you are being stretched during Thai massage, and you can experience a feeling of elongating of your muscles. My massages are always customized to the receiver’s body and its flexibility, so you can safely and comfortable receive the massage regardless of if you are inflexible or very flexible. I adjust the poses to fit your level of flexibility and comfort, as I would with the amount of pressure wanted.

 

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What should I wear to receive a massage?

I offer four different kinds of massage, and all these are received fully clothed and no oils are used.

It is important to keep in mind when receiving a massage that the clothes have to be comfortable and warm enough to lie still for a prolonged period of time. I would suggest wearing something that you would wear going to the gym (if that is warm enough) or when you are spending a lazy evening on the couch. Make sure you can move freely in the clothes, as you will be stretched during the massage. Wearing a skirt is not a good choice.

I will provide Thai fishermans trousers as well. These trousers are one size fits all and loose fitting. You can wear these if you feel unsure what to wear.

If you have more questions about what to wear or anything else, please contact me.

 

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What should I wear when doing yoga?

There are clothes especially designed for yoga, but it is not necessary to wear (or purchase) these. Make sure the clothes you wear are comfortable and you can easily stretch in them. I’d like to caution against wearing low cut tops (as they might reveal more than you would like) or short shorts (especially for men).

Consider bringing socks and/or a sweater to put on at the end of class during relaxation.

 

While you don’t have to buy clothes from a yoga brand, if you are doing a lot of yoga, it might be a good investment. These clothes are especially designed to withstand the stretches and wear of doing a yoga class, and the fabrics are very comfortable.

 

If you are taking a yin class, please dress warmer than for a regular yoga class; sleeves and longer trousers/leggings.

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!

 

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What should I bring to a yoga class?

Please bring:

  • Yoga clothes (or wear them already)
  • Socks/warm sweater
  • A yoga mat (if you don’t own a yoga mat, please contact me)

You might want to consider bringing a bottle of water.

If you are attending a yin class, please wear (or bring) clothes that are warmer than for a regular yoga class.

If you own a yoga belt, eye bags, or other yoga props that you would like to take along, please feel free.

 

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Do you have to be flexible to do yoga?

The quick, simple answer is:  no you don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. There are variations and modifications to almost every yoga pose and I will give these as options in my class for people with injuries, or those who are very flexible or not very flexible.

I am not very flexible in parts of my body, and have never experienced it as a hindrance during yoga. It just means I might end up doing a pose differently than the rest of the class.

Over time yoga will improve your flexibility, but as with most things this takes time. If you feel very conscious of not being very flexible, please come and talk to me! I am sure we can find some stretches you can do regularly that will help you to become more flexible quicker.

 

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I don’t own a yoga mat, what would you recommend buying?

There are a lot of yoga mats out there, in a lot of different price ranges. The more expensive mats are often less heavy, better against slipping, and/or eco-friendly.

If you are doing a lot of yoga, or think you will be doing yoga for a long time, it might be worth investing a bit more money. Otherwise a simple, cheap yoga mat is fine.

 

I would recommend buying a yoga towel (these can, unfortunately, be quite pricey). Yoga towels save you from cleaning your mat frequently and do the same job as a non-skid mat.

Another thing to consider is a yoga mat bag. Are you going to be carrying your mat around, or do you want to have it in a bag? And if you want your mat in a bag, do you want your yoga clothes to fit in there as well? I have no recommendations for yoga mat bags, and suggest you look at the alternatives and then decide the type of bag you would like to buy.

Happy shopping!

 

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I am very flexible already, how will I benefit from yoga?

Over time, yoga will make you more flexible, but that is not the only reason to do yoga. People who are very flexible can (and will) still benefit from yoga!

Physcially, very flexible people often don’t have the muscle power to support their flexibility. Doing yoga, in a controlled environment, will teach you how to work within your body’s limitations without pushing your flexibility. Building up your muscles means you can, in time, support your flexibility and control your movements better.

Many people don’t do yoga just for the physical aspect of it, but also for the benefits it has psychologically. Doing yoga will make you feel calmer, more balanced, and more body aware. One of things that I gained from yoga is that I am much more aware of what my body is doing during activities, how I am breathing, and how my body responds to emotions.

What you get out of yoga is personal, and will be different for every person, but yoga can benefit everybody – flexible and not-so-flexible people alike!

 

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Who should not receive massages?

This depends on the type of massage given.

In general, do not receive a massage if/when you:

  • Are less than 3 months pregnant
  • Have the flu/a fever
  • Have open wounds

Please check the type of massage you are thinking of receiving for more information on when not to receive the massage:

Nuad Boran (Thai Massage)

Tok Sen Massage

Thai Pregnancy Massage

Chair Massage

 

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I am attending a workshop taught by you, what should I bring?

If all went well, you should have received an e-mail outlining everything you need to bring to the workshop. If you haven’t received that e-mail, please check whether you are registered and contact the organizer.

If this is a last-minute dash to figure out what to bring to the workshop that starts in about an hour (we all have those days): bring a notebook, some pens, and water. Wear clothes that you would wear for doing yoga or receiving a massage. Make sure you wear layers; you will be sitting down writing as well as moving.

And enjoy the workshop!

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