After living and travelling in India for some time, where, of course I discovered Yoga back in 1992. Ever since Yoga has been in my life. I was, at first drawn to Sivananda Yoga due to my love of Kirtan and Mantra/Devotional song, I had discovered something new and unique to bring into my life. It was later on at another time in India, as I resided in Goa, that I came across the Brahmani centre in Goa, run and owned by Julie Martin. I fell in love with her style of teaching Vinyasa Flow and I was hooked. I learnt how breath and movement became one . Yoga then took on a whole new concept for me. After Julie being my teacher for 2yrs, I then decided to embark on her teacher training in 2009. I love it! I love her style! I love the freedom on how we can work with Vinyasa and move your body and come of the mat. For me Yoga is not about the fancy assana. It is about being present and feel ready to explore in the movement with awareness, on and off the mat.
I feel so blessed to have discovered the science and art of Ayurveda. Becoming a practitioner in 2004 training with Dr Deepika Rodrigo and then with Tri-Dosha, also CPD at the College of Ayurveda with Dr Marda from India. Continuing with Sivananda Group Cooking and Nutrition. It is an on going journey fo learning and discovery.
Always searching for something new and unique, I came across another ancient Indian mastery, Chavutti Thirumal, one of the best massages ever.
When it comes to my massage. I have an intuitive approach to the treatments that I offer, which caters for each clients individual need. Tunning in, my touch can be strong & deep, gentle & soft, meditatively working into the body.
My treatments bring flexibility & mobility to the joints & muscles, allowing for the free-flow of vital energy, simultaneously releasing deep-seated toxins within the body tissues and stimulating circulation.
Therapeutic effects are felt in the entire being of oneself, bringing emotional, mental and spiritual bodies to a state of equilibrium touching the soul of the client.
I truly believe that every technique has something different to offer. To teach yoga is both giving and receiving, it is truly wonderful to experience both.
Description of Services
Ayurveda is a 6,000-year-old holistic healing system from India. In Sanskrit, it means ‘Knowledge of Life’ -AYUR = Life, VEDA= Knowledge. It embraces wellbeing from diet, medicine, and massage treatments to Panchakarma (internal cleansing). The main aim is to balance the physical, spiritual and psychological areas, as when a person is out of balance illness and die-ease can occur.
Ayurveda can be used to help treat many conditions and studies have shown specific positive results with acne, obesity, insomnia, digestive complaints and stress.
Ayurvedic massage focuses on cleansing and detoxification, balancing, rejuvenation, and mental wellness to release negative thoughts and psychological stress. It also:
- Increases the vital energy flow from head to foot (Prana-Life energy)
- Stimulates the blood and lymphatic system (Circulation)
- Gives deep and reassuring strokes, opening the body and releasing toxins, tensions, and blockages
- Provides a boost to the immune system
Ayurvedic massage uses warm oils that are chosen to suit you. The massage techniques include tapping, cupping, kneading and squeezing as well as the more traditional massage strokes. The style and flow of the massage is determined by who you are, and what your body needs to bring balance and wellbeing.
A choice/combination of treatments are available for you to choose from:
- Shirobyangha – head, neck & shoulder massage 30mins
- Marma Abhyanga – full body energy Marma point massage with warm oils 60mins
- Padabhyanga – foot & lower leg massage 30mins
- Pinda Sweda – pummelling oil massage using herb bundles to energise and relieve stress. 60mins
- Udvartana – herb powder dry massage to exfoliate, draw out impurities and help with water retention. 40mins
- Mukhabhyanga – oil facial massage working on stimulating the Marma points to uplift tiredness. 30mins
- CHAVUTTI THIRUMAL – (Indian rope massage by foot pressure) 60/90mins
This extraordinary art of healing soothes and relaxes both the mind and body. Using a suspended rope to control her weight and balance, Alison applies long sweeping strokes of movement with her feet across the body and along the length of Meridian Lines. Tension and knots are relieved from fingers to toes as a light, stretched state returns to every part of the body. It is like having Yoga done to you!
This is an oil based massage. One foot is placed on the body. I will NOT be walking on you!
This form of massage dates back 2000 years and originates from Kerala in Southern India. It continues to be used as a recovery and rebalancing treatment following the intense physical training of Kerala’s Kalari Martial artists. You can now experience the remarkable healing effects as Chavutti Thirumal is used to ease away the rigours and strains of modern day living. Chavutti Thirumal can help :
- mental stress
- back tension
- joint stiffness
- muscular pain & spasm
- poor circulation & energy flow
- inflexibility & bad posture
- fluid retention
Alison will advise on the appropriate use of this physical massage.
Alison also has an intuitive approach to the treatment, as well as tuning into the clients needs. Working together with the breath. Gentle stretches using the hands.