Bodywork, Massage & Yoga in St Leonards on Sea with Nicola Smith
for an informal phone consultation or to book an appointment, call 07930 442639
Yoga For all
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai Massage works physically on the whole body and equally importantly, seeks to rebalance the flow of Prana (Life force or Qi) that flows through us, supporting our body's natural healing ability. The sensitive and nurturing touch of good Thai Massage can help us to listen to ourselves more fully. When we know what our body is telling us, it helps us to take better care of ourselves in daily life.
Zero Balancing (Z.B)is a “gentle yet very profound” way of balancing body energy with body structure.
Z.B. is one of the few forms of bodywork which works directly with the bones and the foundation joints, acknowledging the bone as flexible tissue which changes, listens and responds to events in our lives.
"Bone holds our deepest and oldest memories, it reacts to joy or shock, breathes and fails to breathe... Bone carries the imprint of all that we do, and of where we have been."
It is by working with the bone and the energy flow within it that Zero Balancing effectively helps to release deeply and chronically held tensions in the physical, mental and emotional bodies.
During the course of a session the client remains fully clothed and lies on their back on a treatment couch. 'The practitioner uses finger pressure and held stretches to provide points of stillness around which the body can intelligently release deeply held tension, offering us a new level of experience and integration'.
Zero Balancing is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It can be especially useful after a physical impact or emotional shock.
“Pulsing is a rhythmic, rocking form of bodywork that encompasses the whole body and allows you to increase your sensitivity to your body in order to engage in the process of dynamic re-patterning the body, mind and spirit”
“Life affirming” - Pulsing is often described as "The Tai Chi of massage". While this captures something of its spirit, Pulsing actually contains little of what most people would consider as massage. The client lies on a couch, but may remain fully clothed; no oil is used. Rather than working soft tissue, Pulsing focuses on setting up a vibration within and around the skeletal system to improve mobility, movement and function. As it releases tensions accumulated around the spinal column so the breathing mechnanim is liberated and more freedom can be felt throughout the whole system. It can be especially useful for releasing patterns of chronic physical and emotional tension and recipients often report a feeling of “relaxed aliveness”.
Massage during and after pregnancy
All the forms of bodywork and massage that I offer are suitable during the 2nd and 3rd term of pregnancy. It is simply the approach and the touch which differs. Sometimes women are very clear what they want from a session - whether it be relief from inevitable physical stresses which occur during your pregnancy, or more about the creating a time and space to relax and integrate all the changes which take place during this transitional period
I offer women a comfortable and safe space to explore what it is that they need most during this time of emotional and physical change. Often women don't know what they want until the day of the session so we can be flexible and work intuitively as I meet you the mother and your baby in the moment.
It is important to find the right practitioner and approach during this time of heightened sensitivity, so please feel free to call me and and ask questions to ensure that you are getting what's best for you.