It has been an exciting period for me, as ‘the Body Engineer’, launching myself as a therapist here in Rotterdam, with fantastic support from partners, in particular ‘Balanzs’, allowing me to offer massage at their space in Mariniersweg.
Having treated a lot of wonderful clients, I am excited to be now expanding my practice into other businesses and existing massage centres. More information will follow, particularly through the ‘Soft Tissue Therapy‘ page.
Soft Tissue Therapy combines many manual therapy techniques (eg. Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Technique and Muscle Energy Techniques) giving multiple tools to address issues in the soft tissues of the body (muscle, tendon & ligaments).
Rather than simply giving a general massage, Soft Tissue Therapy is focused upon searching for the root causes of our postural issues, to uncover where we are prone to injury. In this respect, Soft Tissue Therapy is a great tool for all those involved in demanding physical practices (dance, circus, athletes and those in the fitness industries; particularly as a preventative treatment, lowering risk of injury.)
This particular approach is also shown to offer an increased rate of recover from injury, and is highly recommended as a method, or a supplement to, rehabilitation from injuries or post surgery.
For those of us in highly stressful jobs, or occupation that involves physical labour, Soft Tissue therapy can also be a great way of treating those minor aches and pains that can limit us.
Having now arrived in Rotterdam, completing the process of registering as a Self-employed freelancing Yoga teacher and massage therapist, I feel full of excitement and enthusiasm to begin my new career here, in the Netherlands.
It’s already been a ‘hitting the ground running’ situation, with some wonderful meetings with vibrant and entrepreneurial folks, all working in similar industries and I feel really openly welcomed.
I am very excited to be joining a fabulous Yoga practitioner ‘Malou Zuur’ (LouZen Yoga), as part of her ‘Yoga in the Park’ provision, happening in ‘Vroesenpark’, in the Blijdorp district.
On Thursday evenings I will be leading Hatha Yoga practice, in the centre of the park; where we can connect with the beautiful surroundings, the sunshine (hopefully) and the growing Yogi community, here in the city.
In the massage front, I have continued to practice both my general body massage, along with my new skills in ‘Thai Yoga Massage’, with family, however I’m now hoping to gradually expand my practicing over the coming weeks. As I’m currently training in ‘Soft Tissue Therapy’, I am unable to provide ‘therapeutic’ massage, working with injury rehab and prevention, until I am much further into the training. So, at present, I am able to offer ‘Full body massage’, for relaxation and general wellbeing, where I can accept donations from clients.
If you’re interested in booking in a session, please do drop me an email at email@example.com or through the ‘Contact‘ page.
It’s Sunday morning, a bit of cold one, here in Rotterdam. The floor shines with a thin layer of rain water, filling me with apprehension as I head towards Vroesenpark, in the Blijdorp area of Rotterdam. This morning I will join in with a Ashtanga/ Vinyasa class in the park, led by the Yogi-entrepreneur Malou (LouZen Yoga).
It will be wonderful to see how Yoga is going, with the Rotterdam communities, and how and what a fellow teacher is sharing the practices of Yoga with them.
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What a wonderful experience, here in a slightly chilly, yet busy public park space, in the heart of one of Rotterdams up-and-coming districts. Malou leads a fun and engaging practice, embracing the cold and the atmosphere of the space and the group, bringing it into a wonderful and authentic (in my own understanding of Yoga) experience of really connecting with the body and the community.
It was a wonderfully welcoming group, I didn’t once feel like an alien, even though my Dutch is really not yet up to par to talk much; but this didn’t matter.
I am most thrilled as I have now been invited by Malou to lead come Hatha you classes, in the park on Thursday evenings, beginning in a few weeks. It will be my first Yoga class to be taught in the Netherlands, outside of my own personal practice and family and I’m really thrilled to be beginning my journey and building my practice here in the Netherlands.
Details about the upcoming yoga classes will be posted on the site, but also through my social media channels (insta | @anthony_thebodyengineer , twitter | @thebodyenginee1)
It is a wonderful feeling to have successfully graduated from the ‘Sunshine Massage School’ in Chiang Mai, Thailand; having completed 90hrs of training in ‘Traditional Thai Massage’.
It’s safe to say that a whole world of physiological and healing approaches, even within this one form, has been partially unveiled to me, with lots more to be learnt. However I am now both excited and confident that I can offer a great experience to clients, out there, who might benefit from this great therapeutic practice.
Following the guidance of the wonderful teachers at the school, the next part of the training is practice; working with peoples bodies to build on my touch, to really develop my skills. Only through the interaction with clients, their various specific needs, will I truly learn about the potential of Bodywork.
This experience has been such a joy, with a team of tutors and fellow students, with great friendships and colleagues being formed; the future looks exciting.
Upon our return to the Netherlands and the UK, I look forward to connecting with various businesses, studios, salons and centres that might enjoy me delivering my own practice, gradually building awareness to clients.
If you’re interested in receiving a Thai massage treatment, please do drop me a message through the contact page, message on instagram (@anthony_thebodyengineer) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
So, following a hefty yet wonderful week of diving deep into the practices of Traditional Thai Yoga massage, my mind is truly blown!
Our very experienced tutors, Tiwa and Sicha, have been incredibly caring, detailed and supportive with each of the students on the course, giving lots of very specific pointers and adjustments, really helping us to understand and feel the practice of ‘Traditional Thai Yoga Massage’.
We have just completed our first week of the course, with a lot of ground covered, with week two beginning on Monday.
I’m extremely excited to push on further with the massage practice, to further develop the skills that we are working on; bring on Monday!
The massage skills that we have been working on will be of such benefit to many many people, back home, and I really can’t wait to begin to deliver Thai massage practice to people.
Upon our return to the UK/Netherlands in March, I will be sure to post more about how to book a session with me, be that a 1hr, 1.5hr or 2hr session. If you already have some burning questions, or you’re curious to know more, please do drop me a message through the contact page.
Currently sat in the departure lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2, in advance of our venture to Thailand to both enjoy the wonders of this far-eastern wonder; but to also learn the art of Thai Yoga Massage.
I’ve long been interested in learning these skills and I’m very excited to return from these travels, qualified and ready to offer that knowledge and experience to clients in the Netherlands and the UK.
Keep an eye out for future posts, to capture the development through this experience, and be ready to book in a session upon our return!!
Over the weekend of 12th & 13th of January 2019, I have been in the beautiful London Regent’s University building, set in the idillic surroundings of Regent’s Park, undergoing my ‘Introduction to Massage’ with the ‘London School of Sports and Remedial Massage’ (LSSM).
It was a wonderful weekend, with a lot of information and techniques being thrown at me, to get me understanding the basics of feeling with the hands, into the various tissues of the body.
What some people might imagine could be quite a simplistic idea; definitely ignorant of the reality.
To truly feel the state, texture and needs of these soft tissues is no easy task, needing patience and connecting to the receptive ability of the hands.
The team at LSSM have been fantastically helpful, offering very experienced and skilled insight into developing these skills; but above all the power is entirely ‘in my hands’….eurgh terrible pun!
Following 2 days of intensive explorations and practical sessions, I feel well equipped to begin the journey into the world of ‘Soft Tissue Therapy’, thrilled to be met with a new challenge to face.
Upon arrival home, gifting my wife with a 1 hour full body massage, I have already enrolled onto my BTEC Level 5 Diploma course, beginning in April 2019. By this time 2020, I will moving toward my final exams, to be then a fully qualified therapist, bursting at the seams with drive, intrigue, knowledge and hopefully skill to bring to all those in need of some specialised work.
Here’s to the future!
If anyone else is interested in exploring training in manual therapy…here is a link to LSSM’s site….I highly recommend!