Sophia Argyris trained with Ralf Marzen at the Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage in both London and Thailand. She believes it is important to continue to train and develop as a practitioner, and since first qualifying has completed several advanced trainings as follows:
- Advanced Thai Yoga Massage
- Dynamic Thai Yoga Massage – Rhythm and Rocking
- Thai Yoga Massage with the Feet
- Thai Yoga Massage for treating Upper Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
- The 5 Bodies and Thai Yoga Massage
These advanced courses have provided her with a wide range of different techniques to work with, to offer both deep pressure and very gentle, subtle ways of working. She also attended a course on Integrated CranioSacral Biodynamics in 2019, and brings some of the principles of listening to the body into her Thai Massage treatments, She also brings her background as a yoga teacher, and her own meditation practice into her way of working, and loves to share this bodywork with and its many benefits.
What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai Yoga Massage, or Traditional Thai Massage, has roots in the wider Indian traditions of Ayurveda and yoga as well as ancient Buddhist traditions. It is a holistic therapy that aims to balance the body’s energy system, by working on ten main meridians, or lines, that run throughout the body, known as the Ten Sen. Treatments include a combination of acupressure, assisted passive stretches, gentle joint and spine mobilisations, gentle rocking and dynamic techniques to encourage complete relaxtion.
Treatments are given with the client wearing soft, comfortable clothing. This bodywork is offered on a firm futon on the floor, with the therapist using bodyweight rather than strength, and working with a meditative focus and flowing sequence of stretches and pressure. Each session is different and tailored to the needs of the individual.
Thai Yoga Massage can help improve flexibility and posture, can be beneficial for digestion, circulation, anxiety, insomnia, and breathing. Treatments are relaxing and often leave people with a sense of peace and wellbeing.
Sophia is also an Iyengar Yoga teacher. She started her practice of Iyengar yoga in 2006. Since then it has has become a central part of her life, and she completed two years of teacher training at the Putney Iyengar Yoga Centre in London, qualifying in 2011. In 2016 and 2017 she took two further teaching assessments and is now qualified as a Junior intermediate Level 2 teacher. Her teaching is sympathetic and positive, focusing on the individual needs of her students. She attends regular classes and workshops with senior teachers to continue her own training, and in her own time studies yoga philosophy to deepen her understanding of yoga as a whole.
If you’d like to book an appointment with Sophia please ring our friendly receptionists on 01865 558561 or book online here.