01926 730726 thai@kathrynellis.com

Kathryn Ellis

BSc (Hons), RTT, ITEC, BTEC Dip (PTS)

I have been practising yoga for nearly 20 years and I first came across Thai yoga massage when I watched a demonstration at the end of my yoga class back in 2004. I was completely captivated by the graceful, dance-like quality of both giver and receiver, the way each movement flowed into another. This wasn’t massage as I had ever witnessed before and I longed to be on the receiving end of it. I signed up for a massage straightaway and very quickly decided that I wanted to learn how to introduce others to its amazing benefits.

I have gone on to complete a number of Thai massage courses since 2004, including a year-long diploma course with the British School of Thai Yoga Massage, and an intensive 2 week advanced course in Thailand. I continue to learn my craft through attending advanced weekend workshops, most recently with Bob Haddad from THAI – an organisation that promotes Thai therapy and healing arts throughout the world. I am registered as an advanced Thai Therapist with THAI (RTT), and teach Thai Massage courses at Central School of Massage.

I am also a full member of the Sports Massage Association (silver level). My sports and remedial massage training was with Oxford School of Sports Massage back in 2008, which at the time was one of only five accredited schools in the UK that taught the prestigious BTEC professional diploma course. This qualification has become the benchmark for quality training, and includes advanced remedial massage techniques alongside assessment skills, and an advanced working knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

I have completed a number of supplementary courses since my initial sports massage intensive course. For a long time, I have had a keen interest in a form of deep tissue massage therapy called Structural Integration (sometimes referred to as Rolfing) and have completed a number of advanced courses in this form of treatment. This type of soft-tissue therapy works with the web-like connective tissue (fascia) that surrounds and supports all the soft tissues, bones, nerves and organs. It aims to release, realign and to balance the body in order to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Whilst I’ve had a great variety of training in the types of massage over the last 10 years, I like to mix and match the different approaches according to the individual and his/her requirements. In broad terms, I divide my work into either a floor-based treatment (where Thai massage provides the framework), or a couch-based treatment (where Sports and remedial massage provides the framework). However, I invariably use a number of different techniques depending on the client, with the focus very much on the whole body.

I offer treatments in a newly refurbished studio dedicated to massage. With underfloor heating, the environment is perfect for floor-based as well as couch-based treatments. Located in central Leamington Spa with easy, on-street, free parking, it is just 10 minutes walk from the town centre and from the railway station.

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