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What is Safer Healing?

The most important thing for me in my practise is safety and comfort. Without the safety to relax and to build trust in a session, I don’t believe that healing can be anywhere near as effective.

What I offer:

Thai massage works efficiently to help pain and disorders of the body. It is also an energetic practise grounded in Thai Buddhism. It can help alleviate physical problems – such as back ache, neck tension, and digestion – as well as providing a relaxing context for deeper healing to take place.

As a holistic practitioner, it is always my first priority to build trust. Out of my own experiences of feeling unsafe and disrespected in many medical and holistic environments, I have developed a strong consent procedure for working with my clients.

Who I work with:

I work with sensitive people struggling with physical aches and pains, anxiety and depression.

I work with people who have felt unsafe or uncomfortable in
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transgender people and others from the LGBTQIA+ community.

I work with people who need more respect for their bodies than they currently receive and who need help building a stronger connection with themselves.

The right time for this work:

This kind of therapy is ideal for those moments when we need more appreciation and respect for our bodies, when we are looking to transform our relationship to our bodies and when we have physical or emotional disorders that need some strong, careful work.

For some this journey can take two or three sessions to relieve muscle pain in an injury, or to improve digestion for example. For some – as is common in Thailand – massage becomes a regular, integral part of self-care.

Either way, we’ll find the balance that’s best for you. 

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Thai massage

Thai massage is a healing form of massage developed over several centuries in Thailand. As well as being relaxing and balancing like many kinds of massage, it can be very effective in treating specific physical ailments and has often been called the “Physiotherapy of the East”.

Thai massage combines slow, rhythmic pressure along energy lines with careful and focused stretches. The effect is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating and can help unwind stressed muscles and painful joints.

Thai massage is always carried out fully-clothed and on a comfortable futon. Usually a treatment lasts 90 minutes but shorter and longer sessions are also possible.

Some words from my teacher,  Pi Jem in Thailand:

“Otter she is my student and my good friend .. I’m very proud of her ,,, she very respectful and diligent to learn Thai Massage ,, she try to understand how can help peoples out from problem and suffering pain or emotional . I want to share my knowledge to people in the world and they can share this knowledge to another peoples more and more .. Otter is one who can do as I want. I’m proud of her”

Otter

I am a Thai massage therapist, author and activist and have completed more than 600 hours of official massage training in Thai schools as well as six months of full time apprenticeship with my beloved teacher and friend, Pi Jem.

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This journey, of building trust, of healing and become more connected is one I have been on many times myself. I have experienced how disconnecting and disrespectful a lot of medical and therapeutic experiences can be and more times than I can count I have been judged by those who were supposed to be helping me to heal.

Or else I felt ignored, unheard and treated like a slab of meat on a table.

These experiences encouraged me to create a better environment for healing, to offer the safest and most respectful healing that I’m capable of. The process of becoming more comfortable with my own body has changed my life and I long to share it with others.

My philosophy

I believe we are always the experts of our own experiences. And we are our own best healers. Sometimes we just need a little help and guidance.

We rarely experience enough respect for our bodies, our size, shape, health or fitness and for many of us, our gender identities and sexuality. We are judged for our sensitivity and criticised for our needs. We are constantly told that we should be something other than what we are. And we experience all kinds of physical and emotional pain from working too damn hard.

With my therapeutic work, I do what I can to change this, to help my clients connect with their own bodies through the experience of massage. I know from my own experience that a sense of deeper connection with ourselves is both possible and life changing. It’s something that we all need and, most importantly, it’s something we all deserve.

 

 

Testimonials

“Ik heb het geluk gehad Otter in de buurt te hebben om me te helpen in enkele acute situaties (een gebroken voet en enkele hevige migraine aanvallen). Ook met m’n chronische rugpijn heeft ze geholpen.” Anja, Brussel

“I cannot recommend Otter’s Thai Massage highly enough!
An amazing, emotional, and deeply reassuring experience of feeling connected to my body, in a safe and supportive space.
With other therapists I’ve felt mis-gendered and misunderstood; uncomfortably exposed and vulnerable. With Otter I felt welcomed, at home, and safe to explore the uncertain areas of my body. And it was just deliciously relaxing.” Robin

Book now! Réserver!

Our prices are super easy to understand!

A 60 minute session (plus consultation and tea) is €60.

A 90 minute session (plus consultation and tea) is €90. 

Or enjoy 5 sessions of any length and get the 6th free!

To ask a question or book a treatment:  Pour poser une question ou réserver un massage: Para hacer una pregunta o reservar un masaje:

(Ik spreek slechts een beetje Nederlands, maar ik kan vertaling voorzien.)