About the deonThai METHOD
What is this Modality of Movement Therapy?
Thai Yoga Massage consists of a series of interactive movements, stretches and rhythmic massage, addressing all the main energy channels and pressure points of the body. Treatments are performed with the client comfortably clothed, on a special mat on the floor, mostly without the use of oils or lotion.
This kind of bodywork can be very relaxing and highly therapeutic for many health conditions including back issues, muscle strains or osteoarthritis. It reduces stress, relieves pain and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself, both physically and emotionally.
Results typically include the release of energetic blockages, improving spinal alignment, physical balance, joint mobility and overall flexibility. Clients also report enhanced mental clarity, sounder sleep, greater endurance and increased enjoyment of sports, work and play.
The often deeply meditative experience can be quite stimulating when performed more dynamically, causing the same blissed-out feeling as after a good yoga class or exercise session. Or it can be done more gently, in a soothing manner, depending on the restorative needs or mood of the client.
Uniquely adapted to the needs of a contemporary Western clientele, this ancient form of healing from the East employs a variety of techniques in a complete, balanced and deeply therapeutic system.
How Does it Work?
A form of neuromuscular therapy is employed, where concentrated pressure is applied to so-called trigger points, which are areas of chronic contraction in the muscle that may feel like lumps or knots. They are often painful and sometimes lead to more pain in other parts of the body.
Sufficient pressure is applied to these areas to relax the muscles, while stretching the surrounding tissue, known as fascia, to help prevent recurrence.
The work can enhance immune function by increasing blood circulation and boosting levels of endorphins and serotonin, the body's natural painkillers and mood regulators.
Those with anxiety, depression or eating disorders can also take advantage of the positive effects on the mind that certain combinations of yoga and massage have been proven to have.
This kind of healing touch can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress-hormone levels, freeing up areas of tension, while increasing vitality and well-being as connections are strengthened between body and mind.
Ideally performed once or twice a month per client, complete Thai Yoga Therapy sessions are usually about two hours long. Other treatment options are also available, such as specially targeted sessions for shorter times, performed more frequently.
About the Practitioner: Deon de Wet
Deeply committed to providing the utmost in care and compassion to his clients and students, he has been practicing and teaching Thai Yoga Massage/Therapy internationally since the early 2000’s.
After first discovering Traditional Thai Massage on a beach, while on vacation in Thailand, Deon remembers it bringing forth a profound sense of emotional well-being and connection to his body, previously only felt after vigorous exercise or periods of deep meditation.
This initial exposure impressed him so much that he resolved to find out more - leading him on a fascinating journey that included many years of intensive training with a variety of world-renowned teachers in both Thailand and the USA.
After successful evaluation of hundreds of hours of practice treatments, he then began to offer professional sessions to private clients in Los Angeles and New York. And today, with rave reviews from thousands of hours of professional practice, he is still providing private treatments to a wide range of clients, many of whom have been attending regularly since he first began in 2002.
Currently certified to practice Massage & Bodywork by the State of California, he has also been certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as an Approved Provider of Continuing Education.
Deon is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York Licensed Massage Therapists continuing education that is accepted by the State of New York for license renewal.
“I have been receiving Deon’s wonderful and therapeutic Thai Yoga Massages for several years. I go monthly and each time is a treasured and healing experience. This is a true investment in body, mind, and spirit from a gifted therapist.”
“It only took one session with Deon for me to recognize his unusual qualities–his strength and his gentleness–and to come away completely relaxed, yet invigorated. That session took place several years ago and I am still a devoted follower.”
“Emotional, physical and spiritual stress and deprivation brought me to a place of hopeless pain. After one session with Deon, I could breathe, think and move more freely. After a few more visits, I was able to experience joy again.”
“Not in any treatment have I ever felt so willing to surrender and trust. What astounded me even more than how my body opened up to the treatment, was how I started getting flashbacks into long forgotten childhood memories. Awesome experience!”
“As a massage therapist, I know the ultimate compliment for me is when a fellow body worker raves about my work. It is in that spirit that I attempt to speak of Deon’s exquisite Thai Yoga Therapy. Words cannot describe the feelings of peace, wellbeing and opening that his work brought forth. One must experience it to believe it.”
Do you remember
When it felt so good to experience your body?
When you were really feeling it
From the inside … outwards …
When your thoughts were about running, jumping and diving
And when you went to sleep,
That delicious exhaustion
After a long day’s play…
And as you stretched out under the covers,
The last thought …
About the rest of a glorious summer lying ahead,
Still waiting to be experienced …
As you blissfully float away,
Quietly anticipating the adventure of tomorrow …
Come … let’s remember.
by Deon de Wet