Hello, my name is Gar.
I am a qualified holistic massage therapist and Reiki practioner. I’m a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and the Massage Training Institute and fully insured with Balens.
I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and how I got into holistic bodywork.
Several years ago I was going through a particularly stressful time and I realised that if I didn’t change my life and my attitude to life, I was going to become very ill. So, I closed my business and went travelling. In my search for inner peace and a simpler way of living, I found Vipassana; an ancient form of meditation dating back more than 2500 years.
Vipassana means ‘insight’ or ‘to see things as they really are’ and is a way of self transformation through self observation. I travelled to my native Cambodia, to learn the technique and spent ten days in silent meditation. It was a life changing experience.
When I came home, I wanted to do something completely different and embarked on an Holistic Massage course at the Unity School of Yoga and Bodywork in Brighton.
I’ve always been interested in massage. As a young child, my grandparents used to ask me to walk on their backs and pummel their shoulders with my fists or squeeze their legs and feet. My mum, after a tiring day at work, would ask me to rub her neck and shoulders with smelly Chinese ointments. In that sense, I grew up massaging my elders to relieve their aches and pains, though massage was also a sign of love, affection and service.
My course opened up an entire universe for me and it was during the course that I experienced Reiki in a profound way that changed the way I think of and experience the world around me.
I feel very honoured and very grateful to work in this area, very blessed to learn from the clients I meet. I am reminded constantly that our bodies are an amazing gift capable of supporting and healing us if we listen to it and that the universe is greater than we can imagine.
I practice from Vanity Hair in Horsham. I also volunteer for the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre in Crawley, working with clients who are in remission as well as those who are undergoing cancer treatment.
I dedicate my practice to Vipassana in gratitude to where it has lead me.
I hope to always practice with compassion and presence.