Hello, my name is Gar.
I am a qualified Holistic Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner. I’m a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Massage Training Institute (MTI) and fully insured with Balens.
I’d like to tell you a bit about myself and my journey into holistic therapies.
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. It was a drastic decision and a complete leap of faith. 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 was introduced to Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage. I decided to learn more about Reiki at the Reiki Academy London where I obtained my Levels 1 and 2 certificates in addition to taking several practitioner level workshops. Learning Thai Yoga Massage took me to Lahu Village in the hills of northern Thailand where I stayed and took an intensive course with the Sunshine Network School living and breathing Thai Yoga Massage.
I love what I do and I love the constant learning and self improvement to hopefully become a better therapist as well as a better human being. I feel very honoured and very grateful to work in this area, very blessed to learn from the clients I meet and the connections I make. I am reminded constantly that our bodies are an amazing gift capable of supporting and healing us if we listen to it and allow it space, stillness and compassion.
I practice from my home in Horsham and at Bodywise Gym and Studios in Warnham. I 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 also take part annually in the Lewes Mind Body Spirit Festival.
I dedicate my practice to Vipassana in gratitude to where it has lead me and I hope to always practice with compassion and presence.