Founder & Therapist
Jodie was first introduced to Thai Yoga Massage in early 2004, when she found herself on the futon of a fabulous Thai Yoga Massage therapist. The experience was profound & led to a fascination & passion to learn all she could about this healing art form.
After a 12 year career as a computer scientist working predominantly in the city of London, the focus & passion of Thai Yoga Massage finally turned into a part of daily life. In 2011 urban mettá was born.
Jodie is the founder of urban metta & loves to share her passion for Thai Yoga Massage with clients & students. She had the good fortune to teach with her teacher, Ralf Marzen, which was a huge privilege. She relies on self drive & determination, an open heart, humour & a focus to keep learning.
Studies & teachers include, Practitioner in Thai Yoga Massage in London with Ralf Marzen, Traditional Thai Massage in Thailand with Itzhak Helman, advanced techniques with Robert De Nies in San Francisco & many others including; Practitioner in Table Thai Massage, Practitioner in Seated Thai Massage, Practitioner in Thai Foot Massage & Level 3 ITEC Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology.
Certified professional member of the Complementary Therapists Association & holds insurance with Holistic Insurance Services.
We offer Thai Yoga Massage treatments in the comfort of your own home or home away from home. Home-visits are within 5-miles of St Ives, Cornwall. For other locations, travel & / or rental costs may apply.
We are available for corporate & pop-up events throughout Cornwall and Devon, please contact us for further details.
Thai Yoga Massage uses an energy line system — the "Sip Sen" — the vital life force that is called "Prana" in Sanskrit, "Chi" in Chinese & "Ki" in Japanese, travels through these lines, supplying the body with the energy that is necessary for it's survival & healthy functioning. Blockages in this life force cause aches, pains & disease. Thai Yoga Massage assists the body in releasing blocked energy & frees the body's healing potential, restoring balance & harmony.
Originating in India & strongly linked to Buddhism, Thai Yoga Massage is a mindfulness based therapy where the practitioner has trained their own mind through meditation, resulting in a deeper sense of "mettá" - pali for "loving-kindness". It is said to be "the physical application of loving-kindness".
The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are countless. By freeing the flow of vital energy in the body, Thai Massage can improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion & circulation. Muscles are stretched, inner organs toned & emotional & nervous tension is reduced. Often a deep sense of peace can be experienced during & after a treatment.
Although the main emphasis in the practice of Thai Yoga Massage is usually on prevention (as in the Thai tradition, all disease manifests first on the energy level & can be treated there before it becomes physical), it can also be of great therapeutic benefit for a range of specific problems & conditions, such as headaches, back pain, digestive disorders, shoulder & neck tension, joint pain, insomnia & other stress related conditions.
If you ever need to cancel an appointment, please try to give us more than 48 hours notice.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is performed fully clothed, so please wear light comfortable clothing for your treatment.
Thai Yoga Massage does not require the receiver to be flexible, athletic or strong. Each treatment is designed to suit client needs. As the basic principle is to balance the energy body with palming & thumbing techniques, this form of body work can be done on anyone: young, old, healthy or unwell.
Thai Yoga Massage's wonderful yoga-based stretches are secondary & do not need to be integral to the treatment. However, for those able to receive them, these effective & beautiful stretches really enhance the experience & benefits.
The session includes a 5 minute assessment at the beginning - where your therapist will be able to use the information provided to tailor a treatment specifically to your needs.
There is also 5 minutes at the end to allow yourself to have a moment of quiet before making your way back gradually into the real world.
If this is your first session with urban metta then the initial assessment will be a little longer.
There is no oil used in a Thai Yoga Massage, so you can remain fully clothed throughout. Avoid heavy meals & alcohol two hours before your treatment.
As with all massage - make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards!
Mettá is the Pali word for Loving-Kindness... Thai Yoga Massage is exactly that - applied loving kindness.