After a busy summer it was great to enjoy winter in Palma, I was kept busy massaging crew, locals and cyclists. Sports massage and deep tissue massages were the most in demand. Which even included post training massages for the Dutch Paralympic hand cycling team. My trusty road bike was dusted down and during my time off the winter was spent mainly cycling and a bit of horse riding.
In January and February 2016 I also attended a Myofacial approach to Thai massage course with the prestigious Howard Evans right here in Mallorca. It was a wonderful course which I throughly enjoyed. It combined the best techniques from Traditional Thai Massage with neuromuscular, myofascial and craniosacral influences to create a flowing, dynamic and meditative form of bodywork. This is not the painful and bruising work that many people have experienced as Traditional Thai Massage. All the work is done through clothing on the floor and it is a very relaxing form of massage with great stretches. The thai massage techniques can be used with pregnant women and a sitting massage which works extremely well for ‘on-site massage’ work without the need for any special equipment. Plus we had a lovely traditional Mallorcan meal each lunch break!