Vitali Integrated Health Centre in George, South Africa Vitali Integrated Health Centre in George, South Africa
Rejuvenating Body, Mind & Spirit
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Thai yoga massage
 Far Hills, N2, George | Health & Wellness : 

Hendrik van der Merwe

VITALI Integral Health Centre

Cell:+27 (0) 828550888
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A human being is a complex organism, a delicate balance between an array of physiological systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, neurological, hormonal, skeletal, muscular and digestive, and the psychology of mind, emotion and soul. Traditional western medicine tends to approach ailments in isolation in a mechanistic model, fixing and replacing parts without taking care of the whole. Holistic medicine, the Integral Health approach, looks at the entire person, the balance and harmony that needs to be present in order to speak of true health.

We can learn much from the ancient systems of healing from India and China. Ayurveda and Chinese medicine takes the entire person into account, and will give attention to every physiological system and psychological aspect in diagnoses and treatment. It is told that in a traditional chinese village the doctor was paid a nominal amount by the villagers to keep them healthy. If the person became ill, they stopped paying until they regained their health. The healer is thus motivated to keep the patient healthy, and in teaching self-healing modalities, such as good diet and exercise.

In plotting a course of action in healing, or in maintaining good health, we at the Vitali Integral Health Centre offer a range of choices, a range of medicines, from sophisticated modern allopathy and herbal remedies, to various forms of bodywork therapy and exercise. Here follows an explanation of some of the massage therapy techniques and yoga classes that I offer.


The theoretical foundation for Thai Massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. They form a second skin or second body in addition to the physical body. It is along these lines that life energy, called "Prana" in India, and "Chi" in China flows to provide the energy to all our physiological systems and internal organs for optimum function. Good health is indicated by the free flow of this energy throughout the body. Not only physical well-being, but also mental and emotional well-being, are subject to this flow of energy. Blockages in the energy flow develop due to many circumstances, internal and external;
posture, diet, toxic environments and products, lack of exercise, and bad emotional and mental habit patterns. Thai massage works with two techniques, namely energy line palm and pressure point massage, and stretches. The second aspect is why it is also called Yoga massage, as it resembles a yoga stretching session, but all the work is done by the therapist. Also called Yoga for Lazy People! The foundation of Thai massage is Indian, Yoga and Ayurveda.

Thai Massage is done on a thin mattress on the floor. The person receiving a Thai massage should wear loose fitting clothes with long sleeves. The massage typically last for 90 minutes, but can be anything from 1 to 2 hours depending on the needs of the client.


The Taoist sages of ancient China observed that humans often develop energy blockages in their internal organs that result in knots and tangles in their abdomens. These obstructions occur at the center of the body's
vital functions and constrict the flow of Chi (energy), our life-force. The negative emotions of fear, anger anxiety, depression, and worry cause the most damage. Problems can also be caused by overwork, stress, accidents, surgery, drugs, toxins, poor food, and bad posture.

Chi moves through the body's internal channels, nervous system, blood vessels, and lymph glands. These systems concentrate and cross paths in the abdomen which acts as their control center. Tensions, worries, and stresses of the day, month, or year accumulate there and are seldom dispersed. These disturbances can cause physical tangling and knotting of the nerves, blood vessels, and lymph nodes. The result is the gradual obstruction of energy circulation.

The Taoists discovered that most maladies could be healed once the underlying toxins and negative forces were released from the body. They developed the art of Chi Nei Tsang to recycle and transform negative energies that obstruct the internal organs and cause knots in the abdomen. Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiencies that cause the organs to dysfunction.

This method is not suitable for persons who have had abdominal surgery in the last year, or during pregnancy or menstruation. Do not eat a big meal before having Chi Nei Tsang, and no food for about 2 hours before. The duration of the treatment is 1 hour.

Chi Nei Tsang is an oil massage treatment, performed solely on the abdomen, working with the breath and healing sounds, as prescribed by chinese medicine.


A full body massage, or back, neck and shoulder massage done with aromatherapy oils in the tradition of Swedish Massage and Sports Massage. Ideal for stiff and sore muscles, or sports injuries. A relaxing or rejuvenating massage, according to the needs of the client.


Yoga is essentially the ultimate art of self-healing. The art of making or becoming whole, becoming one, with yourself, the universe and The Divine. We practice yoga to remind ourselves of the essential unity of life. Whether we practice yoga to stay healthy, happy and limber into old age, or to investigate "the such-ness
of life", the common result of even your first experience of a yoga class is a complete and natural "high", a feeling of well-being, pervasive calm and good will.

The physical aspect that classes are mostly focused on, Asanas, (postures, mostly stretches: forward bends, backward bends and twists, plus inversions, balances and core strengthening) and Pranayama, (breathing exercises) were also practiced for the purpose of preparing the body to be able to sit still in
meditation for long periods of time without any discomfort. The result of yoga practice is therefore a comfortable body, free of tension, aches and pains.

Yoga practice tones all the physiological systems , and is therefore a powerful preventative medicine. It can also be used as a first-aid for stress and body tension and all the symptoms and disorders that result from them; digestive disorders, respiratory problems, sleep disruption, depression, anxiety and "dis-ease".

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