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Free Thai massage on offer in New Plymouth for sufferers of muscular disorders























Alan Metcalfe is trying to quash the idea that traditional Thai massage has sexual connotations.

The New Plymouth massage therapist said there was a lot of misconceptions about the style of massage and a lot of that had to do with the adverts found in the back pages of newspapers.

"Women advertise traditional Thai massage in the personal ads," he said.

"That's obviously not traditional Thai massage."

For a start, you must be fully clothed to receive a real traditional Thai massage, and the massage was performed on a mat on the floor, he said.

He's also trying to bust the myth that Thai massage was rough.

The style he practices and teaches was northern Thai massage and as such was a soft and slow style of work.

He said the massage was a mixture of passive stretching and working on acupressure points and trigger points. Pressure was applied using various body parts, including the thumbs, elbows, knees and feet.

"If you are going to give a good massage, you've got to be 100 per cent focused. If you are thinking about what you are having for dinner that night, then it's not working," he said.

Metcalfe, who practises and teaches from the Sivananda Yoga Centre on Tukapa St, is offering free massage sessions to people who have neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinsons or Multiple sclerosis.

Gwynna Whiteowl has fibromyalgia - a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to pressure - and said Metcalfe's work was superb.

"It's not easy to find a good therapist," she said.

"He's very gentle and intuitive and he's talking and he's asking questions and he's responding to your body.

"After a session with Alan I feel like I am 10 feet tall."

Leela Lepper learned traditional Thai massage from Metcalfe and said she had always believed in the potential of humans to heal.

"Right from the start I just loved it. It feels so amazing and I knew I had to learn it."

Metcalfe, who used to be an engineer before he became a massage therapist, said he found his job extremely relaxing.

"It's more rewarding than engineering as well," he said.

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