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Paadena (a Sanskrit phrase that loosely translates to “on one’s feet”) offers Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage Therapy with Barbara Wall.
Yoga first made itself known to Barbara when she was eight years old, her early interest sparked by a book, purchased with pocket money. This interest has developed over many years with different teachers. Her practice has been mostly inspired by the late Marilyn Freedman, a dedicated follower of the late Vanda Scaravelli.
After passing the three year teacher training course with the British Wheel of Yoga (recognised by Sport England as the governing body for yoga in Great Britain), Barbara began teaching her own classes in Worcestershire. in addition to teaching, Barbara qualified as a Chiropodist and her classes and teaching are greatly influenced by her training and focus on developing a greater awareness of grounding and the importance of the feet.
Thai Yoga Massage Therapy (TYMT) is a form of bodywork that benefits both the giver and receiver. It has evolved into a unique and magical combination of deep stretching, yoga, rhythmic compression, soft-tissue manipulation, gentle rocking, energy balancing and acupressure. Barbara is an experienced, professional therapist and teacher who understands the full power and true healing in the ancient art of TYMT. Barbara’s Diploma course is now accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists. The Diploma course will earn you 10 cpd.
Classes are held in a purpose built studio overlooking the beautiful Suckley countryside. The high standards of Barbara’s teaching qualifications and teaching practice are continually supported, developed and progressed by the BWY and FHT.
I feel that Barbara’s approach to massage shows her thoughtfulness and consideration for her clients and this has the effect of leaving the spirit uplifted and the body well and truly stretched after every session.
I have been doing Yoga with Barbara for many years. During my time I have found Barbara to be patient and compassionate. She takes great care to explain each movement and how to do the position with respect for your joints. Also if you suffer with an injury she tells you how to adjust the movement to protect your injury. The class is small and personal and the setting for her studio is fantastic with views across the valley, even watching the sun go down, whilst practicing Yoga. The class isn’t just about movement, Barbara takes time for relaxation and you always come away feeling mindful.
Barbara is excellent at personally tailoring her teaching to each individual students needs. Her approach is calming, knowledgeable and professional, immediately putting you at ease. As a trained massage therapist myself, I have attended courses with many different teachers and therapists. It was so refreshing when I began the course with Barbara and was actually introduced to massage techniques that I had never before experienced, delivered with such kindness and patience! I was impressed! She seems to know intuitively where to encourage and guide, and her teaching produce excellent results, always leaving me feeling confident in my ability. I loved doing the course and am now planning on continuing with Barbara and working through the Advanced Techniques.