The Mudita Team
Ralf Marzen, founder and director of Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage, is one of the most renowned and respected teachers of Thai yoga massage in the West. Ralf has been involved in Eastern healing arts and spiritual traditions since the early 90s.
Ralf studied Thai Yoga Massage with the late Asokananda who was a true master and pioneer in his field. He became one of Asokananda’s main co-teachers. He also studied with Thai masters Chaiyuth Pryasith and Pichet Boonthumme.
Ralf holds a degree in clinical psychology. He is also trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and NARM. His large theoretical and practical background in both Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy allows him to draw from many different sources in his work.
Ralf is a Senior Teacher with the Sunshine Network. He is also an accredited instructor with Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI). He has worked as a head instructor and teacher trainer at the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Ralf’s work has been featured in The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, Health and Fitness and OM Magazine.
Besides Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage he also runs StillPoint Centre for WellBeing in Central London.
In his teaching Ralf brings together his passion for meditation, yoga and Thai Yoga Massage as expressions of the one Source in all of us, creating a safe, supportive and encouraging space for participants to learn and grow. He is well known for his precise but relaxed and compassionate teaching style.
Dézi is a co-teacher on our courses in London and Thailand, and shares her infectious passion for yoga and Thai yoga massage. She brings a wonderful mix of warmth, kindness and humour to our groups.
Dézi found Thai Yoga massage in 2012, completing her training with Ralf in London and Thailand. Thai Yoga massage has become a part of her life since and she has been sharing her passion for it on the London courses and on the retreats in Thailand. For her Thai Yoga massage is a moving meditation, a dance, where the giver and receiver equally benefit from the exchange of the treatment.
Dézi has been teaching yoga, Pilates and meditation and is based in London.
Dézi is a lifelong student and loves to share her passion with others. Her aim is to make this world a better place by adding positivity, caring, compassion and enthusiasm towards life.
Sophia assists on our courses in London and teaches Introduction workshops in Oxfordshire. She also helps with the administration for the Mudita School.
Sophia has been a yoga teacher since 2011, and it was her love of teaching and practicing yoga that first drew her to Thai Yoga Massage. She completed her training with Ralf in London and has since attended as many advanced courses as she can. She feels very grateful to be able to share the benefits of this bodywork with others through treatments and trainings.
Sophia is particularly interested in the connection between body, energy, and emotions, and is always looking to study further and go more deeply into working with this in both Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage.
Katrin Heuser is one of our co-teachers on the Thailand retreat. Working with the body and movement has always been a significant part of her life. Starting with ballet from the age of six, she continued to dance in one form or another for 24 years. In her early 20's she took up Pilates to help with her scoliosis, which eventually led her to yoga and she trained as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga.
Katrin's approach to health and well-being is rooted in bodywork. To deepen her practice, she trained with Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage. This holistic practice has since become a main focus of her work and she continues to deepen her experience not only from her practice but also studying with other teachers around the world. She is also a qualified Manual Lymph Drainage therapist.
Katrin now lives in Lisbon, where she has a small yoga studio and offers training courses in Thai Yoga Massage. Her latest project is to bring yoga to the rooftop terraces of Lisbon, from which you can enjoy the most incredible views of the city.
Cyprian is a graduate of the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and has completed a 4 year full time BSc (Hons) degree course in Osteopathy. He established the Peckham Pulse Osteopathic Practice in 1999. He uses structural, visceral, harmonic and cranial techniques to treat a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions.
Cyprian's first significant interest in massage developed during the time he was studying psychology and he felt there was a distinct lack of body-mind connection on the course. During that time, there was a special moment, while receiving a massage on a workshop, that evoked some early childhood memories. This led to an interest and fascination with the deep therapeutic value of massage. He is interested in all types of bodywork- Thai Yoga Massage, Lomi-Lomi sacred temple style, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage and Chavutti Thirummal and has explored and studied many of these therapies over the years.
Cyprian first came across Thai Yoga Massage through a fellow osteopath. It was a defining influence on him. The variety of floor based long lever and short lever techniques, the efficient use of body weight and mechanics were in some cases are easier do than some osteopathic techniques. The more he learnt, the more creative and fascinating Thai Yoga Massage became- a choreographed dance with an element of surrender, which is rewarding for both the giver and the receiver. So much so, Cyprian has adapted some Thai Yoga Massage skills and incorporated them into his repertoire of osteopathic techniques.
Cyprian has studied Thai Yoga Massage with Ralf Marzen and David Lutt. He has also studied Harmonic Technique with Eyal Lederman and Laurie Hartman. Prior to studying osteopathy, Cyprian worked in the London Ambulance Service as a paramedic.
As well as teaching for us, Cyprian is also a tutor on the Essentials for Health teaching team on the Sports Massage Diploma course. His experience of running a practice, treating patients, people management skills and an ability to deal with sometimes complex health issues, has made him keen to pass on some of this experience. He brings a wealth of clinical experience as an osteopath (who also practices Thai Yoga Massage) to our teaching team.
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