My name is Darren and I run AlchemyFlow – I’ve been practicing Thai Massage since 2014 and the modality has had a remarkable impact on the way I relate to my own body and the people in my world. I’ve made some beautiful connections along the way through my practice and I love observing the shift a single session can make in my clients.
After graduating in Sociology & Politics in 2014, with the bulk of my work being about understanding the different approaches of western medicine and alternative systems to the body – I knew I wanted to work with bodies myself.
I had traveled extensively in Thailand four years earlier and remember the relief of being able to experience massage three or four times a week and how the dynamism of the Thai style was so sensitive and restorative. Training in Thai Massage was an obvious decision – and on a recommendation from a friend, I took up a place with Ralf Marzen at the Mudita School of Thai Massage.
Mudita was a fantastic introduction to the art of Thai Massage and I’ve gained some solid principles of working with people in that particular style. This way of working is coupled with my own philosophy and techniques I’ve picked up along the way from other healers, experience and research.
My practice has developed into a culmination of a traditional Thai approach with insights from yoga and Reichian Bodywork – after a four weekend intensive with Silke Ziehl on her ‘Deep Bodywork’ foundation course. I’ve also been inspired by bioenergetics and moved by seminal texts such as Alexander Lowan’s ‘The Language of the Body’ and ‘The Art of Somatic Coaching’ by Richard Strozzi-Heckler.
My practice is about welcoming people into a safe space where they can re-connect safely and compassionately with their bodies. The noise in our heads and the outside world tends to obscure the unique stories and needs of the body calling out to be heard. My work is about helping people to tune into the language of the body – and through it, helping chart a way back to the heart. For me, bodywork is loving activism: I work with people to encourage better awareness of and connection with the body as a vehicle for change in the world.