Yoga Camp believes that receiving body work is an important part of maintaining body, mind and heart wellness. We're happy to host a variety of Thai Massage practitioners, as well as, RMTs to provide body work to our campers. Appointments can be made directly with each practitioner, (please see their contact info at the bottom of their bios).
*Bodywork is offered at an extra cost.
Drew Hume, Thai Massage
Touch has the power to communicate all the things that words aren’t good at, and yet often times we need to re-learn this idea of maintaining a meaningful touch-vocabulary.
Part of my work is aimed at educating people on human biology and the physical forms of Thai Massage and another, larger dream of mine is to ensure that as a culture, we become more touch-literate. I hope to dissolve the culturally engrained habits that have been spread out of the fear of touch. Touch-aversion goes against our deepest biological needs and so it continues to take us further and further out of balance. With greater education and with greater skill in compassionate touch we can return to a far healthier state, and a far more interconnected community.
I founded Navina™ as a way to spread this message and these teachings as far as possible – bringing people together from all corners of the globe. With each course I teach I attempt to pass on as much detail and intricacy as I possibly can, as it relates to both the nuanced physical postures of Thai yoga therapy, and the incredible power and of compassionate touch.
The idea of touch has many different meanings for me; one of them is how it can connect people. I have explored, and continue, to explore the many different ways of connecting with people in this modern age.
I began this exploration through yoga, my practice allowed me to connect to my body in a way that I had never experienced before. I felt the movement, my strength, my muscles, my flexibility, and lack there of, in a new light, viewed through a new lens. I was an active child through sports and dance that continued into my adult
life. Yet, I didn’t have a connection to how my body really moved, felt and how it worked; or what it took on through the years of supporting me, and how things felt from the inside out. My newfound body awareness was exciting!
About 9 years ago I was at a yoga festival and was introduced to Thai Yoga Massage. I had received a variety of massage and bodywork therapies at this point and nothing compared to this. During that workshop I was convinced that with yoga and Thai massage I had found everything my body needed to feel good. I had found
another practice to deepen my internal and external connection; also I really enjoyed giving this massage. The seed was planted and I wanted to practice Thai Yoga Massage.
Through my 8 years of practice I have discovered the benefits of how this holistic body of work connects people. Not only to their own bodies, but through the foundational principle of Metta Bhavana – “loving kindness” or “compassion.” As a Navina ® Thai Yoga Therapy educator and practitioner my intention is to share this
idea of connecting with oneself and with others through compassionate touch.
Allow me to touch your heart, your mind, and your soul. It is not only a massage you’ll receive with me, it’s a life experience! One, I hope touches the world through you.
I look forward to sharing our time together.
Maryl Clyke, Thai Massage
I believe my purpose in life is to care for others through education. This includes my family, my friends, and those I haven’t met yet. I fell in love with Thai Massage while studying to become a Practitioner at the Navina Costa Rica retreat centre. I was transformed by the way I learned not only about the power of compassionate touch, but also about life, humankind, and the wonderful benefits of manual therapy. In the last 4 years, I have had the opportunity to grow my practice and become part of the Navina Education team. What a pleasure to teach others how to pass on this gift! I look forward to sharing it with you. My mat is a safe space for you to relax, and put yourself first for a change.