We met with Terah at her studio which is an amazing space. A yurt located in nature, decorated with beautiful and colorful fabrics. It was like stepping into another world and I didn’t want to leave. Find out more here.
VH: From where do you hail?
About an hour north from here in Stanwood/Camano Island – you know, home of The Barefoot Bandit. From one island to the next for me I guess!
VH: How did you land on Vashon?
Some friends of ours needed tenants and we desperately needed a change – my partner and I really couldn’t be happier with how things seemingly serendipitously lined up. I’ve heard a lot of island stories like that…
VH: Tell us all about your business – what you offer, what you do, etc.
I offer Traditional Thai Massage which is a bodywork that is a branch of Traditional Thai Medicine. It’s foundations lie in Buddhism and Thai Elemental Theory, which is something I am currently studying to know more about.
Its main purpose is to create balance and space in the body in order for movement to occur more freely. It’s performed fully clothed on a padded mat and involves compression and passive stretching, among other techniques. It’s a very meditative style of bodywork that is at times difficult to describe, though some have endearingly referred to it as “lazy yoga”. I work out of a cozy yurt on a very lovely property on Gorsuch Road.
VH: What inspired you to start your business?
To be able to offer this healing medicine to the island in a way that feels authentic to myself and respectful of the tradition and to my lineage of teachers.
VH: What is your superpower?
I can pretty much always tell when someone is left-handed solely based on their personality – but now that I’ve said it people will try me!
VH: When you have company visiting the island, where do you like to take them?
Walks on KVI Beach and/or Shinglemill Creek and a tour of the bulk section at Thriftway. Forreal, that bulk section was a selling point for moving here – it’s nuts (no pun intended)! Perhaps a tea at Minglement and a meal at May’s. Should they be lucky (and the timing is right) a tasting at Dragon’s Head too – people LOVE that.
VH: What’s next for your business?
Currently, I am furthering my education through the Naga Center and am hoping to soon integrate herbal compresses which is traditionally a major tool of ‘Thai Massage Doctors’.
Also, just hoping to meet more of you, share this work, and be a part of this really nice community.
VH: What’s the best thing you ever bought at Granny’s? 🙂
An impeccable Neiman Marcus…piece? I really don’t know how to describe it. Honestly, I haven’t found the right occasion to wear it but I know something will pop up and I will be so thankful for that find.