Howard Evans has been working professionally as a masseur and bodyworker since 1992. He was one of the original group of therapists working at the Life Centre when it first opened in London’s Notting Hill Gate in 1993 and, similarly, at Triyoga when it first opened it’s doors in Primrose Hill in 2000. Although he has studied and perfected many styles of therapeutic technique and continues to offer Thai Massage and Esalen Massage it is craniosacral therapy that informs all his work – encapsulating, as it does, his overall therapeutic philosophy of ‘less is more’.
Regardless of the technique employed you will benefit from a quality of touch, attention and presence developed over many years of practice, study and teaching.
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on therapy that uses a light touch and whose origins are in the practice of Osteopathy.
The body has self-healing capabilities and is constantly striving for good health. Craniosacral Therapy can facilitate this natural propensity for balance and a feeling of wellbeing in the client. Craniosacral Therapy also recognizes the interconnection between mind and body. Craniosacral therapists work with the presence of subtle rhythmic motions that are expressed within the body (particularly the head, spine and pelvis). The free and balanced expression of these subtle motions is related to our state of health and vitality.
In a typical session the client will lie (or sometimes sit) clothed on a treatment couch. The therapist makes contact by gently placing her/his hands on the client’s body and uses a light touch to tune into the subtle motions taking place. The therapist can evaluate if there are any imbalances within the body and use a range of non-invasive therapeutic skills to relax and thereby promote self-healing within the client.
Howard’s approach to craniosacral therapy is influenced by his training in psychotherapy and Chinese acupuncture as well as by his studies in craniosacral biodynamics with Franklyn Sills at the Karuna Institute. Unlike osteopaths working in the cranial field, he does not involve himself in the assessment and resolution of cranial lesions. His expertise is in working with the body’s organisation of its physical, emotional and psychological experiences in the soft tissues and fluids.
This approach to craniosacral work can be thought of as a form of silent psychotherapy. Through a subtle dialogue with the patient’s body and the organising intelligence of the central nervous system, hidden or forgotten patterns formed in response to insult and injury can be gently revisited, reassessed and reorganised. The process is deeply satisfying and resourcing and its aim is a more open, calm and graceful way of being.
Howard’s style of Thai Massage seamlessly weaves Eastern tradition with Western knowledge and understanding. It combines the best techniques from Traditional Thai Massage with neuromuscular, myofascial and craniosacral influences to create a flowing, dynamic and meditative form of bodywork. This is not the painful and bruising work that many people have experienced as Traditional Thai Massage. This approach to Thai Massage is explained in Howard’s book, ‘A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage’, published in 2009 by Churchill Livingstone.
Thai Massage is received on a mat on the floor. You can remain lightly clothed as no oil is used. The massage unfolds like a continuous and effortless dance involving deep tissue release, joint mobilisations and applied hatha yoga asanas.
In the early 1990’s while training in psychotherapy Howard had the good fortune to exchange massage with a friend who had spent the previous year on a work/study program at the Esalen Institute in California. The Esalen community started in the early 1960’s and soon became a centre for the ‘Human Potential Movement’ which, with its mix of Western and Eastern philosophy, heralded a shift in psychological thinking from the psychology of sickness to the psychology of health. Esalen Massage discarded the more medical approach to bodywork familiar in Swedish Massage and developed a more pleasurable and nurturing style of work. Howard absorbed aspects of the techniques and integrated them into his own massage routine. Esalen massage is received on the massage couch using a small amount of oil. This unique method combines long embodying strokes derived from Esalen Massage with deep tissue sculpting techniques to help unravel muscular fixations and postural habits. Craniosacral holds and techniques fall naturally into the routine leading the receiver into profound embodiment, stillness, and resolution.
Appointments are available in London at Howard’s studio situated between Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Shepherds Bush, London, W11.
Home visits can be arranged in West London including Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, Shepherds Bush, Kensington and Knightsbridge.