About Amy

 

 

Amy Ku Redler is a wellbeing consultant with 28 years experience. She trained as a massage therapist in 1991, as a yoga teacher in 1994, a Pilates teacher in 2007, holds a post-graduate qualification in counselling. She is currently enrolled on a MA programme in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University and is continuing her training in Mindfulness with Breathworks to run 8-week courses in Mindfulness for Stress/Health.

Her interests lie in working with individuals or organisations, helping them to integrate healthy lifestyle changes – looking at the bio-mechanics, alignment, posture, stress factors and lifestyle patterns that cause dysfunction, stress and dis-ease physically, emotionally and psychologically. Amy’s passion lies in helping to develop re-education programmes that support this process. She is keen to make it as practical and manageable as possible within day-to-day commitments and responsibilities.

Amy’s work has been featured in many articles including in The Sunday times Magazine, Vogue, The London Evening Standard, Shape magazine, Time Out, The Scotsman on Sunday, The List and Harpers and Bizarre Magazine as well as appearing on television.

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Private Lessons

Amy offers private tuition via Skype or in person. Please email Amy on [email protected] for further details and a lifestyle consultation to establish what would suit you best.  Or use the contact form.

 

 

What is Yoga?

Yoga_Website_12The word ‘yoga’ derives from the Sanskrit word for a yoking or joining together, or bringing about a realisation of the oneness of body and mind. Particular attention is given to breathing, working intelligently with gravity, and the releasing of tension using the framework of yoga postures. This allows for a lengthening of the spine and widening of the chest thereby creating more room for internal organs to function more freely and effectively. A feeling of well-being is thus enhanced.

For many people, yoga is primarily a spiritual practice in itself or part of their spiritual practice. Others turn to yoga to remedy physical pain, mental instability or emotional disturbances. Yoga is valuable for people of all ages and in all walks of life. It’s a way of learning about yourself and your current limitations. It’s also a path that can loosen or dissolve those limitations by releasing unnecessary and unhelpful patterns of tension. We can learn ways to awaken lazy muscles and calm down busy ones which then allows the spine to lengthen giving us space to breathe and move more freely.
Check out some yoga postures here

Pilates in Hove

Amy offers a weekly class at HD Pilates in Hove – please see their website for more details or get in touch with Amy to book a space.

Amy also offers private and bespoke Yoga and Pilates lessons by Skype or in person on request

What is Pilates?

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Pilates is an integrative mind-body approach to re-balance the body bio-mechanically and structurally in order to help promote health and well-being. Postural realignment is achieved through use of controlled and precise physical movements to support mobility, strength, balance and ease of movement.

Specific muscle groups are targeted and strengthened, whilst others are lengthened and released.

Pilates is an excellent form of exercise during and after pregnancy as well pre and post surgery. As it is focus based, you are able to work certain parts of the body whilst leaving others alone if need be. Pilates is commonly used in rehabilitation, as it is a very effective aid in recovery from injury.
Check out some pilates postures here

VTCT Thai Yoga Massage at the College of Classical Massage

Amy is delighted to be working with the College of Classical Massage to bring this VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Thai Massage course to a beautiful new Sussex venue for the first time, this Autumn 2019.

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art with its roots in yoga philosophy. It is based on a concept of energy lines (the ten ‘sen’) running through the body along which important acupressure points are located. The practitioner uses thumb, palm, elbow, knee & foot pressure along these lines and points, combined with applied yoga stretches to release blockages & stimulate the prana flow. The massage is intended as a physical application of loving kindness (‘Metta’ in the Pali language).

Thai Yoga Massage can help to balance the body’s energy system, increase flexibility & mobility, stimulate the internal organs, relieve muscular & joint tension, enhance circulation, release emotional distress, relieve fatigue & headaches, release tension & toxins. The course includes intensive practical and theoretical training, practice days and a written piece on Thai yoga massage.

To book a place on this course please contact me by email on [email protected] or via the contact form.

Course Structure

Day 1 – ENERGY LINE SYSTEM & FEET: am – introduction to the background & theory of traditional Thai Yoga Massage & the energy line system.  PM – massaging the feet & ankle stretches

Day 2 – ENERGY LINES ON LEGS: am – palming & thumbing energy lines of inside/outside of leg.  PM – practice

Day 3 – SINGLE LEG STRETCHES: am – applied yoga stretches & acupressure on energy lines of leg pm – practice

Day 4 – DOUBLE LEG STRETCHES: am – applied yoga stretches & acupressure on legs, hips & back pm – practice

Day 5 – ABDOMEN, CHEST, ARMS & HANDS: am – energy lines & acupressure on abdomen, chest, arms, hands pm – practice

Day 6 – THE SIDE POSITIONS: am – acupressure points & energy lines on legs with patient lying on their side. Side & arm stretches & spinal twist pm – practice

Day 7 – QUESTIONS, REVIEW PRACTICE: am – questions, review & practice pm – contra indications & client care

Day 8 – BACK OF BODY: am – acupressure points & energy lines on back, back stretches pm – practice

Day 9 – SITTING POSITIONS: am arm & back stretches. Massaging head, neck & shoulders pm – practice

Day 10 – THE FACE: am – massage & acupressure points of the face. pm – guidelines to structuring whole body massage

Day 11 – THE TEN SEN & SPECIFIC THERAPIES: am – getting familiar with the Ten Sen lines (names, locations & therapeutic qualities). Comparison of different Eastern traditions pm – basic therapies to treat headache, knee & lower back pain.

Day 12 – PRACTICE & GUIDANCE: am – practice of whole body massage under supervision pm – preparing for case studies & examinations

Upon completion of the syllabus and prior to taking the examinations, students will be required to undertake and write up 30 case studies of full body massage.

You will be given three months after the course syllabus has been taught for you to complete your case studies.  Please see full course dates below.

Course Dates

October 5th/6th

November 16th/17th

December 14th/15th

2020: January 4th/5th.

February 1st/2nd.

March 28th/29th.

Revision day: Sunday 10th May.

Final assessment day: Sunday 5th July (date to be confirmed).

Times: 10am – 5pm

Course Costs

Fees:
Registration Fee (non-refundable): £300
Course Fee (payable 6 weeks before course start date): £895
Total  £1195
Assessment Fee (payable 6 weeks before assessment date): £100

Thai Yoga Massage Clinic in Hove

 

Amy’s Thai Yoga Massage and Massage Clinic runs from a beautiful studio in Landsdowne Place, Brighton and Hove on Friday afternoons.

Please use the contact form to ask for an appointment or to discuss your requirements or email Amy on [email protected]

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art. It works on the ‘Ten Sen’ energy lines (analogous to acupuncture meridians) through which our natural life force flows.

The therapist uses his or her hands, feet and elbows to apply pressure to important points along these lines, combining that with gentle stretching derived from Hatha Yoga practice.This releases blocked energy and frees the body’s own natural healing potential, thus reducing malaise and fatigue and enhancing health and harmony.

Thai massage is brilliant for managing stress, for business people, yoga & Pilates teachers and therapists, for performers & athletes and any of us who would like to improve flexibility, agility and relaxation. It is very effective for aiding recovery from injuries, as well as helping to prevent injury.

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art. It works on the ‘Ten Sen’ energy lines (analogous to acupuncture meridians) through which our natural life force flows.

Thai Yoga Massage can be a helpful adjunct in the treatment of many ailments, including

Back pain

Chronic fatigue

Digestive problems

Frozen shoulder

Insomnia

PMS and (peri) Menopause

Pregnancy related problems

Sciatica

Stress and strain

Each treatment is tailor made to suit the individual and you do not have to be flexible to gain the benefits of this ancient art. It is beneficial for people of all ages and levels of fitness. One receives the massage wearing loose clothing. A tracksuit is ideal for the purpose.

Thai Foot Massage

Extremely relaxing. Helps reduce tired feet and swollen ankles, water retention, aches and pains
and insomnia. It is very beneficial when in need of de-stressing and re-energising
and is a prefect treat at this time.

Thai Facial with Rose Oil

Deluxe facial soothes away the stresses and strains and helps to release tension in the neck, shoulder and scalp area. It is truly divine!

Deep Tissue Holistic Deluxe Oil Massage

A tailor made massage to suit your individual needs depending on how you are, deeply relaxing, rejuvenating and invigorating. A true break from the stressed and strains of everyday life.

Indian Head Neck and Shoulders Massage

Working on important energy centers in the body, this treatment can be relaxing or stimulating, easing tension in the shoulders, neck, face and scalp. Indian Head massage can help to relieve headaches and migraines and can improve memory and concentration.

Weekly Classes and Workshops

Amy offers private tuition in any of her areas of expertise and can create a package to meet your needs and schedule on request – please contact her for a chat about your needs. Many of her clients have been with her for 0ver 20 years and continue to benefit from her knowledge and tuition.

Monday:

One-2-One and Skype sessions

Tuesday:

One-2-One and Skype Sessions

Mindfulness based Stress Reduction at Yoga and Wellness Rooms (from September 2019)

Wednesday:

One-2-One and Skype Sessions (London and Brighton)

Thursday:

Pilates at HD Pilates, Hove

Friday:

One-2-One and Skype Sessions

Thai Yoga Massage Clinic Brighton and Hove (afternoons only)

Weekends:

 

Diplomas trainings, Workshops and One-2-One’s are available ad-hoc and on request.

Training Courses

From October 2019 VTCT Thai Yoga Massage Diploma at The College of Classical Massage – see website for further details

 

Holidays and Retreats

Florence House, East Sussex 

4th, 5th and 6th September 2020 – booking now

 

Amy Ku is delighted to run a weekend retreat at Florence House, a beautiful country house with a garden facing studio, very near the seaside in East Sussex.

A retreat is an opportunity to take time out from home and work responsibilities and engage in a process of unwinding and contemplation.

Costs

£595.00  – Single Room

£495 – Double Room (two single beds)

£395 – Triple Room

10% Early Bird Discount on bookings made before April 1st 2019.

To reserve your place with a £120.00 deposit please contact me

What included

In this retreat you will have the opportunity to deepen your practise of yoga pranayama, mindfulness (and pilates when required).

After a leisurely arrival and settling in you will experience a weekend of yoga, mindfulness and pilates as required.

With plenty of time to rest, walk, be quiet or socialise at your leisure.

Massages will be available to book in advance.

 

Meals

The meals at Florence House will be vegetarian. All their dairy, bread and dry goods are organic and where possible produce from their own organic garden.  The chefs are happy to offer special meals for anyone with dietary requirements or allergies; please make sure to let us know if you have any special needs and we’ll be happy to accommodate.

There is unlimited tea, coffee, fresh water, a fruit bowl and biscuits available all day long.

Accommodation

All rooms are comfortable and spacious. Most are shared twins or triples. There are a limited number of single rooms (3). ​ For families, cots and extra beds are available.

What to bring

Comfortable, casual clothing – it will still be cold, so bring warm layers!
Your own yoga mat
Any other yoga props such as bolsters, blankets, straps or blocks (Florence House does not provide these).
Comfortable clothing
Toiletries
Ear plugs, just in case
Comfortable walking shoes
Notebook and pens/pencils
Any medications needed

 

Getting to Florence House

http://www.florencehouse.co.uk/contact-us/location-map/

By car:

Travelling east on A27 from Worthing/Brighton, follow signs to Newhaven/Lewes. At roundabout after the rail crossing you have a choice between Lewes and Newhaven; take A26 to Newhaven / Seaford.

Alternatively follow the coast road A259 from Brighton to Newhaven. In Newhaven, follow sign to the left for Seaford A259.

Carry on the A259 until you reach Seaford and a mini roundabout with the train station on your right hand side. Stay on the A259 going out of town in the direction of Eastbourne. Look out for a church almost immediately on your right hand side and take the third turning on your right after the church, this is Southdown Road. Helpful markers to look out for at this junction are: a traffic light,red  postbox and red phone box. Stay on Southdown Road and go straight down the hill towards Seaford Head and the golf-course, crossing over a couple of streets. At the bottom of the hill at Southdown Corner you will see a large grey house on the hill in front of you. This is Florence House. Take the first gate entrance and follow it to the front door.

Local taxi hire firms include:
·       Terry’s Taxis         01323 899444 (mob:  07745307227)
·       Martello Taxis:      01323 492929
·       Day-Night Taxis:  01323 896666
·       Beacon Taxis:      01323 898888

By train:

Trains run from Victoria station every 30 minutes.  Change at Lewes for Seaford. The journey takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. There will be taxis at the station. Florence House is up by Seaford Head golf course.

The telephone number for National Rail Enquiries is: 08457 48 49 50.

 

Crete – July 2019

Week 1 16th July – 23rd July 2019 –  sold out
Week 2 24rd July – 30th July 2019 – 3 places available. 

A week of yoga & mindfulness on the beautiful Island of Crete, in the lovely Mavros Molos Beach

£500.00 per week (single room supplement : £100)

Included: accommodation, breakfast, group dinner on 5 set evenings including arrival night and 2 daily sessions of yoga and mindfulness in a beautiful shaded balcony studio overlooking the sea.

Not Included : flights, transfers, insurance, lunch, dinner on 3 evenings when we may go further afield.

Click here to book, or email me for more info

Pictures of recent holidays from our beautiful Crete and Turkey locations.

 

Bespoke Retreats 

I can offer bespoke retreats for private groups at beautiful locations across the South East.   Please email me for information

What is Mindfulness ?

Sometimes reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing others to take yours. Mindfulness is about cultivating the quality of being present, accepting the moment and experiencing how we are with ourselves and others.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme – 8 week course

Yoga and Wellness Rooms, Town Quay, Shoreham

In this 8 week course Amy will teach a range of medita3ons, techniques and coping strategies to
help you deal more effectively with your psychological or physical difficulties in a new way,
enabling you to feel more content, in control and at ease.

The programme lasts for 8 weeks and each session is for 2 hours.

You need to attend a minimum of 6 of the 8 sessions to gain your certificate. Catch up classes will be available and are recommended if you miss any sessions.

Weekly Lessons

Week One
What is Mindfulness and the benefits of mindfulness

Week Two
How our bodies work under stress, responses to stress and breathing.

Week Three
Mindful Movement and Stress Reduction

Week Four
The Neuroscience behind Mindfulness

Week Five
The relationship between stress and pain
Prioritising, planning and pacing
Sitting medita=on

Week Six
Eight attitudes of Mindfulness

Week Seven
Mindful relationships
Developing self-compassion

Week Eight
Mountain meditation
Reading List

Corporate

Amy’s corporate clients to date have included BBC London and Scotland, CC & Sons, Citywire, Scottish Government and Sony’s IT Department. She has developed a Yoga & Mindfulness programme and will tailor-make this to suit the individual needs of each company she works with using her 25 years experience in health & wellbeing.

‘Mindfulness and Yoga’ PDF

Press

Amy was recently mentioned in the Saturday Times in a section exploring men & yoga.
Men & Yoga

Saturday Times, April 2016

Amy was also featured in the Saturday Times for the work she does with pain management.
Backpain

Saturday Times, October 2014

Contact Me

Please get in touch to book a one-2-one, class, or yoga holiday.

 

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