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_I've heard Thai massage called "yoga for the lazy," because the practitioner focuses on stretching and relaxation and you relax as your body is being moved. Using gravity, your body's own weight, and leverage your limbs are moved to loosen them up.
I'd also say Thai massage is "massage for the shy," because generally you are fully clothed in loose comfortable clothing. The work generally takes place on the floor with a pillow and thin futon as padding.
There aren't many people who practice Thai massage in the Bay Area, and I was happy to book a session with Bhaskar because my back was aching something fierce. Unlike other practitioners I've seen, there was never a time during the treatment where I was practicing my Lamaze breathing because the stretch was so intense.
And, the effect of his gentle style was immediate, and long-lasting. For hours afterward, I felt like I had just gotten out of a really warm bath. My back felt transformed, which isn't the case after every therapeutic massage I've gotten recently. I'd say this kind of subtle and effective technique indicates a level of skill not every masseur has.
Bhaskar was very accommodating as well, and I appreciated his easy-going manner, especially when I spaced out on the appointment and showed up late. It was my bad, and it would be totally reasonable for him to say I'd missed my spot. Instead he welcomed me to come in and was easy-going in general. I'll definitely be back, and what the heck are you waiting for? ~Irene, Berkeley, CA
Bhaskar has gentle and powerful hands, I could feel the healing energy working instantly on my body. The discomfort deep inside my hip that had been bothering me all day was gone within 15 min of him working his magic. His Thai massage techniques are relaxing to receive, yet intensely transformative. The deep stretches and intentional movements of my body were smoothly executed to facilitate a total rejuvenation. I came out of my massage feeling like all my energy was flowing smoothly and I was at peace in my body. I highly recommend bodywork by Bhaskar! ~Shastina A. San Rafael, CA
Recently I sought out Bhaskar's bodywork services for relief from a tight hip and knee and that cause me chronic pain, and received treatments that exceeded my expectations. To begin, his calm, loving presence set me at ease. This was important since never experienced Thai massage before and wasn't sure what to expect.
The result was that not only has the strain in my sacrum diminished so that I can now continue working out pain free but Bhaskar's ability to channel energy through his hands resulted in a profound healing that integrates body, mind and spirit to create a sense of overall well being. In the days following my treatments from Bhaskar I feel a flowing sense of relaxed vibrant energy and renewed energy. I can't wait for my next session! ~Karina H., Fairfax, CA
I can highly recommend Bhaskar as an very accomplished body worker and healer. He combines extensive knowledge of massage techniques with an intuitive insight into the workings of the body. He is at true healer in the best sense of the word. ~Patrick M. Walnut Creek, CA
The best bodywork I've ever had! Bhaskar's gentle and intuitive approach works at a deeper level than any bodywork I've experienced. What seems to me like magic comes from his knowledge of healing at all levels, and brings me to a state of consciousness I rarely experience, and never have before from any type of massage. I highly recommend Bhaskar. ~Julie S. Oakland, CA
I recently received a profound healing from Bhaskar Banerji when he did bodywork on me. It was a combination of Thai and Shiatsu. His hands affected a powerful healing of my heart. My heart spontaneously felt deep forgiveness for so many past hurts, and opened in much love. It was a deeply transforming experience for which I am grateful and I feel I am at a whole new level. Bhaskar did bodywork on me on another occasion when my lower back (sacrum and right hip) were in much pain. His bodywork allowed me to have flexibility in my lower back which had been very stiff and in pain. I was able to bend and walk. The muscles felt deeply relaxed in my shoulders, neck, back, legs and head...He is a true healer whom I highly recommend. ~Annamarta D. Berkeley, CA
I have been receiving treatments from Bhaskar for the past six months. We met after I was in a small car accident and was experiencing neck and shoulder pain, as well as long-standing issues with sciatica. His work has been very effective in getting me on the path to wellness, greatly reducing my sciatic pain and that which was related to the car accident. His presence while working on me has been remarkable, putting me into a peaceful and deeply receptive type of trance/resting state. With Bhaskar I feel totally safe, and trust his intuition and skill to guide me into a healthier, more balance place within my emotional and physical being. ~Willow R. Oakland, CA
Bhaskar provides excellent bodywork with a unique style that is deeply relaxing and effective. I've received many sessions from him over the years and found him to be an intuitive, open-hearted and intelligent healer. One time he helped to completely release pain from my hips and legs and brought the pain from an 8 down to a 2. I always look forward to the rejuvenation and peace I feel after each session. ~Kathleen Sutton, M.A., Santa Rosa, CA
I had a very helpful session this past Saturday with Bhaskar. The extra work he did on my injury prone right shoulder has improved my range of motion and reduced the chronic pain that I have felt on the shoulder. I am taking his advice to take rest from vigorous tennis for a while to allow time for my shoulder to heal. I look forward to my next session in a couple of weeks. Thanks again, Bhaskar. ~Andy W., Berkeley, CA
I just want to thank you so much for coming to work on me today, and for YOU making ME have such a great Saturday! You have such great hands, great instincts, and great spirit...to know what to do with the talent that you posses...I am lucky to have found you, and I thank you for your reduced rate during what are financially tough times…I am very grateful. Thanks Bhaskar. ~Linz, Orinda, CA
The trance massage was sooooo wonderful. You are absolutely right - I felt super today. How great it would be to feel this way much of the time.....Thank you. ~Luba, NYC
I've had many Thai massages (in Thailand) and his work was one of the best I've had. Thank you for a wonderful Thai massage. I was very relaxed and felt at ease and relaxed the next day, like I haven't felt in a long time.~Groupon Customer
Bhaskar performed some kind of miracle with my 15 yr old athlete daughter and she came away looser, more centered, more relaxed and more physically & mentally balanced than I have ever seen her. She said "He is some kind of an angel, I'm not kidding." What better recommendation could I possibly give?! NONE! He is definitely on my speed dial now and we plan to visit him regularly -- I can't wait to have MY first session! ~Colleen H., Napa, California
One of my favorite Groupon purchases so far! Bhaskar is really gifted at his profession and his services are worth it (especially if you've got any muscle tension and I know we all do). I would highly recommend his practice! ~Groupon Customer
My Thai massage with Bhaskar was relaxing and healing. He incorporates Breema into his bodywork so it is a very unique style. I felt so good during the treatment I did not want it to end. I have already booked an appointment to return. ~Groupon Customer
I am so happy I found you! I have benefited greatly from your talent! You have a gift, thank you for sharing. It was really easy to schedule with him, his office is peaceful and beautiful and I really enjoyed the session. Will definitely be a repeat customer. ~Groupon Customer
Glad to learn of his practice and his technique. Even one session was very helpful to me. ~Groupon Customer
I very much enjoyed the depth and complexity of the work for the first session. Look forward to more! ~Alisa, Berkeley
Thoroughly benefited from your fantastically intuitive bodywork... I continued to feel release for hours afterwords... Will definitely return even without a groupon. ~Groupon Customer
Bhaskar is gentle but firm with his massage. It is truly a medicinal massage, healing the body. ~Groupon Customer