Darren Ollerton at About Balance Brighton

Darren Ollerton

Thai Massage

£45 per hour or £30 with a karma card, £55/£40 for 90 mins

Contact: 07403 024539, octopusalchemy@gmail.comalchemyflow.com

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After graduating in sociology and politics a few years ago, with the bulk of my work being about understanding the different approaches of western medicine and alternative systems to the body, health and disease processes – I knew that I wanted to work with bodies myself.

I had traveled extensively in Thailand four years earlier and remember the relief of being able to experience massage three or four times a week and how the dynamism of the Thai style was so sensitive and restorative. Training in Thai Massage was an obvious decision – and on a recommendation from a friend, I took up a place with Ralf Marzen at the Mudita School of Thai Massage.

Mudita was a fantastic introduction to the art of Thai Massage and I’ve gained some solid principles of working with people in that particular style. This way of working is coupled with my own philosophy and techniques I’ve picked up along the way from other healers, experience and research.

My practice has developed into a culmination of a traditional Thai approach with insights from yoga and Reichian bodywork – after a four weekend intensive with Silke Ziehl on her ‘Deep Bodywork’ foundation course. I’ve also been inspired by bioenergetics and moved by seminal texts such as Alexander Lowan’s ‘The Language of the Body’ and ‘The Art of Somatic Coaching’ by Richard Strozzi-Heckler.

I welcome people into a safe space where they can completely offload and re-connect compassionately with their bodies, their unique stories and embodied-narratives, that are often obscured and muffled by the noise in our heads that the outside world. For me, bodywork is loving activism: I work with people to encourage better awareness of and connection with the body as a vehicle for change in the world.

To date, I’ve had some powerful sessions with my clients – deepening both of our experiences of what embodiment and healing means. I’m full of gratitude for the ability to work with others – which, along with the satisfaction of helping change how they experience and are in the world, has also brought about great insight into and empathy for my personal process and understanding of the complexity and subtleties of my own body.

Later this year I intend to study with Jez Hughes of Second Sight Healing – to expand my knowledge of shamanic principles and energy work, to help ground my work and my clients.


“I had my first official bodywork session with Darren today and can honestly say it was an incredible experience. He is attentive in his touch which I was very grateful for. He works with a fluidity and prowess that truly speaks to the time and energy he has put in to honing his skills in bodywork, as a therapy but also as an art form. I highly recommend Darren and thank him deeply for such a healing experience. True relaxation is hard to come by these days and I feel blessed to have had this opportunity to do so. Five stars doesn’t quite cut it!” – Joseph, Brighton

“Just left Darren after my first bodywork session and had 5 different people tell me how lovely I look. I’m literally glowing, inside and out. Pure bliss and total magic. Thank you gorgeous.” – Tara, Brighton

“I’ve just had a multi-sensory healing session with Darren and have emerged newly confident, full of energy and flexibility. Darren always meets my body’s resistances with high levels of competence and care and has worked sensitively alongside my Western medicine choices over several months to provide me with deep healing experience. There is humour when I have needed it too and a strength and power that has helped me process and shift several important issues, in my body, my heart and my head. Highly recommended.” – Abby, Brighton