Unique yoga class combines massage with ancient practice
If adopting a healthier lifestyle and trying to reduce stress is a goal in the New Year, a new type of yoga class now being offered in the region by a Saint-Lazare yoga teacher might be just the thing to get you going in the right direction. “It’s not traditional massage as much as an invitation
Her husband encouraged her to take the idea and customize it to her liking. A dancer by training, Cadieux said she “choreographs” each class.
“Yin speaks to me so when I see people just letting go of the stress we all hold on to, that’s such a gift,” she said, adding, “Yin massage puts two of my favourite things together.”
She said the experience has brought some participants to tears.
“They come up to me after and say it’s exactly what they needed.”
The experience, which I tried one snowy night at Physical Park’s Studio 462 in Hudson, begins like a traditional yin class. Participants quietly unroll their yoga mats in the pretty, dimly lit studio, then settle in. Cadeiux begins the class by encouraging participants to focus on breathing deep, calming breaths. She then leads them into gentle stretches, offering suggestions for differing abilities. The two-hour long class that I tried offered the services of one professional masseuse per each six yoga participants. “I created my class so that each participant will be touched during the forward folds. The masseuse uses gentle pressure and touch to help ease you a little further, if that’s what your body wants to do,” Cadieux explained.
Each masseuse - there were four for the class I took - speaks with their participants before the class begins in order to find out if there are any health issues, as well as the type of pressure preferred. And participants are encouraged to speak up if a masseuse is not connecting with them. “It is a very specialized technique to massage someone who is in a posture so people should give feedback. If a body has limitations while holding a stretch, the massage can help you relax into the poses,” Cadieux noted. “It’s not traditional massage as much as an invitation to relax.” Cadieux has already taken the popular idea, which often sells out when a new class is announced, to the next level. She’s developed “deluxe” classes to coincide with Valentine’s Day which reduce the ratio of participants from six to four for each one masseuse.
Cadieux will teach her next yin yoga massage course on Jan 20 at Idolem yoga studio in Vaudreuil. The “deluxe” Valentine’s classes will take place on Feb. 12 at Physical Park Studio 462 in Hudson, and on Feb. 12 at Idolem. To learn more go to to her Facebook Page Chanti’s Yoga https://www.facebook.com/ChantisYoga.
Chantal Cadieux leads a yin yoga class at Studio 462 in Hudson.
A masseuse works on a yoga participant during a class, helping them relax further into each pose.