Yoga & Therapeutic Thai Massage in Haarlem

Fiona Straathof

Fiona graduated with a Master's in English Language & Literature in 2005 and completed a postgraduate teaching program in 2006. She taught in secondary and higher education from 2004 to 2017.
Yoga has been an important part of Fiona's life since the early 2000s. She has studied and practiced Raja Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga with dedicated and internationally respected teachers such as Lizzie and Judith Lasater. Her yoga and meditation practice has been her anchor throughout her adult life. When she gave up her career in higher education in 2017, she began working as a yoga teacher.

Gradually, her focus shifted from teaching yoga to practicing Thai massage. She attended her first Thai massage workshops in 2010 and began seriously studying this beautiful art in 2020. Fiona now works full-time as a Thai massage therapist in her flourishing practice and occasionally teaches yoga workshops and private sessions.

She has a solid foundation in traditional Thai massage, having completed several 10-day basic courses and participated in a 3-year Thai massage therapy program. She has also completed multiple advanced courses in Dynamic Thai and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage). Fiona primarily studies with teachers from the Sunshine Network and has also started assisting them.

In 2023 she began studying Osteothai (a combination of osteopathy and Thai massage) with David Lutt and has so far completed 160 hrs of training.

Yoga and Thai massage are a way of life for Fiona. It is her dream and passion to spread the love for Thai massage in her hometown of Haarlem and beyond. Every day, she feels blessed to be living her passion, to be part of the sangha, and to connect with people through the art of touch.