Created and developed in 1947 by Françoise Mézières, the Mézières Method is a physiotherapy technique that endeavors to rebalance the different muscle and joint chains through stretching exercises and body awareness. The result is improved posture and alleviation of pain.
Laura Bertelè was a student of Mézières who later became a collaborator and started teaching the Mézières-Bertelè Method in Italy and abroad.
The Mézières-Bertelè Method
According to Françoise Mézières, an individual’s back muscles behave like a single muscular chain. Therefore, it is necessary to extend the back musculature. If the back muscles are not extended or become out of balance, they can become the source of many problems and injuries in the body.
Utilizing the Mézières-Bertelè Method, the treatment focuses on the mobility of back muscles and joints in a progressive way which balances breathing while stretching the muscles which helps enhance body awareness. During the treatment, a 4 hands massage is administered to help stretch the muscles.
Another important discovery of the Mézières-Bertelè Method is that muscles, even more than determining the movement of articulations, act as a break for them and so they have to be elasticized in order to move the articulation. Neurophysiologists teach us that muscles are quite similar to elastic bands and can be dynamic structures when used in stretching or contraction.
It is believed that the suffering of muscular fiber is caused by the physiological loss of contract-release sequence which interferes with normal blood circulation. The technique developed by Mézières-Bertelè consists of distending the dorsal to tonify the deep front muscles and reestablish the energetical equilibrium of the right. In order to connect the inadequate posture, we have to correct our rigid movements.
Who Benefits from the Mézières-Bertelè Method?
If you are looking to improve your posture, motorial capacity, your physical state or to just feel better generally, the Mézières-Bertelè Method can be of great benefit to you.
Do you suffer from acute muscular or articular problems such as tendinitis, distortion, fractures and dislocations, lower back pain, periarthritis (frozen shoulder) or hernia disc problems? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis or rheumatisms? If yes, the stretching technique of the Mézières-Bertelè Method could ease your discomfort and help to eradicate it for good.
The method’s techniques are also efficient for neurological diseases such as hemiplegia or spastic tetraplegia. The Mézières-Bertelè Method balances and relaxes the back ensuring a more flexible body and better posture while eliminating stress and pain.
During any treatment using the Mézières-Bertelè Method, attention is focused on postural massage techniques, neuromuscular, fascial and other maneuvers to promote the overall relaxation of the muscular system, contractures or painful points.
The Mézières-Bertelè Method at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center
Santosa is excited to announce that from the 30th of November until the 15th of December, we will be hosting two therapists of the Mézières-Bertelè Method here at our detox retreat. Both visiting from Italy, this is your chance to experience the 4 hands massage of the Mézières-Bertelè Method.
About the Therapists
Michele Kaisermann has been a Mézières-Bertelè therapist since 2012. He first experienced the method as a child and was moved by its owner and uniqueness. In 2010, Michele took part in an “Integrated Rehabilitation” course with well-known French therapist Jean-Paul Resseguier who was also a student of Francoise Mézières. In Milan in 2015, Michele started to study Western Traditional Fitoterapy. Currently based in Florence, Michele also works in Barcelona and Paris as well as intensive weeks abroad.
Orsola Viola is a clinical Pedagogist, and her interest lies in how posture promotes the general well-being of the human body. She attended the Antigymnastique formation in Milan, which is a technique inspired by the Mézières mechanical body’s laws, where little conscious movements are used to get a right and deeper body perception. This experience inspired Orsola to begin studying the Mézières-Bertelé Method. Orsola finds this method the best way to enhance the wholeness of the human body while letting people experience a different posture. She often works with children and is based in Foggia, but travels to Milano, Parigi, Panarea and abroad for her work.
Interested in Learning More?
If you would like to know more about the Mezieres-Bertele Method, simply fill in the enquiry form below and a member of staff will get back to you. Mark your calendars now as from the 30th of November until the 15th of December, we will welcome the above two therapists to Santosa to practice the Mezieres-Bertele Method.
Located on the tropical island of Phuket, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art health and wellness retreat that focuses on detox programs, fitness activities and offers a wide variety of holistic healing programs and yoga classes.
Become a better you at Santosa. We’ll help you Awaken Life’s Potential here at our detox retreat.
We are so proud to announce that both Santosa Detox & Wellness Center and Santosa Vegan Restaurant received the TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence. It is an honor to receive this accolade from TripAdvisor, and we are so thankful to our guests who consistently leave both the center and the restaurant such fantastic reviews.
Founded in 2010, the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that deliver consistently great service. The designation is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Establishments earning the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and have continually delivered superior customer experience.
Again, we are so proud that out of 141 TripAdvisor reviews left by our guests, we are able to maintain a traveler rating of excellent. Here are some things that have been said about Santosa Detox & Wellness Center on TripAdvisor:
Great feeling and full of energy in my body after the program. Highly recommend personal training plan. I feel my life has been changed.
Santosa offers a variety of programs, classes, and activities. I left with renewed motivation to start a healthy lifestyle in the upcoming year. I would recommend anyone visit Santosa Wellness Center. I definitely plan on returning.
The staff are amazing genuine and caring and made the whole detox easy to understand.
A really transformative week which provided much more than I was anticipating even though I’ve been 3 times before. Santosa just seems to be going from strength to strength. Totally recommended.
The detox program is A+ and very well thought and is made for people that really want to make a change and transformation. The programs are easy to follow and the support from the staff and managers is superb!! This is probably a key aspect about Santosa: the support, assistance and service you receive from the people working in this place.
If you are interested in reading more of the great reviews left by our guests, you can find more reviews on our TripAdvisor page:
Are you interested in learning more about our center and the programs that we offer? Perhaps you’d like to participate in a detox program, but you aren’t sure where to begin? Simply fill out the enquiry form below and wait for a dedicated member of staff to contact you. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and explain each program in detail to you. We want you to make the best choice for you, and we will be there every step of the way to offer advice and support.
Located on the beautiful island of Phuket in Southern Thailand, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is set high in the hills above Kata Beach, surrounded by tropical nature and a calm atmosphere. Come and experience Santosa Detox & Wellness Center for yourself to see why we received the TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence.
For the first time in Phuket, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is proud to host the Family and Spiritual Constellations Workshop over the weekend of the 27th and 28th of May. Facilitated by Marco Economides, this workshop will focus on healing the roots of relationships within families by delving deeper into the unconscious levels of the situation that may be causing stress.
A Family and Spiritual Constellations Workshop is a three-dimensional group process that has the power to shift generations of suffering and unhappiness. The founder of this work, Bert Hellinger, studied various families for more than 50 years and observed that many of us unconsciously take on destructive familial patterns such as anxiety, depression, anger, guilt, aloneness, alcoholism and even illness as a way of belonging our family units. Due to the bonds of deep love, a child will often sacrifice his or her own best interests in a vain attempt to ease the suffering of a parent or other beloved family member.
During this workshop, participants can expect to “go deep” into certain unconscious entanglements from their own families that seem to be conditioning present day relationships whether those relationships be romantic, within the family, at work or even with yourself. These entanglements may involve the original family of the participant, the present family or the ancestral past. The hidden dynamics of the issues will be looked at in more detail in order to discover what is taking place in the emotional, psychological and systematic realms and how it is impacting the present in terms of relationships, self-esteem and the ability to unlock or fulfill your potential. A Family and Spiritual Constellations Workshop consists of a group of people who agree to meet in a confidential and safe sacred circle in order to trigger a dynamic process of healing moving forward.
Santosa Detox & Wellness Center is proud to host this workshop on the 27th and 28th of May. The two day workshop will take place at our center located near Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand. The workshop will be held from 9:30am until 6:00pm on both days. The total cost for the workshop is 6000THB per person, and includes a delicious lunch on both days at the Santosa Vegan Restaurant.
Facilitated by Marco Economides, the Family and Spiritual Constellations Workshop is an exceptional event that is sure to bring about a positive change in those who attend. Well-known in the health and wellness community, Marco Economides has been working in the field of holistic therapies and subtle energies for more than 7 years. His first experience with Family Constellations happened 10 years ago, and since then he has studied Family and Systematic constellations under different teachers in Italy and abroad. Marco is a certified facilitator for Family and Spiritual Constellations Workshops in Phuket and around the world.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, simply fill out the enquiry form below and a dedicated member of staff will be in touch. Alternatively, you can make a reservation by calling +66 (0) 76 330 600 or by emailing email@example.com. There is more information about this workshop on our Facebook page, and any additional questions can be answered via WhatsApp on this number +393287610874.
Widely known as being a fun-filled three days of water fights and laughs, Songkran is the Thai New Year and subsequent celebration that takes place every April 13th. Officially, Songkran is observed as a three day national holiday, but often times the celebration lasts for nearly a week.
Traditionally, Songkran was a festival spent with family “spring cleaning” and part of this aspect was the cleaning of the images of Buddha in the household. The water used to clean those images was then regarded as blessed and sprinkled on friends and family for good luck as well as paying respect and bringing good fortune.
These days, Songkran has become popular as a full-on water fight, with people using water guns, buckets of cool water, and even garden hoses to soak passersby and wish them good luck. This year, however, the fun does not stop in the streets. In fact, the good times overflow here at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center.
During Songkran, Santosa will host a few special events and activities to usher in the Thai New Year. One of the most interesting activities during the Thai New Year will be our traditional Muay Thai class. Muay Thai is a traditional Thai combat sport that requires practitioners to be strong both mentally and physically. It is an essential boxing class and a wonderful workout.
In addition to the Muay Thai class, Santosa Detox & Wellness Center will also host a variety of games to inspire a fun-filled Songkran celebration. A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone, and our various games and activities are sure to bring out the winning spirit in our participants.
Once the festivities have died down, rehydrate with a fresh coconut or a refreshing juice from our juice bar. We also have a wonderful on-site sauna to enjoy as well as an ice bath. If you are hungry after participating in the day’s Muay Thai class or other events and activities, pop into our wonderful vegan restaurant to nibble on a snack or partake in a meal. Our restaurant features outstanding views of the below Kata Beach neighbourhood, but more importantly, offers delicious plant-based, vegan cuisine that not only tastes great but is innovative in presentation, too.
Come and celebrate Songkran with us at Santosa Detox & Wellness Center. Located high in the hills above Kata, ours is a tropical oasis surrounded by lush trees and plants. We offer all sorts of events and activities and well as wide variety of detox and wellness programs. There has never been a better time to kickstart your health and fitness regime, and we are here to help and encourage you along the way. Here at Santosa, we take great pride in creating a nurturing environment with a supportive community. Come and visit us. We promise you won’t regret it.
To learn more about the available events, activities and detox programs available at our detox & wellness center in Phuket, simply fill out the enquiry form below. A member of staff will be in contact with you soon after to answer any questions you might have and to suggest a program that is right for you.
We look forward to ushering in Songkran and celebrating the Thai New Year with you!
Chen-style Tai Chi is widely recognized as the oldest form of Tai Chi as well as being the ancestor of all of the other Tai Chi styles. Chen-style Tai Chi is a unique form of the martial art. Characterized by low powerful stances, body coiling movements, stomping and forceful releases of power, Chen-style Tai Chi is explosive with its moves that include jumping kicks, cannon fists and thundering stomps.
For those based in Phuket and eager to learn more about Chen-style Tai Chi, Santosa proudly presents a two day workshop with Tai Chi Master Chen Juan on the 18th and 19th of March. We are honoured to have Master Chen Juan with us, and this workshop is sure to be interesting as well as informative.
Even if you are a beginner to the practice of Tai Chi, Chen-style Tai Chi is for you. Due to its powerful moves, Chen-style Tai Chi is a favourite of those who are athletically inclined, however, Chen-style Tai Chi can be practiced with slower, more graceful light movements. Whichever way you practice Chen-style Tai Chi, the health benefits and martial art aspects are still preserved.
A trademark of Chen-style Tai Chi is Silk Reeling. Imagine unraveling a silk worm’s cocoon in a single thread, and this can give you a vision of what Silk Reeling is. Drawing on the silk reeling energy, the Silk Reeling movements made famous by Chen-style Tai Chi feature light touches with smooth circular motions as well as even, continuous pressure. This type of silk reeling energy comes from the coiling movements practiced in Chen-style Tai Chi.
When learning Chen-style Tai Chi moves, it is best to remember that each move in not a simple movement. Instead, each movement is a combination of specific actions, including weight shifts and blows. Learning the choreography of Chen-style Tai Chi can be difficult at first, but don’t give up because as with all martial arts, the perfection of Chen-style Tai Chi takes a lot of practice. It is important to take note that finding an instructor for Chen-style Tai Chi may take a bit of research as only about 1% of the Tai Chi world are Chen-style practitioners.
Chen-style Tai Chi is the oldest known style of Tai Chi, stemming from the Chen village in 17th century China. The style itself has a unique history, and was highly protected and kept secret for over a century as the villagers refused to teach their style of Tai Chi to outsiders. It is an amazing martial art to witness, learn and practice.
Santosa Detox and Wellness Center will host Tai Chi Master Chen Juan on the 18th and 19th of March for a two day workshop on Chen-style Tai Chi. This is an amazing opportunity to participate in a workshop led by a Tai Chi Master and a wonderful way to experience Chen-style Tai Chi up close and personal.
If you would like to join, simply fill out the enquiry form below. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th and 19th of March for our Chen-style Tai Chi Workshop facilitated by Tai Chi Master Chen Juan.
On March 18th and 19th, Santosa is proud to host Master Chen Juan at our detox and wellness center for an exclusive Chen-style Tai Chi Workshop. The serene setting of our detox and wellness center makes the perfect setting for this workshop. Located in the Kata Hill, Santosa Detox and Wellness Center is pleasantly surrounded by lush, tropical nature and commands sensational views of the Andaman Sea.
March 18 14:00 – 17:00
What is real Tai Chi – Kongfu show
Chen’s Tai Chi heritage & oriental wisdom
Basic Technique Teaching
Sharing and Q&A
March 19 14:00 – 17:00
Theory of Yin Yang Circle and QI
Sharing and Q&A
The Chen-style Tai Chi workshop is exclusive to Santosa Detox and Wellness Center. The master of this Tai Chi workshop is the daughter of Tai Chi Grand Master Chen Zhenglei, 19th generation of the Chen family and world-renowned teacher of Tai Chi.
Spaces are limited, so if you are interested do fill out the enquiry form below. A dedicated member of staff will get back to you as soon as possible with answers to any questions that you may have.
Shi Fu (师傅）：Master Chen Juan
Master Chen Juan is the 12th generation inheritor of Chen Style Taichi. She is the eldest daughter and disciple of Chen Zhenglei, one of China’s contemporary ten martial art masters.
Born in Chenjiagou village in Wen County, Henan Province — the cradle of Taichi, Chen Juan learned Chen Style Taichi from her father Chen Zhenglei in a systematic way since her childhood and graduated from Martial Art School of Beijing Sports University.
Having inherited the true essence of Taichi and possessed unadulterated and excellent Taichi skills, she has won the champion of national Taichi competition for three consecutive times.
We look forward to welcoming you to our exclusive Chen-style Tai Chi Workshop on March 18th and 19th here at Santosa Detox and Wellness Center.