Thai Yoga Massage

Massage + Movement = a Happy Pain-Free YOU!

Experience a therapy session or learn an ancient modality that is simultaneously energizing and relaxing. Thai Massage relieves pain and promotes relaxation in unique and powerful ways.

Massage Services


Since 2005, I have been helping folks to reduce chronic and acute pain, decrease stress, improve athletic performance, restore range of motion, and simply relax while hiding from the kids and in-laws. In short, I help you be resilient to whatever life throws at you!
Sessions take place at Learn Reiki Philadelphia. I offer:

  • Thai Massage: Thai massage is a seamless blend of stretching, energy work, and massage therapy techniques. Clients have stated that Thai massage is like, “yoga that someone does for you!” and “deep tissue massage mixed with yoga and Reiki”. It leaves the body feeling both relaxed and rejuvenated! Sessions are performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor, though it can be adapted for a table, massage chair, or wheelchair. Pregnant clients welcome! Book Now
  • Therapeutic Massage: Massage therapy with Vanessa is customized to meet your unique needs. Sessions may include a variety of eastern and western techniques that help relieve pain, improve mobility, restore flexibility, and induce relaxation. She uses an effective blend of Swedish massage, deep tissue, massage cupping, stretching, and aromatherapy. Vanessa has experience addressing arthritis, plantar fasciitis, chronic pain, back pain, sports-related injuries, hip pain, mental/emotional stress, and more. Book Now
  • Prenatal Massage: Pregnancy massage has an array of benefits! Enjoy reduced back and joint pain, a better night’s sleep, and a decrease in stress and anxiety. Prenatal massage can be performed in every trimester. This must-have therapy is a great way to help prepare for labor and delivery. Book Now
  • Adaptive Yoga with Thai Massage (for paralysis, Cerebral Palsy, and people that are wheelchair bound-please call at least 72 hours ahead) Book Now under “Thai Massage”

Learn more about Thai Massage here. 
The location is wheelchair accessible. All sessions are performed with trauma sensitivity. I am LGBTQ-friendly and will honor your pronoun of choice.

Are you pregnant? Learn more about Prenatal Thai Massage here.
If pain is interfering with your quality of life, schedule a session with me. You can do so online by clicking here.

Get The only book on Prenatal Thai Massage In The United States

This book and online course have been developed by Vanessa after many years of experience in relieving pregnancy pain.
You’ll get information on the history of Thai Yoga Massage along with a book full of visual examples written in a friendly and easy to understand format.
If you need more, you can even learn online by adding on The Prenatal Thai Massage E-Course or attend The Live training in Philadelphia!
The information presented is perfect for Massage Therapists, Yoga Instructors, Pregnant People & Pregnancy caregivers alike.

About Vanessa Hazzard, BASc, LMT

Owner of Nirvanalaland Essentials Massage & Continuing Education

Vanessa Hazzard, LMT is an author, educator, and massage therapist with 14 years of experience in the massage therapy field. She practices Thai Yoga Massage in Philadelphia, PA. As a practitioner, Vanessa is experienced, and skilled at relieving pain. As a continuing educator, she is thorough and leads fun hands-on classes. She is author of Prenatal Thai Massage: for Relaxation & Pain Relief. Her volunteerism and commitment to mental health and trauma-awareness in yoga and bodywork has landed her features on NPR,, and speaking engagements at Drexel University and non-profit organizations. She has also been featured in Massage Today. Vanessa has shared her expertise as an advisory board member for massage therapy schools, as well as Belmont Behavioral Health’s mood disorder program. Over the past decade, she has taught hundreds of massage therapy professionals at spas, wellness centers, conferences, and retreats. Vanessa has attended International Training Massage (ITM) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and has earned her Bachelor of Applied Science in Massage Therapy at Siena Heights University. She is currently earning her Master of Education in Adult and Continuing Education from Rutgers University.

Her continuing education classes for massage therapists and wellness professionals will increase your knowledge base and affirm your love for healing arts! Each class blends the science and soul of massage therapy! This means that you will be getting an ample amount of anatomy, while also embracing the healing connection between client and therapist. 

Check out my newest classes by clicking here.

PA Massage License MSG000869 | NCBTMB Approved Provider 451899-12



Classes and sessions take place at Learn Reiki Philadelphia 251 N. 2nd. Street in the Olde City section of Philadelphia. It’s easy to get to via I95, as well as public transportation. Affordable garage parking is available at Parkominium, which is a few doors down from us. I also conduct semi-private classes for wellness centers large and small.
Planning an overnight stay in Philly is a breeze! There are plenty of hotels, motels, and, of course, Air BnB.

Blog Articles

4 Reasons You Need Abdominal Massage

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Massaging My Mom After Surgery

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Hey Nerds! I'm putting out a challenge to you all! Take my anatomy quiz and see how you measure up! Anyone scoring 90 and above will get a shout out on social media, as well as on The Massage Therapy Podcast!  Click Here to Take the Quiz! Good Luck!

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Faith is the Opposite of Anxiety

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Massaging My Mom After Surgery

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My son, Phoenix, and I were coming up the stairs after grocery shopping. When we get inside our apartment, he says, “Ah, I hurt my back mommy! I need a massage immediately!” Now, my son is a bit dramatic…and by a bit, I mean extremely. You would think the sky was falling…all day, every day! That...

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