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Thai Massage: Phase I – Introduction to Thai Massage
April 29 @ 9:00 am - April 30 @ 6:00 pm$210 - $300
Instructor: Ariela Grodner
Date: Saturday – Sunday, April 29-30, 2017
Workshop Price: $300 ($1350 for all 6 phases if paid in advance) ($210 for current FSM students)
Location: Florida School of Massage
CE Hours: 18 Florida and National
To Register, Contact: Ariela at 813-417-6745 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient healing technique that has been in popular use in Asia since the time of The Buddha (roughly 500 b.c.). The practice itself manifests as a flowing dance that synthesizes the cumulative knowledge and techniques of many disciplines. Doctor Skivagakorpaj, Ayurvedic Master and personal physician to the Buddha, is considered the originator of the form. Employing the graceful rooted movement of internal martial arts and the compassionate mindfulness instilled by the meditative experience of the practice, Thai Massage is taught both as a form to follow and also as a key to improvisational bodywork. The essence of the practice is self-awareness, and the fluid expression that naturally extends from that awareness. During this class we will explore the core movements, stances, hand techniques and rooted breath awareness necessary for a strong foundation in the art.
Over the course of this first workshop, students will learn an hour and a half long form. Practiced on the floor, this form enables the therapist the use of elbows, knees, forearms and feet in a comfortable and efficient way that utilizes the body dynamic and ones own weight to distribute the force required for the application of the relevant techniques. The recipient lies relaxed and loosely clothed while the practitioner guides them through a series of yogic asanas and applies balancing touch to the body’s major energy lines and points. Thai Massage is an art whose ultimate objective is a perfected self-awareness through the joy of a mutually beneficial healing dance. Level 1 provides the necessary foundation for future techniques to be based upon, but also can serve as a stand alone practice, in and of itself, as students will learn a complete form during this class.