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The Artistry of Thai Massage with Shai from Still Light

  • Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage 7120 Northeast 19th Avenue Gainesville, FL, 32641 United States (map)

Class begins at 9am Sat.and Sun.
ends at 6pm both days.
Tuition is $280
if paid before April 20th. 
$300 if paid before course
$320'day of course .

Thai 308 is all about the Artistry of Thai Massage. The goal with this course is to put your intention towards mastering the art.

I teach you how to take what you already know and put it to even greater use. That could include more therapeutic applications of the massage, putting together new sequences, going deeper with the refinements of touch and developing further sensitivity to your client’s body (the real art to giving a great massage is in this aspect as far as I am concerned) and learning how to give a really amazing 1 hour massage.

This is also the most hands on course I teach where I end up giving students lots of massage!!

This course sheds light on the true heart of Thai massage mastery: creative instinct. In any massage, the practitioner faces hundreds of choices—between postures, palpation techniques, rhythm, acupressure, and the overall balance of energizing and relaxing techniques—all of which must be optimized for the recipient’s benefit and enjoyment. For the true Thai massage artist, these choices are ultimately expressed as a deeply engrained inner knowingness. But how can students work to achieve the same elegant, effective, and effortless massage without feeling overwhelmed by the options? How do we move beyond the structured format of classroom learning to find personal creative inspiration and a deeper, perhaps limitless potential in our practice?

Through hands-on practice, case studies, and group discussion, this course helps students to find and cultivate their inner artist by harnessing the powers of deep focus and creativity. Students will gain the ability to:

Use careful questioning and listening during the interview process to set a clear therapeutic intention, to settle on a flexible massage plan, and to start the session in the best way possible for the individual client; find the confidence and practical skill to begin the massage in any position the client’s needs may dictate;

Effectively balance the client’s spoken concerns with their own inner knowingness about that individual’s physical and energetic needs;

Go beyond their comfort zone, exploring the opportunities, limits, and challenges of alternative sequences—first through guided practice ‘models’ and then through free practice;

Problem-solve sequencing challenges with fellow students through case study group work;

Effectively and gracefully distill all of their skills into any length session, from 30 minutes to two hours; and

Apply their creative instincts in an exciting final massage, addressing a real-world client’s immediate concerns.

Earlier Event: May 13
Hatha Yoga with Thai Assists
Later Event: May 27
Thai 2: Expanding Vocabulary