March 28+29, 2020
Thai Massage Weekend Immersion: Earn 18 CEU's for LMTs and/or Acupuncture. Over the course of this Thai Massage immersion, students will learn the techniques to be able to give an hour and a half long session. Practiced on the floor, this form of offering 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. This Thai Massage weekend Immersion provides not only 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. This training is available to Licensed Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists, as well as Yoga Instructors wanting to deepen their understanding of the body and body movement, and those who would like to experience a weekend of giving and receiving this beautiful ancient practice.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing that allows room for movement. Should you choose to take notes, bring a notepad and pen. You will need to bring a full size memory foam, thin futon or a padded blanket to be used as a Thai Massage mat. If you are unable to provide a Thai Mat, contact us to arrange one to be provided for you. Bring snacks and Lunch for yourself (optional: we often bring food to share and have a picnic together). Bring a refillable water container to stay hydrated throughout the training. Our facility offers a water fountain for you to refill your water and a refrigerator to store food items that need to be chilled or frozen. Complimentary tea and hot water is available. There will be a corner of the yoga room used as an alter for sacred object to help create beautiful space and to give you something all charged up to take home. (crystals, drums, flutes, art, flowers, cloth….)
What is Thai Massage?
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.
Benefits of Thai Massage:
As an ancient healing art that combines the best of acupressure from Thailand and Hatha yoga from India, gentle rocking movements, deep rhythmic compressions, a variety of stretching movements and restorative yoga positions open the body’s complex network of tissue and energy lines. Thai Massage relieves muscular tension and pain, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically, facilitating mind-body integration. A session of Thai Yoga Massage results in restoring a healthy, balanced energetic flow to the recipient. It is a complete therapeutic treatment on its own, and may also be incorporated into other modalities of massage or into yoga classes.
About the Instructor, Ariela Grodner:
Ariela Grodner is the founder and lead instructor and practitioner at the Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage. She began her teaching career in 1992 in the south of India educating prisoners and tribal villagers in the benefits and practice of Shivananda Yoga. Then she spent many years cultivating the Buddhist meditation technique known as Vipassana. Later in following her Tao she discovered the joys of improvisational contact dance. After graduating from Florida School of Massage she discovered Thai Massage the perfect fusion of these techniques and practices. She is a certified Lotus Palm Practitioner (as taught by Kam Thye Chow) and has taught Thai Massage at the Florida School of Massage since 2004.
Ariela has developed over 300 hours of curriculum has published 9 books on this subject and travels nationally and internationally sharing her love of this art.
Saturday 9:30-10:30am Lecture in the smaller studio room, 10:30-6:30 Larger room.
Sunday 9-10am Lecture in the smaller studio room, 10-5 larger room.
Investment: Earn 18 Continuing Education Units for LMTS. Fl and National
$300 Full Weekend Immersion (Annual Membership & Non-Membership rate)
*This training is available for attendence in the full two days of the weekend immersion. One day attendance and enrollment is not available. Students who pay and attend the first day and are not able to attend the second day will not be issued a refund. Students who enroll in this training and are unable to attend the first day, may not attend the second day of training. Our studio policy does not allow any refunds. Must enroll in this training in advance, prior to the start date.