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1144.) Thai Massage: Side-Lying Neck, Back, Arms and Legs (Seattle May 20, 2018)


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Instructor: Kay Rynerson, LMT, RTT; NCBTMB 450656-08



About This Class: You will learn compressions, point work and stretching to address the neck, back, arms and legs in the sidelying position. You will learn methods to work the whole body, in fact, using your feet, palms, forearms, elbows and knees with minimal use of those hard-working thumbs--they deserve a rest. Learn techniques such as lemon squeezes for the Iliotibial band, an elegant stretch for the hip flexors, gentle point work on the lateral neck with your elbow and many more. With a firm pillow under her head, the recipient loves this body position, often commenting “Aaah! This is how I sleep!” and sometimes they do doze off.

About Thai Massage: Done on a mat on the floor with the recipient fully clothed, the 2500-year-old tradition of Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “yoga for lazy people.” In this workshop you will learn to use compressions, point work and stretches to facilitate the free flow of life energy. Thai massage is both relaxing and invigorating, like a yoga workout. After a thorough western-style massage on the table you may be ready for a cup of herb tea and a nap. After a Thai massage, especially about half an hour later, you may find yourself in the mood to go salsa dancing.

At its core, Thai massage is energy work. You will learn a wonderful stretch for the external rotators of the hip, for example, but the intent of the move is to allow the life energy to flow so the body can heal itself. That said, the stretches are thorough, safe, efficient and ingenious. Thai massage moves reflect many centuries of wisdom regarding how to mobilize the recipient but also how to work in a way that protects practitioner’s body so as not to get injured. Although some point work using your thumbs is necessary, the emphasis will be on using your feet, elbows, palms and knees. The rhythm at which we work, similar to the in-and-out pace of breathing when you are at rest, is in itself relaxing.

With Thai Massage, pain is never the intention. Thai massage can be deep and somewhat forceful or light and relaxing, depending on the client’s goals and the practitioner’s style.

Although we will address the history, theory and current practice of this modality, the workshop is 99.9% hands-on learning. You will switch partners frequently in this class and will receive a handout which has pictures of all of the stretches.

Somewhat physically demanding, Thai massage requires you to be comfortable sitting on your feet with your legs folded under you. Painful joints of any kind are obstacles to doing this work.

What to Bring: Set of sheets, bedroom-style pillow, kneeling mat or knee pads (if you use them), and loose, comfortable/stretchy clothing. Warm layers including socks are advised. If you have a Thai mat, please bring it. For those that do not have a thai mat, one will be provided for you.

Class Date: May 20, 2018
Class Times: Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Seattle Location 4 -- Holiday Inn Express (click on the link for location details)
Cost: $160
Cost/Hour: $20.00/hr
CE Hours: 8

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