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ZZN1.) Thai Massage: Supine Neck, Arms & Belly (Seattle March 18, 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 belly, arms, neck and a little upper back. How do you gently stretch and work the neck using only your feet? Use your knee to address the anterior scapulae? Get deep into the belly comfortably through clothing? Come and find out. This class is delightful since we use every Thai massage move in the entire history of the modality to work on the arms and hands. Creating space in the joints, loosening the muscles, stretching the fascia, and all that using mostly palms, elbows, feet and knees, giving your thumbs a well-deserved rest. Many of these moves are adaptable to table work.

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.

Registration Options: Each Thai Massage class is structured as a stand-alone two-day class. You will receive a certificate of completion for each class. We are offering the "Thai Massage" courses at a discounted group rate if you register for all five classes at once, versus taking one or more individual classes. Classes may be taken in any order, there is no one "optimum" order to the classes. If you would like to register for this individual class, continue on, otherwise, please click on the following link to register. Please note that by registering for all 5 classes, you save $80.

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: March 18, 2017
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 if registered by 3/9/18; $180 if registered by 3/9/18
Cost/Hour: $20.00/hr if registered by 3/9/18; $22.50 if registered by 3/9/18
CE Hours: 8

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