Thai Massage Workshop

A day for professionals to learn new techniques

A day long workshop in Thai massage aimed at yoga teachers, dancers, fitness instructors, pilates teachers or therapists, or simply those who are interested in massage. A great way to deepen your knowledge to pass onto your students, improve your bodywork techniques and offer something special in restorative classes or workshops.

Thai massage is an ancient healing art, dating back over 2,000 years. It is a wonderful combination of acupressure, massage and gently applied yoga stretches. Performed through your clothes, Thai Traditional Massage leaves you in a state of sublime relaxation.

Its mechanics show a strong Indian Ayurvedic and yogic influence, but a very disciplined emphasis on energy channels betrays a link with Chinese Traditional Medicine.

Thai Traditional medicine has existed for over 1000 years, in pretty much the same form that is used today. Its recent world-wide spread has been quite phenomenal.

Who is this Thai massage workshop for?

  • Complete beginners can work towards a career in bodywork and massage
  • Enthusiasts can learn massage techniques to practise on friends and family
  • Yoga teachers, osteopaths, physiotherapists, dancers, fitness instructors, pilates teachers and sports people will learn invaluable techniques to improve their disciplines and offer higher levels of service to their students/clients

What happens during Thai massage?

You lie on a mat on the floor, fully clothed, while the practitioner uses rocking, gentle stretches and palm pressing to stretch the body. Good health and freedom from pain can come from the natural flow of vital energies throughout the body.

The main ‘channels’ for distributing these energies are called ‘Sen’. There is no general agreement as to the exact number of Sen but those who know something of Chinese Medicine quickly recognise that the Thai practitioner is effectively working along the Chinese Qi meridians.

Pressing is the mechanical process used to stimulate energy flow in the Sen, and to release blockages or stagnation which result in pain. This part of the massage is very thorough.

Each Sen channel is pressed repeatedly from every direction, with the relative positions of the limbs and trunk being constantly changed. The process is very thorough. When the practitioner is satisfied that all soft tissues have been adequately pressed, stretching begins.

This will be subtle at first but gradually progresses to the elegant, large scale stretches for which Thai massage is renowned. Every muscle and joint is treated.

How does Thai massage feel?

Thai massage feels different from other forms of massage as it is smooth, rhythmical and very flowing.

Nothing is hurried; there are no sudden changes of rhythm or speed. Every technique melts into the next with total economy of motion; it looks like a beautifully choreographed performance.

First time recipients of the massage react differently; some find the pressing techniques – particularly those done with the thumb – a little uncomfortable; others are shocked at the degree of stretching their stiff body can achieve.

Almost all feel relaxed, refreshed and much more flexible afterwards, and those who have regular Thai massage come to enjoy the deep pressure techniques and spectacular manipulations.

Date

This workshop will be 10am to 4pm on 9th June 2018, held at Spearpoint Pavilion, The Ridge, Ashford TN24 9ET. There is plenty of free parking available at this venue.

Cost

The cost for the day is £60, please bring your own lunch.

Next date

Saturday 9th June

10am to 4pm, at Spearpoint Pavilion.

SallyAnn Cranage

SallyAnn Cranage

Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher, Director of Studies

SallyAnn's philosophy is that classes should be fun, challenging and relaxing. Her style is dynamic and intuitive incorporating strength, flexibility, breathing and relaxation all at the same time, improving all round well being and health.

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