What is Thai Massage?
The healing art of Thai massage, traditionally known as Nuad Boran, evolved over 2,000 years ago in present day India, but migrated to Thailand with the migration of Buddhism. It is a system of bodywork combining rhythmic massage, joint mobilization and stretching techniques throughout the body.
Traditional Thai massage is rooted in the belief that life is sustained by a vital force carried along pathways (sen) running through the body. It is believed that disease and dysfunction come when blockages occur along these energy pathways. Thai Massage’s intent is to free blocked energy, stimulate the natural flow of life-force, and restore balance throughout.
As a practitioner, performing Thai Massage is a powerful tool for transformation and can be a spiritual practice in and of itself.
Why Learn Thai Massage?
Learn Thai Massage to enrich your massage practice, enhance your yoga teaching, and cultivate new skills to share with friends and family! No experience is necessary, just an open-heart and a curiosity for learning. In addition to learning, you will receive hours of Thai massage from your peers as you practice!
Thai Massage Playshop for Couples
Fall 2019 Dates TBD… stay tuned!
This class is part of our introductory series to the healing art of Thai Massage to learn fun and effective massage techniques with your partner! The playshop begins with a basic warm-up sequence to release tension and open the body, then progresses with Thai sequence to learn and practice.
This hands-on experiential class provides you with tools for heart-based connection and healing bodywork. You will give and receive massage with the support of expert guidance.
$80 per couple | Please bring your friend or loved one on the day of the event! All are welcome!
Thai Massage Training
4 Weekends | 48 hours total | 2020 dates coming soon!
Weekend 1 Foundational Training in Supine Position (21 hrs)
Learn techniques to move gracefully around the recipient on the floor, leverage your body weight to apply deep pressure effortlessly, and cultivate a sensitive and healing touch. The course begins in supine position which includes effective ways to release tension and open the legs, hips and shoulders. Time will be spent practicing techniques and learning an introductory sequence of supine position.
Weekend 2 Supine + Prone Position (21 hrs)
Discover the energy system of this healing art and how the Sen lines play a significant role in the work we do. Weekend 2 is a continuation of the work learned in the fundamentals weekend in the supine position. This weekend also includes time dedicated to practicing yoga and meditation to support body awareness while working and an ability to remain present during the learning experience.
Weekend 3 Side Lying Position (21 hrs)
Focus on techniques of the side-lying position. Access the shoulders and hips from this alternate vantage point that is a great position for people that cannot lay down on their backs, including pregnant woman. During Weekend 3 there is time for review and also the opportunity to work on friends and community members.
Weekend 4 Seated Position (21 hrs)
Focus on techniques of seated position. Seated position provide excellent access to the neck and shoulders. Learn effective techniques to address this region of the body. There is time for review of previous weekends and also the opportunity to work on friends and community members.
Details & Pricing:
Each weekend runs: Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 9:00am-5:00pm
Dates: TBD, Fall/Winter 2020
Chris Gordon, LMT, RTT, ERYT-500
Chris Gordon is a certified massage therapist, yoga instructor, and mentor that is dedicated to helping his students develop a more mindful and more powerful path as a healer.
He has studied with Thai massage masters in Thailand and Laos, as well as the United States. With over 10 years experience teaching the art of Thai massage, his trainings offer clear instruction, intuitive guidance, and hands-on learning.
Chris is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider and by THAI (Thai Healing Alliance International) as an approved instructor.
CEUs available for this coursework.