Before beginning this course, please take History and Practice of Thai Massage to familiarize yourself with important body mechanics and historical context for traditional thai yoga massage practice.
Thai yoga massage is an elegant and interactive form of meditative bodywork that combines assisted yoga stretching, acupressure, gentle rocking, and rhythmic compression along energy lines. In this first part of a two part course with Eric Spivack, participants will learn to effectively use their hands, forearms, elbows, and feet to release energetic blockages and stretch their clients on the table. While traditional Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat, this class has been adapted to those who work on a massage table. It is suited for clients who are unable to receive bodywork on a mat and is a great way to introduce clients to traditional Thai Yoga Massage. This course is the first of a two part series that includes 41 Thai massage poses in the supine, prone, side-lying, and seated positions.
Eric Spivack, LMP, EAMP, RTT is a Registered Thai yoga massage instructor who has studied with master teachers in Thailand since 1996 and who has earned certificates from several Thai institutions. He is a nationally board certified massage therapist, an East Asian Medicine Practitioner, and a nationally Approved Provider of continuing education with the Thai Healing Alliance International and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. He is also a certified viniyoga instructor and author of several articles on Thai massage. On numerous occasions, Eric has presented at the Washington State American Massage Therapy Association’s state convention and has taught over 500 workshops in his career. Prior to studying massage and acupuncture, Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in Environmental Science. He is an attentive instructor who brings humor and a deep passion to his work. To learn more about Eric, his workshops, and his Seattle-based integrative healthcare practice, please visit his website at http://www.soaringcranemassage.com.
In this brief introductory chapter, participants will learn key considerations for adapting traditional Thai mat progressions to practice on the massage table.
In this chapter, the participant will learn four supine poses that comprise the opening sequence. These poses address how to mentally prepare for giving a Thai massage, palming the legs and working the sen lines of the feet.
In this chapter, the participant will learn six supine pose that address the feet, legs, and hips.
In this chapter, the participant will learn six supine poses that help to increase the range of motion in the legs, hips and low back. This sequence introduces the use of feet when giving a Thai massage
In this chapter, the participant will learn seven side-lying poses that address the back, neck, shoulders, and chest.