Traditional Thai Mat Practice: Part 1

presented by Eric Spivack

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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 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 mat. This is the second of a two-part introductory course series that includes 48 Thai massage poses in the supine, prone, side-lying, and seated positions. When done slowly and thoroughly, this sequence can take up to 2 hours to complete on a client.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Eric Spivack, BCTMB, LMP, EAMP, RTT

    Eric Spivack, BCTMB, LMP, EAMP, RTT

    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.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Introduction to Traditional Thai Mat Practice

    1. Introduction to Traditional Thai Mat Practice

    In this brief introductory chapter, participants will learn key considerations for incorporating traditional Thai mat progressions into their practice.

  2. Sequence One: Opening

    2. Sequence One: Opening

    In this chapter, participants 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.

  3. Sequence Two: Supine - Legs

    3. Sequence Two: Supine - Legs

    In this chapter, the participant will learn seven supine poses that address the hips and legs. This sequence introduces the use of feet when giving a Thai massage.

  4. Sequence Three: Supine - Hips and Low Back

    4. Sequence Three: Supine - Hips and Low Back

    In this chapter, the participant will learn five supine poses that help to increase the range of motion in the hips and low back.

  5. Sequence Four: Side-lying - Legs and Back

    5. Sequence Four: Side-lying - Legs and Back

    In this chapter, the participant will learn four side-lying poses that address the legs, hips, and back.