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THAI MASSAGE TRAINING
Thai massage is an ancient healing practice developed over 2,500 years ago by Dr. Jivaka Komarabhācca, personal physician to the Buddha’s sangha. The practice manifests as a fluid dance that synthesizes the knowledge and technique of several elements from yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and martial arts. The bodywork received revitalizes the body, balances the doshas and leads to a meditative state for both receiver and practitioner.
The foundational philosophies of this art are of sharing deep compassion for all sentient beings through the use of therapeutic touch as it expresses itself in the fluid posture sequences of the practice. Students will learn to offer a very effective massage technique, which is potentiated when practiced with the proper awareness.
These workshops are designed for massage therapists, yoga instructors and practitioners, therapists, psychologists, and anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge of therapeutic techniques in holistic healing
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• Learn the positions and sequences to give a full body massage that works on clearing anatomical and energy channels
• Learn to offer a sacred space for deep energetic healing
• Explore the use of the body (hands, forearms, elbows, knees and feet) as an integral tool during the massage.
• Understand concepts of Ayurveda, yoga and Buddhism as relevant for Thai massage and other types of massage.
• Create awareness of bodywork as a therapeutic space for the communion with self and others
In the first level of Thai Massage, you will learn how to give a full session in the supine and prone positions. You will also gain an understanding of the energy system of Thai massage (Sen lines) and basics of Ayurveda which are useful in any kind of therapy, especially related to the understanding of doshas (Ayurvedic constitutions).
The second level offers complementary postures to the basic prone and supine postures and focuses mainly on sitting and sideline postures. This sequence can be used as a standalone therapy as well as a variation from the classic face-up/face-down paradigm. The theory of this class focuses on understanding and developing the Pāramitā (virtues in Buddhist philosophy) as vehicles for self-evolution and understanding energetic flows of the body according to the dosha of the recipient.
Postures shared in the third level will be mostly sideline specifically for people who have difficulty laying prone or supine. We will explore more of the intuitive art of healing. In this level we will learn to select an adequate treatment for the person receiving the massage.
Students will receive training manuals for each one of the weekend courses they attend.
Students must bring thick padding to receive massage on the floor (massage mats, blankets, comforters are some ideas)
Please attend the workshop in comfortable clothes and bring vegetarian food to share for lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Each workshop grants 16 NCBTMB CEU hours for massage therapists, carried out over a full weekend
LOCATION OF CLASSES:
Sat Nam Wellness Center
207 O’Brien Rd
Casselberry, FL 32730
DATES AND TIMES:
• Level 1: February 10-11 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
• Level 2: March 10-11 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
• Level 3: April 14-15 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
$300 each individual level
$550 if registers for 2 workshops
$800 if registers for all 3 levels
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Maria Farfan B.A, LMT, teaches this training. Maria is a dedicated student of ancestral healing practices. She has been on the path of holistic healing for over 12 years having trained in different therapeutic modalities like traditional Thai massage, Reiki, therapeutic massage and yoga. She is an avid student of the ancestral cultures that have preserved these practices and follows the traditional principles of natural healing as observed by traditional Ayurvedic medicine and traditional indigenous medicine. Maria seeks to integrate the tools she has learned in offering a sacred and safe space for therapy, and enjoys facilitating learning environments where others can learn these tools and offer their gifts to the world in an organized and beautiful manner.
As an anthropologist she works closely with the traditional indigenous medicines in her home country Colombia and is a researcher of therapeutic uses of plant teachers in ceremonial contexts. She hopes to help bring to light the benefits that can stem from the use of plant teachers in the awakening of self-awareness and higher wisdom. She is devoted to the cultivation of traditional healing methods through the use of plant teachers, therapeutic touch and self-awareness.
Maria holds a B.A. in anthropology and philosophy from the University of North Florida and is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida and NCBTMB CEU approved provider. She has also spent time in Peru and Colombia as a massage therapist and yoga teacher trainer. She thoroughly enjoys studying Hinduism, Buddhism, and indigenous wisdom from different cultures. Besides all the studying she whole-heartedly enjoys singing, laughing, acroyoga, warrior yoga and sharing love with those around her.