Introductory Workshops - for professionals & beginners -

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We welcome students of all ages and abilities, the only pre-requisite for all courses is that you are able to kneel on a mat on the floor and have reasonable physical fitness. If in doubt, please ask. 
These day-long massage workshops are a wonderful way to gain hands-on experience of both giving and receiving conscious, loving touch. They provide an excellent start for complete beginners into the world of massage and bodywork. They serve as a basis for those interested in going deeper into the work  of Thai Yoga massage and studying a Practitioner Diploma course, either for self development or to practice professionally. For professional bodyworkers, yoga or pilates teachers, dancers and physiotherapists, the techniques you learn will be an invaluable addition to your own practice.
Attendance on an Introductory workshop is a pre-requisite for the Practitioner Diploma course.
 

The Sacred Dance of Thai Massage

Thai Massage rebalances the flow of Prana ( Life Force energy,or Qi), so supporting our body's innate ability to heal itself. We do this through a combination of dynamic movement and rhythmic rocking, acupressure along the system of energy lines (Sen) and passive yoga stretching which is adapted to each person's needs. It is an ancient healing art with its roots in Ayurveda and the Buddhist practices of mindfulness and loving kindness meditation. In this workshop we focus using breath and bodyweight; dancing with our partner, buidling confidence to explore and play with moving massage. At the end of the workshop you will have learnt a simple flowing protocol to share with family, friends or incorporate into an exisiting bodywork practice. ( see video here)
 

Partner Yoga ~ Partner Massage: Meeting with Mindfulness

A one-day Spring-time retreat held in Nunney, Somerset. We come together in the spirit of Ahimsa ( non-violence) and Metta ( unconditional love) to meet one another through yoga asana, meditation and traditional Thai Massage techniques.  Learn how to develop unconditional listening in your hands, how to work at "interface" with your partner, how and why to ground yourself as practitioner and what it means to create a sacred working space. For the complete beginner, our aim is to give you the confidence and framework to explore  healing touch and therapeutic movement with family and friends. For the practicing Yogi or physical therapist, this workshop will also give you both practical tools and insights to incorporate into your existing modiality. Come on your own or with a friend or loved one.  
A note on notes!
We tend to give a brief framework of the content as opposed to extensive course notes for our shorter workshops as we prefer the freedom to adapt each workshop to suit the needs of the group on the day. However, the basic techniques and principles shown are all laid out in the beautifully illustrated practical books: Thai Massage by Nicky Smith and Thai Massage and Shiatsu Bodywork. You are encouraged to bring a notepad or camera for your own reference
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Student Testimonials

I really enjoyed the day and found the workshop both inspiring and centering. Jayne, Massage therapist


Fiona was really good at helping people with no experience in massage (me!) really understand what it was about and if I had trouble doing something she helped me. As an introductory course it was a good balance of talking and doing." Cora,
Nurse


 I learnt so much and especially enjoyed your informal teaching style. I loved your explorative nature and I'm keen to develop this style further. Tamsin, Mother


Thank you  for a really inspiring workshop. You bring a beautiful, calm energy to the work and held a very tranquil, empowering space for us all.  Sam, Bodyworker
I was really very impressed with the content of the workshop and already feel I have a lot to share. Annie, Yoga teacher