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NOTES for THAI YOGA MASSAGE PRACTICUM CLIENT VOLUNTEERS
Thank you very much for your participation. By agreeing to a session with me, you are helping me complete an important phase of my learning process. Please read all the way through this page before making an appointment.

Sessions will take place at my studio, 758 Camino Baca Grande, Crestone. This is on the east (mountain) side of the road, first driveway immediately south of Panorama Way. Smartphone GPS and Google maps show an incorrect location so ignore them.

Some background
I’m a bodyworker with 19 years of professional practice in Therapeutic Massage and Structural Integration/Rolfing. I have been an enthusiastic receiver of Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) since 2001, and have long been passionate about learning this art myself. Recently I completed the 120-hr. Practitioner Training at the Byron Thai Massage School in New South Wales, Australia.

Some notes about the practicum
I will be seeing many clients for the first time without my teacher’s supervision. Therefore, I may need to refer to my notes as the sequences become more deeply familiar and linked in my memory. I will also be more verbal than is customary in a traditional Thai massage ~ requesting and appreciating your feedback about positioning, sensation, pressure, etc.

Due to time constraints, sessions will be shorter than the traditional 90-180+ minutes known in traditional TYM. Please save 90 minutes from the start to finish of our time together.

Thai Yoga Massage synergistically combines meridian work (similar to Shiatsu and Acupressure), joint mobilization exercises, and assisted stretching. In our sessions, rather than try to cram in a whole-body massage covering all these realms, I’ll be focusing on themes and sequences that I’ve chosen to practice that day. However, I also welcome the opportunity to adapt our session to any condition or need you have.

Please…..
Be on time. I am adding these sessions to my existing work practice and hoping to fit in as many volunteers as possible, but the scheduling will be tight.

Note the clothing requirements on the scheduling page (non-binding, preferably cotton, no zippers, hard seams, rivets, buttons etc.) and please wear underwear!

Come to the sessions with clean, washed body and feet.

Lastly~
I have a pretty serious asthmatic histamine-based smoke sensitivity. I’m sorry but I am not able to work on people whose clothing, hair, skin or breath smells of tobacco or cannabis. I also prefer no strong perfumes, deodorants or essential oils.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks again for helping me out!
Katie
katie.getchell@gmail.com

A brief description of TYM
2,500 years ago a dynamic bodywork therapy based upon yoga and Ayurveda practices, appeared in the temples of Thailand. This therapeutic art was directly rooted in the Indian healing traditions of Ayurvedic medicine. The father founder of Thai Yoga Massage, Jivaka Kumarbhaccha was a renowned doctor and yogi, he treated the Buddha, among others. After the Buddha’s death, the earliest Buddhist monks travelled to Southeast Asia and were accompanied by Ayurvedic doctors. These doctors practiced a healing art, that would later evolve into traditional Thai Massage.

In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage, also called Nuad Boran, the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (‘Sen’) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor; both client and practitioner are dressed in comfortable clothing allowing ease of movement and flexibility.
- Lotus Palm School of Thai Massage, Montreal, Canada