Thank you to Laurin Wolf and Jason Maraschiello for inviting me to teach an introductory workshop at their beautiful new yoga studio in Orangeville! If you live in the Orangeville area, check Kala Yoga out for yoga, soundwork and wonderful community events.
Hey Torontonians! I have taught an Intro to Thai Massage Workshop here in Toronto and am thinking of doing another in the fall. Please comment below if you might be interested and I’ll keep you informed.
Teaching Thai massage with co-owner Laurin Wolf as receiver.
Teaching a quad and foot stretch.
Teaching Dave how to do a great hamstring stretch!
Laurin on “the rack” — my toes press her pelvis down to give a delicious stretch to her lower back.
Hands as instruments
I read an article called The Art of Massage by David Lauterstein in Massage Magazine which resonated deeply for me. I want to share a few quotes that I found particularly inspiring and in line with my thinking as a massage practitioner. Here is the first one:
“Symphony must be like the world—it must contain everything,” said composer and conductor Gustave Mahler. If a symphony must contain everything, how much more true is that for the compositions of our massage session? Our medium, rather than just being notes, is the whole psychophysical human being.
Music uses volume, quality of tone, accuracy of tuning and technique, notes’ duration, rhythm and instrumentation.
Just as music depends on the acoustical universe, we depend upon the wondrous structures and functions of anatomy and physiology.
The science-based art of massage uses pressure, quality of touch, accuracy of knowledge and technique, strokes’ duration, rhythm, choice of instrument—thumb, palm, fingers, handheld tool— and the harmonious use of two hands, as in a Johann Sebastian Bach two-part invention for piano.
Thai foot massage at the Chiang Mai Night Market.
I’m continuing to offer a special deal for foot massage until I feel that I’ve truly integrated all the technique I learned in Thailand into my sessions. Drop me a line if you’d like to take advantage of the special rate of $30* for an hour (regular $50). Trust me, if you like foot massage, you will be in heaven! You choose between zonking out on my massage table or settling into a comfy chair with a cup of tea.
In Thailand, people meet for foot massage the way Canadians meet for coffee. Imagine a culture that focusses that much on health and well-being in this way!
* Not applicable to home visits.