About.

It’s our annual Costa Rica intensive! We have created a training which provides a balance between the focused discipline of studying Thai Massage and the rejuvenating spirit of an exotic vacation. This intensive is for all bodyworkers who would like to deepen their practice, further their understanding of the body, learn how to maintain the health of their own bodies while giving massage, receive good bodywork, and fire up new inspiration for their massage practice.

This is a 45-hour NCBTMB and THAI certified training packed full of refined, therapeutic massage techniques, self-bodywork techniques, yoga, Chi Kung, amazing food, river dipping, forest hiking, relaxing in a hammock, and more…

Program.

ADVANCED THERAPEUTIC THAI MASSAGE

with Christopher Ray & Kate Lewandowski

MARCH 3OTH – APRIL 7TH, 2020

FINCA MIA, COSTA RICA

It’s our annual Costa Rica intensive! We have created a training that provides a balance between the focused discipline of studying Thai Massage and the rejuvenating spirit of an exotic vacation. This intensive is for all bodyworkers who would like to deepen their practice, further their understanding of the body, learn how to maintain the health of their own bodies while giving a massage, receive good bodywork, and fire up new inspiration for their massage practice.

This is a 45-hour NCBTMB and THAI certified training packed full of refined, therapeutic massage techniques, self-bodywork techniques, yoga, Chi Kung, amazing food, river dipping, forest hiking, relaxing in a hammock, and more…

TRAINING INCLUDES:

Body Assessment

  • Where is congested energy being held?
  • In what order must areas be opened?
  • What type of bodywork is appropriate for this individual?

Sensing energy & following sen lines

  • Feel revolting muscles vs surrendering muscles.
  • Determine how deeply you can work and how to direct the energy.

Using the breath

  • Learn to evaluate breath patterns and how to coach an optimal breath.

Working deeply

  • Remove surface tension in preparation for deep work.
  • Approach multiple layers of tension; How much can be worked in each session?
  • Use subtle adjustments that create dramatic effects.
  • Practice slowing down. Letting go of a prescribed, timed sequence and replacing it with feeling and following the energy.
  • “Clean-up”. How to finish up a session after working deeply.

Using props, straps, various body parts, and appropriate body mechanics to maximize effect and minimize physical effort.

  • Recognize how each body may need to be supported differently.
  • Support your body with a simple strap system so you can easily use your feet, knees, elbows, sitz bones and body weight.
  • Minimize muscular effort so you can feel nurtured by your massage career for a lifetime. Practice getting out of your own way and working less.

Specific and unique therapeutic techniques

  • We will cater the week around the ailments and interests of the students. We want to make it as useful as possible for you. Chris has endless tricks, techniques, and info to share so we take your requests and then practice several different ways to approach that area so each student can find the approach that works best for them.

Christopher’s extensive practice and passion with therapeutic Thai Massage has allowed him to discover numerous subtle, powerful techniques for coaxing muscles and energy to release. He shares a unique Thai Massage style that focuses on using the breath, long compressions, keen presence, and a strap system for supporting the therapist. Christopher has a special ability to help people release chronic physical and emotional ailments, and he abundantly shares the knowledge, tricks, and techniques for doing so.

This detailed sense of body mechanics can not be found in any book. This class will help you sense a body and energy more deeply, and will enhance your existing practice in numerous ways.

THE WHO-WHAT-HOW DETAILS

The training cost includes:

  • 8 nights lodging at the beautiful healing center, Finca Mia. Lodging options include Luxury private or shared cabinas and Economy options with shared bathrooms. Please see Finca Mia’s website for photos and descriptions of each.
  • 3 nourishing meals per day (from dinner on the 31st through breakfast on the 8th). Much of the food is organic and sourced locally. All dietary requirements are happily accommodated.
  • Transportation to/from San Jose to Finca Mia on March 31st and April 8th. This is a 4 hour, shared van ride through the beautiful, mountainous countryside. If you make your own travel arrangements (bus, rental car, or flight), we will give you a $100 credit ($50 each way)
  • Tuition for 7 days of instruction. Christopher and Kate go over the top to give you their full attention. They intend to share as much as possible and want you to have a full, rewarding experience. You benefit from the fact that they are both over-achievers. Class size maximum is 14 people to ensure quality. We are happy to connect you with previous participants if you would like to hear their perspective.
  • A thorough manual to take home with you.

What is not included:

  • Transportation to San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • Incidentals such as tips for staff, and wine or beer.
  • Lodging in San Jose. Depending upon your flight schedule, you may need to spend a night in San Jose.

PRICING:

Register by December 1st and pay $2200 (Luxury shared), $2000 (Eco shared), $2900 (Luxury solo) or $2500 (Eco solo).

After December 1st, the cost is $2350 (Luxury shared) or $2150 (Eco shared), $3050 (Luxury solo), $2650 (Eco solo).

Returning students of this same course receive a $500 discount.

If you would like to bring a friend or spouse with you who will not be attending the training, their cost will be $1000 less than the costs listed above. There are plenty of activities for them to enjoy while you are exploring bodywork.

A $500 NON-REFUNDABLE (after Jan. 1st) deposit is required to hold your space. Please secure personal travel insurance if you have any concerns.

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

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