Mindful Touch Training is a demanding and high level educational programme aimed to standardise the practice of Thai Massage for motivated students. We wish to provide a framework for both practitioners and teachers of Thai Massage so that the quality and level of Thai Massage may be recognised and acknowledged accordingly. In offering such training programmes we hope to keep the tradition of intimate teacher and student relationship as well as respond to the needs of a present day therapist in the sense of coursework, trainings and standard practice.
The birth of Mindful Touch comes from the collaboration of two well known schools of Thai massage, Sunshine House (Krishnatakis) and Lulyani (David Lutt), whose joint aims are to spread the teachings of Thai Massage, the principles of Touch and the practice of Mindfulness.
In order to be recognised as a practitioner of Mindful Touch Thai Massage we ask for the following courses to be completed:
1. Basic Course of Thai Massage x 2
(This course must be attended twice - favourably 3 times)
We accept ONE of the courses from:
a. Any of the authorised teachers of the Sunshine Network
b. Any of the beginners courses from Sunshine Massage school, Chiang Mai
c. Thai Massage Circus training
d. any of the authorized teachers of the Mindful Touch Training
AT LEAST one of the courses attended must be with either Sunshine House (Krishnataki) or Lulyani (David Lutt)
2. Advanced Thai Massage Trainings x 3
We ask that you attend minimum 3 advanced trainings, which can be selected from the following courses:
a. Dynamic Thai Massage (with David or Krishnataki)
b. Energy Lines (with Laurino or Felicity )
c. Thai Massage meets Chinese Medicine (with Krishnataki)
d. Introduction to the Koshas (with Ralf Marzen )
e. Women’s health in therapy (to be confirmed)
3. Osteothai x 3
We ask that you complete 3 Osteothai trainings. We accept ONE of the trainings to have been taught by Arno L’Hermitte
a. The principles of Osteothai (with David)
b. Osteothai for the Internal Organs (with David)
c. Any other Osteothai training (e.g. Osteothai for the Spine, joints) (with David or Arno)
4. Level 1 Integrated Cranio Sacral Biodynamics
This course is taught by Rosemary Wallace at Gentle Touch.
5. Detox & Nutrition Retreat
This course is offered by Sunshine House (Krishnataki) once a year, however we accept other reputable detox retreats with a good understanding of nutrition principles and cleansing techniques.
6. Silent/Mindful Retreat
We recognise all introspective retreats of meditation and/or satsang (e.g. Vipassana, Thich Nhat Hanh, Mooji, Zen)
7. Giving treatments
Giving massage is one of the best tools for learning and integrating that which we study in the trainings. We ask that you give a minimum of 500 massages to a wide variety of people.
8. Receiving treatments
Receiving massage is also a very useful learning tool. In this way we understand the way we want to be touched (or not to be touched!!) and thus the way we touch. We ask that you receive at least 10-20 massages from different authorised Mindful Touch practitioners and also a treatment from Rosemary.
9. Teacher feedback
For the final agreement and authorisation, each student must give ONE treatment to either David Lutt or/and Krishnataki, so that they receive the necessary feedback on their massage and also advice if any of the other trainings need to be repeated.
We recommend that the above 9-step programme be completed over a period of 3-6 years and that it is taken as a basic minimum guideline.
We do believe that the quality of touch is not always related to the number of hours done in class. So please note very clearly that to become a Mindful Touch Thai Massage Practitioner, the last step is a verbal agreement from Krishnataki and David.
Hare Krishna!... Krishnataki, originally from Greece, has been teaching Thai Yoga massage and yoga since 1998 having lived and studied in Thailand and India. His first gateway to the East was through the inspirational teachings of Tai Chi master Tew Bunnag which led him down the path in search of his true spiritual essence. He is now a senior massage teacher of the Sunshine Network, and has trained with Thai massage masters Pichet Boonthume, Chayuth Priyasith and Asokananda and has a Sivananda Yoga background. He is passionate and has has studied as well about organic farming, Chinese medicine, cooking and nutrition and incorporates aspects of yoga, meditation and Qi Gong into all his courses. His base is at Sunshine House, where he leads a variety of retreats aimed at igniting the spiritual, healing flame that lies dormant in each and every one of us, however he still spends time travelling abroad to teach and also study, where possible. He is renown for his unique, fun-loving and passionate way of teaching as well as his generous spirit, hot hands and delicious home-made recipes.
David is a licensed osteopath combining his expertise and love of osteopathy, Thai-yoga massage and zen shiatsu. He is the co-founder of Osteothai and initiator of Dynamic Thai Massage. He has a Thai massage and Osteothai school in France, Lulyani (www.lulyani.com) He has spent 4 years living in Asia (India and Thailand) immersing himself in yoga, shiatsu, Vipassana meditation and traditional Thai massage. In Thailand, he studied mainly under Asokananda and Ajahn Chaiyuth Priyasith, who was and is still his real inspiration. He runs Thai massage and Osteo Thai courses all over the world. And his love for movement, rhythm and fluidity makes him enjoy capoeira, swimming in the sea and… football!
Sufficient to say, that Rosemary has a passion to motivate, inspire, facilitate and teach workshops and offer individual sessions. Her facial expressions, unorthodox descriptions of bodily movements and the ability to almost never answer a question are renowned! She has travelled the globe as an itinerant facilitator, sharing her deep and gentle knowledge of the fluid flows and tides within the systems of the body, to those who wish to listen and learn through inquiry – laughter is always an integral component of all presentations. As a thanatologist, Rosemary has been privileged to work in hospice environments and with individual families as they guide their loved ones in their final days of life. The application of CranioSacral biodynamics in this setting is profound.