Summer Basic Thai Massage with Krishnataki
5th – 16th August 2020
True Thai Massage is a melting pot of METTA (loving-kindness), VIPASSANA (meditation of insight), MASSAGE and YOGA.
It is a tool which enables us to reach into emptiness and find fullness of touch and presence… In a state of detachment and equanimity, we are able, with our touch, to offer the other person the opportunity to recall the message from the inside of them where they touch their deepest suffering and can set themselves free. This kind of exchange existed before any labels and traditions were ever created… it came from beings of light – from one to the other…in the simple gesture of touch, of exchange. Nowadays, living in Babylon, we need this jewel and the existence of this “tradition” to reclaim that which we all once knew.
Thai Yoga Massage is a Sacred Dance. It is a holy communion between two people used to unblock energy stagnation. It is essentially an ancient Eastern healing technique used as a tool to awaken our spiritual flame and inner therapist. Learning the beautiful art of traditional Thai massage is not just about memorizing a series of exercises, nor about thinking that we can cure someone of their sickness. It is about learning to give from the heart with compassion and to have a deep understanding of the other person’s suffering.
We are all one.
We are reflections of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
We are all connected.
Learning how to give and to receive….to touch….to breathe….to feel…
When we massage, we don’t aim to heal, we aim to help others believe they can and will be healed. When we are connected to the Divine, the healing process happens all by itself. We are just channels to remind each other of this. And thus the dance begins…
In this 12-day retreat course, we offer a life-changing experience for many, as we have seen over the years. We are teaching the basic Thai Massage technique with 7 hours of daily theory, demonstration and practice. We are also teaching yoga, chi gong and meditation to bring awareness and flexibility into the massage. Through this, we are guiding people to believe that they can touch others, that they can be touched and that they have inside of them the potential to help others heal. We go on an intense spiritual journey of self-discovery during this course, which enables us to see in others that which we see in ourselves and thus helps us to overcome difficulties and face the obstacles which are in our paths in our daily lives.
Krishnataki has over 15 years of experience in leading people to reach this healing light within. He has developed a very fluid and precise massage technique, which often looks like he is dancing and he has the ability to simply teach it to others
Day 1: Introduction to Thai massage, Feet, Energy lines
Day 2: Single leg exercises
Day 3: Double leg exercises
Day 4: Stomach, Chest, Arms, Hands
Day 5: Side position
Day 6: Back
Day 7: Practice Day & afternoon at beach*
Day 8: Sitting position – shoulders, neck, head
Day 9: Face, theory, practice
Day 10: Evaluation
Day 11: Therapy/Herbal Compress
* We usually have an excursion to a secluded beach *
Our teaching is inspired by the Dhamma and instruction of two Thai massage masters Chayuth and Pichet of Northern Thailand, as well as the teachings of Asokananda.
Our main focus on this course is to heal ourselves on the path to helping others heal. We call on a variety of techniques (Yogic, Taoist, Sufi) to help connect to our deeper, higher selves in order to ignite the spiritual healing flame. We also focus on the nutritional aspect of food, which can be the simplest of ways to nurture us on a daily basis.
The course offers practical training on the Art of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. Our courses usually have many assistants, both Greek and from other countries, who bring colors and diversity to the practice, some of whom are fellow teachers of the Sunshine Network. They also offer full body Thai massages during the breaks for those who wish to receive.
The course is open for complete beginners, repeaters and advanced students, as well as bodyworkers of other therapies.
Krishnataki, originally from Greece, has been teaching Thai Yoga massage, yoga and qi gong 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 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 traveling 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. When he is not teaching, he is with his three beautiful children or soaking in hot spring waters.
06.30 – 08.30: Meditation & Yoga
08.30 – 10.00: Hearty Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00: Thai Massage session 1
13.00 – 15.30: Lunch & Siesta
15.30 – 18.30: Thai Massage session 2
18.30 – 20.00: Acroyoga / Qi Gong / Steam Bath
20.00 – 21.00: Dinner
21.00 – 22.00: Metta Meditation & Bhajans