5 Elements & Chinese Medicine with Krishnataki
30th June – 6th July 2022
A Journey into Thai Massage & the 5 Elements
During this 8-day course, we will learn about the therapeutic application of Thai Massage, in accordance with the five elements of Chinese Medicine. Each day we will focus on a different element and understand the internal organs, meridians, acupoints and practices associated with it and use Thai massage sequences to address imbalances there. Water, Earth, Metal, Fire, and Wood make up the elemental system according to Chinese Medicine. We will explore the emotional body, pathological conditions, dietary nutrition & herbs, as well as go deep into elemental awareness with ceremony, meditation, movement, touch, qi gong and breathwork. In using the wisdom of the Tao with static and dynamic Thai massage, we can tonify and disperse energy, address deficiency and excess and harmonize the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
More about the 5 Elements & the Chinese Medicine, here.
Day 1: Introduction with an evening class.
Connecting with the group with singing, playing music and chanting.
Day 2: Introduction of the Water element
Looking deeper at the spine, bones & kidneys and focusing on acupressure points to energize and tonify the water element and address the emotions of fear and insecurity. Dealing with ailments of lower back pain, chronic fatigue, coldness, fertility, sexual abuse, low libido & kidney issues.
Day 3: Embracing the Wood element
Addressing the liver & gall bladder and liver-related issues. Learning how to disperse and move anger and aggression in order to harmonize and work positively with the central nervous system and psychosomatic issues, such as paranoia, moodiness, fickle behaviour, qi stagnation and addictions.
Day 4: Looking into the Fire element
This is related with the heart and small intestines, With the application of Thai massage and work on the meridians, we work on people with severe ups and downs, emotional disturbances, and traumas – basically calming the internal fire.
Day 5: Touching the Earth element
Exploring the spleen and stomach by confronting worry and anxiety, lack of direction and purpose in life. Also deficiency in the digestive system can benefit from boosting and tonification of certain points and by empowering the core. Our strength lies in our core.
Day 6: Opening up the Metal element
The lungs and large intestines and addressing all kinds of respiratory problems, such as asthma and chronic lung disorders. When we deal with grief, mourning and excessive sadness we are also able to balance and harmonize the metal element.
Day 7: Day off
On the 7th day of this course, having done all the elements the past days, we will take a break with an excursion at a secluded beach!
Day 8: Practice
During the last day of the course, you will have the opportunity to practice what you learned the past days by giving and receiving treatments, with the rest of the group.
Find out more info about each of the 5 Elements, here.
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