Thai Yoga Massage Weekend with Elise Foster and Kimberly Preston
Saturday, March 24th: 2pm-8pm
Sunday, March 25th: 12pm-8pm
Thai Yoga Massage is the ancient healing art of Thailand, rooted in the lineages of Yoga, Ayurveda and Buddhism. Thai Yoga Massage combines the traditions of acupressure, energy work, assisted stretching and meditation. It lays the foundation for compassionate touch, receptivity and communication.
Thai yoga is quite different from traditional western massage. Thai yoga massage is done on a mat or soft surface on the floor and are completely clothed. It is often described as "the lazy man's yoga" as it feels like having someone stretch your muscles and gently put your body into yoga poses for you while you are completely relaxed. Connecting breath with movement, much like yoga, givers use their own body weight, gravity, and leverage to stretch or release muscles, making this modality of massage simple and accessible to everyone.
It is also said that practicing Thai yoga massage should be a meditation for the giver, encouraging them to let go of the monkey mind and drop into their own intuition as to what their receiver needs. As one softens into the practice, as a giver or a receiver, you cultivate connection, trust and sensitivity.
During this weekend-long intensive, you can expect to:
- Learn proper body mechanics to keep the giver comfortable and able to give a Thai yoga massage sequence with ease, comfort, and confidence.
- Learn traditional technique.
- Gain transmission of the ancient wisdom of metta (loving kindness) through touch.
- Take home a Thai yoga massage sequence to offer your loved ones.
- Feel restored and surprise yourself with your healing capabilities!
Wear stretchy, comfortable clothing and bring a layer.
No partner necessary! Beginners welcome!
** Yoga teachers will increase their ability to give hands on adjustments and assists with the practice of Thai massage.
This course fulfills some of the pre-requisite hours in "healing arts" for AcroYoga International Teacher Training.
About the Instructors:
Kimberly Preston, E-RYT is an experienced Yoga teacher, with 10 years and thousands of hours of experience teaching and training, and an advanced Thai Massage practitioner. She completed certification through the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage (formerly the New England School of Thai Massage) and continued her studies through her AcroYoga International training and certification, a practice which combines yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage. Kimberly has also studied Thai Massage with various master teachers in Chiang Mai Thailand. Kimberly is a Level 2 Reiki practitioner and incorporates energy work into the Thai practice. Kimberly has shared the wisdom of this transformative practice in classes and workshops across the country.
Elise Foster is a certified Thai yoga massage practitioner, AcroYoga teacher, Tantra Hatha Vinyasa yoga teacher, and Reiki Level 1 practitioner. She began her study of Thai massage in 2011 through AcroYoga - a holistic practice blending the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. She fell in love with the practice and, between 2015 and 2016, Elise completed AcroYoga International teacher training and Thai massage certification through the Sunshine Network in Thailand. She deepened her practice by studying with living Thai massage master Pichest Boonthumme in Chiang Mai, and completing a 5-Element Thai Massage course (blending Traditional Chinese Medicine with Thai Massage) with Sarah Yovovich and Sarah Vosen. Through sharing this practice, Elise aims to bring to others the joy, power and healing energy that AcroYoga and Thai massage brought into her life.
$205 Early Bird (ends 3/9/18) | $230 Regular
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Thai Yoga Massage Weekend with Elise Foster and Kimberly Preston
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art that is said to have originated before the time of the Buddha. It is quite different from traditional western massage. It is often described as "the lazy man's yoga" as it feels like having someone stretch your muscles and gently put your body into yoga poses for you while you are completely relaxed. The massages are done on a mat or soft surface on the floor and are completely clothed.
Connecting breath with movement, much like yoga, givers use their own body weight, gravity, and leverage to stretch or release muscles, making this modality of massage simple and accessible to everyone. It is also said that practicing Thai yoga massage should be like a meditation for the giver, encouraging them to let go of the monkey mind and drop into their own intuition as to what their receiver needs.
In this workshop you will:
-Learn the physical and mental techniques of how to give (and receive!) a Thai yoga massage sequence with ease, comfort, and confidence.
Build connection and trust in yourself and others. As you soften into the practice, as a giver or a receiver, you will cultivate trust, sensitivity, and metta - loving kindness.
-Take home a Thai yoga massage sequence to offer your friends and family.
-Feel restored and surprise yourself with your healing capabilities!
Wear stretchy, comfortable clothing and do not eat anything heavy for a couple hours before. Please bring one yoga mat per person, a blanket or two, and a pillow.
Solo participants welcome. If you come solo you will be paired with another solo person or an assistant.
For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thai-yoga-massage-workshop-tickets-43179165045?aff=efbeventtix
About the Facilitators:
Elise and Dean are friends who met in Meridian Hill Park 2011 while practicing AcroYoga. AcroYoga is a holistic practice blending the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique practice that cultivates trust, connection, and playfulness. Elise and Dean's continued love for the practice led them to AcroYoga International for teacher training, and to form a performance partnership as Acrolesque. They now teach weekly AcroYoga and Thai massage classes and workshops all around DC to share the joy, power and healing energy that yoga, Thai massage, and AcroYoga have brought into their lives. They welcome all students, regardless of experience, and no partner is needed to attend their classes or workshops.
$30 online // $40 at the door
Lila, the Sanskrit word for play, alludes to the game of hide and seek we play with our true selves. We forget and remember our innate capacities of radiance, spaciousness, and bliss.
During this divine playshop, we will dip into yoga's revolutionary teachings that guide the way toward remembrance of the sacred within. Introductory acroyoga will offer an embodied exploration of these insights by cultivating kindness, trust, community, stability and ease during dynamic postures and movement. Skillful, safe, and empowering guidance will make the seemingly impossible not only attainable, but fun.
Lakshmi's offerings of breathwork, meditation and yoga philosophy will weave together with Dean and Elise's teachings on balance transfer, partner yoga, and therapeutic acroyoga poses. Be prepared to laugh, to surprise yourself, and to challenge the assumption that your feet need to be on the ground.
No partner needed. All levels welcome. No experience with AcroYoga required.
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