Thai Yoga BLISS!
Lorrie Mickelson, M.A., B.A.\BPHE, RYT, Certified Pilates Instructor
Ahhhhhh was my reaction to my first Thai Yoga Massage at Essentials many years ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I stretched out on the floor on what felt like a large yoga mat. What followed was a wonderful combination of yoga postures enhanced and supported by specific massage techniques. As my legs fell to one side in a gentle spinal twist, the massage practitioner used gentle Thai massage techniques to open the front of my shoulders and the tight muscles down the sides of my legs. As I rested back in Child’s Pose, gentle pressure along specific points on my spine encouraged a wonderful release of muscles along my entire spine. My favourite part was resting in savasana or relaxation pose enjoying a gentle foot massage. I had never felt such a sense of profound relaxation.
Fast forward a few years to 2013 where I was attending a full day Workshop at the Toronto Yoga Show on Thai Yoga Bliss. In this Workshop Thai Yoga Practitioners and Yoga Therapists worked side by side as they moved through a class of 40 participants guiding us through therapeutic Yoga Postures assisted by Thai Massage Techniques. Again, at the end of the session, I had that same sense of profound relaxation. As I was driving home from Toronto I made a mental note to call Terri Ann Phippen as soon as I got home to ask her if she would like to work with me to bring this session to a small group of participants in our Community. Thankfully, in the meantime, Shannon Landry had also become certified as a Thai Massage Practitioner as 3 partners were needed to bring this Workshop to fruition.
So, after many meetings and consultations, Terri Ann, myself and Shannon are pleased to bring you our first Thai Yoga Bliss Workshop next Thursday at Balanced Motion. We had a brave group of 6 volunteers go through the 2-hour Workshop with us a few weeks ago so that we could ensure our timing and techniques were right on. The group thoroughly enjoyed their experience and provided us with invaluable feedback!
Our hope, after next week’s Workshop, is to offer this experience 2-3 times a year. So, stay tuned for a synopsis of our First Workshop and dates for future Thai Yoga Bliss Experiences!