I have been teaching My Thai classes for NCBTMB continuing education credits for 5 years. My classes are very hands-on learning oriented and need to remain small in number in order for me to deliver high-quality teaching. I believe in using humor and individual attention to maximize the student learning experience.
I offer 3 versions of the My Thai Fusion Bodywork class: the 1-, the 2- and the 3-day formats. In the 2- and 3-day classes, students learn supine and seated position stretches and bodywork, and 'test-out' on volunteer clients the final afternoon. In only the 3-day class is sidelying and prone position protocol taught as well. The 1-day class involves only the supine material, and there is no testing-out.
Psychology of the Body, 2nd edition (2013), will be the basis for this class for massage therapists. The writers of the book, Barbara Goodrich-Dunn and Elliott Greene, were my trainers in the 4-year, 600 hour program at the Washington Institute for Body Psychotherapy, and have both trained in the 1970's at the Potomac Massage Training Institute. I present their notion of the bodymind - the inseparable body and mind - that exist energetically in us and take form in all layers of our tissues. I use their language to describe the ways in which our muscles hold the tension patterns of the bodymind - called armoring - and their photos and graphs to describe and explore the various defense patterns developed from birth on thru our formative years. Finally, as a group, we pair up and use the techniques demonstrated in the text to put all the concepts into an embodied form thru hands-on practice and review.