Thai Massage Retreat
"THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM "
25. - 31. July 2022
The main focus of the retreat lies on "THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM" which we approach with a beautiful sequence that inter-connects the treasures of three different philosophies and traditions: Thai Massage, Osteopathy and Craniosacral Biodynamics.
We will learn how to free up the boney, muscular and fascial structures which are involved in our breathing process.
We will learn how to approach the lungs mindfully by palpating the different layers from the outside to the inside: from the skin, through bones, muscles, fascia to the actual organ and its content.
We will learn techniques from Traditional Thai Massage (such as accupressure points, stretches, rocking techniques and classical energy line work),
Osteopathy (oscillations, pumpings, mild adjustments) and Craniosacral Biodynamics (integrative techniques into the craniosacral system) which all focus on the respiratory system.
Dates: 25. - 31. July 2022
Arrival day: 25th July afternoon
Departure Day: 31st July after lunch)
We start the days with chanting, meditation and yoga to prepare our body and mind for the practice of Thai Massage, which will be our main focus throughout the days.
The Thai Massage Practice is designed for people who already have some Thai Massage practice.
In the evenings there will be time for lecture, meditation and more...
Healthy, local, seasonal and tasty vegetarian food will be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
THAI MASSAGE APPROACH
Thai Massage is an ancient healing art based on the principles of yoga philosophy: the practitioner makes use of the physical body as a tool to access the subtle bodies in order to bring physical, mental and spiritual healing and balance. Blockages can be released and the energy restored to its natural flow with the application of rhythmic pressure on therapeutic points and energy lines, the mindful stretching of muscles and precise joint manipulation. As this massage is working on the different body layers (koshas) the release works on an emotional,energetic and physical level.
Thai Massage could be seen as a moving meditation: When performed with awareness, equanimity and loving kindness, practicing Thai Massage trains the body, the mind and the heart. It becomes a mutual meditation and a powerful energetic exchange with many benefits for both giver and receiver.
It is the integration of osteopathic principles and techniques from Thai Massage: a bridge between East and West. It’s a form of bodywork that combines extraordinary creative and powerful Thai Massage techniques with the precise and gentle touch of osteopathy: - Traditional Thai Massage’s varied and powerful stretches, using long leverage techniques across muscle groups, its acupressure work on energy lines and the creativity of dynamic movements. - Osteopathy’s release of tissue tension and work on restriction of mobility on boney, myofascial, visceral and craniosacral level. Appreciating the interconnectedness of the human being.
"To become an osteopath, is much more than assimilating knowledge or perfecting specific skills. It is a complete development process that allows to become an intuitive, perceptive instrument, able to come in resonance with the patient and everything that lies barried deep within him. It means becoming competent in responding to that individual's deepest needs." (Viola Frymann D.O.)
CRANIOSACRAL BIODYNAMIC APPROACH
Integrated CranioSacral Biodynamics is a profound healing process which can influence deeply held patterns of disease - both physical and psychological – which accumulate throughout life as a result of injury or illness and may be subsequently held in the tissues of the body, leading to ill-health and dysfunction. Applying a biodynamic approach has the potential to transform patterns of restriction and resistance at a very fundamental level, thereby stimulating an environment in which health may be restored.
This retreat is totally open to participants of all backgrounds.
If you are new to Thai Massage or bodywork in general, this retreat will give you the basic foundations of Thai Massage - with some additional flavors from the osteopathic and biodynamic traditions.
For those having already some experience in this or any other kind of bodywork, there will be space to refine techniques individually, sharing experiences and further discussions so we can make our treatments more efficient according to the need of your patients.
A strong emphasis will be given to working with good posture, in a relaxed manner, with the application of vipassana and metta meditation.
There will be a focus on the quality of touch, as all healing happens as a result of the mental state, mental contents, concentration and emotional state of the giver,
So instead of a course with a fixed curriculum, you should imagine a course where everybody receives material according to their level of practice.
The venue for our camp is the lovely Kisnyalka farm, with a single main building on spacious hilly land 2km from the nearest village, Nyalka. The farmhouse was built in 1891, and after serving as a dairy during the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, it fell into disuse after the wars. When the wall came down, it was converted to a spiritual community centre, rebuilt brick by brick by its current owner, Tibor. The house offers comfortable accomodation for about 45 people, with separate bathing and toilet areas for ladies and gents. The main attraction of the house is the beautiful circular meditation hall, with its intricate wooden roof structure, which allows meditation and massage practice in bad weather. Around the farmhouse are fields for the owner`s horses, his little sunken earth house, and a garden suitable for camping, yoga and meditation. Looking further, one sees an organic fruit orchard, and hilly landscape dotted with small forests and fields.
How to get there:
The farm is known as „Kisnyalkapuszta major”. Coming from Győr or from Veszprém, near Pannonhalma, find the village of Nyalka. From here, Kisnyalka is 2 km away on a dirt road.
If you fly in from abroad. Fly to Budapest and from there take the train to Györ, which takes around 1.5 hours.
In Győr, get on the bus to Nyalka, which has Tápszentmiklós as its terminus. Once you’ve got off at Nyalka(Posta) busstop, your journey continues on foot to Kisnyalka Major. Take the road to Táp, and after reaching the signpost signalling the end of Nyalka village, continue on the road for another 500m, until you reach a crucifix on a tree. Here, turn right onto the dirt road, and after another 1500 m, you reach Kisnyalka.
Get to Nyalka village using a map (easiest to access from the direction of Győr, Veszprém, Pannonhalma), and continue to Kisnyalka using the above directions.
06.30 – 07.30 Meditation & Chanting
07.30 – 09.00 Pranayama & Yoga
09.00 – 10.00 Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00 Massage teaching and practice
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch and siesta
15.00 – 18.00 Massage teaching and practice
18.00 - 20.00 Dinner and free time
20.00 - 21.00 Chanting / Meditation / Lecture / Kirtan / extra time for practice
Dormitories (2bed, 6bed, 8bed) or tents
500 EUROS including all teaching, accommodation, 3 vegetarian meals a day, printed manual.
SPECIAL PRICE: 400 EUROS for all Hungarians
There will be a certificate in the end of the course, recognized by the SUNSHINE NETWORK.
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