Getting Grounded ~ Vibrational Healing Featuring the Gong

Saturday, September 30th

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

$20 online, $25 at door

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by information, having difficulties making a good decision? Do you need a little help getting grounded and stepping into your personal power?

Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and transformation. This session is designed to connect you with personal power, will power, motivation, ambition, courage, and sense of security. Getting grounded is the first step to making sound decisions and successfully manifesting our desires. Through specific movements, breath work, mantra, and the awesome vibrational healing power of the gong we’ll reset patterns and clear space for inspiration & growth to occur.

We’ll practice techniques for processing the deluge of daily information which comes across our path to assist us with making the best decisions for our Selves. You’ll also take away a simple method for shielding yourself from the onslaught of negative energy we’re bombarded with every day!

Simply practice what you’ve learned regularly to maintain clarity and balance throughout your day, raise energy levels and improve all around health, physical and emotional.

Wear workout type clothes – some mats are available.
Feel free to bring paper and pen if you’re inclined to take notes.

First Friday Bodyworker Free Play

Friday, October 6th

7 PM – 10 PM

Free admission

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Join Blue Lotus Thai Healing Studies, Thai Blossom and Chicago Oneness Center on the First Friday of the month for an informal play session. All floor practitioners are welcome. We come together to practice our craft, enjoy learning, and grow our community of like minded bodyworkers from around the great city of Chicago.

Coco Time: the Tour of Coconuts with Manassah

coconut

Sunday, October 8th

3 PM – 6 PM

$15 online, $20 at the door

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Come enjoy a taste of the tropics of Costa Rica with a tour of coconuts. After spending 2 years in Costa Rica, Manassah comes to Chicago to share with you the ancient techniques of making coconut oil, the process today, and how you can make your own oil at home.

You will also learn easy ways to make your own coconut milk and other crafts that can be made from different parts of the coconut.

You will be able to sample coconut oil FROM COSTA RICA. We will make coconut milk, drink coconut water and water of pipas and eat pastries made from coconuts in coconut bowls. She will also bring crafts made from coconut made by local artists in Costa Rica.

All products will be available to purchase and all money will go to help continue Manassah’s passion of volunteering on a coconut farm and helping it grow and expand to serve its community with local sustainable products.

Buy Tour tickets early to guarantee entry.

After workshop, you can talk with Manassah about her experience on the coconut farm in Costa Rica and opportunities to visit and volunteer.

Manassah will have crafts and other products for sale.

PURA VIDA – (The philosophy of life in Costa Rica, Pure Life!)

Circle of Oneness

circle of onenessSunday, October 8th

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Donation based event

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We welcome you to join us in our sacred sharing space, the Circle of Oneness! Our group is comprised of those seeking a safe haven to develop and integrate their ever-expanding spiritual gifts while working together in oneness to elevate personal consciousness, foster greater self-awareness and nurture a sense of self-empowerment.

Our group is based on the principles of: inclusion, unity, mutual trust, acceptance, confidentiality/safety, non-judgment, expansion and unconditional love. We welcome all whom are on a spiritual journey and would like to gather in fellowship with other like-minded, high-vibrational people!

As we join in the circle, each participant will have a chance to speak their truth while others listen and witness. This is a time for being heard and allowing for silent reception of another participants’ heart-felt share. During a share, the circle is silent giving the speaker full attention. Comments and advice may be shared after the entire circle has shared or outside of the sacred circle space.

Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey or have been walking your path for some time, in this space you are supported and heard as an equal; as one.

This is a donation based circle.

The next circle will meet:
Sunday, November 12, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Thai for the Table

thai for the table

Tue & Wed

October 10 & 11

9 AM – 5 PM

$260 through Sep 25

$325 after Sep 25

14 NCBTMB

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Get re-invigorated and inspired with this class for massage therapists. This two-day class is a boon for LMT’s who are looking to incorporate Thai style stretching into their current routines. Bringing Thai stretching, movement, and compression onto the table offers table-workers a host of fresh new tools to bring back to their massage practice. We will guide you through this fascinating connection of two modalities. Massage will be taught fully clothed. Students may be asked to bring a massage table if available.

Tina Ntanos will be teaching this class.

Sound Wave Symphony

Saturday, October 14thsound wave symphony

7:30 PM – 8:45 PM

$30 online, $35 at door

 

Join us for an interactive night of healing, aroma therapy, and relaxation.Our sacred sound healing ceremony uses the power of sound and vibration to restore one’s body, mind, and spirit to a sense of balance and harmony. As you receive this bath your body and heart soak in the subtle vibrations of singing bowls, tuning forks, violin, shamanic drums, flutes, and healing touch placed and played on and around you. Our sound healing experience is medicine for the mind, body, and soul.

About Sound Wave Symphony

Sound Wave Symphony (SWS) in its current form was born at Sukhava Bodhe Festival in 2016 (Stonehouse Farm, IL, USA), where OM Honna’s premonition to partner with Lisa Devi and Yeshua for her sound healing workshops coalesced with the illuminating powers of Mike McGuian.

Mike originally conceived the name after Phases of the Moon Festival in 2014 (Danville, IL, USA) where he joined practitioners who used sound, yoga, and other modalities in a shared space called The Sanctuary.  Mike was a part of the Sound Healing Team who performed hourly sacred sound healing circles using gongs, bowls, flutes, drums, and more–a sound wave delight!

Several years later, at a time when the world only needs it more, our group is committed to carrying that vision forward by uniting several disciplines and mediums: quartz and brass bowls and triangles, wood and metal flutes and drums, amplified effects and electronic synthesis, yoga and reiki.

Together we use these tools to create interactive sound healing journeys intended to raise the vibrations and deepen the intonations which will awaken spiritsfree minds, and restore bodies in today’s world.

The Art of Yin and Yang Yoga with Master Paulie Zink

Wednesday, October 18thpaulie zink

7 pm – 8 pm

General admission $35

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Note! Classes get packed, don’t wait till the last day!

“Yin and Yang Yoga: An Exploration in Stillness, Alchemy, Power, and Flow.”
– Paulie Zink

This class will reveal the deeper dimensions of Yin and Yang yoga. From the stillness of Yin comes motion.

The purpose of Yin yoga is to grow the body flexible and promote healing, to develop our flow of energy, and to enliven our innate ability to move with fluidity, power, and grace.

Paulieʼs approach to yoga is about following our own individual path. By presenting his art in a personal, authentic, and accessible manner Paulie gently guides us in opening to our intuitive hearts and discovering the unique artist that is inherent in each of us.

The class will include both the yin and yang aspects of yoga postures that are inspired by the movements of animals and that activate the elemental forces contained within our energetic field. Through this practice we fully engage our connection with the natural world, we awaken to our spontaneous and playful spirit, we transcend the boundaries of assumed limitations and learn more than just a technique for doing yoga, we learn a way of being yoga, of living it in our day to day lives. We can then bring these gifts to the lives of those we touch.

Paulie Zink approach

Master Paulie Zink is the founder of Yin yoga. He received intensive private training for ten years as the sole protege of  Chinese Taoist yoga and Kung fu Master Cho Chat Ling. A three time international martial arts grand-champion, Paulie is renowned for his fluidity, flexibility and artistry of motion. Through his many years of practice and study, Paulie continues to evolve his unique style of yoga that is rooted in the ancient Taoist tradition he learned. With his relaxed and playful demeanor, students find him to be a very approachable and enjoyable teacher.

Paulie teaches students how to approach our yoga practice in a new and fun way that is dynamic, animated, and spontaneous. He encourages students to free their minds from the constraints of analytical thinking and theory. Paulie’s style of yoga is about following our own individual path. He gently guides us in opening to our intuitive hearts and discovering the unique artist that is inherent in each of us. He brings to his teaching over 35 years experience and a profound knowledge he conveys with a simple clarity that comes from true understanding.

Thai Massage Therapeutics (5-Day course with Chris Ray)

KneesNovember 1 st – 5th

Wednesday – Friday

9 AM – 5 PM

7CEU’s for each day

Each is 1-day classes. $150 each day or $600 for all five days

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Thai Massage Therapeutics: Feet & Calves; Nov 1st, 7CEU’s

Feet

Our feet, ankles, and lower legs tend to be our silent laborers. We have 66 joints in our feet, and congestion in the feet and lower legs affects movement throughout the entire body. Yet, very little time is given to massaging feet. No one complains about painful calves until you touch them. Considerable emotional residue hides in the calves. Learn effective ways to clear deep and chronic limitations in the lower legs & feet. Help people rediscover lightness in their movement. These techniques are useful for practitioners working on either the table or the floor.

Topics covered:

  • The body mechanics of massaging feet. Feet can be awkward to massage because of the way they move or don’t move.
  • Using your elbows, knees, feet, and props to maximize effect and minimize effort.
  • The hidden ‘corners’ of the lower leg. How to clear layers of congestion.
  • The use of sustained compressions & the breath.
  • Therapist’s body positioning. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal; we will help you find the most comfortable way that most suits your body. Comfort and ease are critical for maintaining the longevity of a bodyworker’s career.
  • Self-care techniques to inspire your clients to take care of their bodies.

Pre-requisite:
Minimum 1-yr massage experience and an understanding of the regional anatomy.

Thai Massage Therapeutics: Knees; Nov 2nd, 7CEU’s

Knees

Learn how to confidently and effectively approach painful, swollen, stiff, or post-op knees. Help clients avoid surgery by helping the body heal itself. In addition to working the knee directly, relieving knee issues involves working with tissues above and below the knee.

Topics covered:

  • Specific techniques for working directly with the tendons and ligaments of the knee.
  • Explore the areas above and below the knee that affect knee pain and mobility.
  • The use of sustained compressions & the breath.
  • Therapist’s body positioning. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal; we will help you find the most comfortable way that most suits your body. Comfort and ease are critical for maintaining the longevity of a bodyworker’s career.
  • Self-care techniques to inspire your clients to take care of their bodies.

Pre-requisite:
Minimum 1-yr massage experience and an understanding of the regional anatomy.

Thai Massage Therapeutics: Hips & Low Back; Nov 3rd, 7CEU’s

HipsOur hips can take on a lot of strain as they support and carry us through this life. There are many misunderstood pains and restrictions that either stem from or end up in our hips. Liberating congestion in the low back and/or pelvic regions is a great way to assist clients in reclaiming their bodies. The hip area is a beautifully complex network of ligaments, tendons and muscles. Thus, therapeutic bodywork in this area can be specific and precise. We’ll spend the day exploring the intricacies of opening up the hips with lots of hands-on practice.

This class is intended for massage therapists (table or Thai) who would like to offer deep, permanent healing for chronic ailments. All practice will take place on the floor, and the approach is based on Thai bodywork theory, but these techniques can easily be applied to the table.

Topics covered:

  • Precise points and techniques to use for the hips, low back, and upper legs.
  • The use of long compressions and the breath.
  • Therapist’s body positioning. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal; we will help you find the most comfortable way that most suits your body. Comfort and ease are critical for maintaining the longevity of a bodyworker’s career.
  • Self-care techniques to inspire your clients to take care of their bodies.

Pre-requisite:
Minimum 1-yr massage experience and an understanding of the regional anatomy.

Thai Massage Therapeutics: Shoulders & Arms; Nov 4th, 7CEU’s

Shoulders

Ever wonder how best to approach a frozen shoulder, injured shoulders, upper back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis/golfer’s elbow, chronic migraines, or texting syndrome? This therapy-focused class is intended for massage therapists (table or Thai) who would like to offer deep, permanent healing for chronic ailments. All practice will take place on the floor, and the approach is based on Thai bodywork theory, but these techniques can easily be applied to the table.

Topics covered:

  • Precise points and techniques to use for the shoulders and arms in all positions (supine, prone, side, sitting).
  • Sen and Meridian lines that pass through the arms and shoulders. Learn how they affect or are affected by other parts of the body.
  • The use and art of long compressions and the breath.
  • Identifying the source of the pain or limitation and following congestion along fascial lines.
  • Therapist’s body positioning. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal; we will help you find the most comfortable way that most suits your body. Comfort and ease are critical for maintaining the longevity of a bodyworker’s career.
  • Shoulder and arm self-care to inspire your clients to maintain the health of their bodies.

Pre-requisite:
Minimum 1-yr massage experience and an understanding of the regional anatomy.

Thai Massage Therapeutics: Neck; Nov 5th, 7CEU’s

Neck

The neck is an incredibly common area where people experience pain and is one of the trickiest places to receive (and give) bodywork. Working the neck requires grace, patience, and presence. The results are well worth the effort. Help your client see better, think more clearly, decrease jaw tension, gain range of motion, and sleep better at night. All practice will take place on the floor, but these techniques can easily be applied to the table.

Topics covered:

  • Recognize the fascial lines affecting the neck. Learn upper back, shoulder, and arm points that will clear neck congestion and pain.
  • The use of elbows, knees, and feet on the neck. Minimize muscular effort and save your thumbs.
  • Neck techniques in supine, prone, side, and seated positions. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal, so we will help you find the positioning that is most comfortable for both you and your client.
  • The use of long compressions, breath, and grace.
  • Self-care neck and shoulder techniques.

Pre-requisite:
Minimum 1-yr massage experience and an understanding of the regional anatomy.