LOCATION TBD (CHICAGO)
Class lead by Christopher Ray and Kate Lewandowski
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.
- 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.
Prerequisite: Minimum 1-yr massage experience and an understanding of the regional anatomy.
What a gift to welcome back!… Passionate, skilled teachers: Christopher Ray and Kate Lewandowski.
Christopher Ray has been exploring massage & bodywork for the past 25 years, focusing on Traditional Therapeutic Thai Massage for the past 19. He has worked with many teachers in Thailand, and has developed a unique, masterful style of bodywork which is deeply transformative. Christopher’s 3 to 4-hour sessions incorporate long compressions and breathwork and have allowed him to explore deeply into how congestion and energy move and function in the body. He has also developed a unique strap system to use for hands-free support. Chris began teaching 12 years ago, sharing his detailed sense of body and energy mechanics, as well as his clear, heart-based approach to life.
Kate is the organizer of this Thai Massage & Bodywork team and has been working with Christopher since 2001. During this time, she has come to deeply understand and articulate Christopher’s unique massage skills which is an invaluable asset during the courses they teach. Kate brings her training and experience in medicine, yoga, breath awareness, and dance to synergize with Christopher’s tactile, intuitive, and healing skills. Together, they offer incomparable courses. You will leave inspired and with tons of new info.
Christopher is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider, and is registered by Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) as a Thai Therapist and Instructor.