1. What is Vedic Thai Massage-Assisted Yoga?
Vedic Thai Massage or Assisted Yoga or Vedic Yoga is the style of bodywork that is known as Southeast Asian Physiotherapy. Thailand is actually a residual Vedic culture. Customarily, a Vedic Thai Massage-Assisted Yoga lasts about 2 hours, during which there is a surrendering release which allows deeper and deeper physical and mental ‘openings’. Flowing rhythmic compressions using the feet, knees, palms, elbows, forearms and fingers are blended with exotic stretching positions and disciplined breath control, effectively producing a balanced and harmonious symbiotic communication integrating the body’s vital systems. The actual understanding of Vedic Thai Massage-Assisted Yoga is Ayurvedic or Vedic bodywork. It is addressing the releasing of the marmas, the chakras, and the nadis of congested negative feelings and emotions and thoughts.
2.How long does it take to learn how to give Vedic Thai Massage?
There are two schools of thought. In one school of thought, it is taught as a folk art. In two or three days, you would learn a full sequence and be able to go out and offer it at the folk art level. Then there are about 75 to 100 hours of technique and mechanics. That does not include the theory and the philosophy, the breathing, the meditation, the ceremonies and rituals that go on beyond that. There are about 75 to 100 hours of just techniques and mechanics — asanas, rhythmic compressions, and so forth.
3.What background is required to give Vedic Thai Massage?
It all depends on your personal interest. Again, if you’re interested in Vedic Yoga for your family and friends, come and study it as a folk art. If you’re interested in it as a professional dharma or lifestyle career, you will need to come and familiarize yourself with it so that you feel confident and competent to be able to share with others professionally.
4.Can I give Vedic Thai Massage if I am not a licensed massage therapist?
Each state has its rules and regulations. Of course, we need to honor the rules and regulations of each state. Again, there is Thai therapy. There is Thai Yoga therapy. There is Thai Yoga massage. There is Thai Yoga bodywork, Ayurvedic bodywork. It all depends on which flag you’re waving. You would need to be linguistically and semantically aware of how you’re representing yourself.
5. I’ve seen pictures of traditional Thai massage and see a lot of lifting and stretching. Do you have to be very strong to give Vedic Thai Massage?
Yes and no. We want to remember that the Thai people, as with all Southeast Asians, are, in general, of smaller stature. They are very, very effective in getting the job done. They are not just using arm strength. They are using body, spirit, and the transmission of Chi or Prana, or the transmission of thought intention.
6.How do I know if a client is a candidate for Vedic Thai Massage?
First of all, their interest would be preliminary. Otherwise, everybody is a candidate for the bodywork, including people suffering from psychological imbalances.
7.What specific health and body issues benefit from Vedic Thai Massage?
All of them. Anything and everything. Sports enthusiasts can benefit. People who are predominantly in their cranium. Everyone can benefit. Everyone can benefit. You name it. Physical disorders, rotator cuff disorders, bursitis, limited range of motion, inadequate circulation — both lymphatic and cardiovascular. It definitely addresses the person’s emotions, their psychological well-being also.
8.How can I learn more about the spiritual elements of Vedic Thai Massage?
My DVDs go extensively into this category by addressing meditation and Yoga. To get information on the spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical benefits of this art, certainly the Vedic Conservatory and I represent this. I’m well known for representing meditative and spiritual aspects of this bodywork. The DVDs will certainly be replete and significant with all the spiritual information needed.
9.Does Vedic Thai Massage require any certification?
It is always recommended to have an authorized professional certification. At this point, in this country, certifications are just developing. In Thailand, you would definitely need to present certification in order to work.
10.What are the contents of the Vedic Thai Massage “Four Attitudes” 7-DVD set?
There are over 200 asanas. In Thailand, you get the opportunity to study a one-hour technique, a two-hour technique, or a three-hour technique. The 7-DVD set covers the three-hour technique and beyond. There are additional techniques included in The Paradise Sequence, and you have extensive discourse on spiritual matters and the right thinking that goes behind each movement. You have the opportunity to learn about the breathing aspect of it, the meditative aspect of it, and the physiological, emotional, and psychological aspects of it on the DVDs.
11. Does watching this DVD set count for Continuing Education Credits for my massage license?
Actually, YES it does. Included in the set are instructions on how to register your purchase, and verify your viewing in order to gain 20 hours towards your CEC’s for NCBTMB Certification.
12.What are my options for supervised hands-on training after watching this DVD series?
The Vedic Conservatory offers courses weekly in some city throughout the country or the world, and our teaching staff is growing. You can sponsor a course in your area as well, contact Mukti to make arrangements. Please sign up for our mailing list and you will be afforded ample opportunity to learn more about this wonderful, noble, spiritual, dignified, elegant art.
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