I am back in
Greece! Ok I am now in Turkey; it’s taken me awhile to write this post. But, while I was in Greece, I attended a Thai Yoga Massage Course on the island of Evia, just an hour by bus from Athens. The course was a 12 day immersion, held at the Sunshine House – a branch of the well known Sunshine Network Thai Massage School. For 12 days, we practiced yoga, meditation, and Thai massage, while enjoying the company of 30 other like minded souls, and about 10 teachers and assistants.
You may have read my review of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training I attended earlier this year. In my review I had some good things to say, and some bad, but I can honestly say I can’t really find anything negative to say about the course at the Sunshine House.
For me, there was a near perfect balance of discipline, free time, learning, spiritual practice, kirtan, and other activities. Plus the teaching was fun, active, and dynamic, so my mind didn’t wander off during either of the two 3 hour sessions held daily.
What is Thai yoga massage you might be wondering? Thai massage is different from other styles of massage as the giver uses their own body to stretch and manipulate the body of the receiver, hence the name “yoga” in the title. Thai massage works not only on the physical body, but on the energetic body, moving energy blockages and providing deep emotional healing and cleansing to the patient.
Thai massage is very complex, and a bit harder than the teachers and assistants made it look, but overall I find it fun, rewarding, and challenging, and I will continue with my study. After 12 days, we learned how to give a full massage, and I will confident enough to practice on friends and family, and hope to take another course within the next year.
The course included daily yoga, meditation, massage courses, and chanting. Some days they prepared a steam bath in the hamam featuring Greek aromatic herbs fresh from the garden. Half way through the class, we had a little break and went to the beach. Another night we went together to a Greek taverna and sampled local cuisine. Daily, after lunch we had 3 hours of free time to cycle to the beach, grab a coffee, or take a nap. This course really was the perfect balance of relaxation, and dedicated work.
Oh, and the food was incredible! Everything served was vegan, and if it wasn’t, there the non vegan options were served on the side. We even had a few special treats and they always made sure to get a vegan alternative. Besides the vegan food, the cooks also took amazing care of those who had other dietary needs, like gluten free, and for me, soy free.
It meant a lot to me that such attention was paid to the eating preferences and needs of the students. Sometimes eating in places where food is served to you can be stressful if you have dietary limitations, so it was great to attend this course completely stress free thanks to caring, and attentive staff.
Overall I loved the course, and I loved the wonderful people that I met. I would absolutely attend more courses at the Sunshine House in Greece, and recommend you do the same if you have any interest in Thai yoga massage.
Have you ever studied Thai Yoga Massage? I’d love to know where you took your course and what you thought of it. Do you practice another type of massage? Would you like to attend a course like this?