I first experienced the benefits and importance of massage as a teenager. Plagued with chronic back pain, I began to receive massages weekly and grew to understand the importance of self care and maintenance of our bodies. At this time I knew that massage would always be an important part of my life.
I first encountered Thai massage while traveling through Thailand in 2002 and truly fell in love. I tried to get a massage every day. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Not only was it intense and deep work but I also left each session feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. During this trip I not only fell in love with Thai massage, but I also fell in love with the people and the food. I was hooked! I'm not sure at the time I realized how important and influential Thailand would become to me, but I knew it was a very special place.
Four years later, I began to study massage at East West College in Portland, Oregon. It was here, I was given the option to take Thai Massage as an elective--needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity! In the fall of 2007, I returned to Thailand, this time to learn. The country was as wonderful as I remembered; however, this trip was one of new beginnings, and when I began to realize my true passion for Thai Massage. I returned from this trip with a lot of knowledge, but also with a thirst to learn more. Since this trip I have continued with my studies not only in Thailand, but here in the US as well. I have been studying not only the techniques of Thai Massage, but also the theory and history behind the art. This has led to a much deeper understanding of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine. In January 2009 I went back to Thailand, this time studying with Pichest Boonethume and Homprang Chaleekanha, both amazing teachers that I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to study with. I have been lucky enough to be able to travel back to Thailand to delve deeper every few of years.
I would like to give a special Thanks to all the teachers who have shared their love and knowledge of Thai massage and medicine with me.