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Date: Nov 14, 2019 - Nov 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Bookings are closed for this event.


Set aside two days to gather with other Thai practitioners in deep study and conversation about Thai element theory for bodyworkers. You will gain an understanding of how incorporating Thai element theory into your practice expands and strengthens your ability to alleviate suffering in those you touch, while connecting you to the culture and history of Thai healing arts.

This workshop will focus on the theory of traditional medicine as it has been historically practiced in Thailand. The information presented is the missing piece, the gap in most western Thai massage practices, and learning it will forever change your approach to bodywork.

Together we will:
• Learn the history and role of Traditional Thai medicine
• Learn the foundations of Thai element theory
• Look at Thai element theory in nature, body, and character
• Understand how elemental balance and imbalance occurs and affects our lives
• Examine how a bodywork session can be adjusted in light of elemental balance

Class will include daily traditional ceremony, meditations, and Thai (reusi da ton) self-care exercises, but mostly we will be gathered in conversation gaining a better understanding of ourselves and those we seek to heal.

Nephyr Jacobsen is a student, practitioner, teacher, researcher, and writer on the subject of traditional Thai medicine and is the director and founder (and floor sweeper and sheet washer) of The Naga Center, School of Traditional Thai Massage and Medicine in Portland Oregon. Nephyr has been a massage therapist since she was 21 years old (she was born in ’69, so you can do the maths), and has been traveling to Thailand regularly since 1998 to study Thai bodywork, and the larger umbrella of traditional Thai medicine. She is a research maven, dedicated to understanding how Thai medicine has been historically practiced in Thailand prior to modern adaptations and shares her findings in an effort to assist in the preservation of traditional knowledge. Areas of research are inclusive of but not limited to: Thai medical theory, bodywork, herbal medicine, and prenatal/postpartum practices. Nephyr calls the upper left edge of Oregon home, but she and her family lived in the far north of Thailand for two years while she researched and wrote two books: Seven Peppercorns: Traditional Thai Medical Theory for Bodyworkers and (with co-author Pierce Salguero) Thai Herbal Medicine: Traditional Recipes for Health and Harmony.

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