I left the office forever to start a family in 1984. After a few years of full time parenting with two children, I started teaching aerobic exercise classes at a local health club.
After graduating from Seattle Massage School in 1988, I began to do massage at the health club, where I stayed for nearly ten years.
The Best Part...
Every once in awhile I have the same nightmare: I'm waiting for the 7:35 a.m. bus on a busy street, wearing a navy blue suit with pantihose and heels and carrying a briefcase. I wake up in a cold sweat. I think it's a guilt dream -- I simply can't beleive my good fortune to find a career I truly love and that allows me to make an actual living.
So, what did I do next? Off to Thailand!
After an exploratory trip to Thailand, where I experienced many different styles of Thai massage, I came back home and found Michael Eisenberg, who, at the time, took students on annual trips to Chiang Mai, to the Institute of Thai Massage, where he acted as an assistant instructor. A talented therapist and gifted teacher, he patiently taught me the whole routine as taught at I.T.M. over a period of five years, a little at a time. Taking my time (I'm a slow learner) gave me a chance to practice, integrate and fine-tune the moves.
By the time I returned to Thailand in 1997 I was ready to take the teaching certification course at I.T.M. with Chongkol and Attchara Settakorn.
Present Day Kay
I return to Thailand every year or two to concentrate on collecting new moves, refining old ones and exploring the many approaches taken by each individual therapist.
There is no end to the learning process, so the work I do in my treatment room is always evolving. I have worked with many creative Thai therapists here in North America as well who have generously shared their knowlege and experience. In addition, I joined the Thai Healing Alliance International (www.thaihealingalliance.com), a non-profit association of Thai therapist, teachers and institutions committed to excellence and to the promotion of this great tradition. The association is working towards standardizing levels of achievement and study. And, finally, I am a Registered Thai Therapist.
The Thai Massage Workbook is the step-by-step guide that I wish I had while learning. The workbook includes a full three-hour routine. And now there is the DVD, a shorter, step-by-step guide to a 90-minute routine. Get More Details
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