Hello, hello, my name is Tabitha. I've been working in social work since I was 18 years old so it seemed that the logical step was to get degrees in non profit management. As part of my interest in community studies and community health, I was lucky enough to live in various communities in Isaan Thailand for 6ish months more than a decade ago. It was a defining experience in my life and I did not want to leave...ever. But my husband was still in the States and I also wanted to be with him.
After returning to the states, I began a career in medical case management and began graduate school focusing on community health. After several years in case management, I became very "burnt out" and drifted into depression and severe anxiety attacks. I left that career and finished my Master's degree.
Eventually, I began practicing yoga to help me to regain my sense of wellbeing. Soon, I enrolled in yoga teacher training. Yoga then led me back to school to become a licensed massage therapist. And that led me to Thai massage.
Kneeling on my mat, my hand rising and falling with the breath of another practitioner, during my first Thai massage workshop, I felt everything in my life align and tears filled my eyes. Everything is connected.
I'm very pleased to have found this community. I've participated in multiple live workshops through the Vedic conservatory and have enjoyed them and learned. But I want to continue to learn and grow as a practitioner (and a human being). I am interested in enrolling in the Complete Thai Massage course, but I currently have a client with intense back and knee pain so I am also drawn to those courses. I have several pregnant clients so the hip course is also pulling me.
Even though I've taken over a hundred hours of live Thai massage workshops, I feel that I will benefit from the complete course here. So, I believe I should start there and complete those months of practice before I begin the specialized back course. Though, I would appreciate any thoughts or insights. I think it is safe to assume that there will be some great tips for the back, knee, and hip there to "hold me over" until I get to those classes. It looks like there are enough courses at this academy to keep me busy learning for the next year or two. I'm looking forward to it. Thank you for creating this space.
Hi Tabitha, welcome to our community! And thanks for sharing your story. I appreciate that your are so forthcoming. It is definitely helpful to get to know you a bit, so your post is very helpful.
I agree with you - I think the Complete Thai Massage course (Platinum version) would be your best choice at this time. It will take you deeper in many ways, and it covers a lot of material about back and hip work. Sure, the specialized courses will be even more in depth, but the Complete Thai Massage course is really the starting point or the foundation for them all. I am sure that you will find lots of material in there which will be new for you and more in depth than the training you had so far.
I can say this based on comments from other students who had studied in other schools. Then you can do what lots of our members are doing - they gradually add the specialty course later on. And like you said, there is enough training material for a couple of years.
I am looking forward to assisting you in your Thai Massage career or life path.