12-Day, 100-hour Massage Intensive
March 2 to 14, 2014 – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
This retreat is about having fun and celebrating life. It is about waking up to a world that is alive and mysterious. It is about inquiry and exploration. The experience of the Heart is what we seek before seeking perfection of the technique.
We encourage you to look at this as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and opportunity to invest in yourself, in your personal development, in your needs. Having done that, we feel you will return with even more love, energy, and clarity .Touching from the Heart massage workshops are designed as an intensive, training participants to perform an amazing professional therapeutic massage by the end of a 100 hour workshop. At the core, this workshop teaches a graceful and effective massage routine composed of a natural flow of different techniques and strokes taken from a variety of well-known massage modalities such as Trager, Acupressure, Lomilomi, Swedish, Esalen and other practices. The massage sequence is very flexible, can and should be altered, enhanced, reduced and repeated to suit the needs of the giver and receiver. No previous experience is required to attend this workshop.
The Touching from the Heart massage sequence has been applied and refined over many years by massage therapist and yoga teacher Nicolay at renowned spas and in his private practice. Because this training emphasizes a hands-on approach, students learn these movements effortlessly on the deepest level – much like riding a bike – and are guaranteed to be able to apply it.
The training is consciously held in a retreat environment and enhanced with experiences that help uncover everyone’s ability to touch from a place of stillness and joy. Appropriate movement through yoga, exercises in being present, fun and play, music, sharing and practice make this retreat a life-changing experience.
Whether you want to find out if massage therapy is your profession of choice while laying a solid foundation or you feel like sharing this gift with friends, family and loved ones – the Touching from the Heart workshop will give you the skills and insight you need.
Massage and Bodywork is a skill not only reserved for professionals. It is a life-skill that for thousands of years has enhanced the joy of life and facilitated healing. The English word massage is derived from the Arabic word “mass’h”, which means to press gently. 2,700 B.C.: The famous Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, recommends “breathing exercises, massage of skin and flesh, and exercises of hands and feet”.
Maybe you would like to be able to give loved ones or friends a relaxing massage or you might want to prepare yourself to work professionally in the massage field? For either intention Touching from the Heart workshops will provide you with the experience and uncover the skills you will need.If you already are a professional body-worker you will enjoy opening up to a deeper level, learning new techniques and sharing the nurturing environment of giving and receiving – allowing yourself to become re-inspired. The core of this workshop is a non-sexual elegantly flowing eclectic full-body therapeutic massage routine incorporating beneficial strokes from a multitude of styles ranging from acupressure through Esalen and Swedish to shiatsu. The routine is taught emphasizing a hands-on learning approach.
During the course you will develop the physical skills, technical expertise and correct body mechanics working with your whole body to give an expert massage.
By the end of the 100 hour Touching from the Heart Massage Therapy Intensive you will be able to give an amazing professional massage.
Skillful touch can be easily learned. What makes skillful touch profound, is when it is initiated in the heart. What appears challenging is to release the accumulated conditioned responses that have blocked our access to our inherent heart wisdom. The foundation for shifting accumulated patterns is the ability to be unconditionally present moment to moment, free of judgments and projections. We can re-condition ourselves in spite of years of emotional and physical patterning by tapping into the moment. Our body can be the tool that allows us to be fully present.
We all inherently posses the capacity to let go of mental activity by being fully in the present where thoughts of the past and the future are absent. We can uncover the unconditional nature of the present moment it if so inclined. This is where true heart-consciousness resides. The Touching from the Heart Massage Intensive was created out of the desire to share the profound experience of therapeutic touch from a place of intentional heart awareness. It is our objective to reveal and encourage your essence and develop your ability to touch others.
“I just completed his cosmically charged 100 hour Touching from the Heart massage intensive. It was an awesome bodywork experience” – Dennis
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Learn and experience how to give and receive a professional full-body, therapeutic massage.
At the end of the 100 hour intensive you will be able to:
- Give a professional massage incorporating a variety of techniques
- Assess indications and contra-indications for massage
- Understand basic anatomy and kinesiology
Touching from the Heart is far more than just learning a technique. It is an invitation to discover the larger context of Being consciously with yourself and another person. It is about waking up to who you really are and communicating from this place. The curriculum is complimented by sessions on communication, human anatomy 101 and kinesiology. The workshop emphasizes being fully present with your mind, body, emotions and breath at all times and approaching the body with loving-kindness.
Touching from the Heart is a combination of the most effective strokes used in modalities such as Hawaiian Lomilomi, Shiatsu, Rebalancing, Acupressure, Deep Tissue, energy work and many other techniques. The strokes are orchestrated into a graceful flow encouraging deep relaxation and release on many levels. At the end of the 100 hour workshop you will have the ability to perform a full massage using the Touching from the Heart Massage sequence. The intentional setting provides a focused experience and a safe learning environment. Yoga and movement are integral part of the workshop for those who wish to participate. Healthy meals, a relaxed atmosphere and time for personal integration and sharing set the tone for an exceptionally rewarding experience.
“We look forward to a day when massage has become a universally endorsed part of our everyday life.”
Unique Introductions during the 100 hour Touching from the Heart Massage Intensive
As part of the curriculum we would like to introduce you to modalities we feel compliment the Touching from the Heart Massage routine.
Where available, aquatic bodywork is integrated as part of Touching from the Heart where we introduce students to basic Aquatic Bodywork theory and practice. Aquatic Bodywork has arisen in recent years in many forms such as Watsu®, Aqua-balancing, Wassertanzen and Aqua-Veechi and is quickly becoming a widely accepted modality. Aquatic bodywork is done in body-temperature water and features a unique level of work unlike table work. The holding support that accompanies most forms initiates a level of trust that is reminiscent of the parental unconditional care we might or might not have experienced. Warm water is an ideal medium for gentle, subtle stretching. The support takes weight off the vertebrae and allows the spine to freely undulate. The Aquatic Bodywork experience is an invaluable inspiration for table massage bringing the grace and flow of moving in the water into the stream of uninterrupted massage-strokes.
Hot Stone Massage
TFTH also includes an introduction to Hot Stone Massage. Hot lava stones can facilitate a deep release of muscle tension and rejuvenating flow of energy without external pressure. When placed with care and guidance the fire-element inherent in lava stones can enhance the therapeutic result of any massage.
For centuries the ancient art of Hawaiian Lomilomi massage has been used as a powerful tool for transformation. The strokes are long and flowing, using the whole body to do the massage, giving the feeling of many hands on the body at once. Lomilomi is a life-long study. Many versions exist as they were based in families and passed on within the “ohana” (extended family). More than a technique it is a state of mind and an approach that encompasses body, mind and spirit. The actual massage technique is only a part of the healing process used by the Kahuna that includes for example “Pule” (prayer), Ho’okupu (offering) and “Ho’opono pono” (realigning with true Spirit). We introduce certain strokes as part of the Touching from the Heart routine as well advanced technique.
To reserve your place for this amazing workshop please click here: Touching from the Heart Bali March 2014
Nicolay Kreidler, LMT (Licensed in Hawaii, Texas), RYT 200 (YogaRegistry) trained professionally in Hawaii and at the School of Shiatsu and Massage at Harbin Hot Springs, California. His education on land included Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Craniosacral as well as Deep Tissue and Swedish massage. Nicolay is a registered yoga teacher.
He is also an Aquatic Bodyworker and trained in Watsu® and Healing Dance. Nicolay has assisted and taught in many bodywork classes as well being in active private practice in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. His involvement for years in group-dynamics enables him to support people in their process of communication and Self-realization. Those he has touched will testify to his ability to hold a space sacred and safe for learning and healing.
Nicolay encountered bodywork as a gateway to his heart. The unexpected experience of the moment expanding and permeating his body and mind during sessions continued to draw him into a state of observation without knowing. His teachers encouraged this transformational process of letting go and diving in.
This endless resource proved to be at the core of any technique. Without this connection the practice remained just that. Tapping into the heart source added a tangible quality of transformation. He believes this access is available to anyone who seeks it.
Nicolay has been practicing yoga for 15 years. His primary influence is Iyengar and Kundalini style yoga. He graduated from the 200-hour accredited teacher training at the Living Yoga Program in Austin, Texas.
Nicolay is was a principal massage therapist at Kalani Oceanside Retreat in Hawaii. In 2004 and 2005 he held the position of spa director at the Wyndham Martineau Bay Resort & Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, a luxury full-service destination spa where he was responsible for all aspects of this successful operation. He most recently opened Spa Django for the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas as opening spa director. He also opened the La Sirena at the Reefs in Bermuda.
Nicolay was born in South Africa, grew up in Canada and Germany. After a successful career as owner and managing director of a number of large health-food restaurants, consulting and alternative marketing he resigned from the business world. In his travels he was introduced to the healing arts. His first encounter was with Fran Brown, one of only 7 remaining actively teaching Reiki masters in the direct lineage of Dr. Mikao Usui, Chujiro Hayashi and Hawayo Takata. From Rev. Brown he received first and second degree Reiki initiation.
After practicing as a volunteer in an Aids clinic in San Francisco he continued his discovery of bodywork, falling in love with Watsu© and the water at Harbin Hot Springs, California. More training and practice followed on journeys to New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and India. After returning, he moved to the Big Island of Hawaii where he lived for 7 years. He now lives in Bali, Indonesia.