Health

SACRED BODYWORK: Traditional Thai Yoga Massage & Biodynamic Cranial Touch

As a synthesizer interested in health and healing, Vance is an avid practitioner of the sacred art of Thai Massage in the tradition of Pichest Boontumme of Chang Mai, Thailand. He studied directly under Boontumme’s senior student Ananda Apfelbaum.

Traditional Thai Massage is a sacred form of bodywork based on the belief that vital energy (life force) circulates freely throughout the human body. This ancient healing art is a mindfulness practice grounded in Buddhist meditation, Ayurveda, Yoga, and Thai healing techniques.

Thai massage, relaxes tight muscles, improves posture and alignment, promotes circulation and restores harmony to mind, body, and spirit. The treatment consists of rhythmic compression with gentle rocking motion, deep therapeutic stretching, breath work, prayer and meditation. To allow for ease of movement, both the practitioner and receiver wear loose, comfortable cloths. All of the work is done on a mat on the floor. Sessions are generally 1.5 – 2 hours long. Practitioners may use their hands, feet, knees, elbows and forearms and are trained to work in a state of mindful awareness. In addition to deeply relaxing, many people report feeling energetic and light after a session.

Vance has practiced yoga and bodywork for 25 years and travels to Asia yearly to study. He completed an intensive training course and was awarded a certificate from the International society of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Chang Mai, Thailand. His principal teacher in the West is Ananda Apfelbaum, an advanced practitioner/teacher/author and senior student of Thai Massage Master Pichest Boonthumme.

Thai Massage Rates: 1 hr: $100,  1.5 hrs: $125,  2.0 hrs: $150 –  Block of 6 (1hr) treatments: $500 ($85 per session)

BIODYNAMIC CRANIAL TOUCH (Stillness Touch)

Biodynamic Cranial Touch (Stillness Touch) is a non efferent approach to health & healing. While abiding in a neutral disposition of non-doing, the embryologic “breath of life” has the potential to bring our whole organism into it’s natural state of flow and balance.

Most recently, Vance began studying (BCT) Biodynamic Cranial Touch. In 2010 he completed a year long mentor-ship program with Biodynamic Cranial Touch founder Charles Ridley and is deeply honored to be currently assisting his teacher Giorgia Milne with her year long mentorship course.

Biodynamic Cranial Touch Rates: 1 hr: $100

Vance offers session work in both Traditional Thai Massage & Biodynamic Cranial Touch, please e mail OR call to schedule a session or to receive more information.

info@ashtangayogaberkeley.com

510.301.6747