I took this picture so many years ago when I first learned Thai Massage. The women in the photograph are my teacher, Janice (right) and fellow student and yoga instructor, Tanya.
The two weeks I spent with them and other therapists ranks as one of the best times of my life, a time when my life changed completely. The time was September 2001, to be exact, two weeks after the World Trade Center came down.
This was taken on the second to the last day of my stay. I had this brand spanking new Olympus digital camera that my client loaned me, and it was capable of such high resolution – at that time. We decided that it would be a great idea to do a photo shoot of sorts of the routine, especially the tricky moves, so we could all use it for whatever marketing brochures we needed to print out.
For the uninitiated, Thai Yoga therapy is a combination of acupressure, yoga stretches and breath-work, with some reflexology thrown in. It’s been around for about 2,500 years and not at all like the “Thai massage” some people associate with a lot of oil and an air mattress. Nope, this is done fully clothed, it’s meditative and it’s just amazing for both the giver and the receiver.
As one of my teachers, Mama Lek, used to say, “Good for you. Good for me.”