The new 150
Hour Special Therapeutic
Course is open only to ex-students because the work is technically
so complex and sensitive. If a shared feeling for
technique is not there from the start, working together at this level is
not possible, and in the end a patient
may even be damaged.
As in all
Homprang's workbooks, there are hundreds of photographs but
very few words,
and what diagrams there are are suggestive rather than definitive. Cameras and videos are discouraged as well because they
distance the student from the experience. Homprang wants her students to
concentrate on what they are seeing and then to feel their way into a
particular treatment before they start recording it. And when they do begin to
write it down she wants them to use their own native languages -- and to
in pencil so the notes can be revised each day for the duration of
the course, and that means for almost a month!
Knowing the names and anatomical positions of the sen
lines and energy points, that's just in the head, Homprang
insists. The art is to find them with your own two hands and then to
work with them based on your own feeling for the right pressure, rhythm and duration. "That's when
the technique must be there, in the touch, in the feel," Homprang says, "because that's when the healing
begins, not in the idea, not in the book in the head."
from A THAI THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE WORKBOOK
"This workbook is for Homprang
Chaleekanha’s ex-students who wish to add on the special techniques
of Thai Therapeutic Massage to the Thai Traditional Massage they
have already studied with her. Needless to say, the special
treatments covered in the course are constantly evolving, and
Homprang welcomes the participation of professionals who have
studied them already, worked with them in their own practices, and
then come back to extend and deepen the maneuvers by collaborating
with her yet again.
The book includes the
complete Thai Traditional Massage as taught in Homprang’s 80 Hour
and 150 Hour courses so that each new ‘Therapeutic’ technique can be
grafted on to a standard maneuver smoothly and effectively. This
applies equally to a single healing intervention of 10 to 15 minutes
as it does to a full ‘Therapeutic
lasting 3 or 4 hours."