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Indian Foot Massage - Padabhyanga with the Kaashi bowl

Exclusive to me, this course teaches foot massage using the kaash bowl and traditional ghee (or coconut oil as the vegan alternative.

The Kaash Massage Bowls are made of a metal mixture called kaash, an amalgam of copper, zinc and tin, a unique blend of metals with ayurvedic healing properties. Ghee or coconut oil is used to help balance the energies of the doshas and provide lubrication as well as moisturising the feet.

The treatment includes a foot ritual, to welcome and open the feet. We use beautiful pink Himalayan salt, natural soap, foot powders made in Haworth and other ingredients to bring cleansing luxury and make the feet ready for their massage.

Like many Ayurvedic treatments, this beautiful foot massage is simple to do and yet incredibly complex in its effects. It brings a great increase in relaxation and wellbeing and promotes balance at the physical level as well as at the energetic. Stimulating the nerves and muscles of the feet helps posture, physical balance and gait which in turn improve our body mechanics. Foot massage is always a relaxing therapy but the Kaash bowl gives this foot massage a number of added benefits:

Helps tone the foot muscles, which makes for an incomparable feeling of lightness. We have three layers of muscle on the soles of the feet, and they are often neglected in massage. If you have regular massage with the Kaash Bowl your weight will fall evenly and correctly on the soles of the feet, aiding your posture and bringing greater comfort and gracefulness. You will walk with a lighter step, and feel rejuvenated.

Helps reduce stress and promote relaxing and good quality sleep.

Stimulates the marma points and reflexes of the foot.

The ghee, balm or oil used moisturizes the feet, preventing cracking and discomfort.

In Ayurvedic thought, the Kaash Bowl massage is said to stimulate the metabolism and have a relaxing effect on the eyes because it balances the energies of the marma points associated with the five senses and reflexes associated with the organ functions.

The Kaash Bowl Massage is given which ghee and this has a balancing effect on the Pitta Dosha which means the treatment gives a cooling effect in hot, sunny weather.

In winter the Kaash Bowl foot massage is done with warm ghee or oil and helps warm the feet and comfort the whole person.

Traditionally, the Kaash Bowl massage is done in the evening before you go to bed and is said to promote deep, restful sleep.

The one-day course includes:

Relevant anatomy & physiology
Client consultation
Hygiene and safety
Background to Ayurveda and foot massage including marma points
Information on oil ghee and foot pampering products for the treatment
Recipes for blending oils and making products
Foot pampering ritual

All the equipment you require to do the course is provided on the day including towels, massage bowls and appropriate massage oil, ghee and other products. You will receive a full manual with all the techniques and information taught. Students who successfully complete the course receive their certificate on the day, along with information on gaining insurance to practise with Westminster Indemnity.

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Thai Foot Massage (one day course, no Thai Foot Stick work)

Thai Foot Massage is a wonderful introduction to working with the feet and an excellent complement to the skills of the reflexologist too! It is part of a long tradition in Thailand and the rest of Asia, going back thousands of years. Prices and dates for all courses are on the Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists.

Our 1-day Thai Foot Massage Diploma course will teach you wonderfully relaxing and healing manual massage techniques to the legs, feet and hands. The Thai Foot Massage stick is not used on this course.

All parts of the lower legs, feet and hands are included and the massage involves hands-on stretching, massage, stimulating reflex points and follows the Thai energy lines (Sen). It is said to stimulate the activity of internal organs because of the effect on vital energy flow, in the same way as reflexology or acupressure, and there are also elements of yoga and ayurveda in the therapy.

Buddhism came to Thailand from India, and Thai traditional medicine and healing shares many of the ideas of Indian ayurveda.

To best receive Thai Foot Massage your client will be on a massage couch although could use a yoga mat! It’s easy and fun to learn, and produces a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and well-being. An excellent complement to the skills of the reflexologist or massage therapist and a lovely skill to learn in its own right. A Thai Foot Massage lasts about 40 minutes.

This course is accredited by the Beauty Guild, Guild of Holistic Therapists for membership and insurance. You can also insure direct with Westminster Indemnity online

If you like working with the feet, our Spa Hand and Spa Foot Therapy courses complement your Thai Foot Massage skills with traditional manicure and pedicure.

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Thai Foot Reflex Massage (2 days, use of Thai Foot Stick taught)

Recognised by the Complementary Medical Association, Beauty Guild/Guild of Holistic Therapists and by the Westminster Indemnity for insurance and membership. Insure direct online with London Therapists.

The two-day Thai Foot Reflexology Diploma course will teach you:

Anatomy and Physiology - a basic introduction to the lower legs and feet, lower arms and hands and the skin.
Health & Safety - keeping client records, pre-massage hygiene, safety during treatment
History and background of Thai Foot Massage
Sen lines used in Thai Foot Reflexology – main sen lines in lower legs, with schematic diagram and descriptions of their functions
Reflex points used in Thai Foot Reflexology (over twenty points covering all the organs and systems of the body)
Benefits of Thai Foot Reflexology along with contraindications and cautions
Energy work including opening and closing rituals - the Om Namo prayer and an explanation of its origins
Oils used in Thai Foot Reflexology
Equipment required for Thai Foot Reflexology along with the foot ritual
Massage of the feet, legs and hands - both manual techniques and the use of the Thai Foot Stick

The course is open to all students and no previous experience or qualifications are required.

The cost of this two-day course is £225 including learning materials, oils for use during the day and a certificate. You will also receive a Thai Foot Stick. Insurance is available so you may use your new skills professionally. The course is recognised by the CMA and the Guild of Holistic Therapists.

Chinese Foot and Hand Massage

This course is for beginners and will interest students who want to work with hands and feet. It is also for students who want to learn the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and be able to offer treatments which apply this knowledge. It will be a good addition to the skillset of reflexologists, beauty therapists who do manicure and pedicure and of course holistic massage therapists who want to work more with feet and hands.

The aim of the theory part of the course is to give the student a clear understanding of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and some basics about foot and hand health. The practical part of the course covers massage of the hands and feet using the meridians and tsubos.

Course Contents:

1. TCM definition of health as harmony in energy flow

2. Yin-yang – only constant is change and there are no absolutes

3. Essential Substances: the ‘Five Elements’ and the circle of life

4. Organs

5. Meridians

6. TCM ideas about diet, climate, environment, etc – can these help our clients?

7. Relating client symptoms, reflex reactions, foot reading to meridian and organ theory

8. Chinese Energy Points

9. Chinese Hand and Foot Massage

The course is accredited with Westminster Indemnity for insurance. You may be able to add it to your existing insurance if you are a therapist but please check as requirements do vary and some professional bodies will only add on courses the tutor has paid to accredit with them.

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