REGISTRATION FOR NEXT YEAR IS OPEN! Join us in OC, NJ. Preliminary details are below, more details to follow as we develop this year's schedule. Take advantage of the EARLY BIRD pricing by registering before Oct 1st, 2018.
5th Annual Thai Medicine & Massage Gathering, April 5 - 8, 2019
Mark the dates, reserve your spot, and join us.
(Thai massage teachers, if you'd like to attend with some students, send us your email so we can tell you about our special Teacher's Discount).
Please be patient, 2019's details will be updated as we finalize plans - see new details below - but this will give you an idea of how awesome it will be so you can RESERVE THE DATES and register to join us at the Early Bird Discount!
Meanwhile, here's a few comments from last year's attendees:
"Come empty and leave full........"
"THE event in North America for practitioners of TTM! It was wonderful to connect with the Thai Massage community while delving into both theoretical and practical pieces of TTM. I walked away with a full heart and renewed love for the profession. A long-time client was convinced I'd gone to another training and was practicing new techniques! Nope, just carried the energy of the Gathering back onto the mat." (Lauren W)
"Safety, diversity, rebuilding, rewiring, community, passion, inspiration, knowledge, & love - why I'll keep coming back."
"Love you all so much. Thank you Rose for putting this together - What an honor and beautiful experience you have created."
"You have to open if you want to be found."
"Sharing kind and loving energy with other people is one of life's greatest gifts."
"This is the most important event in Traditional Thai Medicine in the US at present. It is our Annual Conference where you will find profound learning and support for your practice. Don't miss it! "
"Dense educational fun experience. Great meeting so many practitioners."
"Thai Jam provides an opportunity to broaden our scope of practice, while having fun and meeting people from all over the country. "
"A gathering of Thai massage professionals, teachers, practitioners and students freely sharing knowledge, skills, and experiences with enthusiasm, compassion, and respect."
"Well organized, thought out and considerate gathering!"
"So great to fellowship with other practitioners."
Join us for this collaborative event in it’s 5th year! We strive to foster a welcoming, inclusive environment for multiple styles, voices, perspectives, and experience levels. We are committed to maintaining a fun and safe space, so have a look at our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement.
The theme this year is shaping up around two topics - gender (the feminine in RDT, treating female health issues), and the broader theme exploring the art, science, and religion of TTM.
Experience unique workshops with wonderful teachers (our core group the last 5 years of Rose J. Griscom, Pamela Herrick, Gregory Oed, Pierce Salguero, and Al Turner II) and this year’s guest presenter Nephyr Jacobsen from the Naga Center in Portland Oregon … and possibly another guest presenter or two. Pierce's presentation topics-
"Is Your Practice of Thai Massage/Medicine an Art, a Science… or a Religion? North Americans casually refer to the “art of massage” or the “traditional medical science,” but what do they mean by this? Are “art” and “science” accurate terms? At what point does a traditional medicine practice start more closely to resemble a religion? This presentation will explore these controversial ideas, and why they matter crucially to the future of TTM in the West."
”What is the Place for Women in Buddhism? Far from promoting an egalitarian ethos, Buddhism historically has contributed to the subjugation and denigration of women. With male domination being the norm in virtually all Buddhist cultures, these attitudes have only recently been challenged (often unsuccessfully) by Asian and Western practitioners. In the wake of #metoo and a series of recent sex scandals involving major Buddhist teachers, this presentation will lay bare the biases inherent in the Buddhist tradition, and ask what this all might mean for practitioners of TTM in North America.”
And Nephyr’s presentations (by the way, a note from Nephyr: "men, women, and all genders mixed and matched and in-between are welcome at anything I teach"):
”Beyond Compresses: Incorporation of Herbs in a Thai Bodywork Practice” In this interactive lecture we will explore the intersection of Thai herbal medicine and Thai physical therapies and how a Thai massage therapist can broaden their practice and expand the therapeutic potential of their work with the application of herbs. We will look at herbal medicines such as hot compresses, balms, liniments, poultices, inhalers and infusions as they have been historically used in traditional Thai healing arts through the lens of Thai elemental medical theory.
”The Feminine in Thai Medicine: From Menarche to Menopause” * This description uses words such as “women” and “feminine”. Please note that it is understood that these labels are not applicable to all humans with uteruses and vaginas, and that there are many lovely humans who do not have uteruses and vaginas yet do identify as “woman” or “feminine” and may experience many of the physical and hormonal conditions that are discussed in this lecture. All are welcome here from cis men and women to trans men and women to non-binary folks.
This presentation will take a broad look at the feminine in Thai medicine, examining the traditional roles of women in Thai medicine, the female spiritual in Thai medicine, and traditional care practices related to reproductive health and general women’s health as well as pregnancy, birth, and postpartum practices. Examples of herbal therapies and bodywork customs will be given for conditions such as menstrual cramping, pregnancy nausea, uterine prolapse and more.
And from Pamela this year - Pamela lived for several years in Chiang Mai, where she cofounded a Thai Massage school, married into a Thai family which has practiced massage for four generations, and gave birth to her son. Her private practice, in New York's Hudson River Valley. We are truly blessed for her to share with us her unique perspective on Spirit Medicine.
"Spiritual Sen with Pamela Herrick: hands-on technique” We will learn to experience the sen as an expression of spirit. By developing your senses beyond traditional palpation, you will find answers to your unanswered questions about the sen. Gain a more complex understanding of your clients’ presenting conditions and deepen the therapeutic impact of your work. All in a lighthearted, experimental and playful learning environment. No dogma. Just practice."
Gregory Oed, one of the very few teachers of Reusi Dat Ton in the west, will get our bodies moving with reusi dat ton each morning to treat upper body dysfunction. And per the attendees request last year, he’ll also present a workshop on:
“Exploring the Masculine and Feminine in Thai Hermit's Yoga” With discussion, movement, and breath, we'll explore together the different influences and interpretations of what is masculine and what is feminine within reusi dat ton 'thai hermit's yoga'. Does the view of masculine and feminine change with the lens of different cultures? Are some breathing techniques or asanas contraindicated or beneficial during menstruation, pregnancy, or postpartum? Can we use the masculine and the feminine in RDT yoga and TTM to better benefit ourselves and/or our patients?
In addition, Al will be his playful and knowledgeable self leading us through awareness of touch while teaching key hands-on techniques, and Rose will foster an interactive session for small groups to develop specific teaching and communication tools for our TTM practice (such as ways to recognize and respond skillfully to inappropriate gender dynamics, sexual boundaries, unconscious bias, and other topics of interest to attendees). And there will be daily open mat time to really sink in to give and get great thai massage.
All held in a comfortable space a few blocks from the beach and boardwalk at the NJ shore in Ocean City, just south of Atlantic City.
Explore beyond traditional palpation, exchange healing bodywork, indulge in shared community time together, and come away renewed and refreshed with new skills to explore with your clients.
And arguably, the most fun part is the chance to play/share/trade/connect with other therapists!
Earn 28 THAI and NCBTMB CEs for attending the full event (CEs are not currently offered for partial attendance but we are working on that as well as offering NY State CEs).
You can attend 1, 2, 3 or 4 days (the best price is for all 4 days)
Preliminary Schedule (expect changes plus more to come)
April 5 - 8, 2019
daily Wai Khru & RDT
FRIDAY 11:00am-6:30pm (Gregory: RDT, Al: Awareness of Touch hands-on, Nephyr: Herbs in TTM hands-on, Open Mat, new attendees mixer)
SATURDAY 9am-8pm (Pierce: Art/Science/Religion of TTM, in-house lunch, Pamela: Spiritual Sen hands-on, Open Mat, group dinner)
SUNDAY 9am-9pm (Pierce: Women in Buddhism, in-house lunch, Rose: Teaching&Communication Tools, Nephyr: Feminine in TTM, Open Mat, group Lightning Talks)
MONDAY 9am-3pm (Al: hands-on, Open Mat)
Space is limited! Register early to hold your spot. Last year we sold out.
$450 full price for one person, DISCOUNTED to $325 for Early Bird Registration through OCTOBER 1st 2018 (or save even more if you BRING A FRIEND and register together before Oct 1st, only $300 each). See the links at the bottom of this page.
SINGLE DAY ATTENDANCE is also available, register by Oct 1st for only $100/day
Overnight housing is provided in town with other attendees in a comfortable fully-equipped condo at the Early Bird Pricing of $125 for all 3 nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) for registration by October 1st, 2018. Some single rooms are available for an additional $50 fee. If you’re traveling from out of town and are arriving the night before, or just want to hang at the beach a bit longer, you can extend your housing two extra nights (Thu & Mon) for only $50 total. Reserve your spot early to ensure the rate and availability! See the link for HOUSING, and write a note on your registration, or contact us.
As an example of what we do, 2018's Gathering included guest presentations by Phillip Behrns and Sudevi Kramer, and covered subjects like Royal Thai Massage and Tok Sen, Buddhist Healing and Ceremony, Exploring Inclusivity for Teachers, Wind Gates & Sen, Spirit Medicine, Vedic Thai-Yoga, and lots of Open Mat practice.
click on the photo above for a short slideshow from 2018's Gathering (most, but not quite all, of the photos by Lisa Mott)