The lessons I learned at CSTM are truly invaluable. Every moment of class time was used efficiently and the classes were very thorough. Not only did we learn Thai body techniques, but we were given a greater appreciation for meditation, yoga, and the mindfulness that comes with being a true body worker. The students in the class were very open- minded and non-critical. We worked together as a team. The “Pauls” were patient, fun, and welcomed us as if we were family. And now, that is who everyone who went on this journey with me is to me...family.
LMT, Summer/Fall 2008
CSTM is founded on the ancient art of healing from within. The integrity of the program excels in supporting the development of the student practitioner as well as encouraging true progress as a human being. At CSTM, I felt like I was connecting with an ancient tradition passed on from Master to disciple. The integrity of the program brought out in me a tangible sense of what it means to be a human, serving the [greater] community through the illuminating power of touch.
M. Fletter, LMT
CSTM graduate 2008
Thai body work training is a gift to give yourself that helps to connect you more fully to your own human-ness. The CSTM training leads you deeply inwards to a place of healing form which you can reach out and touch others. The need is great, the time in now.
Certified Yoga Instructor, S/F 2008
The beginner’s mind is so powerful. Thanks for teaching us with so much openness and metta. I don’t know that I have ever been truly present. Now I feel I know what is means. Thanks.
Thank you so much for offering your time and energy to this beautiful program. Compassion and Loving- kindness feel like the true foundation of this program. It is nice to be part of a community that wants to grow together in these ways. I have learned so much and even much more that I expected. I like the way this program has integrated into my life and goals. I feel like it is helping me to become who I am. Healing, loving touch is such a wonderful way to communicate with another sentient being.
For me, this unified (body, mind, spirit) practice of Nuad Boran truly resonates with me. Understanding that Thai therapy is just one component of this ancient healing system, within it there is still the body, mind, spirit connection. The integration of yoga and meditation into the curriculum has helped my yoga practice to expand. I feel my yoga practice deepening. I feel the limbs of my ashtanga tree growing and assisting me in building a meditation practice – something I couldn’t seem to do through my yoga practice alone. I’ve always viewed yoga as meditation in motion. And of course, there is that stillness in the pose. But I really understand the need to be able to be still in order to be an effective Thai therapist. There must be mindfulness and concentration. There must be awareness and presence. There must be metta (loving kindness) and seva (selfless service) – which bring me back to the first two limbs of yoga: yama and niyama – yoga’s foundation. So, this practice of Thai therapy has deepened the roots of my ashtanga tree as well. Peace.
Graduate Summer / Fall 2008