Shai Plonski: Loving Touch at 1440 Multiversity

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Loving Touch

Thai Massage for Two

February 8 - 10, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

Everyone needs the comfort of physical touch—studies show that we can’t live without it. And there is nothing like the profound healing that intentional, sympathetic touch can give to both the giver and receiver of a good massage. Move beyond words to deepen your bond with others and the power of your own healing potential with expert Shai Plonski, founder of Still Light Centre School of Thai Massage.

The art of compassionate physical connection through massage, yoga, and meditation is an immediate way to relieve tension, ease pain, and be more deeply understanding and close to your loved ones. Any two people can come to this workshop—romantic partners, family members, friends—to expand your understanding of the necessity and benefits of loving touch for everyone.

You both will leave with:

  • The skills to give a deeply relaxing, 60-minute, whole-body Thai massage
  • Heart-opening meditations and yoga practices for centered connection
  • Daily life practices to integrate the universal qualities of Thai massage
  • New, practical tools to help you care for yourself and one another.

Learn the secrets of giving an outstanding massage in a fun, supportive, and easily accessible way that you can master right from the start.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Shai Plonski

    Thai masseuse, writer, teacher, and trainer

    Shai Plonski first discovered Thai massage in 1999 while traveling in Thailand. When he returned home to Quebec, Shai found his mentor, Kam Thye Chow, one of the original North American teachers, living less than two blocks away. Shai went on to work hand-in-hand with Kam Thye, learning the practice and eventually managing the Lotus Palm School in Montreal.

    At the school, he has developed curriculum and contributed to many of the books currently in use, including the teacher training program and advanced training courses.

    As a teacher of Thai massage since 2003, Shai has witnessed countless examples of the profound healing effects of quality, loving touch for both giver and receiver. He has taught at some of the largest yoga centers in the world including Kripalu Center and Omega Institute, and is founder of Still Light Centre School of Thai Massage in Toronto, Ontario.

    To date, Shai has authored or coauthored 15 manuals and books on Thai massage, and has trained more than 3,300 practitioners and 100 teachers. He has dedicated his life to highlighting the universal qualities of Thai massage and believes anyone can excel at giving this type of bodywork.


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  • Why Attend
    • Learn complete techniques for shoulders, back, legs, head, and feet that include assisted stretching, palpation techniques, and energy movements, and can be administered on a massage mat or bed.

    • Explore the power of touch to facilitate healing and connection and to grow your own empathy and ability to listen deeply to your intuition. <br />

    • Nurture your affectionate and romantic bond with lovers, spouses, and partners.

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  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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