Thai Foot Work Course July 13th 2021

When: Tuesday July 13th 11-5pm

Where: Hotheads Salon 6100 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI

Price: $300

Contact: Ananda Walker

Contact Info: 414 207 9881

anandatheta@gmail.com

Learn the ancient Thai Foot Work techniques from internationally trained practitioner Ananda Walker.

This course will teach you:

  • The Fundamentals
  • Methods & Techniques
  • How to build your own unique practice
  • Developing Metta (loving kindness)

Thai Foot Work includes:

  • Acupressure
  • Deep Pressure
  • Reflexology

Why the foot? 

Foot massage has been documented in nearly all ancient cultures. In some Native American texts, it is said that for some illnesses instead of working directly on the affected area they would work on the relative point on the foot to gain access. One reason to use feet then is if it is too uncomfortable to massage directly on an affected area. Another reason for a foot massage is to treat the part of our body that takes the most beating. Every day the feet bear the weight of our entire body. Dysfunctions in the feet can affect the rest of our systems and a massage is a great way to prevent and restore overused feet. 

What are the benefits?Improves Circulation
Lowers Blood Pressure
Helps prevent foot and ankle injuries Reduces the effects of anxiety and depression Helps with headaches and migraines 

Brings focus and clarity


This course is great for those who are just beginning their journey in bodywork or seasoned practitioners who are looking to add to their current practice.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Firewalker Arts.

Space in the course is limited so please send a $50 deposit today to reserve your spot!!

Venmo: @ananda-walker

Paypal: anandatheta@gmail.com

(please be mindful of the spelling)

*this course is not applicable for CEUs

Reference Materials & Suggested Readings:

Metta Meditation: https://youtu.be/n6gLMdX_IQE

Thai Foot Work Manual by Ananda Walker

Materials Needed for the Course:

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Pack Lunch
  • Mask
  • Pen or Pencil

Materials Provided:

  • Thai Mats & Pillows
  • Thai Footwork Manual by Ananda Walker
  • Thai Balm
  • Thai Stick
  • Lotion
  • Towels
  • Alcohol & Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

Thai Foot Work Course September 7th 2021

When: Tuesday September7th 11-5pm

Where: Hotheads Salon 6100 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI

Price: $300

Contact: Ananda Walker

Contact Info: 414 207 9881

anandatheta@gmail.com

Learn the ancient Thai Foot Work techniques from internationally trained practitioner Ananda Walker.

This course will teach you:

  • The Fundamentals
  • Methods & Techniques
  • How to build your own unique practice
  • Developing Metta (loving kindness)

Thai Foot Work includes:

  • Acupressure
  • Deep Pressure
  • Reflexology

Why the foot? 

Foot massage has been documented in nearly all ancient cultures. In some Native American texts, it is said that for some illnesses instead of working directly on the affected area they would work on the relative point on the foot to gain access. One reason to use feet then is if it is too uncomfortable to massage directly on an affected area. Another reason for a foot massage is to treat the part of our body that takes the most beating. Every day the feet bear the weight of our entire body. Dysfunctions in the feet can affect the rest of our systems and a massage is a great way to prevent and restore overused feet. 

What are the benefits?
Improves Circulation
Lowers Blood Pressure
Helps prevent foot and ankle injuries Reduces the effects of anxiety and depression Helps with headaches and migraines 

Brings focus and clarity


This course is great for those who are just beginning their journey in bodywork or seasoned practitioners who are looking to add to their current practice.

At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Firewalker Arts.

Space in the course is limited so please send a $50 deposit today to reserve your spot!!

Venmo: @ananda-walker

Paypal: anandatheta@gmail.com

(please be mindful of the spelling)

*this course is not applicable for CEUs

Reference Materials & Suggested Readings:

Metta Meditation: https://youtu.be/n6gLMdX_IQE

Thai Foot Work Manual by Ananda Walker

Materials Needed for the Course:

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Pack Lunch
  • Mask
  • Pen or Pencil

Materials Provided:

  • Thai Mats & Pillows
  • Thai Footwork Manual by Ananda Walker
  • Thai Balm
  • Thai Stick
  • Lotion
  • Towels
  • Alcohol & Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer

Full Body Thai Yoga Bodywork Course August 7th – September 11th 2021

Firewalker Arts Thai Yoga Bodywork Training 2021

When: Saturdays from August 7th to September 11th  (with make-up days available as needed)

            11-5pm with a break for lunch

Where: Hotheads Salon 6100 W. Vliet St. Milwaukee, WI

Price: $900

Contact: Ananda Walker

Contact Info: 414 207 9881

anandatheta@gmail.com

Learn the ancient Thai Yoga Bodywork techniques from internationally trained practitioner Ananda Walker.

This course will teach you:

  • The Fundamentals & History
  • Methods & Techniques
  • How to build your own unique practice
  • Developing Metta (loving kindness)
  • Ethics of Bodywork

Thai Yoga Bodywork includes:

  • Acupressure
  • Deep Pressure
  • Stretching
  • Working with the “sen” lines

Unlike other bodywork modalities, it is performed fully clothed and on a mat on the floor. 

The Benefits of Thai Yoga Bodywork are vast and include some of the following:

  • Relieves Headaches
  • Reduces Back Pain
  • Reduces Joint Pain
  • Increases Flexibility
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Increases Energy Flow
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves Circulation

This course is great for those who are just beginning their journey in bodywork or seasoned practitioners who are looking to add to their current practice.

The course is 100 hours total with 40 hours of training and 60 hours of practical application with feedback.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion from Firewalker Arts.

When you have completed the course, you will gain a deep understanding of the Thai methods of bodywork and their practical application.

Space in the course is limited so please send a $100 deposit today to reserve your spot!!

Venmo: @ananda-walker

Paypal: anandatheta@gmail.com

(please be mindful of the spelling)

*this course is not applicable for CEUs

Reference Materials & Suggested Readings:

Metta Meditation: https://youtu.be/n6gLMdX_IQE

Encyclopedia of Thai Massage 2011 by C. Pierce Salguero & David Rylance

Thai Yoga Bodywork Manual by Ananda Walker

Materials Needed for the Course:

Comfortable Clothing

Pack Lunch 

Mask

Pen or Pencil

Materials Provided:

Thai Mats and Pillows

Thai Yoga Bodywork Manual by Ananda Walker

Hand Sanitizer

Sahatsarangsi & Thawari: Thai Massage

The Sen Lines in Thai Massage are the pathways for energy, life force, and “Prana” in the body. The Sen Lines closely resemble the Chinese Meridians and Indian Prana Nadi Lines. Working with the Sen Lines in a Thai Massage opens energy flow and removes blockages.

These lines are connected with sight. This is line 1 inside and outside and also line 3 of the back. 

Sen line Sahatsarangsi and Thawari are related to the water element. 

Treatment of:

  • Manic depressive
  • Chest pain
  • Psychosis
  • Knee pain & arthritis
  • Leg & facial paralysis

June 2021 Animal Spirit Tarot Predictions

Message from Light Beings: It’s summer time! It is time to let go of all that is holding you back, enjoy the sun, be creative, express your true desires, allow what you desire to come into your world. You are safe and held by the mother energy of the earth. Let yourself be carried by your creativity.

Click here to see the predictions for the whole year of 2021.

Please leave your insights & questions in the comments below!

If you are interested in doing a past/present/future Animal Spirit Reading with Ananda please submit your $50 payment below and you’ll be contacted to set up a time for either a phone or zoom call.

Metta Meditation : Thai Massage

Metta means “loving kindness”. Developing Metta for your client is the groundwork for a successful Thai Massage practice. In modern terms, this would be akin to developing compassion for others. It is an understanding that even though we are all different, we are all having a similar human experience. Focusing on Metta for your client infuses the techniques with the conscious compassionate intention to increase our client’s well-being. You may also use this practice in your everyday life to help lift your spirit and those around you.

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Find a comfortable place to sit. As you close your eyes, take a  deep breath and lengthen the spine. On the exhale, settle into alignment. Take a few more breaths and relax into a position that feels comfortable and alert for you. 

Before we begin the Metta meditation we will spend a few minutes bringing our awareness into the present moment. Allow your breath to follow it’s natural cycle. Bring your awareness to the top of your head and imagine a white light pouring over you, warming and relaxing your head and face.

Relaxing your shoulders

Warming and relaxing your chest

Pouring off your shoulders and warming your arms

Relaxing your abdomen

Warming and relaxing your hips

Relaxing your legs

Warming and relaxing your feet

Now bring your attention to your heart center as we begin the metta meditation.

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit) 

During the meditation you may notice your mind wander. When you notice this, see it as an opportunity to become aware of your experience. Gently refocus your mind on the meditation. When you do this you are strengthening your ability to focus your attention.

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit) 

Metta is the practice of cultivating loving-kindness for all beings. First, we start by developing loving-kindness toward ourselves. As you are breathing from your heart center, connect with your own deepest intentions for happiness, peace, and love. 

Take a few moments to cultivate this feeling and imagine giving it to yourself.

Repeat this affirmation to yourself, “May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

 “May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit) 

To continue the practice of metta, next we will bring to mind a loved one. This could be a good friend, a family member, a teacher, a mentor, or a pet.

Imagine they are sitting across from you. Connect with your natural desire to see this person happy and at ease. 

To enhance this feeling of loving kindness, imagine saying this affirmation to them: 

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit) 

Now we are going to send loving-kindness to someone you have neutral feelings for. This would be someone you see on a fairly regular basis, but don’t know very well. Maybe they are a coworker, neighbor, or worker at a place you frequent.

Even though you don’t know them well, you can connect with their desire to be happy. While focusing on your heart center, repeat the affirmation to this person:

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit) 

As you continue the meditation, sensing the rising and falling of your chest with each breath, refocus your energy on your heart center and projecting loving-kindness to others.

Now we will bring to mind someone that you have difficulties with. Do your best to connect with their desire to be happy and your intention of happiness for them.

You may notice some resistance during this part of the exercise. This is okay, simply notice and allow the resistance. 

Stay connected to your heart center and say these affirming words to this person:

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit) (Ring bell) 

Now, take a moment to reconnect with your breath and your present moment awareness. 

Feel the rising and falling of your chest with your breath.

Focusing your awareness on your heart center and projecting loving kindness out, imagine saying to everyone in your neighborhood:

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit)

Now, expand from your neighborhood into your entire city, saying to everyone:

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit)

Now, expand from your city to your entire nation, saying to everyone:

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit)

Now, expand your loving kindness from your nation to the entire world, saying to everyone:

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

“May you be happy, may you be peaceful, may you be loved.”

(Allow for some silence here for as long as you see fit)

When you are finished sending your Metta, bring your awareness back to your breath.

Feel the rising and falling of your chest.

Whenever you are ready, to end the meditation, open your eyes and take a few minutes to stretch your body.

Sen Kalathari: Thai Massage

The Sen Lines in Thai Massage are the pathways for energy, life force, and “Prana” in the body. The Sen Lines closely resemble the Chinese Meridians and Indian Prana Nadi Lines. Working with the Sen Lines in a Thai Massage opens energy flow and removes blockages.

Sen Kalathari is associated with the muscular, skeletal, skin system and is also connected to emotional and psychic energy. It is sometimes called the psychological and spiritual line. It correlates to line 2 in the previous sequences. This line can facilitate subconscious emotional release. Working on this line can be very painful for clients because it can bring up a lot to be released. Approach working with Kalathari with gentleness.

Kalathari is related to the Fire and Wind elements. 

Activate this line via acupressure of either the fingertip, thumb, or knuckle. Follow the line starting from the big toe and working your way up the line.

Working on these lines treats:

  • Hernia
  • Mental Illnesses: schizophrenia, depression, hysteria, ADD, bi-polar, PTSD
  • Epilepsy
  • Addictions
  • Heart issues
  • Random moving body pain

Sen Ittha & Pingkala : Thai Massage

The Sen Lines in Thai Massage are the pathways for energy, life force, and “Prana” in the body. The Sen Lines closely resemble the Chinese Meridians and Indian Prana Nadi Lines. Working with the Sen Lines in a Thai Massage opens energy flow and removes blockages.

These two Sen Lines represent the balancing of the masculine and feminine energies. The Ittha, or left channel, represents the feminine/lunar/emotions/feelings/yin side. The Pingkala, or right channel, represents the masculine/yang/thought/analysis side. Bringing these two energies into balance is paramount for whole body health and for activating your personal MerKaBa. May of the images representing these two lines show the energies intertwining like a DNA strand as they circle the spine in rising kundalini energy. These energies also must be balanced in order to activate the Sen Sumana (all that you have the potential to become).

Ittha is related to the Earth element. Pingkhala is related to the Fire element.

Activate this line via acupressure of either the finger tip, thumb, or knuckle. Follow the line starting from the big toe and working your way up the line.

Working on these lines treats:

  • Headache, colds, cough, sore throat, chills, fever, nasal problems, dizziness
  • Trapezius pain, neck and shoulders
  • Internal organs
  • Intestines & Urinary Tract
  • Ittha: Spleen
  • Pingkala: Liver & Gallbladder

Sen Sumana : Thai Massage

The Sen Lines in Thai Massage are the pathways for energy, life force, and “Prana” in the body. The Sen Lines closely resemble the Chinese Meridians and Indian Prana Nadi Lines. Working with the Sen Lines in a Thai Massage opens energy flow and removes blockages.

This line is said to be the Life Energy Channel. This line runs along the 7 chakras and is considered to be the main pathway of Prana energy. This line is identical to Sushumna Nadi of the Indian ayurvedic system and similar to the Chinese Meridians Ren Mai and Du Mai. This line touches all that one is and all that one has the potential to be. 

It is believed that by working on the Sen Sumana, one can activate the Kundalini energy which is stored in the base of the spine and travels from the root chakra up through the crown chakra. This causes a spiritual awakening and liberation.

The Sen Sumana is associated with the Wind Element.

Activate this line via acupressure of either the finger tip, thumb, or knuckle. Follow the line starting from the big toe and working your way up the line.

Treatment of:

  • Chakra imbalances
  • Respiratory complaints: asthma, bronchitis, throat issues, cold, cough, chest pain
  • Heart disease, both physical and emotional
  • Digestive issues
  • Diaphragm spasm
  • Back pain

Minimalist’s Guide to International travel

This is a picture of the actual bag I travel with. I like it a lot because it has a padded laptop area, a side pocket for my thermos, a secret pocket, a beer bottle opener, a clip to close the top so I can stuff a lot inside and it’s water-proof.

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of international traveling. Some of the places I’ve been are: Laos, Thailand, Germany, Spain, Morocco and the UK. No matter where I went, there were certain items that really saved the day. I’m also a bit of a minimalist and prefer to carry everything on the plane to avoid checked bag fees or expensive plane tickets. Below I’ve compiled a list of the bare necessities for international travel. You can of course add to this list but, I’ve found these to be the most essential items and they all fit into a regular sized back pack. 

Some questions you need to ask before you go are: 

What are the visa requirements? 
Does my phone work in this country?    This is different for every carrier and you’ll need to find out from them directly. 
Are there any vaccines I should get before I travel here?    The CDC is a great resource, you can also ask your regular doctor for assistance. 
Can I drink the tap water?    I don’t really like buying a bunch of water bottles so, I keep a travel coffee mug to fill up wherever I go. Not all countries have drinkable tap water and if you feel like it may not be safe, it’s always best to just buy bottled water for health reasons. Depending on the length of your stay, I would recommend buying gallons and refilling your mug as needed. 

The List

Passport
Wallet
Color copy of Passport – in case you loose yours or, you may need it to do certain things like rent a motor bike in Thailand or climb the Atlas Mountains
Printed Itinerary – You can send this to concerned relatives so they’ll “know” where you are. It’s also helpful if there is some kind of computer error or your phone dies, you can still find your way. On this itinerary you should include your flights, hotel stays, the phone number and address of your embassy in that country. To keep a digital copy, you can email this to yourself.
Portable Power Bank – I have a tiny one that’s about the size of an E-cig and can charge my phone four times over.
PhoneCables & ChargersPower Converter – for the countries you will visit. For my five month stay in Germany I bought a power strip with the step-down voltage changer. This allows me to plug in my laptop while also charging my phone through a USB port. It is super handy and light-weight. Some countries have different voltages and can fry your electronics so, it’s always good to check in advance what type of converter you will need.
Headphones – for listening pleasure but also to block out annoying people on the plane.
Earplugs – for sleeping in noisy cities and also blocking out annoying people on the plane.
Toiletries – Totally minimalistic: Comb, Shampoo (you can also use as soap) nail clippers, hair ties (they come in handy for multiple uses).
Med Kit – Ibuprofen, Benadryl, bandaids, Neosporin, hand sanitizer, cold medicine from home (because there’s a real possibility of getting sick in a foreign country) but, if you are caught empty handed in the cold medicine department, don’t be afraid to ask at the local pharmacy for what you need. You can use google translate to help communicate your symptoms. Most other countries will sell antibiotics over the counter if you know how to ask for them.
Needle & Thread
Adjustable Belt – not just for holding up your pants but also for securing or tying items, or creating a tourniquet if there’s a serious injury (I’ve never had to use it for this purpose).Underarmour Shirt – for warmth if needed.
Hiking Pants – I have a pair of extremely light-weight hiking pants that can be changed into shorts. These are great for all weather even snow and they fold up really small.
Fluffy Blanket – This is great for multiple uses: comfort on the plane, picnics and a towel in a pinch.Scarf – also handy for tying things.
Freezer Ziplock Bags – For stuff, it makes sense.
Hat 
Jacket – I use a standard hoodie but, anything would do.
Clothing – Two more pairs of socks than you think you’ll need (you can thank me later). Undergarments for each day, one pair of jeans and a t-shirt for each day. I could minimize this to 2 t-shirts and then buy clothing once you arrive. You can pack as much as you like but, I have found it is better to pack light and leave room for new items.
 
I packed this for my trip to the UK and was able to fit everything into my backpack. This allowed me to easily get through the airport and it wasn’t too heavy to carry. When I arrived, I bought some pajamas and that was all I needed. I still had some room left in my bag for souvenirs and a pack lunch. What about money? So, you don’t want to do a currency exchange at the airport because it’s really expensive. Its better to withdraw from an ATM and better still to use the first ATM you find away from the airport. You’ll need to check your account online for the exact currency exchange rate later. I hope that you have found this post helpful. If you have any questions or suggestions of things to add, please email me! 

Happy Travels,

 Ananda