Sen Nanthakrawat & Khitchana: 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 start from the naval, or sacral chakra, and run down into the root chakra. The Nanthakrawat works with the bowels and urinary tract. Khitchana works with the reproductive system and sexuality.

Sen nanthakrawat and Khitchana are both related to the air element.

Treatment of:

  • Bowel issues
  • Abdominal pain
  • Frequent Urination
  • Reproductive Issues

Sen Ulangka and Lawusang: 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 Sen line runs from the solar plexus up through the nipple, along the side of the neck and around the ear three times. Working this Sen line will help to calm the fire energies of a person. For example, if they are being unreasonable or not able to listen, working this line will help to calm them and make them more receptive to what is being presented. It’s important to only work this line from the solar plexus up and not from the ears down. If you work this line from the ears down, it will only serve to confuse your client.

Sen lines Ulangka and Lawusang are both related to the air element.

Treatment of:

  • Deafness
  • Ear Infection
  • Middle and Inner Ear Problems
  • Tooth Ache
  • Sore Throat
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Heartburn & Indigestion
  • Extreme skepticism of all that is intangible

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFynZOh7h8

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFynZOh7h8

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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tFynZOh7h8

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

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

How I got into Thai Yoga Bodywork

I was supposed to be a rockstar. Doing bodywork was never on my radar growing up. If you told me that I would be working in close proximity with people like this when I was younger, I would have called you crazy.

In my spare time when I wasn’t working toward being a rockstar, I studied. I started with the first philosophers and worked through them up until present time, then I read about psychology, metaphysics, quantum physics, and eventually intuitive medicine.

I have been studying intuitive medicine from different perspectives since 2006. I started with sound, voice, and music healing. Then I worked with the Tomatis Method, Thetahealing, Chakra healing, Vapassana Meditation, Guided Meditations, Affirmations, the metaphysical connection between the mind and body, understanding the beliefs and patterns that are associated with different diseases, and Reiki.

I wasn’t a big fan of talk therapies at that time. I kept on searching for something that resonated with me. It was when I studied Reiki that I finally found something I could work with. Hint, hint….it wasn’t Reiki.

I was studying at a place in downtown Milwaukee and I loved the space so much that I emailed the owners and told them I had to work with them (not, could you hire me? do you have any openings? no, I HAD to work for them). I offered the services I had at the time of cleaning or answering phones. They said they needed more Thai Massage people and I replied, “Where do I get training?”

I started my training in Milwaukee and then started working. At first I was terrified to work on other people’s bodies. I felt it was such a huge responsibility and I didn’t want to hurt anyone, but I continued. As I worked through that first year and a half I noticed the healing benefits of the work. I wanted to learn more.

A client of mine recommended the Thai Massage Circus which is taught in Laos every year during the month of February. I wanted to learn from the source and signed up for the training in 2016.

It was a life-changing experience. I felt that in Milwaukee I learned the A-B-C’s of Thai Massage and in Laos I learned how to write paragraphs and tell stories.

When I came back home, I opened Firewalker Arts and started practicing at my own space. Since then I have been back to Thailand to for additional training and learned foot reflexology.

And again, with foot reflexology, I was a non-believer when I started, but after several years of practice and hearing stories from my clients, I realized that the similarities were not just a coincidence.

I love this work and hope to continue to do bodywork for as long as I can. I have had countless clients come in and enjoy the transformative experience of Thai Massage.