Latest participant at the World Championship in Massage 2020 is Wassakanit Lakham from USA. IMA has asked her to tell about herself.
As a Thai national, massage is a part of our way of life. I remember growing up with my family members requesting me to walking on their back and their legs since I was little.
Thai massage has evolved over the centuries as was a part of our traditional medicine practices. I was very much fond of massage therapy since I was a kid and I have been regularly receiving massage 3 to 4 times a week.
With the high interest in its techniques, I enrolled myself in a massage school in 2013 only to give massage and treat my mother. I kept learning till I am certified in advanced therapeutic medical massage therapy from Wat Pho Traditional Medicine and Massage Institute, Thailand. Besides massage therapy, I am a big believer in yoga therapy as a yoga practitioner over 10 years. I went to learn yoga in the deep roots of India and complete as advanced 500 hours certified yoga instructor.
Then I moved to USA and completed 662 hours of massage therapy education from one of the national leading schools, Potomac Massage training Institute. My specialty and massage practice based on the knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, and combination of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage with special techniques in sports massage, myofascial release, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, active Isolated Stretching, and movement perspectives in Bodywork.
My goals of massage practice are to focus on functional outcome-based massage, to release and aid in muscle recovery. My practice primarily deploys variety of massage techniques to a specific treatment targeted specific problems the patients present with a diagnosis from medical or non-medical professionals for specific outcomes. At the same time, I would like to promote relaxation and destressing experience during the session and that their expectations are met.
Links to schools:
1. Thai Warrior Massage, Thailand 2018
2. Potomac Massage Training Institute, USA 2017
3. Thara Massage, Thailand 2017
4. Wat Pho Traditional Medicine Massage Institute, Thailand 2013 to 2015
The International Massage Association look forward watching Wassakanit Lakham skills at the World Championship in Massage in Copenhagen, June 2020.