Eun Jung Choi, originally from South Korea, is a professional dance maker/instructor/performer and Thai massage practitioner. As a movement artist and a dance maker for the past 30+ years in the U.S., Korea and Mexico, Eun Jung have been privileged to work within intimate communities where physical contact has been an integral part of artistic practice and exploration. Her dance partners have brought care, compassion, clear intention and generosity to her work and have made her feel connected and nurtured and have promoted feel-good sensations that foster a sense of well-being and happiness. Eun Jung’s sense of physical contact within dance practice has been a dynamic healing path in many ways: physical, psychological and social. It is biology as much as it is psychology. Touch has been life itself in her own personal artistic expression.
As a movement artist, she initially became fascinated with Thai massage because its physical form and shape resemble partnering dance. The beauty and the benefits of Thai massage become so clear in her life that she began studying to become a Thai massage practitioner herself. Since 2014 she has traveled annually to Chiang Mai in Thailand to spend several months of intensive study with various and diverse teachers of Thai massage. She is also a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork, where she have studied to become a licensed massage therapist, primarily focusing on Western massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, myo-fascial, trigger point, sports and pre-natal massage. Through all of her training, she has come to understand some of the human behaviors that cause specific symptoms and pain, and she has also learned the power of being fully present to listen in her massage practice.
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Marta Rose is a writer, artist and licensed massage therapist. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and she is also a graduate of the Philadelphia School for Massage and Bodywork. Marta has lived in Germantown for most of her adult life, where she has raised her two children, now 21 and 15. She also has two dogs, Georgia (Eliot) and Samantha (Beckett). She is closing in on the final draft of a novel set in the Germantown and Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Marta has taught first year writing at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson) and Temple University, and she currently works as a freelance writing coach, collaborating with aspiring fiction writers to help them hone their craft. Marta’s massage practice focuses on the potential for healing, compassionate touch to help soothe and reset our nervous systems, which are so often in over-drive due to trauma, mental illness, chronic pain, various neuroatypicalities (such as ADHD and ASD), and Life in These Times. Marta is very interested in the emerging field of narrative medicine, and in her massage practice she strives to really listen to her clients and to harness the power of story in the healing process. Recently, Marta began drawing and painting, and she feels like a kid again in the awesomeness and discovery of the visual arts. She is especially struck by how little drawing is about skill, and how much it is about seeing. She is discovering that learning to draw is really just learning to see in new ways, and she’s sure there’s a metaphor in there. With the zeal of the recent convert, she now thinks everyone should learn to draw, and may offer a beginner drawing class soon! Marta blogs about massage, writing, art and life at Homeostasis: Balance with a Beat, and you can read more about her massage practice at Marta Rose Massage and about her freelance coaching at Fact and Fiction Editing. To learn about Marta’s political obsessions, follow her on Twitter (@marta_rose); for a window into her emerging visual arts practice, follow her on Instagram (@phillymartarose); and to keep up with everything, like her professional Facebook page,
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Guillermo Ortega Tanus (dance educator / Thai bodywork practitioner) offers Integrated Thai bodywork and Chi Nei Tsang in Philadelphia. Massage can facilitate the body’s natural tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, which we call homeostasis or “feeling good”. Guillermo wants to help clients to achieve wellness and keen awareness of their own bodies through massage to achieve a sense of balance and freedom. His work as a dancer, dance teacher, and pilates instructor informs his massage practice and understanding of body mechanics, kinetic chains, and training potential.
Guillermo’s massage journey started with traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand between 2014 and 2018 to study Thai bodywork. While in Thailand, he completed GTC 300-hour Teacher Training program at Thai Massage School (TMC). There he also studied several Thai massage modalities such as Jack Chaiya’s Nerve Touch Technique, Thara massage technique, Tok Sen, Karen Hill, Trigger Point Thai Massage, Reflexology, and Chi Nei Tsang. Back in the USA, he studied between 2017-18 at the Philadelphia School of Massage and Bodywork, 700-hour training in Swedish massage, Sports massage, Trigger Points, Prenatal, and myofascial release among others.
Past education includes a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the “Escuela Nacional de Danza Clasica y Contemporanea” in Mexico City as well as a MFA from Temple University. He is an adjunct professor at Rowan University and Temple University.
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