In order to execute a successful piggyback ride, bodies need sturdy, relaxed shoulders and a ponytail emergency break. Invigorate the most environmentally friendly vehicle with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get an online introduction class to Thai massage at the Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage (a $50 value).
Founder Kam Thye Chow uses a lifetime of healing and spiritual experience to teach ligament-soothing lullabies to students during a 12-hour online tutorial. Equipped with emailed video lessons, virtual pupils engage in sophisticated finger choreography to learn the basics of a one-hour Thai massage, including proper transition techniques and the ability to identify the Sen Kalathari lines on the body. Like climbing a mountain with an escalator, the soothing Eastern practice combines the best of both worlds by blending the muscle-relaxing pressure of traditional massage with a guided series of yoga postures. In addition to inspiring kneaders with enthusiastic instructions and demonstrations, the Lotus Palm course also endows students with supplementary literature, such as practice guidelines and training objectives. At-home video access allows viewers to integrate the teachings into their schedules, allowing for sunrise practice sessions on unsuspecting roosters.