I believe I will never quite know, Though I play at the edges of knowing,
truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking and touching and loving…
The intent of the massage modalities interspersed throughout the massage training programs at ASIS is to educate and assist the student in finding their own voice in the massage profession. The modalities are carefully chosen to blend eastern and western philosophies, as well as deep and light touch, thereby giving the student the opportunity to learn to affect their clients on all levels: physically, energetically, and emotionally. It is our underlying belief that each student has a great intelligence that will guide them throughout their profession, helping them to discern the most beneficial work to support the health of their client. The primary role of the therapist is to be one who listens to both the words and tissues of the client, and then uses whichever tools would be in the client’s best interest. It is in this way that the therapist can act as a teacher of greater health and wellbeing, which then facilitates the healer that lives within each recipient.
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.
By integrating a variety of modalities, ASIS believes that the student is then free from dogma, and is more able to access their own inner voice in the therapeutic process. The more tools therapists bring to their tables, the more capable they are of truly supporting their clients. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to explore their own truths and preferences within the form of each modality, opening to a kinesthetic and cognitive understanding of all that is taught. What may at first appear as a less personally interesting style of work will later become an integral part of the individual’s repertoire for creative expression and healing.
It is the desire of the staff to graduate competent, creative therapists who have developed their own abilities to visualize and understand anatomy, coupled with a sensitivity to palpate the whole person, all while listening deeply.
In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything. Thomas Merton