Interview with Massage Therapist Sunny Klaber

What is your name?

Sunny Klaber

Where do you practice massage therapy?

Boulder, Colorado

Are you an employee or self-employed? Self-empoyed.

I am currently the Director of the Integral Touch Institute / Integral Travel / Zia Project, and operate a private massage therapy practice.

What year did you begin practicing massage therapy?

2001

Describe your practice, the modalities you use, and what you try to achieve.

My specialty is Thai Yoga Massage, but I also offer Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Detox Massage) and Integrative Therapeutic Massage. My practice attracts people from all walks of life, artists, dancers, yogis, politicians, scientists, teachers, and a lot of other bodyworkers. The common thread, is that all of my clients are looking for a way to observe the habitual thought and movement patterns that direct their life and limit their freedom, and in the process, experience a deep sense of embodiment, possibility and peace. I use a blend of ancient techniques and modern innovations such as rhythmic rocking, assisted stretching, breath-work and acupressure to guide my clients into a place where they can safely explore the sensations and emotions arising in their awareness, and notice interesting shifts in their perception of length, space, density, and vibration in and around their bodies. Ideally, what we achieve is a glimpse into the true nature of reality; impermanence, interconnectedness, timeless, unbounded space. According to the Buddhist foundations of Thai Yoga Massage – that insight, is the true medicine of the Universe; that insight is what heals us.

What kind of experience do you want your clients to have during a massage?

Freedom. Openness. Fluidity. Groundedness.

What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist?

I love that my practice benefits me as much as it benefits my clients.  My practice is to stay calm, clear and healthy; to cultivate compassion, equanimity, sympathetic joy and loving kindness; to cultivate my curiosity, creativity and intuition; to meet and connect deeply, authentically with people all over the world; to dissolve unnecessary barriers and boundaries; to facilitate the discovery of human potential.

Which massage school did you attend?

Boulder College of Massage Therapy

On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best) how would you rate your school?

5 – I can’t imagine a better foundational education. I have a BS from Duke University and an MS from the University of Colorado, and I can honestly say that I learned more practical, valuable and empowering, information in my 1000 hour massage program than I did in 8 years of higher education.

What was your favorite part about your school?

The way the curriculum balanced science (technique) and art (creativity and intuition).

Describe additional education, formal or informal, you have received since graduating from massage school.

After graduating from massage school in 2001, I flew to Thailand to study Thai Yoga Massage. I fell IN LOVE with the work and found it to be exceedingly portable (you just need a little padding and a floor) and accessible to people of all cultures and spiritual orientations (clothes on, public venues), so I spent the better part of the last decade traveling extensively with the goal of exploring health and human potential through the medium of Thai Yoga Massage. My path has allowed me to learn from and collaborate with healthcare practitioners, philosophers, artists and eco-entrepreneurs from a variety of cultures around the world. My collective journey has produced a rich global-network of resources, and resulted in the creation of Integral Travel – a travel company specializing in unique cross-cultural, healing arts focused continuing education journeys; Integral Touch Institute – an integrative Thai Yoga Massage certification program in Thailand and Bali; and the ZIA PROJECT – an organization dedicated to promoting healing arts education in marginalized and displaced communities around the world. To learn more please visit: www.integraltravel.com

What advice would you give to prospective massage therapists about education?  About practicing massage?

Never stop learning! It is called a “practice” because it can never be perfected. It just unfolds and unfolds, and offers practitioners limitless opportunities to experiment, explore, discover,and cultivate a healthy respect for the majesty and mystery of the human condition.