Elizabeth "Liz" Kriz
Certified Thai Practitioner
e-ryt200 & ryt500
Liz has over 400 hours of training in Thai Bodywork and Thai medical Theory. She traveled to Thailand in 2018 to immerse herself in Thai culture and learn from Thai teachers, including The Sunshine School and with Ajahn Pichest Boonthoome. Ask her about Thailand and Thai massage! She loves to talk about all things Thai… food, travels, Buddhism , herbs and bodywork.
As a body-worker, a yoga practitioner and teacher, I met my soul mate in Thai massage. The first time I experienced a Thai massage, I walked away on a cloud. My body felt light yet completely grounded; my mind felt at ease, yet not fuzzy or sleepy; my spirit was at peace. I have since come to understand why Thai massage can have such a powerful impact and I wish to offer that to all my clients. Thai massage in combination with authentic Thai medical theory (which is rich, robust and completely separate from Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine) works to bring balance to all layers of the body, mind and spirit, from the upper most layer of skin to the deepest organ level.
Embedded deep within Thai culture and rooted in Buddhism, Thai healing arts offers a vastly different approach to health and healing from our Western counterparts. Thai healing arts aims to balance our current elemental constitution, create a state of calm in body, mind and spirit, to re-align the bodies structures, to treat sen or channels, to release blockages from sen and release stagnation, to move and balance wind, to clean blood, lymph and tissues and to treat the organs. With deep Buddhist roots, we practice while knowing that imbalance is natural and a perfect state of health, like everything, is impermanent. Our imbalances result from seasonal changes, times of day, what food we eat, a thunderstorm ... and life's daily struggles and large challenges.
I believe that healing begins with the practice of relaxing and letting go. We must detox from our busy doing and rushing so our body's innate wisdom for balance and healing to take place. Massage therapy plays a very important part in this process, along with other self care routines such as yoga, meditation and spending time in rejuvenating surroundings. My hope as a body-worker is to contribute to nudging towards balance by finding relaxation, peace and comfort in your body and spirit in a safe, caring environment.
After years of corporate work, teaching special education, running my own special effects and retail business, I finally listened to a deep longing... I perused an education in yoga. I had been practicing on and off since college (that would be in the 90's...). I loved the peace and stretch of it. I loved the way I felt after class... stretched out on both the physical and mental planes. In 2008, I became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). I taught weekly yoga classes at my local community center and I was hooked. I pursued and finished an Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training at the 500 hour level in 2012 with Rolf Gates (RYT 500). I am now an E-RYT or Experienced Yoga Teacher as I have taught over 1200 hours of classes.
During this time I also became attuned to Reiki healing energy and under the guidance of my mentor Judy Harrington, I was attended to Usui Reiki Master Level in 2010.
Becoming fascinated by how the body moves and works seemed a natural result of my yoga practice and teaching, so after much thought and life changing directions, I decided to attend NC Massage School in Cornelius and graduated in March 2013 from their 650 hour program which included a Certification in Neuromuscular Therapy. I began working immediately as a full time massage therapist upon receiving my North Carolina License. I worked that first year on learning the craft of being a massage therapist with the help of hundreds of clients.
And then I found Thai massage...
LMBT NC 11902 & SC 8866
Certified Thai Practitione
I began dancing at the age of 8. After several injuries, I found relief from chronic pain in massage therapy. I graduated high school just after the Great Recession ended. I felt drawn to the healing arts during a time of national and global economic upheaval. I graduated from Midlands Technical College’s Clinical Massage Therapy Program in Columbia, SC under the direction of Marion Davis in 2011.
I immediately moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Johnson & Wales University and pursue a degree in culinary arts. During my time at JWU, I worked part time as an LMBT at a locally owned massage studio. A coworker and fellow dancer recommended I try a Thai Massage class. After my first class with Jill Burynski of Living Sabai in 2015, I knew I had found my modality. As a dancer, the movement felt more effective and comfortable than ever before. I spent the next several years taking Jill’s classes and exploring Thai Massage while incorporating it into my regular work.
I took a break from massage work to finish my Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies at Winthrop University, work on a hydroponic lettuce farm south of Charlotte, and travel to several European countries.
More recently my work as a FoodCorps Service Member in Charlotte is focused on community healing around food and food spaces. Empowering people to heal themselves reminded me how important it is to embody that healing as well. It has made space for me to focus on building my Thai Massage practice and empower people to be physically aware.