Marla Hanken is a practitioner of Thai Structural Bodywork and KMI Structural Integration, specializing in joint, nerve, and myofascial issues of the upper and lower extremities.
Marla began her studies of Thai Bodywork in 2007 with Nephyr Jacobsen at The Naga Center School of Traditional Thai Medicine in Portland, Oregon. From 2008-2009, Marla apprenticed under Ajarn Itthidet Manarat (Master Poo) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She also studied bodywork and Buddhist Medicine with a Reusi (Thai forest hermit/ascetic), Tevijjo Yogi, over a period of several years, both in the US and abroad. Upon completing her initial apprenticeship in Thailand, Marla was tasked with returning home to the US to study related Western modalities and teach her master’s methods on a one-on-one basis, as she learned them, to bring Thai Structural Bodywork to a wider audience in the Western world. In 2012, she was given her master’s blessing to teach larger, group-based bodywork classes.
As a result of many years of working with her own joint instability/ligament laxity/hypermobility issues and related injuries, Marla has developed a keen eye for joint alignment and a particular interest in work with issues of the upper and lower extremities. Marla works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from movement professionals (Martial Artists, Yogis, Pilates Instructors, Dancers, etc.) to clients with joint replacements, spinal fusions, and other orthopedic implants. She also works with joint and nerve concerns specific to obese clients; Thai Structural Bodywork is highly beneficial to clients of all sizes.
In addition to her background with Thai Structural Bodywork, Marla is also a Board Certified Structural Integrator and KMI practitioner (Kinesis Myofascial Integration, Tom Myers’ system of Structural Integration based on his conceptual framework of Anatomy Trains myofascial meridians and the original work of Dr. Ida P. Rolf). Marla is also trained in Neuromuscular Therapy, Yoga, Stott Pilates, and Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Hermit Yoga).
Many thanks to other teachers who have influenced and inspired me greatly over the years who were not mentioned in the above bio, including Kelly Chadwick, Kirstin Schumaker, Michele Wren, Soken Graf, Martt Lawrence, Michelle Wallace, Holly Furgason, Cathy Deics, Tenaya Virgin, Valeda Turner, Dana Damara, Andrew Rivin, Sianna Sherman, Beth Shaw, Cynthia Ribeiro, Allyn Hall, Malia Okin, Fr. Kevin Connell S.J., and so many others, including each and every one of my clients and students.