Mary Everett is a certified Thai massage practitioner and
former life model in Waterloo Region.
Known colloquially in the Western world as “yoga for lazy
people,” Thai massage has been described as a beautiful,
compassionate, rhythmic dance between practitioner and
Its origins date back 3,500 years to the time of Buddha and
has been practiced and developed over centuries in Buddhist
As a life model for eight years, Everett was instrumental in
helping educators teach the human art form, and found the
experience to be both liberating and exhilarating.
The requirements needed to be a good life model are
straightforward — you must be comfortable being naked in front of
strangers and be able to remain motionless for a long time. If done
well, it is physically demanding and requires a great amount of
concentration and discipline.
In a spirited and fascinating conversation with Sara
Geidlinger and Marshall on Bonn Park, Mary Everett talks about life
modeling, Thai massage – how she counterbalances and leverages her
client’s body with her own, using gravity, breath, and acupressure
to melt away stress and tension – and the vital connection between
body, mind, and happiness.