Study Thai Massage

Specialized Courses

    • Fascia and Thai Massage with Emily Delea
    • Prerequisites: Thai 101 or equivalent
    • The human body functions a lot like a string puppet. For example, a left ankle sprain from ten years ago can cause a lot of trouble in the right shoulder. Fascial thickening or adhesions occurs in the body for many reasons. Injury, poor body mechanics, surgery, repetitive strain, and aging all cause the fascia to become thicker and less fluid. Learning how to identify the fascial lines (puppet strings) and how they effect the body’s alignment enables body workers to unwind the body and reduce fascial adhesions.
    • Thai massage is a fantastic modality that has as a direct impact on the fascia. Designing a treatment based not only on a client’s dosha but also on how their body is aligned will add a new, complementary layer to your practice and make those treatments even more effective. Course material will cover:
      • Fascial lines;
      • Ability to see misalignments in the body;
      • How to design a treatment or treatment series for common restrictions; and
      • What exercises or stretches to give as homework

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      • Dynamic Anatomy for Yoga and Thai Massage Practitioners
      • Prerequisites: none
      • This hands-on, interactive, whirlwind tour through the human body will provide a broad overview of the tissues, structures, and systems that make movement possible, and help us to understand the body’s responses when faced with injury. Students will learn about bones, joints, and muscles, how to tell the difference between a sprain and a strain, and use all of these ideas through demonstrations, massage explorations, and case studies. Course material will cover:
        • How tissue types relate to massage techniques;
        • How to use and understand basic anatomical terms;
        • How the skeleton, articulation, and muscles cause movement;
        • What is inflammation response and how to manage it; and
        • How to apply anatomical knowledge to a massage context.
      • Thai Massage for Restorative Yoga teachers
      • Prerequisites: none.
      • Compassionate touch enhances the sense of wellbeing and connectedness that restorative yoga offers. By fusing restorative yoga with Thai massage we go deeper into relaxation and restoration, revealing profound states of bodily and spiritual serenity. With our practical approach to learning, this class will give you first-hand experience in seamlessly weaving the safe, compassionate touch techniques of Thai massage into a restorative yoga class. It will also provide greater skill and confidence when making adjustments in any yoga class. Designed with yoga teachers in mind, but open to all who want to experience the magical union of yoga and massage
      • Sens and Sensitivity: Advanced Touch Techniques in Thai Massage
      • Prerequisites: Thai 201
      • This course is for advanced practitioners wishing to improve their effectiveness and technical ability in Thai Yoga Massage. Through hands on exploration we will focus on the application and modification of palming and thumbing touch techniques, becoming more attentive to client needs, and moving beyond the choreographed dance to give your best massage ever. In this course you will learn:
        • How to develop your touch sensitivity to different tissue types;
        • How to find and respond to sen energy lines;
        • How to use pressure effectively;
        • How to interpret and address differences in tissue temperature, texture, tone and touch
      • Table Thai Massage, Parts 1 & 2
      • Prerequisites: Thai 101 or equivalent training in Thai massage or other modality.
      • Part 1: Table Thai massage can considerably expand your clientele, while giving you the tools to take even better care of your body and promote a sustainable massage career. This course brings the incredible benefits of Thai massage—including yoga-like stretching, profound relaxation, and energy work—to the comforts of a massage table. Performed on a traditional massage table with the recipient fully clothed, this practice attracts a broad cross-section of people, including athletes, the elderly, overweight clients, and those who simply prefer to be massaged on a table. Massage therapists accustomed to traditional table techniques will reduce injuries to hands and wrists by learning to use their elbows, forearms, feet and other parts of their body. Those accustomed to practicing Thai massage on a mat will augment their practice with a new and accessible form. After completing this class students will be able to:
        • Give a 60-minute flowing Thai massage on a standard size massage table;
        • Apply Thai foot reflexology techniques without using the thumbs;
        • Use principles of proper body alignment to massage on and around the table in a way that is deeply efficient and effective.
      • Part 2: This course builds on the foundations learned in Table Thai 1 and expands students’ repertoire to two hours worth of massage techniques. During this course, students will:
        • Learn a new 60-minute flow while reviewing all postures and techniques taught in Table Thai 1;
        • Incorporate sen lines (energy pathways) into the massage;
        • Understand how to customize to accommodate people of different sizes, flexibilities, and limitations.
      • Chair Thai Massage
      • Prerequisites: Thai 101 or equivalent in Thai massage or other modality
      • Our Chair Thai massage course teaches students how to adapt some of the best mat techniques to a massage chair, providing up to a 60-minute session that stretches and relaxes the client while protecting and strengthening your own body. Chair massage grants both new and established practitioners access to a range of flexible and lucrative work environments: businesses, special events and trade shows, farmer’s markets, private parties, you name it – really anywhere people congregate! This is an incredible way to break into the massage industry or to take something you already love into places that the table and mat just can’t reach.
      • Thai massage for Sports and Athletics
      • This 8-hour course will introduce students to Thai massage philosophy and technique as they relate to sports and fitness. Designed for athletes, dancers, coaches, and trainers, this course highlights specific massage skills that will prepare students to:
        • Practice safe body mechanics during assisted stretching sessions;
        • Give a 30-minute Thai massage to address the most common areas of tension and restriction in physically active individuals;
        • Incorporate therapeutic bodywork into a regular training schedule in order to safely and effectively increase flexibility and range of motion;
        • Improve athletic performance by facilitating the physical and mental effects of muscle recovery and relaxation;
        • Build stronger relationships with athletes, teammates and/or clients through this unique, ancient form of touch therapy and holistic care.