Thai Massage, and particularly the Practitioner training, is very physically demanding. Many people underestimate the physicality of Thai Massage. Make sure you’re FIT and HEALTHY before you come so you can get the most out of it!
Northern-style Thai Massage uses memorised sequences. The traditional sequence you will learn is akin to what is taught in schools in Thailand. A good memory or the time to study during the course makes an immense difference.
While teaching you the original sequence, our main focus is on body mechanics and postural alignment. Use of body weight, posture, quality of touch, core awareness and engagement are all taught to bring greater depth of presence to your massage practice.
• On the 1st day you will get a bit on the philosophy of Thai Massage, the working rules, precautions, techniques (using of palms, thumbs, feet, elbows and knees) and correct practitioner's body positioning.
• During the first week, students will learn how to move and unblock energy in the body through feet work, energy line work (meridians or Sens) of the legs and arms, pressure points and stretches. Special emphasis is on leg work and leg stretches, for the hips and hamstrings and the mobilization of the joints.
• A simple, but deep and powerful technique for the abdominal work, or internal organ massage, is learned to unlock the energy in the core/Hara.
• All students will learn to perform a complete massage on the front part of the body.
• Similar techniques are learnt on different positions to allow massage on pregnant women, injured, or simply to create variations of treatment. Side, back and sitting.
• Special emphasis is on the whole back and shoulders, through meridian work and stretches, spinal twists and many different backbends to improve flexibility of the whole spine. Pelvis mobilization, hip points, safe quads and psoas stretches are all part of this second week. The program closes with the pressure points of the face massage.
• At the end of the second week, students will have all information to perform a full body Thai Yoga massage of up to 3hrs long.
3rd week: Supervised practice of levels I and II (40 hrs, 5 days)
• This week focuses on consolidating and integrating what has been taught in Levels I-II. We will revisit all the meridian work in detail;
• You are going to practice the whole sequence once again on each other and troubleshoot the doubts on the teacher.
• You will deepen your experience of how Thai Massage feels to give and receive; learn from feedback; memorize movements, stretches and sequences; focus on your own posture and techniques.
• On the last day you will prepare a 2hr sequence to perform in a final test.