“Before fluidity, comes learning techniques.
I will give you all the steps and technique to
flow through the moves, like in a dance.”

Thai Massage Practitioner Training

3-week Intensive – 5 days per week – 8hrs per day - 120 hrs - Click for Price

The 3-week intensive, accredited Thai Yoga Massage training consists of the basic 10-day traditional sequence taught in Northern Thailand, and includes an extra 5 days of supervised practice. With small class sizes of a maximum of 8 people, we offer the best personal attention to everyone.

Get yourself Ready

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!

The Thai Sequence

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.

Our Focus

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.

The whole course is designed to give students an intensive learning experience. Practice is supported by clear communication of technique and correct use of the body. This gives you a solid foundation on which to build your future practice.

We ensure this happens by:

  • Getting you prepared

    By sending you some PRE-COURSE READININGS, so you can familiarise yourself with anatomy and the history of Thai Massage.

    While students are encouraged to develop an intuitive sense of the body during the course, a basic knowledge of anatomical terms will make it easier to follow and understand what you are learning.

  • Warming you up with YOGA

    Starting 4 days a week with a 1.5 hour  YOGA CLASS, tailored both on the sequence you will learn that day, and on your personal needs.

    Besides preparing you for the Thai Massage work, Yoga classes work to physically, emotionally and spiritually support each individual throughout the intensity of the training

  • Giving you the tools

    To support your learning you receive a unique and very thorough TRAINING MANUAL.

    Full of precise instructions, detailed drawings and pictures, anatomical and therapeutic charts and references, it is an excellent tool to help you remember the sequence in class and once back home.

  • Visual tools to aid learning

    You receive an unedited DVD of the Level I & II sequence as the visual tool to memorise the sequence during the course and once back home.

  • Lots of practice

    A 3-week course, composed of 8 hour days, with an EXTRA WEEK to consolidate everything, gives you  a lot of time to practice on each other, the teacher and external people.

  • It's ultimately up to you

    The three-week practitioner training provides you with everything you need to become a proficient Thai masseur, however it is your OWN PRACTICE that will eventually enable you to give a flowing massage with full presence.

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At the end of the 3-week Thai Massage Practitioner training, students receive a CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION.

This certificate is recognised by the Massage Association of Australia Inc. (MMA)
MAA-LogoGraduates can gain Public Liability Insurance by becoming a member of MMA or other insurance companies that recognise Thai Massage therapy.
The certificate of completion from Byron Thai Massage School is required to gain membership with MMA, and this is awarded only on completion of Level I-II-III (120 hrs).

Australian Association of Massage TherapyByron Thai Massage School is also recognised for Continuing Professional Education points (CPE) by:
The Australian Association of Massage Therapist Ltd (AAMT)

None of our courses are recognised by private health funds.
The 3-week  course will give you all the practical knowledge you need to start practicing Thai Massage. How long it will take you before you feel ready to start charging clients is up to you. Each person’s ability to retain information and then apply it is unique.

  • You will need comfy, soft, lightweight clothing such as t-shirts with no buttons and leggings or loose fitting pants with no pockets or side zips. Yoga clothing, Thai fisherman pants and simple t-shirts work well.
  • Please bring to class both a singlet (for when you are working) and a t-shirt or long sleeve top (for when you are receiving).
  • If you own a yoga mat, please bring your own.
  • Sequence manual, workbook, notes and charts will be provided.
  • A DVD of the whole sequence will be provided, so having a laptop with a DVD drive will allow you to watch it during the course.
  • You will need a note pad, colored pens, pencils and highlighters.
  • Bring your own water bottle. Filtered water is supplied.
  • Be aware of what type of jewellery might be appropriate or not and please cut your nails short before the course.
YEARLY SCHEDULE : Monday to Friday,  9am to 6pm.
(First Monday of the course we usually start at 8am)
  • 9 – 10.30 am Yoga Class
  • 10.30 – 11 am Tea/Breakfast break
  • 11 am – 1 pm Demonstration
  • 1 – 2 pm Lunch break
  • 2 – 6 pm Practice in pairs

Byron Bay, the most easterly point of Australia’s coast is a wonderful destination for both Australians and tourists from all over the world.
The subtropical climate and the surf make Byron’s beaches wonderful all year around and the famous alternative culture adds character to the town center.

This course takes place 4 mins drive out of the town center, in Sunrise Beach, right beside the arts and Industry Estate. There you can find an IGA supermarket, Santos health food store, a French bakery, juice bars and cafes.

The earlier you book your place in the course, the easier it will be to find accommodation in Byron Bay.

If budget is important to you, accommodation is available from local households in Sunrise Beach, for very little money and walking distance to the course. Here is where the community helps each other!
When you register for the course, just ask me about it via email.

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Accreditation

At the end of the 3-week Thai Massage Practitioner training, students receive a CERTIFICATE of COMPLETION.

This certificate is recognised by the Massage Association of Australia Inc. (MMA)
MAA-LogoGraduates can gain Public Liability Insurance by becoming a member of MMA or other insurance companies that recognise Thai Massage therapy.
The certificate of completion from Byron Thai Massage School is required to gain membership with MMA, and this is awarded only on completion of Level I-II-III (120 hrs).

Australian Association of Massage TherapyByron Thai Massage School is also recognised for Continuing Professional Education points (CPE) by:
The Australian Association of Massage Therapist Ltd (AAMT)

None of our courses are recognised by private health funds.
The 3-week  course will give you all the practical knowledge you need to start practicing Thai Massage. How long it will take you before you feel ready to start charging clients is up to you. Each person’s ability to retain information and then apply it is unique.

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Requirements
  • You will need comfy, soft, lightweight clothing such as t-shirts with no buttons and leggings or loose fitting pants with no pockets or side zips. Yoga clothing, Thai fisherman pants and simple t-shirts work well.
  • Please bring to class both a singlet (for when you are working) and a t-shirt or long sleeve top (for when you are receiving).
  • If you own a yoga mat, please bring your own.
  • Sequence manual, workbook, notes and charts will be provided.
  • A DVD of the whole sequence will be provided, so having a laptop with a DVD drive will allow you to watch it during the course.
  • You will need a note pad, colored pens, pencils and highlighters.
  • Bring your own water bottle. Filtered water is supplied.
  • Be aware of what type of jewellery might be appropriate or not and please cut your nails short before the course.
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Schedule
YEARLY SCHEDULE : Monday to Friday,  9am to 6pm.
(First Monday of the course we usually start at 8am)
  • 9 – 10.30 am Yoga Class
  • 10.30 – 11 am Tea/Breakfast break
  • 11 am – 1 pm Demonstration
  • 1 – 2 pm Lunch break
  • 2 – 6 pm Practice in pairs
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Accomodation

Byron Bay, the most easterly point of Australia’s coast is a wonderful destination for both Australians and tourists from all over the world.
The subtropical climate and the surf make Byron’s beaches wonderful all year around and the famous alternative culture adds character to the town center.

This course takes place 4 mins drive out of the town center, in Sunrise Beach, right beside the arts and Industry Estate. There you can find an IGA supermarket, Santos health food store, a French bakery, juice bars and cafes.

The earlier you book your place in the course, the easier it will be to find accommodation in Byron Bay.

If budget is important to you, accommodation is available from local households in Sunrise Beach, for very little money and walking distance to the course. Here is where the community helps each other!
When you register for the course, just ask me about it via email.

Course Program

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Level I – Basic Thai Massage (40 hrs, 5 days)

• 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.

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Level II – Nuad Bo-Rarn (40 hrs, 5 days)

• 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.

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Level IIII - Supervised practice (40 hrs, 5 days)

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.

Our Students Feedback

The three week intensive course at Byron Thai Massage School went far beyond my expectations! The course covers a truly astounding amount of material in a well-paced, clear manner that allows plenty of time to both practice and receive massage each day. Valentina has a true skill in clearly demonstrating and explaining the techniques, movements and sequences; she is always available for questions and her pointers and clarifications during practice time were greatly valued. I also really appreciated her dedication to finding safe ways for each, individual practitioner to deliver the movements so as to reduce strain on their own bodies. Valentina's care as a teacher really shines through in her ever-present attention to detail on every level!
Class sizes are small enough for each student to get one-on-one attention; the studio space is also a beautiful learning environment; and Byron Bay and surroundings are also stunning. The daily schedule felt spot-on - enough time to digest things, and enough time for practice and breaks. The third week of intensive practice time was also a vital chance to consolidate the enormous amount of material covered in the first two weeks. And the chance to offer a full two-hour massage to an 'external' client at the end of the course was a confidence-building way to finish! (I feel well-equipped to go out and immediately start offering massages.)
I was also amazed and delighted to feel the difference in my own body as a result of three weeks of regular 'giving and receiving' of Thai yoga massage. Although the course is physically intense, I found it very rewarding in this regard.
All-in-all, I feel like I have received world-class training in Thai yoga massage, from a teacher with great passion and care for the practice. Thank you Valentina!

Uschi from Vancouver

Byron Thai Massage, Practitioner Training
2016-12-29T17:56:17+00:00

Uschi from Vancouver

The three week intensive course at Byron Thai Massage School went far beyond my expectations! The course covers a truly astounding amount of material in a well-paced, clear manner that allows plenty of time to both practice and receive massage each day. Valentina has a true skill in clearly demonstrating and explaining the techniques, movements and sequences; she is always available for questions and her pointers and clarifications during practice time were greatly valued. I also really appreciated her dedication to finding safe ways for each, individual practitioner to deliver the movements so as to reduce strain on their own bodies. Valentina's care as a teacher really shines through in her ever-present attention to detail on every level! Class sizes are small enough for each student to get one-on-one attention; the studio space is also a beautiful learning environment; and Byron Bay and surroundings are also stunning. The daily schedule felt spot-on - enough time to digest things, and enough time for practice and breaks. The third week of intensive practice time was also a vital chance to consolidate the enormous amount of material covered in the first two weeks. And the chance to offer a full two-hour massage to an 'external' client at the end of the course was a confidence-building way to finish! (I feel well-equipped to go out and immediately start offering massages.) I was also amazed and delighted to feel the difference in my own body as a result of three weeks of regular 'giving and receiving' of Thai yoga massage. Although the course is physically intense, I found it very rewarding in this regard. All-in-all, I feel like I have received world-class training in Thai yoga massage, from a teacher with great passion and care for the practice. Thank you Valentina!
From the get go I have appreciated your detailed and direct approach... From the initial emails to the course content everyday throughout the course. I feel empowered to continue practicing my massage techniques with confidence and I think the various learning modes each day were excellent ... the combinations of your demonstrations, the videos, detailed book, opportunities to take notes and heaps of practice was very much appreciated and very well rounded. Your feedback was great and I really loved working on the various types of bodies: getting everyone else's feedback was important too!
I really enjoyed learning with Karena and Peter and I found their classes so inspiring that I intend on exploring various aspects of their teachings further. Their teachings lent more insight into the Thai Massage coursework and were a beautiful way to get moving in the morning... a type of "easing into it" really. So many lightbulbs moments! Definitely an important part of the course.
Peter's quality of touch and core work teachings were excellent- I found so much value and practicality in them.
And I particularly admire Karena's quiet kindness, steady patience, amazing adaptability and fast response in adjustments. An excellent teacher.
Though the thought of going back to Chiang Mai to study Thai Massage was very enticing, I am glad I chose to study with you as I don't think for a second I would have received the same value, attention, and level of training that I received from you. I sincerely hope to study with you again in the future.

Keeta from Brisbane

Byron Thai Massage, Practitioner Training
2016-12-29T17:57:34+00:00

Keeta from Brisbane

From the get go I have appreciated your detailed and direct approach... From the initial emails to the course content everyday throughout the course. I feel empowered to continue practicing my massage techniques with confidence and I think the various learning modes each day were excellent ... the combinations of your demonstrations, the videos, detailed book, opportunities to take notes and heaps of practice was very much appreciated and very well rounded. Your feedback was great and I really loved working on the various types of bodies: getting everyone else's feedback was important too! I really enjoyed learning with Karena and Peter and I found their classes so inspiring that I intend on exploring various aspects of their teachings further. Their teachings lent more insight into the Thai Massage coursework and were a beautiful way to get moving in the morning... a type of "easing into it" really. So many lightbulbs moments! Definitely an important part of the course. Peter's quality of touch and core work teachings were excellent- I found so much value and practicality in them. And I particularly admire Karena's quiet kindness, steady patience, amazing adaptability and fast response in adjustments. An excellent teacher. Though the thought of going back to Chiang Mai to study Thai Massage was very enticing, I am glad I chose to study with you as I don't think for a second I would have received the same value, attention, and level of training that I received from you. I sincerely hope to study with you again in the future.
I really enjoyed the course and found the content fascinating and well presented. There is a lot to learn on this course and at first I was wondering how I would learn it all. But the method of teaching Valentina has developed is highly effective. The days are split into watching and learning new sequences, and putting into practice what we learn. There is so much variety and "doing' to keep engaged and enthusiastic every day. The manual Valentina has developed is very thorough was invaluable to me, as someone who is terrible at making (readable) notes.
Valentina's teaching style was ideal for me. She is passionate and direct, yet patient and understanding. She clearly has a lot of experience teaching complete beginners and had helpful advice for every potential stumbling block and situation. I found her communication style to be completely clear and logical and I loved how open to feedback and new ideas she is. Our group felt like a little family and we had a lot of laughter and fun. I sometimes had work issues I had to attend to and Valentina was very flexible and understanding when I had to slip out of a class.
Peter's quality of touch and core work teachings were excellent- I found so much value and practicality in them.
The setting of the school was very comfortable, and we had full use of a kitchen and very nice facilities. All of us felt very welcome and at home. the area is great- beaches nearby, all the conveniences you need and a great cafe at the end of the road. I highly recommend Valentina and the Byron Bay Thai massage school- you are assured of high quality tuition from a very experienced practitioner, and most probably a lot of laughter and new friends.

Jiro from Sydney

Byron Thai Massage, Practitioner Training
2016-12-29T17:58:40+00:00

Jiro from Sydney

I really enjoyed the course and found the content fascinating and well presented. There is a lot to learn on this course and at first I was wondering how I would learn it all. But the method of teaching Valentina has developed is highly effective. The days are split into watching and learning new sequences, and putting into practice what we learn. There is so much variety and "doing' to keep engaged and enthusiastic every day. The manual Valentina has developed is very thorough was invaluable to me, as someone who is terrible at making (readable) notes. Valentina's teaching style was ideal for me. She is passionate and direct, yet patient and understanding. She clearly has a lot of experience teaching complete beginners and had helpful advice for every potential stumbling block and situation. I found her communication style to be completely clear and logical and I loved how open to feedback and new ideas she is. Our group felt like a little family and we had a lot of laughter and fun. I sometimes had work issues I had to attend to and Valentina was very flexible and understanding when I had to slip out of a class. Peter's quality of touch and core work teachings were excellent- I found so much value and practicality in them. The setting of the school was very comfortable, and we had full use of a kitchen and very nice facilities. All of us felt very welcome and at home. the area is great- beaches nearby, all the conveniences you need and a great cafe at the end of the road. I highly recommend Valentina and the Byron Bay Thai massage school- you are assured of high quality tuition from a very experienced practitioner, and most probably a lot of laughter and new...
I have been asked by many of my clients how my trip to Byron was and did I learn anything new from this course......well....I actually have said to all my clients, I think I learnt more with you in just the first week than what I did in Thailand in 5 weeks, pretty much everyone was astounded. I commented to all that your attention to detail and the way you taught the class was incredible, you tweaked us on all that we did not quite grasp straight away, and I felt like you were with us and wanted us to get it right with each technique and movement.
At times yes I was frustrated, because I didn't CLICK with something straight away, but your ongoing support was fantastic.
I have been performing Thai massage with clients since I got back to Tassie, (at least on a fortnightly basis) which is great, and I feel so much more confident since doing the course with you. I also include some Thai movements when I am doing remedial massage, clients make comments like "Did you just climb up on the table? or Are you up on the table with me? Are you doing your Thai style on me? and I'm like yes yes yes its different isn't it? my clients really like it as I mix it up on the table.
But I must admit, I get very excited when I know I am going to massage the traditional Thai way, not only are they getting a good stretch and massage, but I'm also bringing my clients to a beautiful, relaxed state of mind and body, and I am getting a workout of my own, it's like dancing, you need strength, balance, rhythm, and focus.

Simone, from Tasmania

Byron Thai Massage, Practitioner Training
2016-12-29T17:59:28+00:00

Simone, from Tasmania

I have been asked by many of my clients how my trip to Byron was and did I learn anything new from this course......well....I actually have said to all my clients, I think I learnt more with you in just the first week than what I did in Thailand in 5 weeks, pretty much everyone was astounded. I commented to all that your attention to detail and the way you taught the class was incredible, you tweaked us on all that we did not quite grasp straight away, and I felt like you were with us and wanted us to get it right with each technique and movement. At times yes I was frustrated, because I didn't CLICK with something straight away, but your ongoing support was fantastic. I have been performing Thai massage with clients since I got back to Tassie, (at least on a fortnightly basis) which is great, and I feel so much more confident since doing the course with you. I also include some Thai movements when I am doing remedial massage, clients make comments like "Did you just climb up on the table? or Are you up on the table with me? Are you doing your Thai style on me? and I'm like yes yes yes its different isn't it? my clients really like it as I mix it up on the table. But I must admit, I get very excited when I know I am going to massage the traditional Thai way, not only are they getting a good stretch and massage, but I'm also bringing my clients to a beautiful, relaxed state of mind and body, and I am getting a workout of my own, it's like dancing, you need strength, balance, rhythm, and focus.