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!