Learn Thai Massage in a supportive, relaxed and playful environment. In this hands-on class, participants will learn the body mechanics and techniques necessary to give a relaxed and flowing Thai Massage. Traditional Thai Massage, called Nuad Boran in the Thai language, is also known in the West as Thai Yoga Bodywork or Thai Bodywork. It uses the techniques of leaning pressure, compression along energy lines, joint mobilization and traction, as well as passive yoga-like stretches to increase flexibility and joint range of motion, reduce muscle tension and pain, calm the nervous system and deepen an overall sense of well-being.
Thai massage is done on a mat on the floor. It is helpful that participants have good body awareness and are comfortable moving at times on their knees. The class is open to massage therapists, yoga teachers and students, as well as to anyone with a desire to care for others using the therapeutic techniques of Thai Massage. Massage Therapists will receive 50 CE’s towards their continuing education requirements.
This class will take place over four weekends. The first 3 weekends will be 15 hours each. The last weekend, a Sunday, will be 5 hours, making a total of 50 hours of classroom time. Students will learn 3 routines, each one a little longer and built upon the previous sequence. After completion, participants will be able to give a 1½ to 2 hour Thai Massage. Most of the time will be spent doing hands-on practice. But the class will include discussions on history, theory, anatomy, benefits and contraindications, body mechanics, alignment, leverage and moving from the center, energy and sen lines, breathing and self-care. Each student will receive an instruction manual and DVD of all 3 routines and a certificate of completion.
Following is a brief class outline…
First weekend – 15 hours:
Learn a 45 minute to 1 hour Thai massage routine. Included is a manual and DVD of the routine. Discussion on history and theory, benefits and contra-indications, breathing, self-care, body mechanics, alignment, leverage and moving from the center.
Second weekend – 15 hours:
Build on the previous routine, adding additional moves to the sequence, increasing the routine to 1 to 1 1/2 hours in length. Included is a second manual and DVD of the expanded routine. Discussion on anatomy, energy and sen lines.
Third weekend – 15 hours:
Continue to build on the previous routine with additional moves, increasing the length to 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Included is a third manual and DVD of the longest routine. Further discussion on energy and sen lines.
Final weekend – 5 hours:
Review, practice time, Q & A, students demonstrate a full 1 1/2 hour routine and receive certificates.
About the teachers:
Pati has been a massage therapist and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She is a graduate of the Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO and the Ashland Institute of Massage in Ashland, OR. She studied Thai Massage with D’Vorah Schwarzman in Ashland, OR, at the Chicago School of Thai Massage and with Pichest Boonthamme in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Pati is an Illinois licensed massage therapist. She is nationally certified and an approved provider for continuing education through NCBTMB (Provider #451571-11), is a registered Thai therapist through Thai Healing Alliance International and is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. She is a certified yoga teacher through the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.
Carl received his degree in nursing from Rogue Community College in grants Pass, OR in 1996 and became an Oregon licensed massage therapist in 1999. He has studied Thai massage with Pati Starzynski since 2006. Carl has been a licensed massage therapist since 2009. Hi is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL, is nationally certified through NCBTMB and is a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Carl is also a certified yoga teacher through the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Center in Palatine, IL.
Approved Provider for Continuing Education through NCBTMB