At our school, students are offered the opportunity to learn various types of Western and Eastern massage techniques, including Thai Yoga Massage, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Herbal medicine, and many more. Through the school’s intensive and comprehensive 600-Hour Certified Massage Therapy Program, students will learn the ins and outs of the best cross-culture massage techniques, with classroom studies and hands-on clinic practice.
One of the unique aspects of the massage program is that the student has the chance to not only study Thai Yoga Massage and Western massage separately – to learn the fundamental aspects of each both in theory and in practice – but also will learn how to integrate Western massage techniques (such as deep tissue) into Thai massage to form a combination of the two modalities.
Thai massage, known in the Thai language as “nuat phaen boran,” or “ancient-style massage,” is a style of massage therapy developed in Thailand and influenced by a combination of Indian, Chinese, and Southeast Asian traditions of medicine, as well as by yoga. Thai massage is an interactive, compassionate healing form of massage that includes techniques such as reflexology, acupressure, passive stretching, energy work, aromatherapy, and meditation; the experience is a deep, full-body massage from the feet up that focuses on the body’s energy lines (“sen”). By stimulating blood and lymph flow throughout the body, Thai massage aims to clear blockages in these lines as well as offer relaxation and balance to the body, mind, and spirit.
The deeply therapeutic healing powers of Thai massage combined with the focused strength of deep tissue massage offers an effective and rich experience for both student and client. For the student to be able to learn to integrate these two powerful sides of massage therapy is an exceptional skill and invaluable to a complete and compassionate understanding of massage.
The Thai Yoga Massage program is incorporated into the 600-Hour Massage Program and includes classes such as Thai For the Table and Thai Levels 1-3 (in addition to other courses on Eastern and Western massage techniques).