Massage therapists, like other wellness practitioners are constantly looking to add to their education. For a massage therapist, more education means having a variety of tools in your toolbox, which also opens up job opportunity. With so many continuing education options out there, it can be difficult to decide where to spend your time and money. With growing popularity, Thai Yoga Massage is an option that Yogi’s and Licensed Massage Therapists are finding irresistible.
What is Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient form of bodywork that originated in the temples of Thailand. This unique style of massage has been in practice for many centuries and has roots in Ayurveda and Yoga. Known as ‘Lazy Man’s Yoga”, the name says it all. Integrated into sessions are familiar but passive yoga poses, reflexology, acupressure, energy work, and aromatherapy. Traditionally Thai Yoga Massage is delivered on a futon-like mat on the floor. The receiver is fully clothed in comfortable, loose fitting attire for ease of movement during the session.
Learning Thai Massage
Denver Integrative Massage School offers a 180 credit hour program for Thai Massage certification along with a stand alone continuing education course called Thai For the Table. All courses are stand-alone and can be taken one at a time or as part of a full 600 hour certified massage therapy program.
- Thai Massage for the Table – This course is a great introduction and unique modification to the traditional Thai Massage style. Originally created for the already practicing massage therapist who would like to incorporate a new layer of healing and awareness into their table routine. The focus of this class will be on the therapists ergonomics and body mechanics while using body pressure and leaning to create deeper pressure throughout the Thai for the Table sequence.
The 180 hour Thai Yoga Massage certificate program consists of three levels.
- Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage – This course breaks into the first layer of the Thai Yoga Massage practice. In this course you will learn to combine acupressure along meridian lines, reflexology, and progressive, assisted and passive stretching techniques. Level 1 is a great addition to the practice of a current massage therapist, Yoga instructor or anyone looking to delve into the art of massage.
- Level 2 Thai Yoga Massage – Along with learning an organized and detailed sequence, the student will learn to work energy lines deeply and therapeutically. After this course the student will have also have the awareness of the differences between Chinese Meridians and Sen Sib lines. This course will leave the student with the ability to create therapeutic Thai Yoga Massage sessions that are tailored to a clients specific needs.
- Level 3 Thai Yoga Massage – This course is appropriate for the Thai Yoga Massage therapist who wants to transition knowledge and skills into the professional level. In this course the student will learn PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), Client self-care, Exercises and stretches, Prenatal massage, and aromatherapy.
Complementing your practice
Thai Yoga Massage is closely related to Yoga in that the body of the practitioner and recipient move in a rhythmic flow, guided by breath. For a Yoga instructor, courses in Thai Yoga Massage can provide the additional sense of touch, anatomy and physiology and energy awareness that your class needs. The already practicing massage therapist can benefit from the unique Eastern wisdom that a Thai Yoga Massage approach brings to healing. Adding Thai Yoga Massage into an existing wellness practice can only help creativity and knowledge flourish.
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