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Traditional Southern Thai Massage
Class Open To:
Licensed massage therapists and certain other licensed healthcare professionals.
This course provides instruction in Wat Po massage, the predominant method practiced in southern Thailand based on Buddhist history and philosophy, Chinese acupressure meridians and yoga.
Instruction will center on using the practitioner’s body weight as the primary tool in creating a dynamic and deeply healing treatment. Students will learn the slow and fluid rhythm that characterizes practitioner movements in Thai massage. Students will be taught to develop a near meditative state while giving their clients a Thai massage in order to develop in the practitioner a sensitivity to, and understanding of, the unique qualities of each client’s body. Students will also learn to treat clients with their elbows, knees, and feet based on various yoga postures in the supine, prone, lateral recumbent, and sitting positions.
This course will also provide students with a solid foundation in Thai stretching techniques to be used as a part of the overall treatment process. Instruction will include an introduction to the special concept of the Nadi energy lines adapted from Indian influences and the use of acupressure techniques on the 10 abdominal pressure points that correspond both to the Nadi lines and various parts of the body.
At the end of the 30-hour course, students will have learned all of the techniques necessary to be able to properly perform a two-hour full body Wat Po Thai massage.
30 NY State, 30 NCBTMB, 30 FL State
1 sheet, 1 towel, 1 pillow, pen and paper, comfortable clothing.