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Thai Massage

(2 credit hours, 45 clock hours)

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is part of the four-fold traditional medical system of Thailand (the others are herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, and spiritual practices). Thai medicine shares features with Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, including the concepts of energy flow through pathways of the body. This style of bodywork emphasizes the mind/body connection and has been utilized in the treatment of physical, emotional and spiritual disorders.

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The main techniques of Thai Massage include the application of stretching and pressure throughout the whole body to stimulate energy flow. Thai Massage is often called Thai Yoga Massage because the therapist uses his or her body to move the client into a series of stretches similar to Yoga. It is performed on a mat and utilizes the thumbs, fingers, forearms, elbows, palms, knees, legs, and feet for stretching, massage and pressure techniques, joint mobilization and muscle compression. Thai Massage is a very active and energizing, yet deeply relaxing experience for both the practitioner and the client. Once the client has relaxed, the practitioner, with a heightened sensitivity, stretches the client to his or her comfortable limit.

A high level of significance is attributed to the abdominal region. According to Thai Medicine, all the major energy pathways of the body have their origin in the vicinity of the navel. Therefore, the abdominal massage techniques are a crucial component of the healing benefit of this training. Thai Massage is performed on a floor mat, and utilizes the thumbs, fingers, forearms, elbows, and palms for massage and pressure techniques.

In this course, you will discover the main features of Thai medicine including the concepts of energy flow through pathways of the body. The main manual applications of pressure and stretching will be presented and practiced. Students learn to perform a full body Thai Massage. Techniques for the supine, side-lying, and prone positions are included. This course also includes yoga warm-ups and meditation at the start of each class. This is a great course to choose to integrate Thai Massage techniques to expand your massage and/or shiatsu “toolbox”.

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