This 60-hour course is taught as four weekend classes. Each weekend class is complete and concentrates on one area of the body. Successful completion of the course is acknowledged with a certificate issued by The School of Therapeutic Bodywork in London.
This course is suited to experienced massage practitioners and bodyworkers who want to extend their repertoire as well as to complete beginners exploring massage with a view to work or simply to practice with family and friends.
This course has proven invaluable to many people who have studied in Thailand and returned overwhelmed by techniques and theories. It helps them integrate their experience and apply the massage within a clinical rather than a holiday context.
The course is also well suited to yoga teachers wishing to develop their bodywork and adjustment skills.
Students will learn a complete one and a half hour routine suited to general practice. They will also learn variations for working with pregnant women; a quick one-hour routine and a short sitting massage.
Traditional Thai medicine is based on a system of 72,000 channels called ’sen’ through which, it is said, energy is transformed and distributed in the human body. In Thailand much of the theory of this system has been lost. What remains is mostly hidden from Westerners unfamiliar with the language and culture to which the medical system belongs.
Most Western understanding of the sen is based on an ancient series of diagrams outlining the ten major sen used in Traditional Thai Massage. In the West these are often likened to the meridians used in acupuncture or shiatsu and, very often, aspects of those systems are thrown in to make up for what is not known of the Thai system.
This course teaches the myofascial approach to Thai Massage developed by Howard Evans during sixteen years of practice and teaching. This approach is described in his book, ‘A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage‘, published in January 2009 by Churchill Livingstone.
The myofascial approach to Thai Massage teaches the sen as myofascial pathways, similar to those used in Structural Integration (or Rolfing) and described in Tom Myers book ‘Anatomy Trains’. This approach brings clarity to the massage allowing the practitioner to relax into the work, and invite ever-deeper levels of relaxation, stillness and healing in the receiver.
This particular approach also suits yoga teachers and practitioners interested in understanding and integrating new research on the importance of connective tissue and fascia in sickness and in health.
Thai Massage is practiced on the floor. There is no need for oil so the receiver can remain lightly clothed. This makes it one of the most versatile and portable massage techniques available. Many of the techniques can also be incorporated into couch based massage routines.
The course includes work on practitioner posture, breathing, rhythm, self-awareness, attention and concentration. The aim is to develop a style of massage as beneficial to the giver as to the receiver.
Students will need to bring a yoga mat, two blankets, a small pillow and loose, comfortable, cotton clothes.