Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage – Course Curriculum
About Thai Yoga Massage
Traditional Ancient Thai massage is a unique form of Bodywork that incorporates Hatha Yoga, acupressure and reflexology. It has origins dating back about 2500 years. The roots of Thai massage can be traced back to the founder of the practice (known as “Father Doctor”) Shivaga Komarpaj, a doctor, contemporary of and friend to the Buddha. Ancient medical texts were carved in stone in attempts to preserve the tradition of Thai massage; these stone inscriptions still sit within the walls of the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. In Thailand, there are many agricultural people who perform a lot of physical work throughout the day. As their muscles become very tight and sore, they teach their children massage skills they learned from their parents. In this way, Thai massage is passed down the generations as an oral tradition. There are unique styles of massage in each area of Thailand. In the past, when people gathered together from different regions, they would exchange knowledge of their massage techniques. In Thai massage, it is not only the hands that are used to free tension from the recipient’s body, but also the therapist’s feet, forearms, knees and elbows. Northern style Thai massage is generally not painful. Thai massage is applied on a mat on the floor, the work is done fully clothed, and no oils are required. Thai medical massage can move deeper into the mechanical functions of the body, working with deep muscle tension and joint mobility as well as nerve, muscle and ligament balancing.
The giver of the traditional Thai massage also will receive generosity, compassion, equanimity, the feeling of oneness, the feeling of loving kindness, and pride that can only be felt by a healer. The receiver feels the joy of receiving massage, along with a restful calmness and a refreshed spirit. Physically, the receiver feels a general increase in energy due to the opening of Sen and other blocked areas in the body. They will also feel relief from pain and muscle tension, blood and lymph circulation is improved, and the nervous system is balanced. An increase in flexibility is also possible.
Structure of primary massage course
General background, history, and theory of traditional Thai massage (Nuad Boran); foot massage and loosening exercises; application of pressure points; ankle stretches.
Foot and single leg stretches. Application of yoga based stretching on single legs; stopping of blood flow to the legs (aiding circulation and blood cleansing); practice.
Double leg stretching; practice.
Traditional Thai techniques for stomach, chest and arms, including points on the abdomen and chest, and blood stoppage to the arms; practice.
Side Position. Concentration on 3rd outside energy line of the legs; kidney toning stretches, and two types of spinal twist; practice.
Focus on back, lying on stomach. Traditional techniques for the back; walking on the feet; pressure points along the two main energy lines of the back; more leg stretches and cobra stretch; practice.
Sitting Position. Traditional techniques and stretches for the shoulders and neck, and another spinal twist; practice.
Face and head. Traditional techniques for the face, including some basic therapeutic pressure points to treat various problems; practice.
An opportunity to practice and review the sequence of techniques, whole massage under supervision.
Opportunity to give a whole 2 hour body massage. The student will receive detailed feedback from the teacher, along with advice, precautions, and recommendations for future practice.
Mint Wanvisa is a teacher of Thai massage at the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Having trained for many years in the Sunshine Network and at the renowned Lahu Village,
her strong background in Thai Massage has allowed her to develop her own teaching style.
Mint’s enthusiasm is mixed with patience, enabling her students to naturally grow together
in the learning experience.