All Courses Approved by NCBTMB and by GEORGIA and FLORIDA Massage Boards and reported to CE Broker
Each one day corresponds to day 1, 2, or 3 of the Level 1 course (see below) and follows the sequence described in the Level 1 booklet. A student may take one, two, or all three one-day workshops, but they must be taken in order. Note that it takes all three days to be the equivalent of the Level 1 course. Each one-day course gives 8 CE Hours.
Introduction to Thai Massage:
Equivalent to the first day of the Level 1 course and follows the sequence described in that workshop booklet: the principles of how Thai Bodywork works, the essential attitude of the practitioner, and the main techniques, followed by a basic treatment sequence for supine position.
Introduction to Thai Massage 2:
Equivalent to the second day, beginning with a review of the first day, then continuing the sequence in the booklet with side lying and prone positions.
Introduction to Thai Massage 3:
Equivalent to the third day, continuing the sequence with sitting position, then a guided review of the entire form on the floor and then on the table.
Level 1 (Nuat Boran / Thai bodywork) presents the Thai attitude and approach to bodywork, including the cultural and spiritual foundations which are essential to understanding this modality. Participants learn the techniques for stretching, range of motion,cross-fiber, and meridian work and a basic sequence for treating the whole person in supine, side-lying, prone, and sitting positions. In addition, meditations and breathing techniques are shown that can enhance any bodywork. The style taught is similar to that practiced in Chiang Mai (“Northern style”) enhanced with elements from other styles and Robert’s 30 years of experience. The workshop is very experiential with lots of guided practice and help with body mechanics, first on the floor and then on the table. An instructional booklet prepared by Robert with pictures of all the moves is included. This is a 3-day workshop giving 21 CE Hours credit.
Level 2 (Nuat Boran / Thai bodywork 2) focuses on identifying and using the movements and “sen” (energy meridians) to treat specific areas, especially hips, low back, abdomen, and shoulders. Using the same outline for a whole–body treatment used in the first workshop, we look at the uses of each movement and “sen” and insert more movements into the outline to better treat certain areas. Attention is given to improving the practitioner’s body mechanics and rhythmic flow. Application to a table and a chair are included. This is a 3-day workshop giving 21 CE Hours credit.
Note: Level 1 is prerequisite for Level 2.
Table Thai is exactly the same as Level 1 Thai Bodywork, except everything is done on tables instead of the traditional floor mats. The same Thai techniques and the same sequence of moves are taught so one can do the same complete Thai treatment that would be done on the floor. This is NOT a combination of sweedish and Thai. It is all Thai, done with clients clothed, involving the same stretches and moves done in the basic floor routine. All the moves I teach in the basic routine in Level 1 on the floor can be easily adapted to the table WITHOUT having to get up on the table. (However some of the moves taught in Level 2 cannot be easily done on a table.)
If you have trouble getting down on your knees and moving around on the floor, you can still do a complete Thai session on a table. If you have limited space and cannot easily shift from a table to a mat, you can do Thai on the table. After getting comfortable doing Thai on a table you can easily incorporate elements into your regular table massage work.