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School of Traditional Medical Thai Massage

Thai Massage
Guiding you to a successful career


The origins of Thai massage date back about 2,500 years. Classical Thai Massage is focused on maintaining health and vitality by relieving tension and encouraging energy flow in the body through the use of massage, pressure points, and assisted stretching.

At The School of Traditional Medical Thai Massage, we also specialize in a rare form of Thai Massage called "Jap Sen" (also known as Thai Medical Massage), which can be best understood as an equivalent to physical therapy, used to promote healing and recovery from various types of injuries, including repetitive motion injuries.

The courses we teach are based on the ancient medical wisdom discovered on the stone walls at Wat Po and on ancient palm-leaf manuscripts written in Pali and Sanskrit. Through study of these ancient texts and extensive practical experience, we bring you a deep and totally natural way to care for your body, mind and spirit.

Today, Medical Thai Massage is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the filed of alternative healing. In fact, thousands of people are eagerly searching for a qualified Medical Thai Massage therapist, but there are not enough qualified therapists to meet the demand. So this is now an excellent career opportunity.

Here is how the School of Traditional Medical Thai Massage will guide you to a successful career in the rapidly growing medical field:

You study with a recognized master in Thai healing arts.

You are immersed in an ancient philosophy of healing that looks at the body, mind and spirit in a modern, integrative way.

You learn hand-on techniques of massage, stress and pain reduction, energy balancing, and disease detection and treatment.

You learn how to develop your own inner resources as a healer and how to use them to care for and heal your clients.

Once you have mastered the basic, the school offers you a wide range of specialized training, to take you deeper into the healing potential of Medical Thai Massage.

General Thai Massage
General Thai Massage Course - 30 Hours

Join the hands-on original Thai massage class that is worldwide acknowledged as the Wat Po massage style. Starting from basic to a practical skill, students are trained to do massage for relaxation, relieving muscular fatigue and pain, reducing tension and headaches, and regaining muscular and joints mobility. Thai massage is obviously help not only to stimulate the circulation of blood and lymphatic system, but also improve the body immunity for anti-aging and longevity.

Practical session
Introduction to Thai Traditional Medicine and Thai Massage
Precaution and Prohibition of Thai Massage
Masseur/Masseuse posture
Massage position, technique, step and procedure
Welcome and give advise to customers

TRADITIONAL THAI BODY MASSAGE
Traditional Thai massage is rooted in Thai Buddhism and the ancient tradition of Ayurveda. It is performed on a mat on the floor. The client is fully clothed in loose clothing which allows the therapist to move the client into different poses and manipulate sen (energy) lines and numerous of acupressure points.
In brief, the theory behind traditional Thai massage is that the body is filled with loom, or "energy", which is inhaled into the lungs and which subsequently travels throughout the body along 72,000 pathways called sen. Sen lines are somewhat analogous to the "meridians" or "channels" of Chinese medicine and the Indian "nadis". Out of 72,000 energy lines, the focus is on 10 major lines (ten sen).
Thai Traditional massage, as it is practiced at Metta Traditional Thai Massage, is a dynamic healing art that combines work on energy lines, touch techniques and a series of assisted yoga like stretches to create a bodywork session that is both energizing and relaxing.
Traditional Thai massage method uses two primary procedures, applying deep, consistent pressures to specific nerves, tendons and ligaments, and a wide variety of passive stretching movements manipulating the skeleton in order to balance the functions of the body. In traditional Thai massage, it is not just the hands that are used but also the therapist’s feet, forearms, knees and elbows. The effect of traditional Thai massage is uniquely relaxing as well as energizing. That is, the therapist presses knuckles, feet, hands, thumbs and fingers into specific points while holding the participant in a stretch.
Traditional Thai massage is a therapy that promotes the flow of energy throughout the body. The body regains flexibility and ease of movement, and the quiet meditative atmosphere gently promotes a calm alertness. Tension and toxic material is released from the joints, muscles and connective tissue. The movements also help to adjust the skeletal structure, relieve muscular and joint tension, and stimulate the internal organs.
Traditional Thai massage helps a person’s muscles, joints, ligaments and fascia by relaxing muscle tension, relieving the spasm, and improving the range of motion. The combination of pressure on specific points and yoga like stretches in traditional Thai massage relieves areas of muscular stress and tension. In fact, recipients often report that their muscles stay loose days after a session.


Additionally, traditional Thai massage helps a person’s cardiovascular system by dilating the blood vessels, so the circulation is increased. Traditional Thai massage stretches work in a similar way to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the practitioner releases the pose on a recipient, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. According to Yoga Journal, inverted poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.
Another benefit of traditional Thai massage includes improvement to the nervous system. That is, by stimulating the sensory nerves causing the central nervous system to respond better. Furthermore, some people suggest that, by blocking pain signals to the brain (gate control theory) and activating the parasympathetic nervous system to stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, traditional Thai massage helps prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increases the flow of lymph, and improves sleep.
A boosted immune system is also a benefit of traditional Thai massage. In fact, the American Massage Therapy Association lists several scientific studies that support the claim that participants can improve their immune systems through traditional Thai massage. By invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation, traditional Thai massage recipients increase their immunity to diseases.
Traditional Thai massage is also especially good at releasing mental and emotional stress. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, lists both yoga and massage therapy as alternative approaches to mental health care. In traditional Thai massage, the release of emotional or mental stress happens with the manipulation of muscles. Practiced correctly, traditional Thai massage also incorporates meditation, which can help participants manage stress and let go of negative emotions. Traditional Thai massage is more than just physical, but works to create harmony between mind, body, and spirit.
As you can see, the benefits of traditional Thai massage include those of other types of massage, such as improved circulation, release of muscle tension, mobility and flexibility, as well as stress relief. However, traditional Thai massage goes further; its more specialized techniques will help promote a balance of all the body's systems, body, mind, and spirit to create the complete sense of well being.
If you are looking for a more holistic approach to bodywork, traditional Thai massage is a good choice.

Foot Massage
Foot Massage Course - 30 Hours

Study foot massage method that integrate the knowledge of Chinese reflexology points with the most relaxing Wat Po massage techniques. Thai massage practically starts at the sole of the lift foot to stimulate the wind element and to balance all of four elements in human body (earth, water, wind and fire). Moreover, pressing and massaging through reflexology points are benefited to regain and improve activities of internal organs.

Practical session only
Introduction to Thai massage and foot massage
Precaution and prohibition of foot massage
Foot reflexology points - Massage technique, step and procedure
We Welcome customers and give recommendations

THAI FOOT MASSAGE
Thai foot massage is similar to that of Chinese reflexology, but is a combination of Thai foot massage and reflexology techniques. Reflexology is an ancient technique of applying pressure to reflex points of the feet and hands, which causes a physiological response in the body.
Thai foot massage is a holistic therapy that is applied to the hands and feet. The aim of the treatment is to treat the whole individual thus encouraging the body to heal itself and maintain homeostasis - the natural balance within the body.
It is thought that the feet and hands are analogous to the root system of trees. Just as the roots of a tree provide the key to its health and longevity, people’s feet and hands provide a key to their health and well being. Thai traditional healers have discovered that specific pressure points on the feet correspond to specific parts of the body as well as internal organs. Therefore, pressure of certain pressure points on the feet can relax muscles, cleanse the body of toxins, increase pulmonary circulatory health, and prevent illness.
In a Thai foot massage session, your feet and hands are initially washed in warm water. The therapist then uses oil, their hands, and wooden instruments to apply pressure to certain pressure points on your hands and feet. Often after longer sessions, therapists will have you sit up and will massage your head and shoulders as well.
Thai foot massage provides almost the same benefits as the benefits of traditional Thai massage. It is important to remember that a “foot massage” session is more than just a foot massage. Its benefits are holistic – body, mind, and spirit all benefit. It supports all systems of the body and, therefore, improves the digestive, reproductive, respiratory, lymphatic, immune and endocrine systems. As the reflex points on the hands and feet are worked the circulatory system increases blood supply around the body resulting in the release of tension and toxins for elimination. This supports the body's own ability to heal itself and to function at an optimum level, performing in a more balanced state.

Advanced Medical Thai Massage
The Advanced Medical Thai Massage - 60 Hours
Teaches the fundamentals of Thai Massage Points and Lines for relief of more than 50 minor ailments, such as muscle sprains and pains, tennis elbow, stiffness of the neck, lower back pains, muscle cramps, muscle fatigue, muscle stiffness, muscular discomfort, and nervous tension. It also helps to make muscles, joints and tendons suppler.
Thai Medical Massage is helpful in preventing the atrophy (wasting away) of muscles in paralyzed patients and elderly people who are unable to exercise. The first 4 days consists of the Theory of Anatomy and Physiology, Thai Massage Lines, and Thai Herbal Medicine.

Oil Massage and Aromatherapy
Oil Massage and Aromatherapy - 30 Hours

Even the science of oil massage are originated from the west, Thais also uses fragrances and herbs is traditional healthcare for long time ago.
Wat Po's oil massage technique to manipulate the relax-able feeling. Rubbing and stroking through Thai massage lines all over the body apparently
 reveal you the differential experience of oil massage.

Practical Session
Property of western and eastern aroma
Massage technique and procedure

THAI OIL (AROMATHERAPY) MASSAGE

Thai oil massage, also called Thai aroma massage, is a combination of traditional Thai massage and special Thai and essential massage oils.
Aroma massage harnesses the body’s sense of smell to help relieve stress, boost moods and improve general wellbeing. However, contrary to popular belief, aroma massage isn’t all just about scent. The oils from fruits, plants, herbs or flowers are also carried into the blood stream when rubbed into the skin.
Aroma massage involves the use of essential oils hat have been extracted from naturally-occurring materials. Because they’re natural there is less chance of developing allergies to them. Essential oils are far from being a new phenomenon, despite being considered by some to be “new age”. In fact, they’ve been around since ancient times and are used in cultures around the world.
There’s a huge selection of essential oils to choose from and each type of essential oil has its own unique health giving properties. Your massage therapist will discuss with you and together you will find the single essential oil or formula that has the healing properties right for you.
In addition to the benefits traditional Thai massage, the specific healing properties of the plants, flowers, and roots will help alleviate a variety of ailments.
Some plants are “super plants” and have healing properties for a variety of ailments. For example, lavender helps heal a variety of ailments including burns, fevers, fractures, cuts, headaches, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, infections, incest bites, jet lag, over exercised muscles, physical exhaustion, rashes, sleepiness, sprains, swellings, vomiting.
However, more common is that different plants hold healing properties for specific problems. For example, a variety of different oils work help cure different types of sports injuries. What works best is when the therapist combines individual oils into formulas to maximize the healing properties of single oils and create a synergistic effect to heal an ailment. This is a holistic approach to healing.
Additionally, the carrier lotions and oil that essential oils are blended into help smooth your skin and give you healthy looking skin.
THAI HERBAL COMPRESS MASSAGE
In Thailand, the herbal compress is called look pra kob, which can be translated as "herbal pressing sphere". In the In the United States, it is sometimes referred to as an "herbal stem" or "herbal ball". This healing art and science of Thai herbal compress therapy has been practiced for centuries. It dates back to a time when the knowledge of plants, including their effects through ingestion or application on the body, were researched and passed down from one generation to generation. This herbal therapy was designed to relieve pain and inflammation. Originally, it was primarily used to heal for wounded soldiers after war and for postpartum women after giving birth. But is now used to help with a variety of ailments.
Thai herbal compress massage can also be used in a combination with traditional Thai massage. The herbal compress is a combination of healing herbs, wrapped together in a muslin compress, in accordance with ancient recipes. It is then steamed in a bamboo or electric steamer and placed directly on the skin along the 10 main sen (energy) lines in gentle pressing, circular and rolling movements. A therapist may also leave a compress at an acupressure point in order to stimulate the energy flow throughout the body.
Therapists have at least two compresses ready for use. One is placed on the heat source, while the other is applied to the client. After one compress starts to cool it is traded for the hot one. The heat can be turned up or down depending how hot the client likes it, but the compresses are always just hot enough to touch them comfortably.
In addition to the benefits of Thai traditional massage, the herbal compress provides aromatherapy, thermal therapy, and herbal therapy all at once. That is, the steaming releases the aroma and medicinal properties of the herbs in the compress and it penetrate the skin through moist heat therapy with herbal benefits.
The Thai herbal compress technique offers several potential health benefits. As the pores open and allow the herbs to take effect, ailments such as pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, back pain, migraines, arthritis, and even skin conditions. It assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph, and stimulates the internal organs. It also induces deep relaxation, relieves stress anxiety, and fatigue.
The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body’s energy reserves a huge boost. That is an herbal compress massage boosts both emotional and physical well-being. Thai herbal compress massage is rising in popularity in America due to the fact that it is a wholesome and complete treatment.

Ingredients of Thai Herbal Compress

Plai-Cassummunar Ginger (Phrai): The Rhizome (bulb) part of the plant is used. This plant has many well known attributes. Some include its ability to help bronchial symptoms like those associated with bronchitis, tuberculosis, asthma, or the common cold. This anti-inflammatory property when applied topically has a deep soothing effect to any contusion, sprain, or inflammation of a joint or ligament. It also has antiseptic and toning properties for the skin, and soothes while healing.

Lemongrass (Ta khrai): The stem of the plant is used. Lemongrass has always been known not only for its aromatherapy values, but more importantly for the properties natural in the lemongrass as an anti-inflammatory, when used topically for sprains, bruise and sore muscles.

Turmeric (Khamin): The Rhizome and leaf part of this plant is used. Turmeric also has similar properties to its ginger relative. This herb has a cleansing effect on the skin that promotes healing. Its anti-inflammatory properties combined with antiseptic properties assist in healing bruises, joint pain, sprains, or muscle pain.

Kaffir Lime (Ma Kurt): The leaves are what are used most often medicinally, and what are in the Thai herbal compress. These leaves are often used for treatment for colds, congestion and have antioxidant properties. When applies topically to the skin, the astringent properties help to cleanse the skin and promote healing.

Camphor (Ga ra boon): The crystals that are derived from the gum of the free bark are used from this plant. Camphor crystals are common in most Thai saunas, hospitals, health clubs, and spas. While camphor is known for its stimulating and dilating effects for the upper respiratory system, it also has a calming effect on stress, anxiety, and insomnia so it is listed as both a stimulant and a calmative.
 Topically, the crystals’ anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties are perfect for muscle stiffness, sprains, strains, or swelling. The antiseptic properties again assist in the healing of any bruising of the skin, while promoting new skin growth.

Tamarind (Ma Kham): The whole plant is used medicinally, although typically the leaves are used for topical remedies.
 When applies directly to the skin, the astringent values draw out oils and cleanse and purify the skin, while the antiseptic properties soothe and heal the skin.

Curcma Comosa (from the Zingiberaceae family): The bulb is used, especially to strengthen the muscle tissues of visceral organs. It has been used for centuries for the treatment of hot flashes, menstrual pain, abdominal pain and chronic pelvic disorders.

Shikakai (Acacia Concinna): From the bark, leaves or pods, has been used for hair care in India for centuries.
 Shikakai means "fruit for hair." The bark contains high levels of saponins, which are foaming agents.
 Saponin-contaning plants have a long history of use as mild cleansers.
Patchouli, Mango Ginger, Sweet Sage, Orange Skin are also used for aromatic, relaxing and uplifting properties.

Woman Healthcare Massage
Woman Healthcare Massage - 30 Hour

Learn about the differences in a Thai Massage for women such as techniques to reduce pain, abdominal pain, aches during menstruation. Learn how to massage the mother during pregnancy, mother and child care after birth in light of Ekgakraohm. Learn Preparation for Delivery Herbal Massage and for the elderly before and during visits with the elderly.

THAI MASSAGE BENEFITS
Traditional Thai Massage
Helpful in relieving the following ailments:
Arteriosclerosis
Arthritis
Asthma
Back pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic fatigue
Diabetes
Digestive disorders
Fibromyalgia
Headaches
Heart conditions
High blood pressure
Inflammation
Insomnia
Migraines
Neck pain
Numbness
Pain caused by injuries
Partial paralysis
Sciatica
Shoulder soreness
Sinus pressure
Sprains
Stiffness in the joints
Strains of muscles and tendons
Stress
TMJ
Whiplash pain
It can also:
Aid in pain management
Balance mind, body, and spirit
Boost immunity
Decrease depression and anxiety
Enhance relaxation
Help with digestion
Help with lymphatic circulation
Improve blood circulation
Improve neurological function
Improve range of motion
Increase energy
Increase flexibility
Open joints
Prevent PMS
Promote inner peace and calmness
Provide rejuvenation and pleasure
Reduce stress and releases tension
Release tension
Stimulate circulation
Strengthen the internal organs
Expect to leave feeling relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated.


BENEFITS OF THAI MASSAGE – DETAILED INFORMATION
Most of us know that massage feels good; but therapeutic massage, such as Thai traditional massage, also provides relief to a multitude of specific health concerns. Therapeutic massage is part of an integrative care approach to many medical conditions
An important element of Eastern medicine is the concept of life force or energy. In Yogic terms, it is referred to as prana, in Chinese it is called chi, and in Thai it is called loom. All are referring to the basic principle of life force energy, which flows along specific channels. Along these channels are specific energy points that, when blocked, the energy is in excess in one area of the body and a deficiency in another.
In Eastern healthcare, it is said that disease is initially caused by tension, stress, or dis-ease. Typically, there will be pain or tension in some areas of the body (often causing toxic build up) before certain symptoms of an ailment will incur. It is to our advantage to work on physical imbalances before they develop into more serious diseases and before the toxic build up has caused damage to our internal organs.
Traditional Thai massage is more precise and energizing than other forms of traditional massage. Traditional Thai massage provides benefit by stimulating pressure points on to open the body’s energy pathways, allowing healing energy to allowing healing energy to flow freely and allowing the body to heal itself.
Traditional Thai massage helps a person’s muscles, joints, ligaments and fascia by relaxing muscle tension, relieving the spasm, and improving the range of motion. The combination of pressure on specific points and yoga like stretches in traditional Thai massage relieves areas of muscular stress and tension. In fact, recipients often report that their muscles stay loose days after a session.
Additionally, traditional Thai massage helps a person’s cardio vascular system by dilating the blood vessels, so the circulation is increased. Traditional Thai massage stretches work in a similar way to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the practitioner releases the pose on a recipient, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. According to "Yoga Journal," inverted poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.
Another benefit of traditional Thai massage includes improvement to the nervous system. That is, by stimulating the sensory nerves causing the central nervous system to respond better. Furthermore, some people suggest that, by blocking pain signals to the brain (gate control theory) and activating the parasympathetic nervous system to stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, traditional Thai massage helps prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increases the flow of lymph, and improves sleep.
A boosted immune system is also a benefit of traditional Thai massage. In fact, the American Massage Therapy Association lists several scientific studies that support the claim that participants can improve their immune systems through traditional Thai massage. By invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation, traditional Thai massage recipients increase their immunity to diseases.
Traditional Thai massage is also especially good at releasing mental and emotional stress. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, lists both yoga and massage therapy as alternative approaches to mental health care. In traditional Thai massage, the release of emotional or mental stress happens with the manipulation of muscles. Practiced correctly, traditional Thai massage also incorporates meditation, which can help participants manage stress and let go of negative emotions. Traditional Thai massage is more than just physical, but works to create harmony between mind, body, and spirit.
As you can see, the benefits of traditional Thai massage include those of other types of massage, such as improved circulation, release of muscle tension, mobility and flexibility, as well as stress relief. However, traditional Thai massage goes further; its more specialized techniques will help promote a balance of all the body's systems, body, mind, and spirit to create the complete sense of well being.
If you are looking for a more holistic approach to bodywork, traditional Thai massage is a good choice.

Certification Courses

Level I. Body Massage (150 hours) See Course Outline/Schedule | See Daily Class Schedule

Two different styles of Traditional Thai Massage are taught.

Nuad Paan Boran
Sometimes referred to as Northern Style or Thai Yoga Massage. Nuad Paan Boran is used for relaxation, stretching, and healing. Various parts of the practitioner's body may be used to massage the client.
Raachatsomnak
Also referred to as Royal Style Thai Massage, Raachatsomnak is used for healing and The Traditional Medical Thai Massage School teaches the basics of this style for later learning of Jop Sen in levels 2 and 3


Level II. Pain Relief and Foot Massage (100 hours)

Teachings of the ancient stone carvings.

Jop Sen
From the carvings in Wat Pho, students will learn to read and study the ten main lines. Fifty common places of pain can be healed using various healing points (some from the stone carving and some from Thongchai Onnom, a former teacher of Wat Pho).


Level III. Thai Massage Practicum / Supervised Internship (250 hours)

Students will develop an acute sense of the body and learn to find areas of pain in the body from the feet. The points of the body are to be known offhand and applied during a regular massage session. The two different styles of Thai massage must be put together in a way suitable for the different body types of clients.

 

Traditional Thai Massage Services:

1 hour 60 Euro
1.5  hours 80 Euro
2 hours 140 Euro

 

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