Prerequisites: Foundations in Thai Massage 1 or equivalent training in Thai massage
Thai Massage combines the best of yoga and massage into a modality as good to give as it is to receive. The benefits of this massage for clients include decreasing pain, stress and tension, help with headaches, anxiety and insomnia. For the receiver it is a moving meditation where you use your whole body to give and is an expression of health and harmony.
This course builds on level one by adding 45 minutes of new massage techniques, reinforcing all Level 1 material, and introducing students to the fundamentals of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system and sister science to yoga. Level 2 teaches students practical, hands-on methods for customizing the massage holistically in order to deepen the therapeutic quality of their practice.
As students learn the fundamentals of Ayurvedic principles and the three mind-body constitutions (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), they will apply these concepts to craft highly customized massages that address physical needs, enhance client relationships, and create a unique massage experience. Learning how to give massage with ones’ knees will help to reduce reliance on hands and thumbs and facilitate deep pressure massage.
Level 2 Foundations in Thai Massage focuses on:
• Reinforcing and deepening the application of Level 1 postures;
• Adding 45 minutes of new techniques to treat areas of greater need such as the shoulders, neck, back, and hamstrings;
• Using the knees as a new touch technique and massage tool;
• Applying Ayurveda to help create a highly customized and holistic massage;
• Determining a client’s Ayurvedic constitution; and
• Building client relationships—the key to a successful business.
Required reading: Thai Massage: Unlocking the Secrets of Universal Touch by Shai Plonski
Required Preparation: There are Ayurveda videos and exercises that students will be asked to do ahead of class time to familiarize themselves with the three doshas and how to complete an ayurvedic questionnaire.
This is the second class in our Professional Training Program. Complete this class and a series of practice massages in order to qualify for Primary Certification. Still Light Centre is accredited with NCBTMB.
Shai Plonski is the best-selling author of Compassionate Touch: Giving Massage for Optimal Health, Thriving Relationships & Spiritual Awakening. Over the past sixteen years Shai has taught Thai Massage at some of the largest yoga centers in the world including the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute. He has authored or co-authored 16 manuals and books on the practice of Thai Massage, trained over 3300 practitioners and 100 teachers in this healing art. As the founder of the Still Light Centre he brings a passionate and calm approach to his teaching that can bring out the Thai master in anyone. He believes that compassionate touch is our birthright.