THAI MASSAGE: THEORY AND HANDS-ON PRACTICE (Level 1)
6 CEUs for massage therapists and chiropractors – approved through NCBTMB, NJ Board of Chiropractic Examiners and PACE.
If you like this introductory class, consider enrolling in the follow up class to learn how to treat those with special conditions or physical limitations. Thai massage can be a great modality for those who cannot easily get on a massage table. For more info regarding the next level class: www.iceclasses.com/product/thai-massage-theory-and-practice-for-clients-with-medical-conditions-physical-limitations/.
Thai massage is an ancient, time-tested, energy-based form of bodywork that has existed for thousands of years. It is believed to have originated from Thai Buddhist monks who were physicians prior to ordination. Thai massage combines elements of yoga, shiatsu and acupressure, working with the energy pathways and therapy points of the body. It is different from other types of massage therapy in that is performed on a large floor mat, not a massage table, and the recipient remains fully clothed. Practitioners use their hands, feet and knees to facilitate an optimal release of stress and tension also designed to balance and realign the body over time.
Students will learn the principles of Thai Massage, including the core concept of Sen Sib Theory. Sen Sib are ten of the major life energy channels (meridians) in the body used in Thai Massage. History and traditions of Thai medicine will also be covered. The majority of class time will be spent doing hands-on massage and bodywork.
Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a floor/yoga mat or thick towel and 2 firm pillows or bolsters.
Introduction to Thai Massage
- Brief history of Thailand
- Origins, Background and Development of Thai Massage
- Traditional Thai Massage
Principles of Thai Massage
- Theory of Anatomy according to Traditional Thai Massage
Sen Sib in Complete Sources
Faith and Ethics of Thai Massage Practitioners
- Jiwaka Komaraphat
- Prayers in Thai Massage
- Oath and Ethics of Practitioners
Thai Massage Revival Project
- Creation of Outcome of the Project
- Advisors and Teachers
Law and Regulations of Thai Massage
- Regulations for Practice
- Accreditation of Thai Massage Schools
Thai Massage in Practice – Hands-On Learning including:
- Sitting and Hand Positions
- Head Massage
- Neck Massage
- Shoulder Massage
- Facial Massage
- Back Massage
- Arm Massage
- Abdominal Massage
- Leg Massage
- Stretching Positions
- Closing Massage
About the Instructor – Benjamin Zargarian
Benjamin Zargarian of Thai Wellness Center in Fair Lawn, NJ, is both a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer who has practiced and taught thai yoga massage for many years, both in the US and Thailand. In addition to Thai Massage experience, he also has an extensive international physical therapy background and licensure and has worked and studied in Thailand, Germany and Armenia as well as the US.