Thai Massage: Theory and Practice for Clients with Medical Conditions/Physical Limitations




Thai Massage: Theory and Practice for Clients with Medical Conditions/Physical Limitations

6 CEUs for massage therapists, athletic trainers and NJ chiropractors

Many clients cannot easily receive massage treatments on a table due to physical limitations. Thai massage offers a very practical treatment alterative. Do not refuse clients with limiting medical conditions; instead, learn how to perform Thai massage (on the floor) to help those clients. Learn how to properly adapt traditional Thai massage techniques and how to position yourself and the client for optimal results.  Thai massage techniques can be used as a preventative treatment to “unlock” muscles and tendons that tighten and contract when someone is confined to a wheelchair or has little mobility. This class will focus on the following types of physically limiting conditions: spasticity, scoliosis and other posture problems, arthritis and cerebral palsy.  The class will also include an introduction to and overview of Thai massage so no prerequisite is required.  This course will also show participants how to perform Thai Massage on a table as opposed to the floor when needed because of the client’s condition.

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.

Please also see our “Thai Massage:  Theory and Hands-On Practice” class. That class is more general in nature but it is not a prerequisite for this class about Thai massage for clients with physical limitations. Click here for more info:

Course will cover:

Introduction to Thai Massage

  • A Brief History of Thailand
  • Origins, Background, and Development of Thai Massage
  • Traditional Thai Medicine

Principles of Thai Massage for Clients with Disabilities

  • Types of Thai Massage
  • Basics of Thai Massage
  • Theory of Anatomy according to Traditional Thai Mediine
  • Clients with Physical Limitations
  • Benefits of Thai Massage
  • Components of Thai Massage
  • Contraindications to Thai Massage

Thai Massage for Clients with Disabilities

  • Spasticity
  • Scoliosis (other chronic posture problems)
  • Arthritis
  • Cerebral Palsy

Sen Sib in Complete Sources

  • Background of Sen Sib
  • Names of Sen Sib
  • Tracing of Sen Sib

Faith and Ethics of Thai Massage Practitioners

  • The Doctor Jiwaka Komaraphat
  • Prayers in Thai Massage
  • Oath and Ethics of Thai Massage Practitioners

Law and Regulations of Thai Massage

Hands-On Practice

  1. Sitting and Hand Positions
  2. Head Massage
  3. Neck Massage
  4. Shoulder Massage
  5. Facial Massage
  6. Back Massage
  7. Arm Massage
  8. Abdominal Massage
  9. Leg Massage
  10. Stretching Positions
  11. Closing Massage

Please dress comfortably and bring a floor/yoga mat or thick towel.

Instructor:                  Benjamin Zargarian, PT, LMT

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.


Additional information


Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9:00am-3:30pm