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Thai Yoga Massage

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12 CE Hours - E1029
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Thai Yoga Massage

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  • Text - 149 pages
  • Video - 45 minutes
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage based on yoga, ayurveda, and the martial arts, the massage therapist guides the client through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body's energy lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

The course text leads readers through every aspect of this ancient bodywork therapy using more than 125 detailed, step-by-step photographs. Techniques for performing a one-hour massage are also demonstrated in the accompanying DVD.

Concepts presented include the history, benefits and key elements of the practice, such as anatomy and physiology and contraindications from the Thai viewpoint and tips for integrating Thai concepts with Western health theory.

In this course, you will learn:

  • the definition of Thai Yoga Massage, including how it works and how it may benefit clients
  • sen lines, doshas, marma points and the five elements
  • essential Thai Yoga movements
  • working stances
  • touch techniques
  • correct methods for using forearms, elbows, knees and feet
  • breathing techniques
  • contraindications for Thai Yoga Massage
  • sitting, double and single foot, single-leg, side-lying, back-position, abdomen, chest, arm and hand postures along with benefits precautions and common practice mistakes

Course Objectives

  1. Define and describe Thai yoga massage, including how it works and how it may benefit the recipient.
  2. Define sen lines, doshas, marma points and the five elements.
  3. Recognize how bonding and attachment can be supported with infant massage
  4. Identify the essential movements within Thai yoga massage.
  5. Identify and describe the three floor techniques used in working with clients.
  6. Identify the key element in the working stance to achieve effective body mechanics.
  7. Describe at least six of the working stances.
  8. Identify and describe the two main touch techniques.
  9. Describe the abbreviated massage and when it can be useful
  10. Describe the correct methods of using the forearms, elbows, knees and feet.
  11. Describe each of the four breath techniques and identify which is the most commonly used.
  12. Identify at least six key points for practicing safe Thai yoga massage.
  13. Recognize the contraindications and/or precautions for AIDS, cancer, cervical spine problems, high blood pressure, menstruation, osteoporosis, pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis.
  14. Define namaskar and describe how it is done.
  15. Recognize at least nine sitting postures and list their benefits and precautions.
  16. Recognize at least six double- and single-foot postures and list their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  17. Recognize three approaches to sen work on the legs and list their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  18. Recognize at least nine single-leg postures and list their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  19. Recognize the key factor to working in the side-lying position; at least six side-lying postures and their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  20. Recognize nine back-position postures and list their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  21. Recognize at least six double-leg postures and list their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  22. Recognize at least nine postures for the abdomen, chest, arms and hands and list their benefits, precautions and/or common practice mistakes.
  23. Describe the techniques that end the session, including the precautions.  

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Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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