Thai Massage Workshops

Thai Massage training with Ananda

Thai Massage training with Ananda.               Photo by Allison Flores

 

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork Certification Training with Ananda Apfelbaum, BA, LMT, RYT

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork training offers an in depth study of Thai Massage with an emphasis on hands on learning. This practical approach ensures that students who finish Basic Certification are able to give a complete, whole body Thai Massage in five positions. The Basic training covers the five positions in three workshops as follows: 1. Supine & Prone, 2. Side Lying, Inverted & Seated and 3. Putting It All Together – Refinement. The first two workshops can be taken in either order, although ideally Supine & Prone is taken before Side Lying, Inverted & Seated. After these two workshops, everything that was learned is reviewed and refined in the Putting it All Together workshop. in which the whole flow is gone over sequentially. Basic Certification is then given. Students can then take the Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions workshop. A training manual with excellant photos and clear text accompanies each workshop.  CEs are available for all the workshops. Following is more specific information about the program.

Basic Certification*
Supine & Prone – 36 NCBTMB, 36 NY State CEs
In this thirty-six hour Thai Massage training, you will learn about the history and cultural context of Thai Massage as well as its spiritual base in Buddhism. You will learn the fundamental Thai Massage techniques such as palming and thumbing on the energy lines as well as over fifty Thai Massage stretches in the supine and prone positions. Upon completion, you will be able to give a 1 1/4 hour Thai Yoga Massage in these positions.
Side Lying, Inverted & Seated – 26 NCBTMB, 26 NY State CEs
In this twenty-six hour Thai Massage training, you will continue to learn fundamental Thai Massage techniques such as palming and thumbing on the energy lines as well as how to do the “opening the wind” technique. You will learn over sixty Thai Massage stretches in the side lying, inverted, and seated positions. Upon completion, you will be able to give a one hour Thai Yoga Massage in these positions.
Putting it All Together – Refinement  – 8 NCBTMB, 8 NY State CEs
In this eight hour Thai Massage training, we will review and refine all the Thai Massage techniques that you have learned so far with a special focus on the transitions between techniques so as to create a smooth flow. We will go through the positions in their traditional order which goes from supine to side-lying, prone, inverted and then seated.  Everyone will have a chance to go through the complete Thai Massage flow.  You will be able to give a complete 2 1/4 hour Thai Yoga Massage in the five positions when you finish this workshop.
*All students who complete this program will receive 70 hours Basic Certification.  

Advanced Certification*
Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions – 27 NCBTMB, 27 NY State CEs
In this twenty-seven hour advanced training, you will learn sixty new Thai Massage moves used in the five positions. There will be a final practical in which you will give a customized Thai Yoga Bodywork session to someone you bring to class. Upon completion of the Advanced Techniques, you will be able to give a 3 hour Thai Yoga Massage in the five Thai massage body positions – supine, side lying, prone, inverted and seated.
*All students who complete this workshop will receive 27 hours Advanced Certification.

Student at a Thai Massage training receiving certification

Receiving certification.  Photo by Allison Flores

Continuing Education (CEs)
The Continuing Education hours (CEs) offered here are NCBTMB approved. The CEs are for licensed massage therapists and registered yoga teachers. There are two kinds of CEs – NCBTMB CEs and NYS CEs. If you are a NYS LMT, you need 36 NYS CEs over a three year period in order to renew your license.  If you are not a NYS LMT, then NCBTMB CEs will be sufficient.

CEs must be paid for before attending your workshop. In order to receive your CE certificate, you need to attend and successfully complete the entire workshop. Remake certificates cost the same as the original certificates. Also please note that CE certificates are different from the Basic and Advanced Certification which all students will receive upon successful completion of their Basic or Advanced training.

Thai Massage Training Recommendations

  • Book – Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork by Ananda Apfelbaum. Click here for price and to order the book. The book will also be available at the workshops.
  • DVD – Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork by Ananda Apfelbaum. This DVD covers the Thai Massage sequence learned in the Foundation Workshops. Click here for price and to order the DVD. They will also be available at the workshops.
  • Private Classes – Ananda will go over your Thai Massage techniques posture by posture and give you guidance and feedback. This will ensure that you practice correctly.
  • Massage Session – will help you understand Thai Massage better.
  • Bodywork Experience – recommended, but not necessary.

Thai Massage Training Requirements

  • Practice – minimum of three hours of documented home practice for each workshop.
  • Physical Condition – you need to be able to work on your hands and knees.
  • Sheet and Yoga Mat – bring a twin-size flat sheet (NOT fitted, not Full/Queen/King) as well as one or preferably two yoga mats to class for use during the workshop.
  • Attendance – come to class on time and stay for the duration of the class unless an exception has been given.

Thai Massage Training Make Up Classes
It generally takes one hour of private class to cover three hours of workshop material. Missed classes must be made up before the next class. During makeup classes, only the actual Thai Massage practical material will be covered. Make up classes are $90/hour.

Cancellation Policy
The courtesy of 48 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a private class is appreciated. Failure to comply will result in the full charge – no exceptions.

Refund Policy
No refund/credit will be given except for an emergency situation of ill health. If a refund is given, it will be for the balance of remaining class hours minus a $50 processing fee.

Costs
If you look at the per hour cost of these courses you will see that they are incredibly affordable and cheaper than many other NYC Thai Massage workshops. Our 36-hour foundation course appears more expensive, but when you check the per hour cost, you’ll find that you are getting more training for less cost. The longer hours have been given as many students asked for more material and more review. This ensures that when you leave the workshop, you will know the material thoroughly and be able to confidently give a very complete Thai massage when you finish the training!  All trainings are accompanied by a free manual with photos of all the techniques and short clear explanations.

Further Information
If you have any questions regarding the information presented here, please contact Ananda at: ananda@thaimassagesacredbodywork.com.

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork Trainings, The Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster Street #2F (between Prince and Spring Streets in Soho), New York, NY 10012. This is near the N/R Prince St. stop and the C/E Spring St. stop.

Basic Foundation: Supine & Prone, NYC, Oct. 24-26 plus Nov. 7-9, 2014 (both weekends must be taken)
Fridays 2-7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10-6 pm

Please submit the Student Application Form along with your payment of:

  • $555 Supine & Prone early registration fee (through 09/26/2014) (you save $50)
  • $605 Supine & Prone late registration fee (after 09/26/2014)
  • $10 Supine & Prone – 36 NCBTMB CEs
  • $15 Supine & Prone – 36 NY State CEs

Basic Foundation: Side Lying, Inverted & Seated, NYC, Jan 23-25 plus Feb. 6-7, 2015 (both  weekends must be taken)
Friday Jan. 23rd 4-7pm*, Friday Feb. 6th 2-6pm *Please note: Students who have not taken any previous Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork training are required to participate in an orientation class Friday Jan. 23rd 2-3:30pm. This class is not open to previous students and is included in the cost of the course.

Please submit the Student Application Form along with your payment of:

  • $425 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated early registration fee (through 12/26/2014) (you save $50)
  • $465 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated late registration fee (after 12/26/2014)
  • $10 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated – 26 NCBTMB CEs
  • $15 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated – 26 NY State CEs

Basic Foundation: Putting It All Together – Refinement*, NYC, Feb. 8, 2015, Sunday 10-7 pm
*Please note: This class is ONLY for those who have taken the two Basic Foundation workshops.

  • $125 Putting It All Together – Refinement early registration fee (though 01/11/2015) (you save $50)
  • $175 Putting It All Together – Refinement late registration fee (after 01/11/2015)
  • $10 Putting It All Together – Refinement – 8 NCBTMB CEs
  • $15 Putting It All Together – Refinement – 8 NY State CEs

Discount Package for the Three Basic Foundation Trainings, NYC, Oct. 24-26 & Nov. 7-9, 2014, Jan. 23-25 & Feb. 6-7, Feb 8, 2015

Please submit the Student Application Form along with your payment of:

  • $1055 Discount Package early registration fee (through 09/26/2015) (you save $50)
  • $1105 Discount Package late registration fee (after 09/26/2015) (you save $50)

Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions, NYC, June 12-14 plus June 27-28, 2015 (both weekends must be taken) Friday June 12th 2-6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10-6 pm except Sunday June 28th 10-2 pm. Please note:  No class Friday June 26th

  • $445 Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions early registration fee (through 05/15/15) (you save $50)
  • $495 Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions late registration fee (after 05/15/15)
  • $10 Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions – 27 NCBTMB CEs
  • $15 Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions – 27 NY State CEs
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Want to take the Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork training again?

It’s a great idea to repeat the training. All repeat Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork workshops are half price. You can also come for one day on a day pass.

  • $275 Repeat Supine & Prone
  • $215 Repeat Side Lying, Inverted & Seated
  • $65 Repeat Putting It All Together
  • $225 Repeat Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions
  • $65 Repeat One Day Pass
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Upcoming Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork trainings

Valentine’s Day Partner Yoga, NYC, Feb. 14, 2015
Saturday, Feb. 14th 3-5 pm

Basic Foundation: Supine & Prone, NYC, March 14-16 & March 27-29, 2015 (both weekends must be taken)
Fridays 2-7 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10-6 pm

Basic Foundation: Side Lying, Inverted & Seated, NYC, May 1-3 plus May 29-30, 2015 (both weekends must be taken)
Friday May 1st 4-7 pm*, Friday May 29th 2-6 pm, Saturdays and Sunday 10-6:00 pm *Please note: Students who have not taken any previous Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork training are required to participate in an orientation class Friday Jan. 23rd 2-3:30pm. This class is not open to previous students and is included in the cost of the course.

Basic Foundation: Putting It All Together – Refinement*, NYC, May 31, 2015, Sunday 10-7 pm
* Please note: This class is ONLY for those who have taken the two Basic Foundation workshops.