- What do I need in order to practice Thai Massage? (show answer ↓)
In order to practice Thai Massage legally, you need a massage license from whatever state you will be working in. To get a massage license you need to go to massage school and then pass the licensing exam of the state you will be practicing in. Certification does not fulfill the need for a massage license. Here’s a link with information: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/mtlic.htm.
- I am a yoga teacher/pilates instructor/personal trainer. After the Thai Massage training, can I say I am a Thai Yoga Bodyworker or Thai Bodyworker and practice Thai Massage that way? (show answer ↓)
Many people do that. However, just so you know the law, in NYS, all massage work – including Thai massage – is considered massage. By law, massage therapists are required to have a massage license. Therefore, many people who do Thai Massage, but who are not LMTs, get around the law by leaving out the word massage and calling their work Thai Yoga bodywork or Thai Yoga, etc., instead of Thai Massage.
- Many places offer Thai massage workshops called Levels 1, 2, 3, etc. Do you offer levels? If not, what are your courses equal to? (show answer ↓)
In Thailand, traditionally there were no levels. The training took place over a long period of time under the guidance of a master. Here in the west the material has been divided into levels, but there is no standard for what should be covered per level. Different schools and teachers have therefore created their own syllabus and divided the material accordingly. The important thing is to learn techniques from all the five Thai Massage positions – supine, side lying, prone, inverted and seated. That way, at the end of your studies, you can give a complete Thai Yoga Massage session. Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork workshop titles currently reflect precisely what material or position is covered in a course rather than a level. There is a Supine & Prone workshop which used to be called Level 1; a Side Lying, Inverted & Seated workshop which used to be called Level 2 along with the Putting It All Together – Refinement workshop. And there is an Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions workshop which used to be called Level 3.
- Can I take the courses in various orders? (show answer ↓)
Yes, the first two courses: Supine & Prone as well as the Side Lying, Inverted & Seated workshops can be taken in either order. The Putting It All Together – Refinement workshop can be taken only after completing both of the aforementioned workshops. Ideally, the Supine & Prone workshop is taken first, followed by the Side Lying, Inverted & Seated workshop followed by the Putting It All Together – Refinement workshop. However, if you first take the Side Lying, Inverted & Seated workshop and then the Supine & Prone workshop that’s fine. The first two workshops whatever their order is always followed by the Putting It All Together – Refinement workshop. After these first three workshops have been completed, you can take the Advanced Techniques in the Five Positions workshop.
- What is the difference between Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Nuad Boran, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Bodywork, etc? (show answer ↓)
There is no difference. These are just different names for the same form of bodywork. People who are not licensed massage therapists usually call their work one of the above names which does not include the word massage in it.
- What does LMT stand for?
LMT stands for licensed massage therapist.
- What does RYT stand for?
RYT stands for registered yoga teacher.
- What are CEs? (show answer ↓)
CEs are continuing education units. CEs are required to maintain your massage license in the state you live in or your yoga certification with Yoga Alliance.
- I am not yet a licensed massage therapist nor yoga teacher. Can I use the CEs from your courses retroactively after I get my massage license or yoga certification? (show answer ↓)
No, CEs are defined as continuing education and are just that – they are applicable only after you have gotten your massage license or after you have gotten your yoga teacher certification. Any training taken beforehand can not give you continuing education hours.
- Do I need CEs or NYS CEs?
NYS LMTs need NYS CEs. Out of state LMTs just need CEs. RYT just need CEs, even if they practice in NYS.
- How many CEs do I need to keep my massage license in NY state? (show answer ↓)
Licensed Massage Therapists in NY state are required to take 36 hours of CEs every three year license cycle. These CEs must be NY state approved. CEs that are not NY state approved will not count for your license renewal so make sure that the CE course you take is NY state approved. All of the Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork workshops are NY state approved as well as NCBTMB approved for those who are from out of state or are registered with the Yoga Alliance.
- Is the NCBTMB recognized as a Continuing Education Sponsor in NY state?
Yes, New York has approved of the NCBTMB as a Continuing Education Sponsor. NCBTMB has approved all the Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork workshops.
- Are the CEs for Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork training authorized by NCBTMB? by NY state?
Yes, the CEs for Thai Massage Sacred Bodywrok are authorized by NCBTMB and by NY State.
- Is Ananda Apfelbaum an Approved Provider for CEs? (show answer ↓)
Yes, Ananda Apfelbaum is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider and is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMTs continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal. Her Approved Provider number is 451263-10.
Frequently Asked Questions by Clients
- What is Thai Massage good for? (show answer ↓)
Thai Massage is good for deep relaxation, for stretching tight areas of the body and increasing range of motion. It improves circulation. It energizes and harmonizes the whole system. Thai massage also speeds up the recovery time from jet lag. It helps one get in touch with deeply held emotional and/or physical traumas.
- How often should I have a Thai Massage? (show answer ↓)
There is no limit as to how often you can benefit from having a Thai massage – even daily would be wonderful. However, most people don’t have the time nor the resources to have a daily massage. Thus most of my regular clients come once a week, but there are others who come once a month or every other week. It really depends on your schedule, finances, needs, etc. If you have a problem that is being worked on via Thai Massage, than once a week would be ideal until the problem is resolved after which you can come after longer intervals of time.
- How long a session should I schedule? (show answer ↓)
Sessions run from 1 to 2 hours long (in Thailand they are often 3 hours long!) so depending on your needs, time and finances you should schedule accordingly. The longer a session you book, the more the therapist can address during your session and the more your body/mind/spirit will be able slow down, relax and restore.
- What contraindications are there for Thai Massage? (show answer ↓)
If one has an infectious skin disease, rash or open wound that area should not be touched. Certain techniques need to be avoided if one has a restriction or injury. Opening the wind (blood stops) can not be done for people who have high blood pressure or for pregnant women as it can dislodge blood clots. No massage should be done where there are any bruises, tumors, abdominal hernias or recent fractures.
- How is Thai Massage different from Swedish massage? (show answer ↓)
Thai Massage does not use oils whereas Swedish massage does. Thai Massage uses acupressure, stretching, traction, rocking and reflexology whereas Swedish massage uses long gliding strokes. Thai Massage works on the client in five positions of the body (supine, side lying, prone, inverted and seated) whereas in Swedish massage generally only two positions (supine and prone) are used. Thai Massage uses lots of stretching. Swedish massage has practically no stretching. Thai Massage is done fully clothed and is done on a mat. Swedish massage is done on bare skin and is done on a table. Thai massage sessions tend to be longer than Swedish massage sessions. Thai Massage comes out of a Buddhist culture. Swedish massage doesn’t come out of a particular religious affiliation. Thai Massage has a system of sen (pathways). Swedish massage has no system of sen nor other pathways.
- What should I wear for a Thai Massage?
Please bring comfortable clothes that you can move in such as yoga pants, sweats, t-shirts, etc.
- How can I prepare for a Thai Massage?
It’s best to not eat a heavy meal for at least an hour before your Thai massage.
- What should I do after a Thai Massage? (show answer ↓)
It is good to take a nap after a Thai massage so as to more fully integrate the changes that occurred during the session. Later on that day, if you are sore, you will benefit from having an Epsom salt bath and/or from rubbing arnica on your sore areas which will help to reduce their soreness.
- Do you have gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available on the Sessions page.
- Do you accept insurance?
No, I am not able to accept any insurance.