- 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 work in. To get a massage license you need to go to a massage school and then pass the licensing exam of the state you will practice 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, how should I refer to my work? Should I say I am a Thai Yoga Bodyworker or Thai Bodyworker or Thai Massage therapist? (show answer ↓)
If you don’t have a massage license, you will need to say you are a Thai Bodyworker or a Thai Yoga Bodyworker and not say you are a Thai Massage therapist as the words “massage therapist” are solely reserved for those who have passed the massage licensing exam in the state they practice in. In NYS, all massage work – including Thai massage – is considered massage. All massage therapists are required by law to have a massage license. Therefore, many people who do Thai Massage, but who are not licensed massage therapists, get around this 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 Thai bodywork from a qualified teacher and to learn how to work on a mat on the floor as it is always traditionally done on that way. You need to learn techniques from the supine, side lying, prone, inverted and seated positions. That way, by the end of your studies, you can give a complete Thai Yoga Massage session. In our Basic Training, we teach you many techniques from all the aforementioned positions. And then in Advanced Training we teach you even more techniques.
Can I take the courses in various orders?(show answer ↓)Yes, the first two courses: Supine & Prone and the Side-Lying, Inverted & Seated courses can be taken in either order. The Putting It All Together workshop can be taken only after completing both of the aforementioned workshops. Ideally, you’ll take the Supine & Prone workshop first, followed by the Side-Lying, Inverted & Seated workshop followed by the Putting It All Together workshop. However, if you need to first take the Side-Lying, Inverted & Seated workshop and then the Supine & Prone workshop later on, that’s fine. The first two workshops, regardless of the order you take them in, can then be followed by the Putting It All Together workshop which goes over the material learned in the first two courses. After these three workshops which comprise the Basic Training Program have been completed, you can take the Advanced Training Program.
- What is the difference between Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Nuad Boran, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Bodywork, etc? (show answer ↓)
Wow, so many names! But there is no difference. These are just different names for the same form of bodywork.
- 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 or your yoga certification with Yoga Alliance. They count only after you have a massage license or yoga teacher registration. They can not be used retroactively. So once you get your massage license or are a registered yoga teacher, then they will count. Each state has different requirements for how many CEs you need to get in what time period in order to be able to renew your massage license or your yoga teacher registration. In NY state licensed massage therapists need to get 36 CEs every three years. If you take our Basic Training, which is 74 CEs, then you will have more than enough CEs to renew your NYS massage license when it is up for renewal.
- 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 become applicable only after you have gotten your massage license or after you have gotten your yoga teacher certification. Any training, even if it is a continuing education course, can not be counted as continuing education hours until after you have a massage license or a yoga teacher registration.
- Do I need NCBTMB CEs or NYS NCBTMB CEs or YA CEs?
NYS LMTs need NYS NCBTMB CEs. Out of state LMTs just need NCBTMB CEs. RYT just need CEs.
- How many CEs do I need to keep my massage license in NY state? (show answer ↓)
NYS Licensed Massage Therapists are required to take 36 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 NCBTMB approved.
- What does NCBTMB stand for?
NCBTMB stands for National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
- Is the NCBTMB recognized as a Continuing Education Sponsor in NY state?
Yes, New York has approved of NCBTMB as a Continuing Education Sponsor.
- Are the CEs for Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork training authorized by NCBTMB? by NY state?
Yes, all of Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork’s courses and training programs are approved and authorized by NCBTMB and by NY State as CE courses.
- Is Ananda Apfelbaum an Approved Provider for Massage 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.
- Is Ananda Apfelbaum an Approved Provider for Yoga CEs? (show answer ↓)
Yes, Ananda Apfelbaum is approved by Yoga Alliance as a continuing education Approved Provider.
- Would the Thai Massage Training Program qualify me to sit in on the NYS/NJ LMT exam? (show answer ↓)
No, you need to take 1000 hours of massage training at a qualified school in order to be able to sit for the NYS massage licensing exam. Please go to the following link for more info: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/mtlic.htm
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 is wonderful. However, most people don’t have the time or resources to have daily massage. Thus, if you can come once a week that would be great. Otherwise, once every two weeks or once a month will be good. How often you come, really depends on your schedule, finances, needs, etc. If you have a problem that is being worked on through Thai Massage, then once a week would be ideal until the problem is resolved.
- 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 to heal and renew.
- 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 on people who have high blood pressure or for pregnant women. 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 is a dry tissue modality (no oils) whereas Swedish massage uses oils. 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 only two positions are generally used: supine (face up) and prone (face down). Thai Massage uses lots of stretching in contrast with Swedish massage which has practically no stretching. Thai Massage is done fully clothed on a mat unlike Swedish massage which is done on bare skin on a table. Thai massage sessions tend to be longer than Swedish massage sessions with Thai sessions running between one to three hours and Swedish generally being an hour. Thai Massage comes out of a Buddhist religious and cultural background whereas Swedish massage doesn’t come out of a particular religious affiliation. Thai Massage has a system of sen (pathways). Swedish massage has no energetic system and relies on western anatomy such as where the muscles and bones are located.
- 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. Please don’t wear shirts with collars as it is hard to access the neck then and no jeans please as their fabric is too hard to massage through.
- 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 put arnica ointment on after a Thai massage to help reduce the possibility of inflammation and pain. Also its important to drink water after a session to help flush out toxins. If you can take a nap after a Thai massage that would be ideal so that you can more fully integrate the changes that occurred during the session. Later on that day, if you do feel sore, an Epsom salt bath will be helpful.
- Do you accept insurance?
No, I am not able to accept any insurance.