Thai Massage Training Program

Thai Massage Workshop demonstration
Thai Massage training with Ananda.Photo by Allison Flores

Our Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork Training Program is a wonderful, in depth study of Thai Massage with a focus on hands on training. Our training program will also introduce you to Thai Massage’s historical, cultural and religious aspects to provide a well-rounded curriculum. Together we will create a supportive community to enhance the learning process. Due to the intensive nature of the training, we ask that you really dedicate yourselves to the learning experience during the training

Our two level program consists of a Basic Thai Massage Certification Program and an Advanced Thai Massage Certification Program. The Basic Certification program can be taken either in full or as individual workshops (see listings below). We recommend taking the full program at one go so that you can move through the program in 5.5 weekends with your fellow classmates.The Advanced Certification program can be taken by those who complete the Basic Training. 

For those of you who are unable to take the full training program at one go, you can take its component parts when it is convenient for you. The individual workshops, which together comprise the Basic Certification Training Program, are: “Supine & Prone”; “Side Lying, Inverted & Seated”, and Putting It All Together.

All classes are under master teacher Ananda Apfelbaum, who brings you over twenty-five years of teaching experience and is a beloved teacher of the NYC area. Ananda is the renowned author of Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork book and DVD.  She studied extensively in Thailand as well as in Japan and China. Ananda loves to share with her students what she learned in Asia.

CEs (continuing education)are available for all the trainings. We are approved by NCBTMB, NYS and Yoga Alliance as a continuing education provider.

Thai Massage Basic Certification Training Program – 74 CEs In this seventy-four hour certification training program  you will learn a wonderful flow of Thai massage techniques in all the traditional Thai Massage positions.(show details ↓)

Supine & Prone – 33 CEs In this thirty-three hour Thai Massage training, you will learn over thirty wonderful stretches in the supine and prone positions.(show details ↓)

Side Lying, Inverted & Seated – 33 CEs In this thirty-three hour Thai Massage training, you will learn thirty-five awesome Thai Massage stretches in the side lying, inverted and seated positions.(show details ↓)

Putting It All Together – 8 CEs. This day long workshop reviews, refines and puts together all that you have learned in the Supine, Prone, Side Lying, Inverted & Seated positions. (show details ↓)

Thai Massage Advanced Training Program offers you a further expanded repertoire of techniques as well as a refinement of the techniques you already know. (show details ↓)

Location: All the workshops are held in Soho  on Wooster St, in New York City. Exact address will be given upon registration.


Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Basic Training Certification Program in NYC
(covers Supine, Prone, Side Lying, Inverted, Seated, and Putting It All Together)
Sign up for the full program now at a $100 discount!
Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5, Nov. 11-12, Nov. 18-19, Dec. 9-10, & Dec. 16, 2017, NYC, 10-6 pm
74 CEs – NCBTMB,  NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved
This is a 5½-weekend program (74 hours). All weekends must be attended.

  • $1045 Discount Package early bird registration (through 10/07/17) (you save $100)
  • $1145 Discount Package late registration (after 10/07/17)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Supine & Prone Workshop in NYC
Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5, and Nov. 11, 2017, NYC, 10-6 pm
33 CEs – NCBTMB, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved

  • $495 Supine & Prone early bird registration (through 10/07/17) (you save $60)
  • $555 late registration (after 10/07/17)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Side Lying, Inverted & Seated Workshop in NYC
Nov. 12, Nov. 18-19, Dec. 9-10, 2017, NYC, 10-6 pm
33 CEs – NCBTMB, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved

  • $495 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated early bird registration (through 10/15/17) (you save $60)
  • $555 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated late registration (after 10/15/17)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Putting It All Together Workshop in NYC
Dec. 16, 2017, NYC, 10-6 pm
8 CEs – NCBTMB, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved
*Please note: This class is ONLY for those who have taken the Supine & Prone as well as the Side Lying, Inverted & Seated workshops. Basic certification is given upon completion of this course.

  • $155 Putting It All Together early bird registration (through 11/18/17) (you save $40)
  • $195 Putting It All Together late registration (after 11/18/17)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork Basic Training Certification Program Spring 2018 in NYC
This is a 5½-weekend program. All weekends must be attended.

74 CEs – NCBTBM, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved

Dates: April 14-15, April 21-22, April 28-29, May 5-6, May 12-13, & May 19, 2018
Hours: 10-6 pm, except May 19th 10-7 pm

  • $1045 Basic Training Program early bird registration (through 03/17/18) (you save $100)
  • $1145 Basic Training Program late registration (after 03/17/18)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Supine & Prone Workshop in NYC
April 14-15, April 21-22, April 28, 2018, NYC, 10-6 pm
33 CEs – NCBTMB, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved

  • $495 Supine & Prone early bird registration (through 03/17/18) (you save $60)
  • $555 late registration (after 03/17/18)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Side Lying, Inverted & Seated Workshop in NYC
April 29, May 5-6, May 12-13, 2018, NYC, 10-6 pm
33 CEs – NCBTMB, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved

  • $495 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated early bird registration (through 04/01/18) (you save $60)
  • $555 Side Lying, Inverted & Seated late registration (after 04/01/18)

Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork: Putting It All Together Workshop in NYC
May 19, 2018, NYC, 10-7 pm
8 CEs – NCBTMB, NY State, and Yoga Alliance approved
*Please note: This class is ONLY for those who have taken the Supine & Prone as well as the Side Lying, Inverted & Seated workshops. Basic certification is given upon completion of this course.

  • $155 Putting It All Together early bird registration (through 04/20/18) (you save $40)
  • $195 Putting It All Together late registration (after 04/20/18)

Thai Massage Repeat Trainings in NYC

It’s a great idea to repeat the training. You can also come for one day on a day pass.

  • $615 Repeat Basic Training
  • $295 Repeat Supine & Prone
  • $295 Repeat Side Lying, Inverted & Seated
  • $85 Repeat Putting It All Together
  • $65 Repeat One Day Pass

Student at a Thai Massage Workshop receiving certification
Receiving certification.Photo by Allison Flores

Continuing Education (CEs)
There are three kinds of CEs (continuing education hours) available. Two are under the auspices of NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) and one is under Yoga Alliance. For those needing CEs from NCBTMB, one is for massage therapists from out of state and the other is for NY state LMTs (Licensed Massage Therapists). CEs are needed by licensed massage therapists and Yoga Alliance registered yoga teachers in order to renew their license/registration. NY State LMTs need the NY state approved CEs. Out of state LMTs need the NCBTMB CEs. NY state requires LMTs to get 36 CEs over a three year period for their massage license renewal. YA registered yoga teachers need CEs to renew their registration, but they do not need an actual CE certificate as YA currently uses an honor system so you can just report on their website how many CEs you obtained from your training. (read more...)

Thai Massage Training Recommendations

  • Book – Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork by Ananda Apfelbaum. Click here to order the book. The book will also be available at the workshops for $22.
  • DVD – Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork by Ananda Apfelbaum. This DVD covers the Thai Massage sequence learned in the Basic Training Program. Click here to order the DVD. They will also be available at the workshops for $30.
  • 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. $100/hour
  • Thai Massage Session – will help you understand Thai Massage better. Ananda is available for sessions.
  • Bodywork Experience – recommended, but not necessary.

Thai Massage Training Requirements

  • Practice – a minimum of one hour of documented home practice needs to be done between each weekend of a training program.
  • Physical Condition – you need to be able to work on your hands and knees.
  • Attendance – come to class on time and stay for the duration of the class unless an exception has been given.
  • Training manual. $20 cash/check to be paid at the door. Manual will be available at the beginning of a training program.

Thai Massage Workshop 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 techniques that were missed will be covered. Make up classes are $100/hour.

Further Information
For the schedule of upcoming Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork workshops, go to the Calendar. If you have any questions regarding the information presented here, please contact Ananda at: ananda@thaimassagesacredbodywork.com.

Location of all NYC Workshops is in Soho, New York, NY 10012 near the N/R Prince Street stop and the C/E Spring Street stop. (Exact location will be given upon registration.)

Cancellation Policy
The courtesy of at least 24 hours notice to cancel or reschedule a training program/workshop or private class is appreciated. Failure to comply will result in the full charge – no exceptions.

Refund Policy
No refund/credit will be given after one has registered for a workshop or private class except in the case of an emergency.

Payment Plan
If you need to pay for the training program or workshop via a payment plan, there is an additional $100 fee. Please email to inquire. 

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