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 two level program consists of a Basic Thai Massage Training Program and an Advanced Thai MassageTraining Program. All classes are under master teacher Ananda Apfelbaum, renowned author of Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork book and DVD. Ananda brings you over two decades of teaching experience and is a beloved teacher of the NY city area.

The Basic Thai Massage Training Program teaches you an extensive series of Thai massage techniques in the supine, side lying, prone, inverted and seated positions. It also introduces you to Thai Massage’s history, culture and religion. By the end of the program you will be able to give a two and a half hour traditional Thai yoga massage.

The Advanced Thai Massage Training Program offers you a further expanded repertoire of techniques as well as a refinement of the techniques you already know. Upon completion of the program you will have over four hours of Thai Massage material to draw from and will be able to create an customized session based on your client’s needs.


Thai Massage Basic Training Certification Program Fall 2017 – NCBTBM and NYS approved
This is a 5½-weekend program (74 hours). All weekends must be attended.

Dates: Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5, Nov. 11-12, Nov. 18-19, Dec. 9-10, & Dec. 16, 2017
Hours: 10-6 pm, except Dec. 16th 10-7 pm

  • $1300 early bird registration (through 09/30/17)
  • $1400 late registration (after 09/30/17)

Thai Massage Basic Training Certification Program Spring 2018 – NCBTBM and NYS approved
This is a 5½-weekend program (74 hours). All weekends must be attended.

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

  • $1300 early bird registration (through 03/17/18)
  • $1400 late registration (after 03/17/18)

Thai Massage Advanced Training Certification Program Winter 2018 – NCBTBM and NYS approved
This is a three day (Fri., Sat. ,Sun.) -weekend program (54 hours). All dates must be attended.

Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16, 2018
Hours: 10-6 pm

  • $975 early bird registration (through 11/02/18)
  • $1075 late registration (after 11/02/18)

Thai Massage Repeat Trainings

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.

  • $650 Repeat Basic Training
  • $500 Repeat Advanced Training
  • $100 Repeat One Day Pass

Student at a Thai Massage Workshop receiving certification

Receiving certification.Photo by Allison Flores

Continuing Education (CEs)
There are two kinds of CEs (continuing education hours) available. Both are under the auspices of NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). However, one is for massage therapists from out of state and yoga alliance registered teachers 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 NCBTMB 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.

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