Thai Massage Training
Thai massage is an alternative to more readily known forms. It uses multiple parts of the body to deliver the massage, and training requires an extensive commitment of time and practice.
Unlike most conventional Western massage, Thai massage training involves learning to use the hands as well as the legs and feet to treat the patient. Training thus incorporates knowledge of yoga postures as well as Buddhist principles. You will be trained to perform graceful and fluid movements that apply gentle pressure and accompany other stretching techniques.
Thai massage is considered a holistic healing practice. In this sense, the trainee learns to view the patient as body, spirit, mind and emotional being. Your training in Thai or Yogic massage thus approaches the patient from all of these perspectives, uniting them in a multifaceted therapy.
Time and Certification
Workshops or programs require extensive periods of training. Some schools require more than 200 hours of study and practice altogether. There are certifications you can acquire, such as in Thai Bodywork itself. There is also certification available in the use of herbal compresses.
One reason some massage therapists engage in Thai massage is that it is not as brutal on the hands as other massage systems. This allows you to have a longer career and healthier hand strength and function throughout.