Thai Massage Basics: The Fundamentals - 7 CEs

 Our 1-day course will provide you with a solid stepping stone in deciding if Thai bodywork is a method in which you'd like to study further. This course will guide you through the fundamental techniques of Thai massage along with the who, what and why of it all. We will practice hands on techniques for common tension patterns and introduce the Thai energetic system. We’ll touch on Thai yoga for self-care and how to use intention and intuition while working in a relaxed learning environment. 

This is the perfect class if you've been curious about dipping your toes into the versatile world of Thai healing arts but aren't quite ready to make a commitment. All practice is in the traditional style, fully clothed, on a mat on the floor. Our classes are small and have two instructors to ensure a quality learning experience. Click on dates for more info.  UPCOMING COURSES: March 13, 2020, Tucson, AZ

Two Birds Thai Bodyworks Approved Provider for National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Badge NCBTMB
Two Birds Thai Bodyworks Approved Provider for National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Badge NCBTMB

Thai Massage Basics - 21 CEs

Learn the basics of Thai bodywork in our 3-day continuing education course. This introduction will teach you the fundamental techniques of Thai massage along with some history, theory, cultural aspects and self-care. By the end of the course you will be able to perform a unique 1 hour+ Thai massage session using safe body mechanics for you and your client. 

We'll practice several techniques using hands, fingers, thumbs, forearms, elbows, knees, feet, toes, heels and occasionally your entire body to apply pressure in supine, prone, seated and side-lying positions with a focus on body mechanics to ensure a sustainable practice. Along with these, we’ll practice Thai yoga for self-care, verbal and non-verbal communicating, making smooth transitions, and using intention and intuition in this hands-on, relaxed learning experience. We'll introduce the Thai energetic system, the importance of self-care ritual, wind gates, common acupressure points and abdominal massage. 

 All practice is in the traditional style, fully clothed, on a mat on the floor.  Our classes are small and have two instructors to ensure a quality learning experience.  Each student will receive a handbook including illustrated instructions for the various Thai massage techniques we practice. This course will help to lay a solid foundation from upon which you can build your Thai bodywork skills. There is so much to learn! UPCOMING COURSES:

Two Birds Thai Bodywork Therapy session with Peter Bird.
Two Birds Thai Bodywork Therapy session with Peter Bird.

Luk Pra Kob - 7 CEs

Luk pra kob massage or herbal compress massage is an age old holistic therapy used  in Thai Traditional Medicine and to enhance the effects of Thai bodywork. The compress is filled with a blend of chosen medicinal herbs and steam heated, then applied to the body to relieve tension, stress and inflammation. The combination of therapeutic heat and healing herbs provide deep relaxation, aromatherapy and restoration of the body and mind. The heat helps to relax the deep layers of tissue to receive the healing properties of the herbs. The compress is used as a massage tool, pressing and kneading tired, achy, sore muscles and joints.
Enhance your Thai bodywork with luk pra kob. In this 1-day course we start the day with Thai yoga for self-care then learn basic luk pra kob massage techniques and their respective benefits, commonly used herbs and the benefits they provide as well as an overview of the sib sen (10 major energetic pathways in Thai Traditional Medicine). We'll practice massage routines with luk pra kob that aid with specific ailments such as headaches, low back pain and more in this hands on workshop. 

Luk pra kob is the perfect compliment to Thai massage therapy or any other massage modality you may practice. We provide the herbal compresses and steamers to use during class. Each student receives a compress to take home for practice, an illustrated handbook of techniques learned, and helpful information on where to acquire herbs, poultices and steamers. Our classes are small and have two instructors to ensure a quality learning experience.   UPCOMING COURSES:   

Thai Sen chart illustration by Two Birds Thai Bodyworks' Peter Bird
Thai Sen chart illustration by Two Birds Thai Bodyworks' Peter Bird

Thai Massage Basics & Luk Pra Kob - 28 CEs

  

Thai massage is energy work…applied by physical means. Join us in learning an intuitive approach to the basic foundations of Thai style bodywork in our 4 day course. We’ll cover fundamental Thai massage techniques along with some history, cultural aspects, and self-care, plus, we’ll dip into commonly used Thai medicinal herbs and learn how to incorporate them into your bodywork. 

To ensure a sustainable practice, we guide you through proper body mechanics and how to relax into position, making your efforts feel quite effortless. An introduction to the Thai energetic system and its connection through the use of Thai poultice work, called luk pra kob, round out the course. We practice in the traditional style, on a mat, on the floor. We have mats available for use during class, although, feel free to bring your own mat or futon to use if you prefer.

Each student receives a poultice and an illustrated handbook of all techniques and topics covered in class. Our classes are small and intimate with two instructors to ensure you a quality learning experience. You’ll finish with a thorough understanding of the foundations of a versatile, compassionate healing art that is, Thai Bodywork.  Click on dates for more info. UPCOMING COURSES:  March 9 - 12, 2020, Tucson AZ 

Wat Phalat, Chiang Mai Thailand
Wat Phalat, Chiang Mai Thailand

Thai Compression Therapy

Think of this as a yin style of Thai massage that requires movement with stillness, relaxation with patience, feeling and sensing with the ability to provide gentle to maximum pressure through compression to essentially "melt" the tissues underneath. 

Standing, kneeling, sitting and walking on the body are aspects of Thai bodywork used to deliver very deep pressure to acupressure points and/or compression to the sen. A support system allows you balance and gracefully master these compression techniques. If you are balanced you can relax and you are open. If you are open, you can listen. If you listen, you can sense; opening a door into working in a truly intuitive way.  Our techniques make it easy to integrate Thai Compression Therapy into your existing Thai massage practice.

We developed a practice using aerial silks to achieve relaxed compression in 2007 and turned it into a Thai bodywork service for Miraval Spas in 2011. Our class tools for compression will vary depending on the location of the workshop. Various tools we may practice with are walking sticks, walkers, bars, ropes, chairs, straps, etc. We've found that you may use any tool effectively as long as the fundamental principals of the compression techniques are practiced.  2020 courses are coming soon.

Naga Thai Massage training at Miraval Tucson.
Naga Thai Massage training at Miraval Tucson.

Thai for Two

 We’ve created a private partnered session to help connect and empower you with skills to help treat common muscle aches and pains through giving and receiving a compassionate form of ancient healing. No massage experience needed. We are your guide as you each work your way around the body, dissolving tension and relieving everyday stress for your partner as well as yourself. Discover the subtle, non-verbal ways of communicating with one another while learning simple and easy on your body massage techniques that you can practice at home...no thumbs required! Each Thai for Two session is tailored to you and your partners’ needs. We can focus on specific trouble spots or create a general full body treatment for you to do at home. No massage experience is required because a certain trust is already established based on your relationship. Great for couples, and fun for family and friends.  FIND OUT MORE

couples Thai Massage Class, Thai for Two
couples Thai Massage Class, Thai for Two

host a workshop

Inquire about hosting a Thai massage workshop in your studio, retreat center, resort or spa. Whether you’re looking to train your staff in a popular new therapeutic modality or looking to bring the healing arts into your community, our Thai massage workshops are your perfect opportunity!  Connect with us to learn more.