Thai massage school
The BODYHARMONICS school offers the most comprehensive training course in Thai massage currently on offer in Britain. Maria Mercati has been teaching successful courses since 1995.
The Thai Massage Practitioner course qualifies & insures you to earn a living as a Thai massage practitioner.
It's unique, highly intensive teaching approach covers not only Thai massage for wellbeing but also as treatment for musculo-skeletal problems.
There are now many Thai massage schools in this country, most of which teach a routine as we do. This will enable you to use it for a tailor made 20 minute treatment or a 2 hour whole body well-being massage depending on the client's needs.
However, in addition, this course will explain the how, the why, the when and the how much of each technique and which acupoints to be used for specifically treating different conditions.
Thai Massage Master Practitioner Diploma Course
- Peter Packard together with Maria Mercati will teach the location and function of 20 main acu points which makes the Thai massage more therapy oriented. Maria is the first ever teacher to introduce acu-therapy into Thai Massage. Even in Thailand many masseurs are copying this from Maria's Tui Na book so as to make their techniques more therapeutic !!!
- Being able to accurately locate these acupoints, and feeling and locating pathological changes in the underlying tissues is essential for the therapeutic use of Thai massage in treating musculo-skeletal conditions and sports injuries.
- The course teaches all the pressing & manipulations techniques and their variations which have been practised for over one thousand years, many of which are based on yogic principles. Thai massage therapy is a wonderfully flowing sequence of gentle, controlled stretches interspersed with pressure applied to various parts of the clothed body.
- It teaches the subtle and complex interactions between the giver and receiver which are so important in Thai massage therapy. Over 150 techniques are taught and incorporated into a flowing, whole body, massage therapy routine. Many of these are not shown in her book and dvd’s.
- All advanced joint manipulation techniques are taught safely under supervision to prevent injury to either the giver or receiver. Their use in treating musculo-skeletal problems & sports injuries is explained.
- Great stress is placed on the use of body weight and correct positioning of the practitioner's body. These include spinal manipulations, shoulder and hip manipulations and massaging using feet and bodyweight.
Upon successful completion of our Thai Massage course you will receive the following diploma
- Thai Massage Master Practitioner Diploma which includes:
- Thai massage Sports Injuries Treatment
- Maintenance & Rehabilitation diploma
- Thai foot massage certificate
- Thai neck & shoulder on-site massage certificate
Our diploma is recognized by Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council as well as by Embody which is affliated to CThA the Complementary Therapists
Association. Maria Mercati was elected Chair of The Thai Yoga
Massage Association (2006) who helped set the basic standards.
Membership of Acupuncture-Acutherapy Council is the leading organisation for you and your Thai massage
Thai Massage explained
- The Thai practitioner uses over 150 techniques to stimulate energy flow in the channels which are called SEN. However, both Chinese and Indian influences are apparent in Thai massage, working as they do on the healing energy lines of the body.
- The exquisite stretches eliminate tension, improve flexibility, enhance sports performance and maintain a pain-free healthy body.
- Thai massage is performed on the floor on the clothed body and requires no special equipment other than a thick blanket. It provides practitioners with an effectively therapeutic tool to add to their repertoire.
- Thai massage is designed to stretch every accessible muscle a little more than it normally would under the action of strongly contracting antagonistic muscles.
- Thai massage complements every other type of massotherapy, reaching those parts of the body that others do not reach !
Thai massage is used to not only maintain good health physically,
mentally and emotionally but also as a means of treating a range
of pathological conditions such as
lower back pain, sciatica, fibrositis, neck & shoulder pain etc. etc.
What is the difference between Thai massage and Tui Na?
Thai massage is performed on the floor on the clothed body with the recipient lying or sitting and requires no special equipment other than a thick blanket. Tui Na is done on a massage couch on the clotherd body or with the patient seated on an ordinary chair
Thai massage is rather like applied yoga with many large-scale joint manipulations that stretch muscles gently and very effectively and like Tui Na releases powerful healing forces that ease pain and stress.
Tui Na uses a wide variety of soft tissue techniques to deeply stimulate the meridians and acupoints together with powerful joint manipulations.
Thai massage like Tui Na, is concerned with balancing the intrinsic energies of the body, mind and spirit. Unlike the Chinese system, Thai massage lacks a sophisticated theoretical background - 14 meridians with 365 acu-points and diagnosis.
What is the difference between Thai massage and Western Sports Massage?
sports injuries involve damage to muscle fibres, myofascia or tendons
and they are commonly caused by overuse of muscles that are not
functionally balanced with other muscles in their group and with
Thai massage enables every individual muscle to assume its normal relaxed length when not contracting.
When injury does occur the controlled stretches and manipulations in Thai massage have an unrivalled ability to speed healing and restore pain-free function compared with Western Sports Massage.
Sports Thai Massage provides maintenance that muscles need, improves performance by reducing the risk of injury for athletes and dancers during their training. This Thai massage course will teach the aspiring practitioner everything necessary to become a competent and advanced therapist in the discipline.
Anatomy and physiology
If you do not have an acceptable Anatomy & Physiology ( A & P ) qualification , we offer a separate anatomy and physiology course. You need to complete this A&P course in order to receive a Thai Massage Master Practitioner Diploma.
Our anatomy & physiology lessons are specifically structured to make them highly relevant to the techniques being taught at this Thai Massage School. This method allows you to tailor your treatment with confidence, sensitivity and effectiveness to the various needs of your clients. The greater the understanding you have of the techniques the more effective your treatments will become. Those seeking to become expert practitioners, able to exploit the healing potential of Thai massage to the full, will require a sound understanding of the musculo-skeletal system and its biodynamics.
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