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Join this amazing retreat to learn professional Thai yoga massage in a perfect surrounding! Koh Chang, or the "Elephant Island", is a gorgeous island full of caves and bays of pristine beaches and crystal clear seas with lush green mountains and spectacular waterfalls. During this retreat, you will also enjoy Thai yoga every morning and have the time to relish in the beauty of Thailand!
During this retreat, you will stay in the fishing village of Bang Bao and you will also spend the last evening in a hotel in Bangkok.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is a preventive and therapeutic full body massage given on a mat on the floor.
The massage therapy is based on manipulation of the joints, acupressure along the muscles and stretching of the muscles, with enormous health benefits. Thai yoga massage is different than other forms of massage, because both masseur and client are constantly moving.
This is why not only the client but also the masseur becomes more flexible and is in meditation during the treatment.
In Thailand this is used for centuries in hospitals to shorten the waiting lists. Moreover this massage is part of the daily routine in Thailand with enormous health results.
Nowadays Traditional Thai Therapy Massage is becoming more well-known as a treatment in regular western medicine.
Sociologists predict that use of smart phones and other internet devices will increase and therefore massage therapists will be more and more demanded in the future!
Upon successful completion of the course (there will be a practical exam), you will receive a certificate approved and authorised by ITM (International Training Massage School of Chiang Mai, northern Thailand), honored as the best Thai massage school of Thailand, acknowledged by the Department of Health and Education of Thailand. Our school is registered at the Central Register of Short Professional Education, CRKBO (Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs) and the World Massage Federation. If you like you can work national or international as a Thai yoga massage therapist with our internationally recognized certifications.
This course covers Front Position (feet to face)
Introduces the concept of energy lines (SEN) and Yin/YangTeaches stretches, acupressure points, and proper use of body weight
Using thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet
Emphasizes deep-focused abdominal (Hara) work
Upon completion you will be able to perform an effective 1 – 1½ hour Thai Massage
Prerequisite: ITM Level 1
Expands on the techniques learned in Level I to cover the Side,
Back (Prone) and Sitting Position
Advanced yoga like stretching movement
Upon completion students will have a substantial foundation of the major positions of Thai Massage and can expect to perform a comprehensive 1½ to 3 hour Thai Massage
Basic anatomy and physiology for massage
Effects of massage per organ system (Circulatory System, Endocrine System, Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System, Integumentary System, Lymphatic System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Reproduction System, Respiratory System, Skeletal System and Urinary System)
Indications and contra-indications for massage protocols
After completion students will have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and are able to determine the indications and contra-indications for the massage protocols.
During our lessons we not only teach you the best massage techniques, but you will also become healthier yourself. Our teaching methodology is called VAK, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, meaning that you first look at the teacher when explaining the massage techniques. After that you give the massage on a fellow student and then you receive the massage. So you learn in 3 ways. But in this way you also work on your own health. It’s great to see that many of our students benefit immensely from the massage they receive during the lessons. For example, many of our students got rid of their burnout complaints, others experienced that their headache, backache and stress disappeared. Only because they are following a massage training and therefore, they themselves experience the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage.
During this retreat, you will stay in the village of Bang Bao in Ko Chang, Thailand. The village is only a couple of hours south-east from Bangkok. The last evening will be spent in Bangkok.
The island consists of several amazing natural wonders that blend magnificently with the traditional way of life such. The island has approximately a 70% of undisturbed island rainforest, steep hills, cliffs, waterfalls, wildlife, fine beaches, coral reefs and marine life, such as tropical fishes, rays, marine turtles, and dolphins.
In addition, numerous fruit orchards dot the island. The high peaks and steep mountains of fertile rainforests in the central region of Koh Chang create some of the most spectacular waterfalls.
The charm of Bang Bao traditional fishing village are the wooden houses which are built on wooden stilts embedded in the sea. Houses are connected by bridges. The Bang Bao Bay has been a sanctuary for fishing boats seeking shelter from the monsoon for over a century.
Thatched-roofed bungalows are set on a cliff in terraces that descend to the shore. Clear waters and rocks here are enchanting and you may enjoy fresh seafood with a fascinating sea view. Popular activities include swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, and relaxing.
Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. ITM International Training Massage School Amsterdam will pick you up from the airport.
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