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8 Days Thai Yoga Massage Training in Skinnskatteberg, Sweden

Yoga Retreat Sweden and Thai Massage Course

In this eight-day course, you will explore the ancient tradition of Thai massage and how it has been taught for centuries in the north of Thailand. The combination of static and dynamic techniques creates a sacred dance that allows the patient to relax into a deep experience of release and openness. You will learn a great treatment combining acupressure, stretch technique, and massage from a very experienced teacher.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily massage practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Plenty of free time to try various activities
  • Thai yoga massage certification
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


8 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation

The feeling in Shambala is that of being a community space. For this reason, you will be expected to share a room with a fellow yogi. Unless otherwise stated in your booking, the couples will be placed randomly but of the same gender. This is a wonderful opportunity to have deep connections that could otherwise have never been planned.

The types of accommodation are as follows:

  • Twin shared
  • Triple shared
  • Four-bed dorm

Twin rooms can be booked as single rooms with an extra surcharge when available. All accommodation has shared showers and bathrooms.

Shambala Gatherings Sweden Yoga Retreat Program

A Thai massage course is always a spiritual experience that combines meditation and the practice of loving-kindness, and for those interested particularly on learning massage, it is a great opportunity to know more about this beautiful healing technique.

When receiving Thai massage, there are many benefits in the physical aspect but the ultimate goal of the practice is a deep healing for both the giver and the receiver.

Thai massage is a communion between two people, a co-creation of touch and presence. The way you move, the way you breathe, the way you touch, the way you allow healing to happen and flow. This is the ancient art of Thai yoga massage.

Thai yoga massage brings penetrating massage and gentle yoga movements into a profound healing system. It will leave you feeling deeply nourished, relaxed, and filled with energy.

This course is perfect for you if you have never done a Thai massage course (beginners level 1) and if you some Thai massage experience (advance level 2). Itzhak will be holding both levels in parallel.

At the end of the course, you will receive an international diploma as Thai yoga masseur from the prestigious Sunshine Network.

Why choose Thai yoga massage?

This is a massage system that will achieve powerful results for both practitioner and client.

For the client

According to Ayurvedic science, there is an extensive network of energy lines running throughout the body. It is through the massaging and stretching of this network of energy lines that Thai yoga massage releases tension. By allowing energy to flow more freely, the massage might work to alleviate problematic conditions such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches, digestive difficulties, menstrual problems, and stress-related conditions.

Promoting this free flow of energy also works to restore balance and create a deep state of relaxation and well-being for both the client and practitioner.

For the practitioner

As a practitioner, you will feel blessed when so many of your clients tell you that they haven’t felt this good in years.

Furthermore, even though it is an active massage, it doesn’t feel like work. Instead, it is an expression of feeling truly alive.

This massage teaches you how to conserve energy, to bring your whole body into your work, and avoid exhaustion and other chronic ailments in the hands, arms and shoulders that are common in other massage forms.

You receive the blissful benefits of yoga and gentle stretching that are at the core of both giving and receiving.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 Yoga class and meditation
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Massage practice
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Massage practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Evening program (sauna, deep in the lake, group singing, or simply rest)

Instructors

Izhak Helman
Itzhak was born in 1970 in Israel. From 1999, Itzhak was authorized by Asokananda to teach Thai yoga massage on a regular basis at the Sunshine Network in Chiangmai, Thailand. Since then, Itzhak has taught more than 200 courses, both for beginners and advanced practitioners.

Retreat location

This retreat will be located in Shambala Gatherings. The retreat-center is situated in a beautiful serene place out in the troll nature of Bergslagen just by a small lake. Shambala Gatherings have created space for acro and yoga classes, free training, and time to enjoy the amazing center.

Unique features

Activities

  • Sauna

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Library

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The kitchen is the heart of Shambala. They just love to make delicious vegetarian food for you. They not only use the best possible ingredients, but they also take care of food combinations to ensure that you are in top energetic shape all throughout the retreat.

  • Three abundant buffet style meals per day
  • Vegan and gluten-free
  • Recipes inspired by the Indian Ayurvedic health tradition
  • Mostly organic ingredients
  • Locally produced vegetables and honey as much as possible
  • Avoid common allergens such as nuts

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There is a lot to offer for you in your spare time. You can take walks in the forest, take one of guest bicycles for a ride, take a canoe trip around the lake, take a dip in the lake, share silence or an interesting conversation in the electric or wooden floating sauna, read some good books from the library, or take a treatment. If you have a car and enough free time in your schedule, you can also visit the nearby spa Färna Härgård (10-minute drive).

Treatment

Shambala treatments give you the opportunity to relax even further, connect to your ground nature, and heal holistically. Both Johan and Melissa, and other invited guest therapists, are passionate about their bodywork practices and have had a deep commitment to them for many years. Please remember that sessions book quickly, so please ensure you book in advance.

What's included

  • Thai yoga massage tuition and certificate
  • VAT
  • Daily meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

How to get there

Driving directions from Stokholm

  • Take road E18 towards Oslo.
  • After having passed through Vasteras, take a right on route 66 towards Ludvika.
  • After about 30 kilometers, take a left on road 233 towards Skinnskatteberg.
  • Right before arriving at the center of town, you will see on your right a company called Team Däck.
  • Turn right at this point and follow the dirt road to Borntorpet.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to Shambala is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST). You can fly from all over Europe to that airport with the low fair airline.

From Vasteras airport, you can take a taxi to the train station in Vasteras (about 10 minutes) and from there take a train to Skinnskatteberg (about 1,5 hours).

The second nearest airport is Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). This is the main airport in Sweden. From there you can easily take a train all the way to Skinnskatteberg.

Arrival by train

There is a train station at Skinnskatteberg only 5 minutes ride from the center. During the summers, Shambala Gatherings offer a free pick up services from the train station to the center. Please inform Shambala Gatherings in advance of your arrival. For winter retreats, your teacher will inform you regarding train station pickups.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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