12 Days Thai Massage Training and Yoga Retreat Crete Island, Greece

Thai Massage Training in a family-like setting

Υou will learn the basic routine of this wonderful healing art from Thailand. At the end of the program, for which you need no prior knowledge, you will be able to safely conduct a whole body Traditional Thai Massage. You will also be taught a special Yoga program as well as a self-massage program.

Meet the instructors

Yannis
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Highlights

  • Certification of attendance
  • More than 50 hours Thai massage training
  • Yoga sessions to support the Thai massage training
  • Transfer from and to the airport or port
  • 11 nights half-board accommodation near the sea
  • Free leisure day

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


9 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 5
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This training holiday will be accommodated in a quiet country house, only 1.2 kilometers from a pebble beach. With a breathtaking view from its terrace, a garden, and a backyard with lemon trees, plus all basic comforts (WC / shower / kitchen). This venue is ideal to host our training which requires a strong focus and peace of mind for both the instructor and the attendees.

Program

Daily schedule:

  • 07:30 - 08:45 Morning yoga practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 13:30 Thai massage training
  • 13:30 - 16:30 Free time
  • 16:30 - 19:30 Thai massage training

Traditional Thai massage

Thai massage is an ancient traditional healing system of tissue, muscle and joint mobilizations using body-weight letting, stretching, turning and moving, which is performed while fully clothed. Thai massage includes much more than the traditional massage because it involves rhythmic acupressure, reflexology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga.

The giving of Thai massage is traditionally understood to be a physical application of Metta (loving-kindness) and devoted masseurs still work in such a spirit today. Since Thai massage is performed on a mat on the floor and it works with your own body weight, it has beneficial effects for the practitioner as well.

Contents of the seminar in detail

  • Basics of Thai medicine, contraindications
  • History, culture and background of Thai massage
  • Special Hatha yoga and self-massage routine for Thai massage practitioners
  • Important treatment principles and treatment techniques
  • Treatment of feet and legs
  • Treatment of stomach and chest
  • Treatment of arms and back
  • Head, face and neck treatment
  • Practice of what you have learned by exchanging massages
  • Repetition and summary, final treatment

Included excursions

In your free day (Day 6) you may rest or choose amongst a list of optional activities and tours

Instructors

Yannis Sampsonidis
Lotos Yoga Academy Yoga Alliance RYT 300 (Hatha Yoga)
Yannis is a 300h certified Hatha Yoga teacher and a Thai Massage practitioner. In his massage practice he incorporates selected techniques of Shiatsu, Chi Nei Tsang, Touch for Health (applied kinesiology), and Sotai Corrective Bodywork. As a certified associate instructor of Master Mantak Chia’s Universal Healing Tao System since 1999, he also teaches Conscious Breathing, Healing Sounds, Chinese & Indian Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan, and Meditation. Since 2008 he nests some of these modalities inside the custom eco-vacation offers of "Travel and Do" in Greece.

Retreat location

ABOUT CRETE

"Out in the dark blue sea there lies a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side", The Odyssey.

Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture. Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous worldwide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must explore" for the conscious travelers of today.

Although globalization, tourism, and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centers, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage. The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "madinades" and the "rizitika" songs resound in every celebration. In the countryside, many old Cretan men and women wear the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the large cities.

There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewelry, etc and of course the very special Cretan Music. Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people. Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin. Today there are many important Cretans with significant contribution in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece.

Extra virgin olive oil, legumes, and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.

WEATHER INFORMATION:

The climate in Crete is temperate. The atmosphere can be quite humid, depending on the proximity to the sea. The winter is fairly mild and tolerable. Snowfall is practically unknown to the plains but quite frequent in the mountains. During summer though, average temperatures are high. Probably the best time for a traveler to visit Crete is spring and autumn.

Food

We will prepare our breakfast and dinner together, this is going to be part of our meditation and a pleasant tool for getting to know us better. The food will be simple and yet deeply nourishing. Most ingredients will be organic or from our own garden. Raw food and slow cooking recipes will complement each other and complete our diet. Our water is filtered and further energized by EM and Plocher.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
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)

  • Daily free time for fun by the sea
  • Daily free time for a massage treatment
  • In your free day on day 6, they will provide you with a list of optional activities and tours around the island.

Spa treatments

Traditional Thai massage treatments on a mat or Thai oil massage treatments on a massage bed are available on request.

What's included

  • 11 nights half-board accommodation
  • Daily yoga session
  • Thai massage training workshop with Certification of Attendance
  • Transfer to and from the Chania International Airport (CHQ) or Chania Port

What's not included

  • International air transfers
  • Lunch
  • Travel / medical insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Sunday April 7, 2019
Departure: Thursday April 18, 2019

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