The course will be delivered by:
Master trainer Kira Balaskas founded the School of Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) in 1993. She was among the first to bring TYM to the UK, where she began her practice in 1989.
Yoga had always been a strong force in Kira's life. Both her parents were yoga teachers, and she herself has many years' experience of practising and teaching. To build on her Yoga foundation and learn Thai Yoga Massage, Kira originally trained in Thailand in 1988 with the renowned Asokananda and, subsequently, with many other Thai masters.
Author of the book Thai Yoga Massage (Thorsons, 2002), Kira is renowned for her vast experience in the field, her clarity and her fun approach to teaching TYM.
For the last 20 years, Kira has been training a generation of practitioners and developing a way of working that honours the tradition of TYM and also offers new perspectives. Her clear and simple approach is infused with her gentle, loving and humorous nature.
As well as running regular courses in the UK, Kira visits Thailand regularly to teach and to further her own studies.
Nevaeh School of Yoga and Mindful Meditation
65 County Road, Walton, L43QD, Liverpool
26 - 29 January 2018
9 - 12 March 2018
11 - 14 May 2018
All classes begin at 10 am and finish at 5 pm with the exception of the Monday classes as they will start at 10am and finish at 4pm
A practical and theoretical training in the art of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. The course consists of 12 lessons in 3 weekends, spread out over 7 months.
The course is suitable for:
•Complete beginners thinking of starting a career in body work
•People who simply wish to learn an effective healing art to practice on friends and family
•People already working with alternative therapies who wish to further their studies
•Yoga teachers, osteopaths, physiotherapists, dancers and sports people, who will find Thai Yoga Massage invaluable for increasing their hands-on skills
A practical and theoretical training in the art of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. On completion of the course students will have a good knowledge of how to give a full body Thai Massage treatment to practitioner standard.
The course consists of 12 lessons (72 training hours). Each lesson begins with a lecture and demonstration, followed by supervised practice.
After completing the course, the student will be asked to practice 30 case studies on 5 different people, and to return for a final practical examination as well as a short answer theory test. There will also be one written project to be completed during the course.
Anatomy and Physiology
Thai Yoga Massage does not require any Anatomy and Physiology knowledge as it is based on an energy line system. You will not require a qualification in Anatomy and Physiology in order to take this course. However, in order to get professional indemnity insurance,and to upgrade from student membership with ICNM to practitioner membership, all students will need to have 55 hours of Anatomy and Physiology training and hold a recognised certificate. If you already are a yoga teacher, physio, personal trainer, massage therapist, nurse, doctor, osteopath or other complimentary therapist, your qualification may be enough. In this case you can check with your current insurer if they will be able to add Thai yoga massage to your current policy once you qualify or check that ICNM will recognise your A&P training as adequate. If you do not already hold an Anatomy and Physiology qualification, you are welcome to take our training and either take the A&P along side our course or afterwards. We do not offer A&P training but it is easy to find at most local colleges.
Lesson 1 : General background, history and theory. Showing of the video 'The Art of Traditional Thai Massage'. Feet. Massaging the feet and loosening up exercises, pressure points and ankle stretches.
Lesson 2 : Leg Lines. Palming and thumbing the energy lines on the legs. Practice
Lesson 3: Single Leg Stretches. Applying several yoga based stretches on one leg at a time. A blood stop to the legs which aids circulation and cleans the blood. Practice.
Lesson 4 : Double Leg Stretches. Applying several yoga-based stretches on both legs together. Practice.
Lesson 5: Stomach, Chest and Arms. Massaging these parts of the body, including points on the abdomen and chest, and a blood stop to the arms. Practice.
Lesson 6: Side Position. Working along the 3rd outside energy line on the leg, plus some stretches and two spinal twists, all applied with the patient lying on their side. Practice.
Lesson 7: Supervised practice.
Lesson 8: Back of Body. Walking on the feet, pressure points along the 2 main energy lines of the back, more leg stretches and cobra stretch. Practice.
Lesson 9 : Sitting Position. Massaging the shoulders and neck in the sitting position, including many shoulder and neck stretches and another spinal twist. Practice.
Lesson 10: Face. Massaging the face, including some therapeutic pressure points to treat various problems. Practice.
Lesson 11: Theory Day. Review of the 10 main energy lines (the Ten Sen), names, locations and therapeutic qualities. Comparison of Thai Yoga Massage with Chinese concepts of acupressure and Shiatsu. A sequence of techniques and therapeutic pressure points to treat and relieve headache, knee pain and lower back pain.
Lesson 12: Assessment Day. An opportunity to practice and receive a whole massage under supervision. Following the massage, the student will receive detailed feedback from the course tutor with advice, cautions and recommendations for future practice.
EARLY BIRD: £1050
Early bird valid until October 30th 2017
Balance payment due 4 weeks before commencement of course.
Exam Fee: £75 (payable at time of exam - 1 year after commencement of course).
Cancellations can only be taken until 6 weeks prior to course start and will incur a cancellation administration fee of £25
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