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Thai Massage Workshop Level 1A

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage for Health: Foundational Skills Level 1A


Learn the ancient art of Thai Massage to help you, your clients, family and friends improve their general health and well-being. This will prove to be a fun and practical workshop open to all levels of interested learners.

Practiced for over 2500 years, you can now learn the basic techniques of Thai massage by using acupressure, trigger point therapy, reflexology, compressions and gentle yoga-like stretching along the body’s energy lines.

Slow, flowing and rhythmic, you can discover how Thai massage is both relaxing and therapeutic, making it feel like the very life of the body and soul is being positively stirred and invigorated.

  • Learn over 80 techniques
  • To perform 90-120 minute Thai massage
  • Tremendous therapeutic benefits

Who is This Workshop For?

This workshop is intended for anyone who is interested in learning the basics of Thai Massage.


It is also suitable for massage therapists, physiotherapists, yoga instructors and enthusiasts, fitness instructors, and personal trainers who would like to gain more knowledge and understanding and to add a new modality to their current practice.


It is also suitable for individuals and couples of all ages who would like to offer massages to their family and friends.


Why Take the Workshop?

For Health Practitioners (Massage Therapists, Fitness Instructors, Yogis, etc):


  • To add a new regime to your practice to help your clients
  • Attract more clients who are interested in Thai massage
  • To learn new knowledge and understanding
  • To start a full or part time job or a new business
  • To earn money and have fun!

For Individuals and Couples:


  • To learn new knowledge that you can apply and save money
  • To give the gift of good health by giving massages to friends and family
  • To practice self-care and have better health
  • To add spark to a relationship
  • To impress your current or future partner!
  • To have fun, make new friends, develop a new hobby

No previous experience in massage or yoga is necessary to take this workshop.  Suitable for all ages and body types.


Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Enhances mobility and flexibility
  • Relieves tired and aching muscles
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Increases vitality and energy level

Thai Massage Also Helps to Alleviate

  • Tension headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Digestive disorders
  • Menstruation problems
  • Insomnia
  • And other discomforts

Workshop Description

The workshop will be a combination of theory and active participation, and will prepare students to perform a full 90 - 120 minute Thai Massage.  More specifically, participants will learn about:

  • The history of Thai massage
  • What is Thai Massage
  • A Typical Session in Thai Massage
  • Benefit of Thai Massage, Basic Anatomy and Physiology Processes Related to Thai Massage
  • Skeleton, Bones, Joints, Muscles
  • Stretching and Flexibility as it Relates to Thai Massage
  • Sen (Energy) Lines (like Chinese Meridian Lines)
  • Meditative Approach to Thai Massage & Breath-Work
  • Contraindications to Thai massage
  • Giver (Masseur / Masseuse) body posture (working stances) and body part (use of thumbs, palms, elbows, knees, and feet) and body weight usage
  • Step-by-step procedure for massage positions, transitions, and 80+ techniques to use
  • Guidelines for beginning and closing massage with receiver
  • Tips for the Learning of Thai Massage
  • Self-Care Tips for Thai Massage Giver
  • Communication Between Giver and Receiver and Consultation Forms
  • Mantra to Honour the Teachers

Learn 80+ Thai Massage Techniques

Students will gain a strong foundation for Thai Yoga Massage and learn 80+ techniques in sitting, supine, and prone positions during the three day training.  (Thai Massage Level 1B covers additional positions such as side-lying, prone plus much more.  For more details, please click here.)


Step-by -Step Instruction

The teacher will give clear detailed step-by-step instructions on how to find the energy lines and techniques to use to massage the head, neck, shoulder, face, arms, back, hips, and legs, with passive Thai yoga assisted-like stretching as well.  Students will also be able to follow a detailed step-by-step picture manual.


Energy Lines

The use of acupressure, trigger point therapy, reflexology, and compressions will be applied on the "Sen" (Energy) Lines in initiating "energy" movement in the body.  The Sen lines are much the same concept as meridian lines in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Attention to Proper Body Mechanics

Focus will also be given to proper body mechanics, to apply and leverage on techniques of body part usage and body weight, flowing naturally from one sequence to the next, choosing the correct massage techniques for the client, using uniform pressure and speed, developing awareness of energy, and working in a caring, compassionate and focused state to allow students to effectively and efficiently practice Thai massage.


Supervised Hands-on Practice

The teacher will demonstrate and the students will have hands-on practice with each other, taking turns at being both the Giver and the Receiver.  The teacher will also provide instructions, supervision, and feedback during practice times.


Building a Solid Foundation

This is an important module in a series of workshops designed to provide a basic knowledge of Thai massage in all four positions.  If you have already studied Thai massage, you will learn new techniques, and refine and deepen your existing knowledge.  If you are a beginner student of Thai massage, this is a key workshop to provide you with a solid foundation for learning and understanding.


Please note:  This workshop is the same as the one you would take in Thailand at the renowned TMC Thai Massage School of Chiangmai (aka TMC).  The massage curriculum and methodology is exactly the same.  Vivian Pan is an affiliate teacher of TMC and is authorized by TMC to teach its program.  Students who take Level 1A and Level 1B with Bodhi Thai Massage and who successfully completes the workshops are given a certificate with which they may use to move on to Level 2 with TMC in Thailand.


Upon Completion of the Workshop

Participants will have received a detailed illustrated manual and will have the tools to give a basic 90 - 120 minute Thai massage.  A certificate of attendance from Bodhi Thai Massage will be given.  For the more serious learners, upon completion of both Level 1A and Level 1B, participants can receive the Foundation of Thai Massage Level 1 Certificate from the TMC Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand, which is recognized and approved by the Thailand government, as well as by many of the massage associations in Quebec.


About the Teacher

Vivian is a registered massage therapist with years of experience and specializes in traditional Thai yoga massage. She learned Thai massage at three of the most reputable schools in Thailand, including Watpo which is known for being the birthplace of Thai massage. Dedicated to the art of Thai massage, Vivian has consistently graduated at the top of her class with honours.


Not only has Vivian worked and taught Thai massage in Thailand, she has taken her education in Thai massage to the level where she is recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education of the Thailand Government to teach Thai yoga massage internationally. She is presently an affiliate teacher with the TMC Thai Massage School of Chiangmai in Thailand.


Vivian is trained and skilled in various type of Thai massage including traditional, folk, therapeutic, deep tissue, aromatherapy, reflexology, step-on, geriatric, among others, and is also experienced in Thai style assisted stretching. Vivian is a personal trainer as well, studying with Infofit and the American College of Sports Medicine curriculum. Having knowledge of the cause and effect of body movement and injuries allows her to better treat and help prevent ailments.


Vivian returned to Canada from Thailand in 2013 and opened Bodhi Thai Massage in Vancouver and in Montreal in 2016. She is actively practicing the giving of Thai massage, while at the same time, she accumulates more skills and experience in Thai massage through continuous learning. She is passionate about cultivating health and well-being; and she gives and focuses her teaching with happiness, compassion, good will and a loving heart.


Workshop Fee

  • Early Bird Promotion Fee - Register and fully paid 30 days before Workshop start date: $495 per person, Register Now
  • Regular Fee - Register and fully paid between 14 to 29 days before Workshop start date: $595 per person, Register Now
  • Registration Deadline:  14 days before Workshop Start Date

  • **Bring a Friend and you get 50% off regular price (If register within the Early Bird period)**
  • Workshop Cancellation Policy

  • *This is an excellent investment.  For those who are massage and health practitioners, this is a great opportunity to add a new modality to your practice and attract new clients. The costs invested in the workshop can be recovered by massaging a few clients.  For others, this is a skill that you can share with your friends and family for life. Add spice and fun to your life - there's nothing better than giving the gift of good health!

Not only has Vivian worked and taught Thai massage in Thailand, she has taken her education in Thai massage to the level where she is recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education of the Thailand Government to teach Thai yoga massage internationally. She is presently an affiliate teacher with the TMC Thai Massage School of Chiangmai in Thailand.


Vivian is trained and skilled in various type of Thai massage including traditional, folk, therapeutic, deep tissue, aromatherapy, reflexology, step-on, geriatric, among others, and is also experienced in Thai style assisted stretching. Vivian is a personal trainer as well, studying with Infofit and the American College of Sports Medicine curriculum. Having knowledge of the cause and effect of body movement and injuries allows her to better treat and help prevent ailments.


About the Workshop: This Level 1B Workshop is for students who are interested in building an even stronger foundation in traditional Thai yoga massage by learning more advanced techniques. Students will learn an additional 80+ new techniques in side-lying, supine, prone and sitting positions, along with additional passive yoga-like stretching techniques. In this Level 1B workshop, students will learn techniques to massage the back in a side-lying position, as well as learn how to give massage to the stomach, inside and outside of legs in supine position, and feet, as well as learn more advanced stretching techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the use of acupressure points, trigger point therapy, reflexology, and rhythmic compressions. Attention will also be on the Giver’s body alignment while performing techniques to ensure that the student is receiving the maximum benefit of his / her own body and body weight. Focus on meditative breath-work while applying massage on the sen sib (energy) lines will also be further developed. There will also be a review of the techniques learned in Level 1A. Students will also learn how to plan a massage to cover certain body parts, the timing required, and to finish the massage within the desired amount of time. How to close a massage will also be revisited. Additionally, students will learn to tie together the techniques learned in Level 1A with the techniques learned in Level 1B. From here, students will also be able to apply the 160+ techniques learnt in both Level 1A and 1B to customize a full body massage of 60, 90 or 120 minutes in length or as needed to provide the maximum benefits to the massage recipient. Students will be given time to practice with other students under supervision of the teacher. A mini practical test is conducted as part of an on-going evaluation by the teacher during the practical training of each lesson where corrections are made during the training to assist student to be able to perform each position adequately. A short quiz is given during day three. Upon Completion of the Workshop Participants will have received a detailed illustrated manual and will have the tools to give a more thorough, advance and customizable 60, 90 or 120 minute traditional Thai yoga massage. A certificate of attendance from Bodhi Thai Massage will be given. Students who have successfully completed both Level 1A and 1B, and who have passed the written and practice exams can receive the Foundation of Thai Massage Level 1 certificate from the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, Thailand, which is recognized and approved by the Thailand government, as well as by many of the massage associations in Quebec. About the Teacher Vivian is a registered massage therapist. Graduating with honours at the top of the class, Vivian learned and studied Thai Massage at three of the top reputable schools in Thailand, one of which being Watpo (known for being the birthplace of Thai massage), where she also interned and worked. She has taken her education in Thai massage to the level where she is recognized and accredited by the Ministry of Health of the Thailand Government to teach Thai yoga massage internationally. Vivian has years of experience and she continues to accumulate skills and experience in Thai massage through active practice and constant learning. She is passionate about cultivating health and well-being; and she gives and focuses her teaching with compassion, good will and heart. Workshop Fee Early Bird Promotion Fee – Register and fully paid 30 days before Workshop start date: $495 per person, Register Now Regular Fee – Register and fully paid between 7 to 29 days before Workshop start date: $595 per person, Register Now Registration Deadline: 7 days before Workshop Start Date **Bring a Friend and you get 50% of regular price** Workshop Cancellation Policy *This is an excellent investment. For those who are massage and health practitioners, this is a great opportunity to add a new modality to your practice and attract new clients. The costs invested in the workshop can be recovered by massaging a few clients. For others, this is a skill that you can share with your friends and family for life. Add spice and fun to your life – there’s nothing better than giving the gift of good health!

Vivian returned to Canada from Thailand in 2013 and opened Bodhi Thai Massage in Vancouver and in Montreal in 2016. She is actively practicing the giving of Thai massage, while at the same time, she accumulates more skills and experience in Thai massage through continuous learning. She is passionate about cultivating health and well-being; and she gives and focuses her teaching with happiness, compassion, good will and a loving heart.

Class Details

  • Time 3 Days (9:30 am – 5:30 pm)
  • Length 24 Hours Total
  • Credits  21 BCRPA CECs
  • Location   #908 Catherine West, H3B 1A7
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