10. – 21. Mai 2018
With Balazs Nemeth. For everyone with an affinity to give and receive on a physical, mental and spiritual level
In an Nutshell
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art based on the principles of yoga philosophy. This is a 12 days training, certified by the Sunshine Network, led by the wonderful and most experienced Balazs Nemeth. You will be a certified Thai yoga masseur after this.
Overview of the beginners course
Background I: What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art based on the principles of yoga philosophy. As in hatha yoga, the primary aim is to balance the sun and moon qualities of energy in the central energetic channel of Sushumna nadi and to provide our patient with an opportunity for spiritual growth.
Through the combination of acupressure and applied yoga, the practitioner uses the physical body as a tool to access the subtle bodies, in order to bring physical, mental and spiritual healing and balance.
Thai yoga massage could be seen as a moving meditation. When performed with awareness, equanimity and loving kindness, practicing Thai yoga massage trains the body, the mind and the heart. It becomes a mutual meditation and a powerful energetic exchange with many benefits for both giver and receiver.
Background II: Some words about the Center Of Gravity
We are the first AcroYoga Center in Europe with a strong link and emphasis on Healing Arts. For example, we did a series of 8 weeks of preparation explicitly for this training. This is a cosy place with a couch, piano, guitar. Just to give you an idea. We provide a soft and warm floor, a terrace, a beautiful overall setting in the middle of famous St Pauli (famous for other things, I admit). You will enter a space already filled with a welcoming atmosphere the day when you start your training with Bali — who comes here on a regular basis and helped shape the Center Of Gravity with ideas and his energy.
Who is training me? Who is Balazs Nemeth?
Interested in the power of touch to heal since early childhood, Bali regularly trained in all sorts of healing modalities available in Europe in the 90’s, until the first meeting with Thai yoga massage in Chiang Mai in 2000, convincing him to delve deeper into the ancient art. Years of courses with the masters of the northern style followed, Chongkol, Asokananda, Takys, Laurino and Pichet resulting in a thorough understanding and love for the style and a successful practice. Due to increasing demands to teach, Bali enrolled in the Sunshine Network teachers training curriculum with Laurino as his main tutor, whom he assisted at beginners courses in Thailand and India for the next 6 years. These years with Laurino helped to give him an understanding of how thai yoga massage works as a spiritual path, coupled with buddhist vipassana meditation, metta meditation, yoga and tai chi. A fully authorized tutor of the Sunshine Network since 2012, giving classes regularly in Hungary, Thailand, Belgium and Germany, Bali transmits the love for spiritual growth through healing in his precise, mindful way of teaching. His main areas of focus in teaching are posture, ergonomy, and the physical basics of a safe and fruitful practice, and gives advanced workshops in „Hands Free” thai massage, lower back pain therapies, Thai foot massage, Thai herbal compress massage, as well as 12 day beginners courses.
Is this course for me?
Requirements from the student: The course is open to all with an openness and affinity to give and receive on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Since thai massage is done on massage tatamis on the ground, a basic physical ability to spend time on the ground is the only physical requirement for participation. No previous experience in massage is needed.
The details about certification
All those successfully participating in the beginners course will receive a signed and stamped Sunshine Network certificate of their studies. This allows students to go on to advanced studies with teachers from the network. What the certificate allows you to do in the business sphere depends on the local regulations of the area where you wish to practice. These rules tend to change from time to time, and from region to region. In some countries of the world, it allows you to write off the hours you gained for a naturapath, masseur or alternative therapist curriculum, while some countries only accept their own registered schools. Feel free to ask Sunshine Network teachers in the given country for more information.
How many hours of study are certified? A course is usually a minimum of 69 hours of thai massage, 16,5 hours of movement, and 10 hours of meditation training. That makes 95,5 hours. The evening programme varies according to venue, and any training hours are added to this total.
What is the material based on? The backbone of the course is Asokananda’s „The Art of Traditional Thai Massage”, the first publication on the topic in any language other than thai. The founder of the Sunshine Network, Asokananda wrote this book in 1990, and it still forms the backbone of teaching today. However, as time passes, teachers have made slight changes and new approaches to the subject, which may be provided as handouts and manuals to complement the book.
The community around the Center Of Gravity is large. We are hosting international workshops on an regular basis. You will find a couch / bed to surf on almost for sure. We will help you organize your sleepovers as soon as we know that you are in. Plus there are 4 places in the Center Of Gravity available for no extra fee.
- Thursday, May 10th
- 18.00-20.00: introduction circle
- 6.00 – 8.00 : Vipassana Meditation & Tai Chi
- 8.00 – 9.30 : Breakfast break
- 9.30 – 13.00: Thai massage training
- 13.00 – 14.30: Lunch break
- 14.30 – 18.00: Thai massage training
- Monday, May 21st
- 20.00 finish
How many places are there?
An „early bird“ will be available until Thursday, February 15th.
Repeaters will be offered 25% discount.
You will find more information when you follow the booking link below.
Included in the price will be 11,5 days of tuition (Thai massage, meditation, yoga or tai chi), a printed manual, and a certificate (if you successfully finish the course). A couple of places to sleep for the first who take them.
Registration and Booking
You need to pay beforehand either by Paypal or bank transfer.