Thai Yoga Massage

12 days certified training for beginners

Saturday, 30.9.2023 until

Wednesday, 11.10.2023

with Balazs Nemeth

This 12 days training has been developed for almost three decades and can be trusted to be a profound starting point for everyone interested in giving full body massages.

It is the mother of some of the shortened versions out there, which some of his own students started to offer but Balazs Nemeth is reluctant to offer himself due to his unwavering attitude towards quality.

  • 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 practicioner 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.
  • 6:00 to 7:00 meditation session (every morning except the first day), in which the state of mind recommended by the tradition for thai massage is explained, and can then be experienced and cultivated. This session is optional but a highly recommended part of the course.
  • 7:00 to 8:30 (every morning except the first day) yoga or tai chi session, in which we may experience the stretches, pressures and energy lines worked on during the massage. This session is optional but a highly recommended part of the course.
  • 8:30 to 9:45 common breakfast. Everyone brings some food. Oats are prepared by Bali for everyone. Bring your own bowls.
  • 9:45 to 18:00 Thai Yoga Massage teaching and practice.
  • Inbetween 1 to 2 hours lunch break at a time of day which corresponds with the teaching material and the group’s progress. A common place to take lunch is the pide salon next door, a business with a 27 year tradition, which is followed by an after lunch coffee or tea at the mix max kiosk at the corner.
  • The evenings will also include shorter periods available for questions, bhajans, dhamma talks and meditation practice, depending on the evening course schedule of the Center Of Gravity

Three days Advanced Workshop

FriDAY, 13.10.2023 until SUNDAY, 15.10.2023

This advanced workshop will build a repertoire of techniques for giving a full-body massage without the use of our hands. The inspiration for developing this material came from seeing small masseurs “killing” their thumbs and wrists, attempting to give pressure to suit the needs of heavy, muscular patients. This workshop aims to provide tools to avoid long-term injuries and pain in the thumbs, wrists and arms, arising from such situations, and to give alternatives to masseurs who already have shoulder, arm or hand injuries, to give time while they heal.

We will look through the body from foot to head in the sequence of a Northern style thaimassage (from the front position, through the side, back and sitting positions, up to the face massage), and learn how to work the energy lines with the use of elbows, underarms, knees, heels and the balls of our feet, utilising solely the bodyweight of the practicioner. Most of the massage positions used will be sitting or standing, giving a welcome relief to the half kneeling working postures difficult for those with stiff or painful legs.

The 2 day workshop is open to all who have completed a beginners course with the Sunshine Network. Those who work with other styles of thai massage are also welcome, the workshop can serve as an enrichment class, as long as they have an operative knowledge and practical sense of the ten sen, the energy lines which are the foundations of northern style.

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