courses in traditional thai massage

Pages from the course notes.

The Part I course

This course is designed for complete beginners, though it can be helpful to experienced Thai massage practitioners too.

The course will give you a basic set of techniques so that you can give a Thai massage up to about an hour long (although repetition of techniques will extend the massage and is in fact good practice), or incorporate new ideas and new approaches into your existing treatment if you're already a therapist. We will work in pairs to practise the techniques; it will certainly be 'hands-on'. There will also be talks on good massage practice (how to align your client, good posture, using your weight, knowing how far to go with pressure etc.), how to put together and tailor a massage, the effects of a treatment, the history of this technique, how to deal with various situations and contraindications etc., essentially what you need to know to be able to go away and practise.

Pages from the course notes.

There are full, high-quality printed course notes included (printed in colour, on matte photo paper).


  • Practical demonstration and repetition of various Thai massage techniques in:
    1. Front position
    2. Back position
    3. Sitting position
  • Basic principles of Traditional Thai Massage.
  • Basic technique for:
    1. Palming
    2. Stretching (positioning)
  • Basic exploration of the ethos and history of Traditional Thai Massage.
  • Basic discussion of the aims and benefits of the massage.
  • Relevance of intention and attitude to general practice and specifically quality of touch.
  • Massage dynamics: frequency, length, pace, rhythm, depth/strength, balance.
  • Understanding and responding to client reactions to massage.
  • Preparations for massage, contraindications, practice.
  • Demonstration of flow in massage.

Techniques covered

Front position:

Back position:

Sitting position:

Palm legs (front)
Ankle stretch
Calf stretch (front)
Bend knee and hip
Gentle spinal twist (front)
Palm outer thigh
Palm inner thigh
Hamstring stretch (front)
Squat stretch
Cross legs stretch (front)
Arm and torso stretch (front)
Foot massage (front)
Strong spinal twist
Press shoulders
Palm arms (front)
Roll arms
Massage chest through arm
Massage forearm
Flick wrist tendons
Wrist bend
Finger bend
Finger stretch
Palm legs (back)
Bend knees (back)
Calf stretch (back)
Cross legs (back)
Roll thigh (back)
Hip flexor stretch (back)
Butterfly palm back
Palm arms (back)
Arm and torso stretch (back)
Palm back
Palm shoulders
Thumb shoulders (sitting)
Backward neck stretch
Sideways neck stretch
Compress skull
Rub scalp
Face massage
Close ears
Eye pressure point

Notes contents:

The form and benefits of Traditional Thai Massage
The fundamental techniques
Applying pressure
Stretching (positioning)
The basic positions
Front position
Side position
Back position
Sitting position
Preparation for massage
Tuning in
During massage
Techniques for front position
Techniques for back position
Techniques for sitting position