Practitioner Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage
Part one: (coincides with Certificate in Thai Yoga Massage course)
Weekend one: 28th/29th/30th September 2019
Weekend two: 9th/10th/11th November 2019
Part two: tbc
Assessment: date tbc
Optional “Setting up in business” day (to include advice on marketing your new massage skills)
The Practitioner Diploma is our flagship course. It offers non-therapists the opportunity to train from scratch to become a fully qualified and insured Thai Yoga Massage therapist, and existing therapists the highest level of Thai Yoga Massage CPD.
What’s covered in the diploma course?
You will learn the full sequence to practitioner level and will be able to give a range of different treatments lasting between 1 hour and 2 hours, as well as “taster” sessions. The full sequence includes Thai massage in all four positions (supine, prone, seated and side-lying), incorporating all the main recognisable Thai stretches, and working the Sen (energy) lines.
Classes are kept small to ensure close supervision (maximum student:teacher ratio of 8:1).
Thai massage is a very different form of bodywork. It takes time and a lot of practice to learn the many different moves and approaches that are required to give a good Thai massage. The structure of this Thai massage course is designed to nurture and develop our students into becoming excellent practitioners. The whole routine is split into sections that can be learnt and developed through home practice. The importance of the practice cannot be overestimated and is an integral part of the course.
Every Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) taught session includes two demonstrations of the sequence; each student gets many opportunities to receive a sequence from the tutor throughout the course. The sequence is then demonstrated in small, “bite-size” segments which the students practise on each other under close supervision.
In addition to the the taught sessions, students will receive written hand-outs including short descriptions and colour photos.
The course is split into two sections: Part 1 (6 days) and Part 2 (6 days). There is also a final assessment day once all the case-studies have been completed. The assessment day usually takes place about 3 months after the end of the Part 2. You have to complete Part 1 before taking Part 2. Students usually take about 9 months to complete both parts plus the assessment day.
Part 1 of the training will teach you the fundamentals of Thai massage, incorporating three of the four main positions (supine, prone and side-lying) and introducing the concept of Sen (energy) lines.
Part 2 can only be taken once Part 1 is completed and will focus on further developing your Thai massage techniques. We will concentrate on refining techniques as well as introducing more advanced moves (including seated position, double-leg, arms and hara – stomach – techniques) and developing a deeper understanding of the Sen (energy) lines.
The course is structured to provide a comprehensive study of all basic Thai yoga massage techniques. After each section of training, students will be expected to complete home study assignments as well as building their hands-on experience of TYM with logged practice.
The full diploma course (Part 1 and 2) also includes a 3-hour one-to-one tutorial between Part 2 and the assessment weekend. There are a total of 90 taught hours of TYM, plus 5 hours of assessment and feedback on the final (assessment) day. This is a 190-hour course with 95 GLHs (guided-learning hours) and 95 hours of home-study (including case-studies and research). There is also the option to study business skills with our “setting up in business day” which includes 6 hours of training plus 4 hours of guided home-study. Overall, the diploma is 200 hours of training.
Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) level 3 or equivalent. This can be studied alongside the Thai yoga massage course if required. There are many online courses available; please contact Kathryn if you’d like more advice in choosing an A&P course.
Students are also advised to have attended an introduction to Thai yoga massage workshop (either with Central School or another comparable organisation) before applying. Alternatively, you can arrange for an interview (by phone or in person). Applicants are expected to have received at least two Thai yoga massages before applying – please book in with one of the many graduates of the school (or Kathryn) if you have yet to experience this amazing form of bodywork.
Diploma in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage
After successfully completing the course, you will be able to get full insurance to practise as a therapist in Traditional Thai Massage.
The cost of the full course (including our “setting up in business” training) is £990 plus £75 (assessment) plus £95 (setting up in business) = £1160. There is a discount of £60 if you book onto the whole course and pay in full before the beginning of Part 1 (i.e. the full course will cost £1100). The course includes all Thai massage tuition, colour hand-outs with photos and instructions for all sequences.
Students will also have to successfully complete (or have completed) a level 3 Anatomy & Physiology qualification in order to practise as a fully insured Thai massage practitioner.
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