12 DAY BEGINNERS COURSE IN THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Drop in is possible on 26th,27th and 28th of March
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 energies 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.
Overview of the beginners course: our thai yoga massage training will focus on the systematic tuition of a full body massage. The aim of the course is for the participant to be able to give a full 2 hour treatment to an average healthy patient. During the course, a much wider variety of exercises are introduced, from which the eventual massage may be tailored to fit the needs of the practicioner and the patient (according to the dimensions of giver and receiver, state of health, flexibility etc.).
In accordance with the spiritual traditions in which our massage is rooted, the 69 hours of hands-on training will be complemented by morning yoga or tai chi sessions (1,5 hours every day), in which we may experience the stretches, pressures and energy lines worked on during the massage, and early morning meditation sessions (1 hour 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.
Who is the course for? 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.
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.
What is included in the course fees? 11,5 days of tuition (thai massage, meditation, joga or tai chi), and a printed manual.
What 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 form 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.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage with Bali (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 and Germany, Bali transmits the love for spiritual growth through healing in his precise, mindfull way of teaching. His main areas of focus in teaching are posture, ergonomy, and the physical basics of a safe and fruitfull 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.
All of Bali's teaching is framed within a daily practice of morning meditation and yoga or taichi, supporting and complementing the massage practice in a multitude of ways. Meditation is helpful in giving a sense of the state of mind required as a therapist. Yoga is practiced since thai massage is rooted in the hindu yogic tradition of energy work. It is very helpful to first feel on your own body the work that you then give on others in a massage practice.
6 AM: MEDITATION
6,45 AM: TAI CHI, YOGA AND POSTURE TRAINING
8 AM: BREAKFAST
9,30 AM: THAI YOGA MASSAGE TRAINING 1
13,00 PM: LUNCH AND REST
15,00 PM: THAI YOGA MASSAGE TRAINING 2
18,30 PM: SNACK
PRICE & DATE
PART 1 / 10-14th Feb 2016 : 375 euros
PART 2 / 26-30th Mar 2016 : 375 euros
PART 3 / 2-3rd Apr 2016 : 150 euros
DROP-IN on 26th and/or 27th and/or 28th of March : 1 day 75 euros
Reduced price for participants who take all 3 parts : 800 euros
Special price for repeatiter of Sunshine network 12 days beginner course : 50% off
*Certificate is given only to those who completed all 3 parts*
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