Thai Massage Specialist, 250 Hour Program
Welcome to deep transformative learning
Students enrolled in our 250 hour Thai Massage Specialist Program participate in nine 4 to 5 day workshop intensives, meeting once a month, from September to July, with no sessions in December and January.
Only 6 students are admitted to this program per year. Students who complete this 9 month 250 hour program will emerge with a practice that flies far beyond the skill sets found in most Thai massage practices; with knowledge and understanding of the tradition that is rarely held even by those who teach it.
This course is, essentially, guided mentorship with Nephyr Jacobsen. It is a serious and fun path of study that promises to be life changing whether you are new to Thai massage or a long time practitioner.
All workshops run either Friday through Monday, or Friday through Tuesday
Program Overview for the 2017/2018 session
September 8th - 12th, 2017
Essentials of Thai Bodywork: Layers and Lines
Physical therapy focuses on the basics of Thai massage as they have never been taught before. Students learn a sequence that can be adapted for individual needs and includes beginning understanding of Thai anatomy as applied to bodywork. Theory focus also teaches the history and spirituality of Thai medicine. This course is designed for those who are brand new to Thai massage as well as for those who have been practicing or even teaching it for decades and is not a repeat of other foundational courses.
October 13th - 17th, 2017
Deep Thai Massage: Compression and Stretch
Physical therapy focus brings the bodywork to the next level with Thai deep tissue and passive stretching techniques taught in an adaptive sequence that can be tailored to individual needs. Medical theory focus is on Thai element theory and expansion of understanding of Thai anatomy and physiology.
November 17th - 20th, 2017
Tools! Of Thai Bodywork
Physical therapy focus is on the many wonderful tools employed in a Thai bodywork practice including Thai fire cupping, Thai body scraping, Thai herbal compresses, and Thai balms and liniments. Those with tok sen initiation will receive additional tok sen training and practice.
No sessions in December and January
February 9th - 12th, 2018
Thai Rx ~ Head, Shoulders & Arms
Physical therapy focus is on treatment protocols for conditions affecting the neck and shoulders, face and head, and arms and hands. Theory focus is on elements out of balance, dis-ease causation and diagnosis.
March 9th - 12th, 2018
Thai Rx ~ Spine to Toes
Physical therapy focus is on treatment protocols for conditions affecting the upper, middle, and low back, the hips and legs. Theory focus is on continuation of understanding elemental imbalance causation and diagnosis.
April 6th - 9th, 2018
Thai Rx ~ Injuries and Conditions
Physical therapy focus on wounds, post-surgery, scars, sprains and strains. We will also focus on conditions such as menstrual pain, fibromyalgia and such, as well as protocols for Thai prenatal and postpartum massage. Theory focus on Buddhism’s role in Thai medical theory.
May 11th - 14th, 2018
Thai Herbal Medicine
Physical therapy focus is on having a fabulous time making Thai herbal formulas! We will make liniments, balms, poultices and more. Theory focus is on Thai herbalism including the Thai taste system and how herbs can be incorporated into a bodywork practice.
June 1st - 4th, 2018
Thai Massage for the Elements
Physical therapy focus on adjusting work, approach and protocols for different elemental balances and imbalances. Theory focus on care for elemental balance such as dietary, sleep, exercise and other lifestyle recommendations, as well as further study of element theory.
July 6th - 10th
Esoteric Thai Healing
Physical therapy focus is on the more energetic and spiritual components of Thai bodywork, including subtle wind gate work, calming the mental winds, and working with healing incantations. Theory focuses on Thai divination, spirit medicine, and Buddhism.
This month’s class is one day longer with a clinic day and final exam
Each workshop can be taken independently at a cost of $560 to $640 per workshop. To take workshops singly, please see workshops link in the Education menu.
Enrollment in the 250 hour program saves $1,320 if paid in full, and saves $960 if paid installments.
Payment option A:
$4,040 paid in full at time of registration
Payment option B:
$4,400 paid in 4 installments of $1,100 each. The first installment is required at registration.
Please note that completion of this program does not necessarily meet state requirements to professionally practice massage if you are not a licensed massage practitioner or therapist. You must check with your state’s massage requirements. This program does not provide Oregon LMT licensure, but does provide continuing education hours for licensed massage therapists in most states as well as for NCBTMB members.