Traditional Thai Manual Therapy
300 Hour Specialist Program
Welcome to deep transformative learning. This program is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the serious and wonderful study of traditional Thai bodywork in a holistic manner that is inclusive of Thai medical theory, Thai herbal medicine, Thai spiritual practices, and extensive Thai manual therapies. This is Thai massage and so much more. The program consists of 250 hands-on hours, including 6 hours of ethics and communication, plus 50 Thai medical theory online/distance learning hours. Hands-on class time consists of nine 4 to 5 day workshop intensives, meeting once a month, from September to June, with a long winter break from December 4th through February 7th.
Only 8 students are admitted to this program per year. Students who complete this 300 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 me, 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.
Program Overview for the 2018/2019 session
Hands On Workshops
All workshops run either Friday through Monday, or Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Essentials of Thai Bodywork: Layers and Lines
September 7th - 11th, 2018
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. This workshop includes 2 hours of ethics and communication training utilizing Buddha Dharma and traditional Thai ethics for healing arts practitioners (all relevant to a modern day practice and applicable toward Oregon CE requirements).
• Deep Thai Massage: Compression and Stretch
October 5th - 9th, 2018
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. Focus is on the tissue layer of the body with a treatment oriented approach.
• Tools! Of Thai Bodywork
November 2nd - 5th, 2018
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.
• Thai Rx ~ Head, Shoulders & Arms
November 30th December 3rd, 2018
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.
• Thai Rx ~ Spine to Toes
February 15th - 18th, 2019
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.
• Thai Rx ~ Injuries and Conditions
March 8th - 11th, 2019
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.
• Thai Massage for the Elements
April 12th - 15th, 2019
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.
• Thai Herbal Medicine
May 10th - 13th, 2019
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.
• Esoteric Thai Healing & Course Wrap Up
May 31st - June 4th, 2019
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 workshop will also include individual student evaluations and guidance and class ceremonial completion. This workshop includes 4 hours of ethics and communication training utilizing Buddha Dharma and traditional Thai ethics for healing arts practitioners (all relevant to a modern day practice and applicable toward Oregon CE requirements).
• Thai Medical Theory for Bodyworkers
September 3rd, 2018 - November 16th, 2018
In these ten weeks we will dive into the deep sea of Thai medical theory, with a focus on how it applies to Thai bodywork. Information provided is based on true Thai medical theory as it stands on its own based on ancient texts and long lineage oral transmission and does not overlay Indian or Chinese theory on Thai techniques, although it will reference when these cultures have been inclusive in the evolution of Thai theory. This portion of the Thai Massage Specialist program is completed through online distance participation. Class takes place on a forum and students can watch lessons and complete assignments at any time of day as their personal schedules allow. They will be joined by students from around the world who may be taking this course independent of the Specialist program; this forms a sweet and supportive global community that gets to know one another well and sustains friendly in-depth learning. Those in the Specialist program will have hands on classes overlapping with their time in the online class. This portion of the course allots 50 CE hours, however, many students will put more than 50 hours into the online class. You can learn more about this course here.
Please note: Students in the Specialist program have the option of doing their online portion during the spring session, March 4th - May 6th, 2019, if they cannot participate in the fall session; however, fall session participation is encouraged if possible.
For those who have already taken the online Thai Medical Theory for Bodyworkers course, this course is being re-vamped, so retaking it as part of the 300 hour program will be a new experience.
Payment option A:
$4,200 paid in full at time of registration with credit card
$4,100 paid in full at time of registration with cash or check
I split the credit card processing fees, which are over $200 for this course, only charging those who pay with credit card $100 more
Payment option B:
$4,500 paid in 4 installments of $1,125 each with credit card.
$ 4,400 paid in 4 installments of $1,100 each with cash or check.
I split the credit card processing fees, which are over $300 for this course, only charging those who pay with credit card $100 more
Workshops, when offered independent of the program run $560 to $640 per workshop and the Online theory class is $800. Enrollment in the 300 hour program saves $2,126 if paid in full, and saves $1,826 if paid installments. Incoming students who have already completed and passed the online Theory class and paid in full within the previous year will receive an additional $200 discount on the Specialist program.
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 a certain amount of continuing education hours for NCBTMB members.