A lot of people enjoy a good body massage after a day’s hard work or a week of busy schedule. For them, a few hours of body pampering is beneficial to recharge their bodies and regain their energy. At the same time, they grab the opportunity to relax while the masseuse takes the stress off their bodies.
The Thai massage or Nuat Thai technique is, without a doubt, one of the most popular worldwide today. This is a unique form owing to the body stretching involved and the absence of oil commonly used in other types. Also, this full body massage starts from the feet moving up focusing on the energy lines of the body. Its main goal is to improve blood circulation and stimulate the lymph system.
A typical massage session in Thailand can last for an hour or an hour and a half depending on whether it’s a full body one or focused only on certain parts such as the head and face or feet. It is performed by professionals who have undergone proper training at a Thai school in the country.
To learn Thai massage techniques, one can enroll in a massage course in a Thai school in major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Thai Massage School
The Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai is known for its comprehensive curriculum covering ancient massage techniques. Short courses are available for foreign students who want to take advantage of their long holiday in the country. Other options being offered are the professional course (i5) which takes five weeks, the government certified teacher training (GCT), field training and community and classes with professors.
Those interested in going around the local communities and give back to the people what they’ve learned should choose the field training curriculum. The ancient techniques are being taught in this course and students learn to apply them outside of the classroom during their training.
The i5 course, on the other hand, is recommended for people serious in becoming a practitioner or professional masseuse and committed to providing quality Thai massage service to the public.
International Training Massage School (ITM)
Body workers from as far as Europe, the U.S. and Japan normally enroll at this school and train in its seven air conditioned studios. This multi-awarded and accredited school boasts of professional teachers, therapists and staff committed to making every student’s experience a very enriching one.
The visual, auditory and kinesthetic (VAK) method is the one being used at the International Training Massage School. This involves the teachers demonstrating the techniques and the students emulating the movements afterwards as their hands-on training.
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