Level 1 – Beginner Thai Yoga Massage Course – Belfast

September 21 – 26, 2024
Belfast, Northern Ireland
@ Body Conscious Studio

This course is a Level 1 of 2 to complete a basic beginner Thai yoga massage course following the tradition of Asokananda and the Sunshine Network. It is not required to have previous Thai massage or other form of bodywork training.

In this level one intensive course, we will cover the main principles and foundations of Thai massage along with practicing a full body massage sequence from feet to head. By the end of the week, you will have an understanding of how we approach our receiver when giving a treatment, the emotional mapping and energetic lines we use to work with the body, and many techniques to create and give individualized sequences of relaxing and effective massage treatments for healthy bodies. You will receive a supportive manual to continue your practice at home and the knowledge to develop your own intuitive form of giving.

This course is a great foundation to begin the practice and art of giving deeply healing bodywork. It’s in the practice where the real learning happens. Within a small group setting, you will receive guided attention and instructions to ensure you leave the training with confidence and understanding. This course also offers an experience of Thai massage as a deep, personal journey, where the process of learning how to touch, feel and listen relate just as much to extending that practice to ourselves as to others. With the support of other guided practices, we will explore this internal spiritual journey with the tool of Thai massage.

How does Thai massage work?

Thai yoga massage is a holistic and ancient bodywork practice that stems from yoga of India and Buddhism. As a traditional mind-body medicine, Thai massage works with applied techniques to stimulate deep relaxation in the body and release energy blocks and stagnation throughout the entire system. Using tools of meditation, presence and intuitive listening, we create a safe and sacred space to encourage self-healing for both the receiver and giver.

After this course, you will have:

  • an overview of the foundations and principles of Thai massage, including proper posture and alignment, how to use gravity and your own body weight to give deep pressure.
  • The history, philosophy and medical theory behind Thai massage.
  • A variety of techniques to creatively create full body massage sequences to practice on healthy friends and family.
  • How to save your own energy while giving a massage treatment.
  • Small group setting so you can receive a lot of guided assistance.
  • A print manual to support your continued practice at home. 
  • Meditations and practical exercises to explore presence, self-awareness, qualities of touch, and developing compassion and intuition.

About Erica

Erica has been practicing yoga, spirituality and healing modalities for over 12 years. Having explored other forms of bodywork already, she found a real connection and faith upon discovering Thai Yoga Massage and hasn’t looked back since. She received her practitioner certificate through the Sunshine Network in 2015 and runs her private practice in Lisbon, Portugal since 2017.

As a member of the Thai Healing Alliance, she continues to study regularly with a variety of teachers, taking advanced courses and assisting her teachers in their own training courses. Her studies are currently branching out into osteopathy and shamanism. Erica believes in our ability to heal ourselves, and shares these modalities as a complement and support to help us along our own personal journeys.

When & where

Six consecutive days from 9:30am – 5:30pm, with one half day in the middle for rest and integration. Lunch breaks are 1.5 hours.

Saturday April 27 to Thursday April 2 in Belfast, Ireland, hosted by Body Conscious Studio., nearby to the Botanical Gardens and Queen’s University.

Registration, value exchange and payment terms

Value exchange is determined by the hosting studio. For registration and more details, please be in contact with Dee at Dee@bodyconscious.me

To register, please email: dee@bodyconscious.me
For questions specifically related to the course and material, email: erica@bhavaniyogamassage.com