Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage
Learn the art of Thai Massage, also called Thai Yoga Therapy, Nuat Thai or Nuad Boran in therapeutic Thai bodywork training intensives with Certified Instructors Chuck Duff and Jennifer Wright in NCBTMB and IPTA approved certification trainings at Thai Bodywork School in Evanston, IL.
Traditional Thai Massage, evolved from the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda, yoga and Thai Buddhism, employs hands, feet, arms and legs to guide the recipient through a series of yoga postures with fluid movements, gentle pressure and stretching.
Our program, structured as a series of intensives, presents the art of Thai massage in a hands-on curriculum consisting of over 350 hours. Our constantly-expanding advanced curriculum includes Clinical Thai Bodywork, Thai herbal compress certification and HandsFree™ Thai massage.
Thai Bodywork offers a 220-hour Certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner (TBP) program, as well as an advanced Clinical Thai Bodywork Practitioner (CTBP) certification. Classes are open to all and approved for massage continuing education credit by NCBTMB.
While traditional programs teach many techniques and sequences, there is a frustrating absence of insight as to why the techniques should be chosen or not, and what specific muscular issues they are useful for. These programs tend to be teach the student to imitate rather than think.
Our mission is to teach Thai bodywork in a clinical context with a deep understanding of muscle function and myofascial trigger point therapy, so that the student understands the effects and purpose of each technique, and can reliably address pain and dysfunction. We offer the most in-depth clinical training in the field in this regard.
Our workshop-based program allows students to study at their own pace to suit individual schedules and financial needs. We offer flexible payment arrangements, including payment as you go for individual workshops, time payment plans and work study.
We have a professional Thai massage clinic at our Evanston, IL premises, staffed by our faculty and Certified Thai Bodywork Practitioners (TBP). Sessions are available by appointment. We also offer low-cost apprentice sessions with students who are completing our practitioner certification programs.
No Prior Training Required
Our 20-hour Level 1: Fundamentals of Thai Massage training is taught monthly and has no prerequisites -- anybody can enter with no prior background. You will receive a Thai Bodywork certificate (and NCBTMB CEU Certificate of Achievement if desired) at each level, and the pace of your study can be adjusted to fit your needs. Potential students may arrange to observe a portion of a Level 1 training for free by visiting our contact page.
Levels 2 and 3 are taught 2-3 times per year. Additional trainings in Clinical Thai Bodywork and other topics are conducted every 1-2 months. Please see our schedule page for upcoming trainings.
Why Study Thai Massage?
Thai Yoga Massage: A Holistic Healing Modality
Thai massage grew out of the values and principles of yoga and Thai Buddhism. Thai yoga therapy approaches the human being as a physical, spiritual, mental and emotional system. A thai therapist is trained to work with the individual in a holistic manner, while also considering the health and well-being of the therapist.
Save Your Hands and Your Career
Thai massage is designed to be beneficial for both the giver and the receiver. As you learn the traditional sequences of Thai massage, our program teaches you to work with the whole body, incorporating principles of martial arts, yoga and excellent body mechanics. In a recent ABMP survey, over 70% of massage therapist respondents reported significant work-related pain symptoms in the last 2 years. By employing core energy and body weight, studying Thai yoga therapy at TBW can save your hands and your career. Our HandsFree Thai course, unique to our school, is a powerful, therapeutic form of Thai bodywork that completely avoids stress on the therapist's upper body.