Course Catalogue

Thai Bodywork's Thai massage classes are structured as individual workshops. Students can take the individual Thai massage workshops at their own pace. We offer two levels of certification, TBP and CTBP, which combine coursework with other requirements. Our Certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner (TBP) certification is recognized by ABMP and the State of Illinois as an approved Asian Bodywork program. We offer students various financial arrangements to make their Thai massage training financially affordable.

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The following courses are taught at Thai Bodywork in Evanston, and by Thai Bodywork Certified Instructors in various cities.

CORE COURSES REQUIRED FOR TBP CERTIFICATION

Level 1: Thai Massage Fundamentals

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: None

    An in-depth certification training that covers the essentials of Thai Massage for practitioners. Upon successful completion, you will receive a 20-hour certificate (NCBTMB approved for continuing education). Potential students may arrange to observe a portion of a Level 1 for free. Please email admissions@thaibodywork.com to arrange to observe. For more information, visit http://www.thaimassageschool.net.

    This fantastic training is the gateway to the rest of our program. There are no prerequisites for this course, and students are accepted without any prior bodywork training. You will be amazed at what you learn in a weekend as we teach you the critical fundamentals of body mechanics, positioning, compression, working with passive stretches, energetic, spiritual and historical background, an intro to concepts of clinical work, and much more.

    Potential students may arrange to observe a portion of a Level 1 training for free. Please email admissions@thaibodywork.com to arrange to observe.

    Level 1 trainings are taught by Chuck Duff who founded Thai Bodywork in 2001 and is a master instructor.

    You will learn a valuable 1-hour professional sequence that you can immediately put to use with clients, friends and family. The focus of this training is instill principles of full-body movement through carefully refined teaching methods that have helped thousands of students learn this fantastic art. Even students who have studied at other schools give us rave reviews about this training and our teaching methods.

    A basic introduction to Thai Massage, this intensive 2.5 day training is suitable for new students, or practitioners seeking an alternative modality. At the end of the course, the student can perform a complete 1 hour Thai massage routine, including supine, side lying, prone and seated positions. The asanas that we teach in Level 1 are simply a reduced sequence -- they are not "beginner" in the sense that they are sophisticated and powerful techniques that the student will continue to master through practice. These are techniques that the therapist will use throughout their Thai massage career.

    In Level 1, we introduce the theory of energetic anatomy and physiology, sen sip, wind gates, Thai asanas or therapeutic postures, acupoints and trigger points. We teach basic principles of western muscular anatomy, trigger point therapy and patterns of referred pain to provide the student with a much deeper diagnostic framework for client issues. In Level 1 the student learns the basic ideas behind Clinical Thai Bodywork, a powerful therapeutic system that is explored more fully in advanced courses.

    We place a strong emphasis upon body mechanics and practicing bodywork in a sustainable way. Many western practitioners experience symptoms of occupational disability in hands, shoulders and arms due to reliance upon muscular strength and a failure to understand the power of working from the core. We use martial arts and yoga principles to teach the student how to move in an efficient, elegant and powerful way. With strong fundamentals, Thai bodywork can be not only safe but beneficial for the practitioner, and will provide a deeply satisfying career that lasts many decades.

    This course provides the student with a 20-hour certificate upon successful completion, and is approved by NCBTMB for continuing education in massage. This course is also approved for continuing education in physical therapy in Illinois. For more information, please visit www.thaibodywork.com or call 888-576-8424.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    May 29 - May 31 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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    Jun 26 - Jun 28 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

    Jul 31 - Aug 2 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

    Sep 11 - Sep 13 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

    Oct 9 - Oct 11 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Level 2: Therapeutic Thai Massage Fundamentals

  • HOURS: 40
    CE HOURS: 34
    TUITION: $850

  • Prerequisites: Level 1

    This course builds fundamentals of therapeutic Thai massage for a professional practice. Upon successful completion, you will receive a 40-hour certificate that is recognized by NCBTMB and ABMP.

    This course establishes the foundation of a professional Thai Massage practice. The basic principles of Thai medicine are discussed, including the Sen Sip, therapeutic points, Southern and Nerve Touch (Jap Sen) styles and relationship to other point and line systems. Key treatment positions are taught for each area of the body. Thai line work is the key to relieving stagnation and making it possible for muscles to achieve their full length and function. We introduce the concepts of myofascial pain, trigger and reflex points, and the basic principles of Clinical Thai Bodywork.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Aug 5 - Aug 9 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Wed 6:30-9:30 PM, Thu-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Level 3: Northern Style Thai Massage

  • HOURS: 70
    CE HOURS: 50
    TUITION: $1,350

  • Prerequisites: Level 2

    An intensive covering the traditional sequence of 200 asanas of the Northern method and clinical applications. For more information, visit http://www.thaimassageschool.net. Prerequisite: Level 1+2.

    Our wonderful Level 3 training covers the Northern style sequence that was developed at the Northern Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai. It is known worldwide as a standard of knowledge for Thai massage practitioner education, and consists of nearly 4 hours of treatment. This style is known for its Thai Yoga qualities and dynamic, flowing stretches.

    Level 3 completes our traditional core series, and is mandatory for students who wish to become a Certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner. This is an extremely important training that provides the essential repertoire of asanas that any professional should have at their disposal

    Explore in detail the Chinese and Hill tribe influence on traditional Thai massage, by learning the seven basic katas of the Northern (Chiang Mai) School. The northern style, codified at the Northern Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, has a strong emphasis on movement and stretches, and is the style commonly seen in books and practiced throughout the world.

    In this course, the student gains the tools and experience to be a professional Thai massage therapist through intensive practice of the traditional sequences of the northern regions. 4 hours of treatment options are added to the repertoire, including intensive study of body mechanics in adapting stretches for various body types. This course is essential to the professional practitioner, providing a common lexicon of Thai yoga techniques that is shared throughout the world.

    We examine the spiritual and historical origins of the art, and learn the Pali prayer to Shivago as it is traditionally taught.

    Over 200 Northern method Asanas are taught, along with energetic theory of the Sen Sip, therapeutic applications, how to structure treatments for specific client complaints, table applications, chair sequences, and much more. Levels 1 and 2 must be completed prior to attending.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Aug 14 - Aug 20 (1 day)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri - Thu 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Functional Anatomy for Thai Massage and Yoga

  • HOURS: 24
    CE HOURS: 21
    TUITION: $590

  • Prerequisites: None.

    This popular course teaches anatomy and physiology in a way that is interesting, practical and relevant to the practice of Thai massage and yoga. Instead of the usual dry, memorization-oriented A&P, this class strives to be as interactive and hands-on as possible to increase retention and make learning anatomy fun. AP1 (or equivalent) is a required for our Thai Bodywork Practitioner (TBP) certification, and is required prior to taking any CTB pain area classes.

    This popular course teaches anatomy and physiology in a way that is interesting, practical and relevant to the practice of Thai massage and yoga. Instead of the usual dry, memorization-oriented A&P, this class strives to be as interactive and hands-on as possible to increase retention and make learning anatomy fun. This series provides direct experience of bones and muscles at rest as well as in movement. We focus on how to accurately palpate learning to recognize the location of the muscle as well as its state of health. We cover muscle function, isolated stretching, osteopathic techniques for regulation of muscle function, interaction with energetic anatomy, trigger point pain referral and other topics of critical importance to yogis and bodyworkers.

    AP1 (or equivalent) is a required for our Thai Bodywork Practitioner (TBP) certification, and is required prior to taking any CTB pain area classes. Upon successful completion, the student receives a 24-hour Certificate of Achievement from Thai Bodywork. This course provides 21 NCBTMB CE hours.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Jul 9 - Jul 11 (3 days)
    Teachers: Jennifer Wright
    Schedule: Thurs-Sat 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 22 Greeley Street, Suite 10, Merrimack NH 03054
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    Aug 28 - Aug 30 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Jennifer Wright
    Schedule: Fri, Sat, Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Thai Herbal Compress (Luk Pra Kob)

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1; Level 2-3 are helpful but not required.

    This 20-hour course covers preparation and use of Thai herbal compresses, or Luk Pra Kob, which has been used in Thailand for over 400 years as a medicinal treatment. We will focus on therapeutic applications and integration with Thai massage and Thai herbal sauna or Thai steam treatments. Prerequisite: Some Thai massage experience.

    This course covers preparation and use of Thai herbal compresses, herbal poultices, or Luk Pra Kob, which has been used in Thailand for hundreds of years as a medicinal treatment. The herbs used in Luk Pra Kob, which are wrapped in cotton cloth and steamed prior to application, have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and muscle relaxant properties. In addition, there are benefits to the skin as well as aromatherapeutic properties to the herbs, whose essential oils are released with steam.The course also covers the use of Thai herbs for traditional Thai herbal sauna treatments.

    This course goes well beyond traditional sen line applications. We will describe the major herbs that are used in herbal compresses, their beneficial properties, common poultice recipes, safety considerations and how to prepare the poultices. We will discuss how to integrate an herbal compress and Thai herbal sauna treatment with Thai massage, and will spend extensive time in the course on therapeutic and clinical applications for specific conditions of pain and dysfunction.

    Since the application of the compress is most effective with skin contact, students should wear clothing that provides access to the back and shoulders, and either shorts or loose pants that can be rolled up.

    This course is approved by NCBTMB for 17 contact hours of continuing education in massage. Prerequisite: Some Thai massage experience.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Oct 2 - Oct 4 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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HandsFree Thai Massage - Level 1

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai massage training.

    This weekend course provides an introduction to the techniques of HandsFree Thai, which allow the practitioner to work on clients in a way that is highly beneficial for the receiver and safe for the practitioner. Many asana variations using feet and knees, comprising a 2-hour treatment. Prerequisite: Level 1 or equivalent.

    Learn to work on large or heavily muscled clients in a way that is highly beneficial for you the practitioner as well as for the client. Asana variations using feet, legs and knees allow the therapist to provide broad, deep pressure without endangering the hands, wrists or shoulders.

    In this class, we learn a 2-hour treatment sequence that employs all treatment attitudes. This is an excellent way for the practitioner to safely work with athletes and other clients who require deeper pressure without putting stress on themselves.

    As in all of our courses, we maintain a strong therapeutic focus in our teaching, guiding the student in how to work with specific issues of pain or dysfunction. We employ the principles of Clinical Thai Bodywork to teach the student patterns of pain and its origins while using HandsFree or Commoner style techniques.

    This course provides an introduction to the techniques of HandsFree Thai(tm), which allow the practitioner to work on large or heavily muscled clients in a way that is highly beneficial for the client and the practitioner. Commoner or rural style (Nuad Chaleisak) techniques, originating in the northern, hill tribe regions of Thailand, allow the therapist to provide broad, deep pressure without stress on the hands or shoulders. Asana variations using feet. legs and knees are taught, comprising a 1-hour treatment sequence employing all treatment attitudes.

    Thai massage has a long tradition of walking techniques, as do many other cultures. These techniques can be practiced without elaborate equipment such as ropes, bars or specially made treatment rooms. If the practitioner is developing balance, a simple object like a chair is sufficient to help maintain safe balance while on the client. We teach the student to be able to do this work with as little mechanical assistance as possible.

    HandsFree Thai(tm) is an excellent way for the practitioner to safely work with athletes and other clients who require deeper pressure without endangering the hands, wrists and shoulders. As in all of our courses, we maintain a strong therapeutic focus in our teaching, guiding the student in how to work with specific issues of pain or dysfunction. We employ the principles of Clinical Thai Bodywork to teach the student patterns of pain and its origins while using walking techniques.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Jun 5 - Jun 7 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

    Oct 23 - Oct 25 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

Clinical Thai Bodywork Fundamentals - 1 Day

  • HOURS: 8
    CE HOURS: 7
    TUITION: $225

  • Prerequisites: None

    CTB Fundamentals is a required course in our TBP certification program. The course covers the principles of trigger points and pain referral, use of adjunct techniques such as heat, cold distraction, and post-isometric relaxation, assessment, perpetuating factors and how to employ reference resources such as priority and pain referral charts. We do not teach treatment techniques in this course -- those are covered in the other Thai bodywork and CTB body area classes.

    This course covers the principles of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with the insights of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, acupoint work and a structural analysis of body function. CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. CTB gives the student specific tools to assess and design effective treatments for the most common client complaints and can be integrated into a mat, chair or table-based practice.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was designed to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.

    This course is suitable for practitioners wanting effective tools for treating specific conditions of pain and dysfunction in their practice. We will establish the foundation of Clinical Thai Bodywork for application on either the mat or the table. Topics include trigger point therapy and relationship to Thai techniques, common pain syndromes, common medical mis-diagnoses, using point stimulation, understanding pain referral pathways, and their relationship to sen lines, TCM meridians and fascial connections, yoga therapy and much more. Clinical Thai Bodywork: Fundamentals is the prerequisite for all of the individual body area classes. We do not teach treatment techniques in this course -- those are covered in the other Thai bodywork and CTB body area classes.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Jul 9 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

    Jul 12 (1 day)
    Teachers: Jennifer Wright
    Schedule: Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 22 Greeley Street, Suite 10, Merrimack NH 03054
    Register

    Sep 26 (1 Day)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Sat 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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CTB AND OTHER COURSES

Using Straps for Ease and Strength with Chris Ray

  • HOURS: 16
    CE HOURS: 0
    TUITION: $390

  • Prerequisites: None

    This class is intended for all massage therapists (Thai and table) who would like to minimize muscular effort and give a deeper, therapeutic massage. Many massage therapists have a shortened career because they experience pain in their own body. Learn how to use straps to support your body weight and use your feet, knees, elbows, forearms, and sit bones to apply pressure. Therapists often hold tension in their bodies when doing long compressions. The strap system allows one to relax much more during a session, creating a space for the receiver to relax and release on a much deeper level which results in a more therapeutic session. It also allows you to tailor your sessions to each unique body you encounter in your practice, large or small!

    This class is intended for all massage therapists (Thai and table) who would like to minimize muscular effort and give a deeper, therapeutic massage. Many massage therapists have a shortened career because they experience pain in their own body. Learn how to use straps to support your body weight and use your feet, knees, elbows, forearms, and sit bones to apply pressure. Therapists often hold tension in their bodies when doing long compressions. The strap system allows one to relax much more during a session, creating a space for the receiver to relax and release on a much deeper level which results in a more therapeutic session. It also allows you to tailor your sessions to each unique body you encounter in your practice, large or small!

    Christopher has been working with bars and straps for 14 years and through trial and error, has developed a system that is easy to install and comfortable to use. All practice will take place on the floor, but the techniques can be applied to a table as well. Whether you decide to use the straps or not, the theory and therapeutic techniques are invaluable. Although the most common feedback is, "Why haven't I been using these sooner?" Come play!



    UPCOMING DATES:

Intro to Clinical Thai Bodywork

  • HOURS: 3
    CE HOURS: 3
    TUITION: $50

  • Prerequisites: None

    This course introduces Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function.

    This course introduces the techniques and principals of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with the insights of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, acupoint work and a structural analysis of body function. CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. CTB gives the student specific tools to assess and design effective treatments for the most common client complaints and can be integrated into a mat, chair or table-based practice.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was designed to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.



    UPCOMING DATES:

Community Sharing & Practice Day

  • HOURS: 3
    CE HOURS: 0
    TUITION: $15

  • Prerequisites: Current Thai Bodywork student, who has at least taken Level 1: Thai Massage Fundamentals

    A day of sharing for enrolled students to practice Thai bodywork techniques, share ideas, get practical answers to frequently asked questions, and refine body mechanics.

    A day of sharing for enrolled students to practice Thai bodywork techniques, share ideas, and refine body mechanics.

    Students will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues, improve skills, and prepare for certification!

    A discussion of subjects such as practical and technical skills for your healing practice will be covered in an open forum including, traditional Thai massage, hands free techniques as well as Clinical Thai Bodywork and how to obtain credit for CEs (Continuing Education).

    Open Forum May Include:

    •Networking For Therapists - Time to talk about therapeutics, what works, and share experiences about classes.

    •Thai Massage Practice - Practice your skills, get your questions answered, and review proper body mechanics.



    UPCOMING DATES:

Introduction to Thai Bodywork

  • HOURS: 0
    CE HOURS: 0
    TUITION: $15

  • Prerequisites: None

    Learn more about Thai massage and the Thai Bodywork School at this 2-hour intro workshop. Learn some Thai massage techniques, meet Thai Bodywork faculty, staff and students. All are welcome.

    Learn more about Thai massage and the Thai Bodywork School at this 2-hour intro workshop. Experience basic Thai massage techniques, meet Thai Bodywork faculty, staff and students.

    All are welcome.

    Thai Bodywork offers one of the top Thai massage-specific instructional programs in the country. Most courses are taught by master instructor Chuck Duff. Our program is workshop-based and accomodates real world schedules. Students can fit our program around jobs and family, and take courses at a pace that they determine.

    Our 20-hour Level 1: Fundamentals of Thai Massage training is taught monthly and has no prerequisites -- anybody can enter our program with no prior background. You will receive a Thai Bodywork certificate (and NCBTMB CEU certificate of Achievement if desired) at each level.

    Chuck's teaching places a strong emphasis upon sustainability in practice, body mechanics, connections with yoga and therapeutic focus. Chuck is the originator of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality that combines trigger point therapy and Thai massage in a very effective modality for pain and dysfunction.

    Our clinic offers apprentice and professional Thai massage at reasonable rates. Book a session at 847-440-7525 to experience the work first hand.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    May 26 (1 day)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Tue 6:30-8:30 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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    Jun 23 (1 day)
    Schedule: Tue 6:30-8:30 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Thai Massage Fundamentals for the Table

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: None

    This course teaches Thai massage fundamentals in the form of a 1-hour treatment sequence in the Chiang Mai style, specifically adapted to the table and the needs of the spa environment. This course is open to anyone and satisfies the Level 1 prerequisite for all of our advanced courses.

    This course teaches Thai massage fundamentals in the form of a 1-hour treatment sequence in the Chiang Mai style, specifically adapted to the table and the needs of the spa environment, including table body mechanics, draping, client education, add-on treatments such as herbal compress, and other issues. This course is open to anyone and satisfies the Level 1 prerequisite for all of our advanced courses.

    We present the energetic and historical basis of the work, body mechanics, movement from the core, and fundamental techniques as well as how to effectively practice the routines. The student learns an effective 1-hour treatment sequence, as well as how to work in a sustainable way that does not injure the practitioner. Thai herbal compress applications are briefly discussed as a complementary treatment.

    The table application is covered in our DVD, Thai Massage: An Introduction for the Mat and Table with Chuck Duff. Upon completion, the student will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Thai Bodywork.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Jul 17 - Jul 19 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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HandsFree Thai Massage - Level 2

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: HandsFree Level 1.

    This course provides in-depth study of the techniques of HandsFree Thai, which allow the practitioner to work on large or heavily muscled clients in a way that is highly beneficial for the client and safe for the practitioner. Many asana variations using feet and knees, providing over 2 hours of treatment. Prerequisites: HandsFree Level 1 and Level 1 Thai Massage.

    In HandsFree Level 2, we work with variations and specific applications using the principles of working from a place of ease, using body weight, focused positioning, intention, awareness and breath to provide some of the most powerful bodywork experiences you will find in any modality. You will learn many new techniques and also understand their use in a variety of clinical situations. We cover the use of ropes, straps and other supports to assist the therapist in applying the broad, deep, transformational pressure that is a hallmark of this kind of work.

    As in all of our courses, we maintain a strong therapeutic focus in our teaching, guiding the student in how to work with specific issues of pain or dysfunction. We employ the principles of Clinical Thai Bodywork to teach the student patterns of pain and its origins while using HandsFree or Commoner style techniques.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Oct 26 - Oct 28 (1 Day)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Mon 6:30-9:30 PM, Tue-Wed 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
    Register

Clinical Thai Bodywork: Head, Neck & Facial Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    This course focuses on headache, neck and facial pain applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. Prerequisite: Level 1, AP1 & Regional Anatomy for the specified body region are strongly recommended.

    The effects of daily migraines on a person's life are truly devastating. We have seen patients literally sob as they filled out their intake forms, and then leave with hope that they have finally found the answer for a crippling pattern of headache pain. I have seen clients with daily pain for decades, having been through pain clinics, painkillers and other treatments with no success become pain-free after a few sessions.

    While not all headaches are due to muscular causes, the great majority are -- and can be easily treated using CTB techniques. Headache pain alone is such an important topic that this one seminar should be on your list even if nothing else right now.

    Dentists are generally taught something about trigger points because facial muscles can cause pain in the teeth that could easily be mistaken for problems requiring dental intervention. Yet, one of my most serious headache cases was an orthodontist who as I was treating him, realized that he actually owned the Travell and Simons books, but had suffered with daily headaches for over 20 years.

    You will learn to treat not only the pain but the perpetuating factors that make it come back, including postural, lifestyle, structural imbalance, faulty breathing habits, and more. You will be surprised at some of the seemingly unrelated issues that can set up these pain patterns. This is a workshop that can truly transform your practice.

    This course focuses on specific applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. CTB gives the student specific tools to assess and design effective treatments for the most common client complaints and can be integrated into a mat, chair or table-based practice.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was designed to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.

    This course covers specific, detailed Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for headache, neck and facial pain, including migraines and other headache conditions.

    Prerequisites: CTB: Fundamentals and Functional Anatomy. About prerequisites: these are for the benefit of the whole class and help us to ensure that our limited time is spent as usefully as possible. We cannot cover basic trigger point info and anatomy in these classes and still have time to cover specific pains and treatments. If you do not have this information, you will be at a disadvantage, however you will still get a lot out of the class. If you are the self-studying type or have equivalent knowledge or are able to attend and keep your questions to yourself rather than disrupting the room, we welcome you.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Jun 12 - Jun 14 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Clinical Thai Bodywork: Shoulder, Upper Back & Arm Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    This course covers Clinical Thai Bodywork for shoulder, upper back and arm pain. CTB is a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. A detailed treatment is presented for the upper back, shoulder and upper arm. 20-hour certification upon successful completion. Prerequisite: Level 1 and AP1 are strongly recommended.

    Shoulder pain is a very common and often misdiagnosed complaint that leads to life upset, unnecessary surgeries and inappropriate treatments. Pain that is ascribed to a torn rotator cuff or frozen shoulder is very often a result of myofascial issues. Thai massage provides an excellent framework for resolving shoulder pain, but only if the student understands what muscles are commonly involved, where they harbor trigger points, and what techniques are most effective at dealing with each aspect of shoulder pain.

    We describe the 23 muscles that are commonly involved in shoulder, upper back and arm pain, which muscles are most likely to be active contributors, where trigger points are to be found, and the best way to compress and stretch each area. We also cover perpetuating factors related to this area of the body, and how to not only resolve your clients’ pain issues, but how to teach them lifestyle changes and self-care techniques that will keep them out of trouble.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was developed by Chuck Duff to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.

    Prerequisites: CTB: Fundamentals and Functional Anatomy. About prerequisites: these are for the benefit of the whole class and help us to ensure that our limited time is spent as usefully as possible. We cannot cover basic trigger point info and anatomy in these classes and still have time to cover specific pains and treatments. If you do not have this information, you will be at a disadvantage, however you will still get a lot out of the class. If you are the self-studying type or have equivalent knowledge or are able to attend and keep your questions to yourself rather than disrupting the room, we welcome you.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Oct 2 - Oct 4 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Jennifer Wright
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 22 Greeley Street, Suite 10, Merrimack NH 03054
    Register

    Nov 13 - Nov 15 (1 weekend)
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Clinical Thai Bodywork: Hand, Elbow & Forearm Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    Forearm, elbow, wrist and hand pain applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality that blends the techniques of Thai massage with trigger point therapy and a structural analysis of body function. We cover characteristics and treatment of muscles that cause pain in these areas in depth, and diagnoses such as carpal tunnel, tendinitis, tennis elbow and more. The one-day Regional Anatomy for this region (taught the day before) is highly recommended, as we focus on treatment in the 2-day CTB course.

    Forearm, elbow, wrist and hand pain applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality that blends the techniques of Thai massage with trigger point therapy and a structural analysis of body function. We cover characteristics and treatment of muscles that cause pain in these areas in depth. The one-day Regional Anatomy for this region (taught the day before) is highly recommended, as we focus on treatment in the 2-day CTB course.

    It is recommended that Regional Anatomy for the area be attended in preparation. In addition students should read either Travell and Simons' Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, Volume 1 relating to these pain areas, or equivalent sections in Claire Davies' Trigger Point Workbook.

    CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. CTB gives the student specific tools to assess and design effective treatments for the most common client complaints and can be integrated into a mat, chair or table-based practice.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was designed to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.

    This course covers specific, detailed Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for elbow, forearm, wrist and hand pain. We cover diagnoses such as tennis and golf elbow, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more. Many diagnosed "conditions" often are actually the result of myofascial trigger point conditions and soft tissue and can easily be treated using CTB techniques.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Dec 4 - Dec 6 (1 weekend)
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Clinical Thai Bodywork: Mid-Back, Chest & Abdominal Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    This course focuses on back, chest and abdominal pain applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. Prerequisite: Level 1, AP1 & Regional Anatomy for the specified body region are strongly recommended.

    This course focuses on specific applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. CTB gives the student specific tools to assess and design effective treatments for the most common client complaints and can be integrated into a mat, chair or table-based practice.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was created by Chuck Duff to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially-derived dysfunction.

    This course covers specific, detailed Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for mid-back, chest and abdominal pain. The middle thorax and abdomen are closely interrelated and often exhibit confusing symptoms and pain patterns. We learn detailed treatment of the muscles that cause pain in this region, as well as perpetuating factors such as dysfunctional breathing habits.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Sep 18 - Sep 20 (1 weekend)
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Clinical Thai Bodywork: Low Back, Sacral, Gluteal & Pelvic Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    This course focuses on lumbar, sacral, gluteal and hip pain applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. Prerequisite: Level 1, AP1 & Regional Anatomy for the specified body region are strongly recommended.

    This course focuses on specific applications of Clinical Thai Bodywork, a modality developed by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with acupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. CTB gives the student specific tools to assess and design effective treatments for the most common client complaints and can be integrated into a mat, chair or table-based practice.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was designed to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.

    This course covers specific, detailed Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for lumbar, sacral, gluteal, pelvic and hip pain.

    Prerequisites: CTB: Fundamentals and Functional Anatomy. About prerequisites: these are for the benefit of the whole class and help us to ensure that our limited time is spent as usefully as possible. We cannot cover basic trigger point info and anatomy in these classes and still have time to cover specific pains and treatments. If you do not have this information, you will be at a disadvantage, however you will still get a lot out of the class. If you are the self-studying type or have equivalent knowledge or are able to attend and keep your questions to yourself rather than disrupting the room, we welcome you.



    UPCOMING DATES:

    Jul 24 - Jul 26 (1 weekend)
    Teachers: Chuck Duff
    Schedule: Fri 6:30-9:30 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-6 PM
    Location: 537 Custer Ave. Suite 5, Evanston, IL 60202
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Clinical Thai Bodywork: Hip, Thigh, Knee & Groin Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    This course covers specific Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for hip, thigh, knee and groin pain. Pain that appears to involve major joints causes clients great concern, and is often misdiagnosed as joint damage or dysfunction. Myofascial trigger points may easily generate pain patterns that cause these concerns, yet the pain can be resolved through the use of CTB techniques by a knowledgeable therapist.

    This course covers specific Clinical Thai Bodywork treatments for hip, thigh, knee and groin pain. Pain that appears to involve major joints causes clients great concern, and is often misdiagnosed as joint damage or dysfunction. Myofascial trigger points may easily generate pain patterns that cause these concerns, yet the pain can be resolved through the use of CTB techniques by a knowledgeable therapist.

    Trigger points in this pain area may lead to diagnoses such as torn meniscus, arthritis, trochanteric bursits, sciatica, and knee and hip joint degeneration as a way to explain the patient's pain. Unfortunately, these diagnoses are often made without sufficient clinical evidence and then lead to procedures that have permanent and damaging consequences, or at best are ineffective.

    We recommend that students purchase a copy of Claire Davies' Trigger Point Therapy workbook at a bare minimum as a reference to symptoms and referral patterns caused by myofascial trigger points, and study the relevant regional anatomy in advance of the class. Serious students should purchase Travell & Simons' Trigger Point Manual volumes 1 and 2 (be sure to obtain the second edition of volume 1).



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Clinical Thai Bodywork: Foot, Ankle & Lower Leg Pain

  • HOURS: 20
    CE HOURS: 17
    TUITION: $490

  • Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent Thai training; Anatomy and additional technique classes are strongly recommended.

    Foot and lower leg pain can be debilitating and severe, and cause other problems up the kinetic chain due to disturbed gait. This area is also one in which Clinical Thai Bodywork techniques can have some of the most profound benefits. You will learn to address pain following breaks and sprains, plantar fasciitis, calf pain and tenderness, rigid ankles, big toe pain (which can be misdiagnosed as gout) and chronic conditions such as hyperpronation and hammer toe.

    Foot and lower leg pain can be debilitating and severe, and cause other problems up the kinetic chain due to disturbed gait. This area is also one in which Clinical Thai Bodywork techniques can have some of the most profound benefits. You will learn to address pain following breaks and sprains, plantar fasciitis, calf pain and tenderness, rigid ankles, big toe pain (which can be misdiagnosed as gout) and chronic conditions such as hyperpronation and hammer toe.

    Clinical Thai Bodywork was designed to bridge the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially derived dysfunction.



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Thai Abdominal Massage and Chi Nei Tsang Level 1 with Chris Ray

  • HOURS: 24
    CE HOURS: 20
    TUITION: $590

  • Prerequisites: None

    Abdominal massage is perhaps one of the most profound forms of bodywork. The majority of physical and emotional imbalances and congestion are stored in the abdomen, yet ironically, abdominal massage has become virtually a lost art and science. Almost all energy lines and physical communication systems (blood, lymph, nerves) pass through the abdomen, and this area becomes a ‘dumping ground’ for stagnant energy. In addition to addressing physical ailments associated with all the internal organs, this work is proven to have incredible healing effects throughout the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. Class includes: * How to approach and work with the abdomen. * Warming the belly, detoxing the skin, and opening the wind gates. * Opening the breath. * Abdominal anatomy and how to approach each organ. * A 90 minute sequence. Prerequsite: Bodywork experience.

    Abdominal massage is perhaps one of the most profound forms of bodywork. The majority of physical and emotional imbalances and congestion are stored in the abdomen, yet ironically, abdominal massage has become virtually a lost art and science. Almost all energy lines and physical communication systems (blood, lymph, nerves) pass through the abdomen, and this area becomes a ‘dumping ground’ for stagnant energy. In addition to addressing physical ailments associated with all the internal organs, this work is proven to have incredible healing effects throughout the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. Abdominal massage is patient work; truly an art and dance crafted with grace. This class will proceed with careful awareness and attention to anatomy, energy flow, and the breath.

    Class includes:

    * How to approach and work with the abdomen.

    * Warming the belly, detoxing the skin, and opening the wind gates.

    * Opening the breath.

    * Abdominal anatomy and how to approach each organ.

    * A 90 minute sequence.

    Take advantage of learning this invaluable information for your client's health and for your own health. Prerequsite: Bodywork experience.

    Christopher Ray has been exploring massage & bodywork for the past 18 years, focusing on Traditional Therapeutic Thai Massage for the past 11. He has worked with many masters in Thailand, and has developed a unique style of bodywork which is deeply transformative. Christopher's patient, thorough style of 3 to 4-hour sessions has allowed him to explore deeply into how congestion and energy move and function in the body. He is passionate about assisting people in opening up their bodies, remembering their true potential, and making life more effortless. And he is filled with gratitude to be able to witness the transformation. Christopher began teaching eight years ago, and he strives to share as much useful information as possible and assist students in discovering the ease and simplicity of it all.



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Regional Anatomy

  • HOURS: 6
    CE HOURS: 5
    TUITION: $100

  • Prerequisites: No prerequisites.

    In order to effectively address pain and dysfunction, it is important to have a solid foundation of anatomical knowledge. For each muscle in the given area, we will cover the pain referral pattern, identifying taut fibers, trigger point location, how to know for sure that you are on the right muscle, how to elicit referral and twitch responses, how to contract, shorten and stretch each muscle, and tests to determine if the muscle may be contributing to the client's pain or dysfunction. Regional Anatomy is strongly recommended prior to taking Clinical Thai Bodywork (CTB) and Treatment Skills for the corresponding pain area.

    In order to effectively address pain and dysfunction, it is important to have a solid foundation of anatomical knowledge. For each muscle in the given area, we will cover the pain referral pattern, identifying taut fibers, trigger point location, how to know for sure that you are on the right muscle, how to elicit referral and twitch responses, how to contract, shorten and stretch each muscle, and tests to determine if the muscle may be contributing to the client's pain or dysfunction.

    This class is for massage therapists, yoga instructors, personal trainers, physical therapists, or anyone who is interested in learning how to treat pain using trigger point therapy.

    The workshop provides CE credit for massage therapists and credit toward Clinical Thai Bodywork Practitioner (CTBP) Certification. Regional Anatomy is strongly recommended prior to taking Clinical Thai Bodywork (CTB) and Treatment Skills for the corresponding pain area. We will break each day from 1:15-2:00



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