Studying at Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage
Learn Therapeutic Thai Bodywork from the Ground Up
Thai massage education is not about showing the student various techniques and having them mimic the instructor without real understanding. Unfortunately, this is the predominant method of teaching in the Thai massage world.
As a beginner, we help you learn how to move and work sustainably, to understand how to truly effect change in the body, to understand muscle function and trigger point theory and referral patterns, and to learn techniques in a context of why they are applicable and how they work. We prepare you at each step for the next level of learning. Your work is constantly supervised by an experienced instructor who provides immediate feedback to help you improve.
Unique Features of the Thai Bodywork Program
- Students may study at their own pace, and only need commit on a course by course basis as their schedule and finances permit.
- A 50% deposit secures the student's place in each class - the remainder is due when the student attends. There is no need to make large up front payments.
- We have one of the most respected Thai massage programs available anywhere and have been teaching since 2001. Chuck Duff and Jennifer Wright have taught thousands of practitioners to treat specific conditions of pain and dysfunction. Our students consistently give us the highest ratings and we get strong word of mouth referral. We are happy to provide references.
- We currently have over 350 hours of Thai massage-specific coursework available. We attract beginners as well as advanced practitioners from other programs.
- Our courses are supported by our highly rated Thai Bodywork DVD Series, providing the student a detailed study aid before and after class.
- We place strong emphasis on developing excellent skills and body mechanics early in the student's education. Our students get high marks as practitioners. The overall program has a strong hands-on focus with high teacher to student ratios.
- We teach Thai massage as a long-term, sustainable practice that actually is beneficial for the therapist. We get many students who have hurt themselves doing conventional massage, and are looking to extend their career.
- HandsFree Thai and Clinical Thai Bodywork are modalities that are only taught at Thai Bodywork and by TBW Certified Instructors (TBI).
- Our program is unparalleled in teaching students how to work therapeutically. Chuck Duff is known as one of the experts in therapeutic Thai bodywork, and was the first in the industry to have a strong clinical component to the program beginning in 2005 (Clinical Thai Bodywork courses alone currently comprise over 140 hours in our program).
- Jennifer Wright brings her background and interest in dance, Ashtanga yoga, herbology and local and sustainable foods. Jennifer co-teaches many of the courses with Chuck, including the CTB series, and teaches therapeutic yoga classes at Thai Bodywork.
Where to Start
Our format is designed to be flexible, so that we can accomodate the needs of different types of students, from beginners to professionals. Here are some suggested starting points depending on your situation:
|Student Profile||Courses to Take|
|Massage therapist looking for CE hours||Level 1 or AP1|
|Massage therapist looking to pursue certification in Thai bodywork||Level 1 or AP1|
|A therapist with existing Thai training looking to add knowledge||Level 1, AP1, HandsFree 1, LPK, CTB classes|
|A beginner wanting to see if they would be interested in more study||Level 1 (can observe first evening for free)|
|A therapist with existing Thai training looking to get certified in Thai Bodywork||Level 1 or AP1|
|Interested in Thai bodywork but want to know more||Free Intro Evening|
|Interested in related topics (herbs, therapeutic flying, yoga...)||Events|
Thai Bodywork's program provides the highest quality training in Traditional Thai massage in a very efficient weekend intensive format. We build your skills and knowledge from the ground up, and do not require any particular background upon entering the program. We understand the needs of the beginner, and use principles from yoga and martial arts to teach the art of fluid full-body movement that is essential to Thai yoga.
Level 1: Thai Massage Fundamentals
As an entry point, all students are welcome to take our Level 1: Thai Massage Fundamentals. This is a highly regarded, one-weekend training (no prior experience in massage is required) that teaches important fundamentals. It is the gateway to the rest of our program. When you complete Level 1, you not only can perform a practical, enjoyable and effective 1-hour Thai massage sequence, but more importantly, you understand how to learn Thai massage and how to work with efficiency and fluidity.
Whether you intend to become a professional Thai massage practitioner, or just want to learn about Thai massage and perhaps earn professional CEUs, Level 1 is a great way to get started. Please see our student comments to see what past students think of our program.
Thai Bodywork is approved by NCBTMB for continuing education in massage, which most states honor for state licensing requirements. All of our courses provide CE hours in massage, and some are also approved for Physical Therapy in IL and WI. All courses are approved as Continuing Education courses by NCBTMB. Some are also approved for continuing education in Physical Therapy. Our curriculum includes traditional Thai sequences, HandsFree Thai, Clinical Thai Bodywork, Thai herbal compress certification, and more. Click here for detailed information about our curriculum...
We offer two levels of certification. Our Thai Bodywork Practitioner (TBP) Certification is a 220-hour program that establishes basic professional competency. Our Clinical Thai Bodywork Practitioner (CTBP) Certification builds on the TBP program. In this program, practitioners learn to work intelligently, analyzing and addressing specific client issues, including an extensive period of apprenticeship and working directly with instructors.