Recommendations for Thai Yoga Massage Course abroad - open to where
I'm looking for recommendations for studying Thai Yoga Massage abroad. I'm on a budget, so was thinking about the USA [due to favourable exchange rate] or somewhere like Thailand but open to anywhere really.
Here's a link for studying in Northern Thailand - board and living accommodation is incredibly cheap there, though not sure about flights. I did a course in the UK with Kira Balaskas, she trained with Asokananda.
Or if you wish to do an introduction course, I'm running one in October in Cornwall (still exotic). My long term plan is to use this course as module one of a future diploma course. PM me if you are interested. [I hope this sentence does break any HP rules.]
Whatever you train, I hope you get the best out of it.
Thanks for the great info! ReikiPixie - have you been to the ITM school in Thailand? I like the idea of doing Level 1 and Level 2 together. Am I being thick or do they not publish the course dates on the site?
Because I trained a high level in the UK, I haven't done the ITM levels 1 and 2. On my last trip to Thailand, I did the 3 day Thai herbal compress and the 2 day Oriental sports massage course (which was a one off) at the ITM for my continued professional development. The herbal compress course had many elements of levels 1 & 2, so my tutor told me. Yes they do publish course dates and they usually start on Monday.
I'm going on my 3rd trip this December because there is also more to learn from one of the Thai masters.
There is always the TMC www.tmcschool.com which has also a high level of training, but it's a bit clinical and sterile.
My personal favourite is the Nerve Touch School. More laid back and have a unique style of Thai massage.
I would also recommend Sinchai, who is a blind massage doctor (Mor Nuad), practicing for 45 years Home Page
He teaches very simple but useful techniques, and oversees each person personally (looking with his hands, of course). He is so kind.
Nerve touch http://www.nervetouch.com/
Advance courses with Jack Chia (Mama Lek's son) in the Nerve-touch style. The professional.
I did a two week course at The Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai, so you are covering parts 1 and 2. I stayed in a lovely hotel called Imm Eco, which was about a 10 minute walk from the school. It had a fantastic pool too, which was great after a day of study. Alternatively, there are lots of cheap guest houses from about 200/300 baht a night, depending on the kind of budget you are on.
As one of the previous replies said, Pichest is the real deal. I did enquire about training with him, but he said to just turn up when I got to Chiang Mai, and I felt I wanted to book something in advance so that I knew where I would be studying and could book my accommodation close by. If you don't mind just turning up, then he has got one of the best reputations. The Sunshine Network also organise courses in some of the villages in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai, if you want a village environment rather than a city.
For the cost of the flight, course and accommodation, you are paying about the same as you would learning in the UK. You get the added bonus of learning in the country that the treatment originates from, getting to know the culture, and not forgetting getting lots of cheap Thai massages while you are there.
I would return without a doubt, as it was a great experience.