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Thai Folk Medicine:

Herbalism, Shamanism, Midwifery and Energetic Healing of Traditional Thailand

Duration: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm (40-hours CE)
Course Fee: $795 ** Includes FREE Lifetime Learning Internship
Prerequisite: None
Instructors: David Roylance

Traditional Thai massage is part of comprehensive indigenous medical practices that include a litany of herbal remedies, spirit medicine, midwifery and bodywork with countless varieties of specific techniques that form each discipline. A knowledgeable and well-prepared healing arts practitioner or massage therapist (at advanced levels in Thailand “a Doctor of Massage”) would have an understanding of the vast array of Thai folk medicine available to help their clients. This course will introduce students to herbal practices, shamanistic approach to healing, practices of a midwife, and how massage plays an important role in the ability of clients to obtain or maintain health within the Thai tradition.

Whether you are interested in deepening your healing arts practice, integrating more traditional knowledge into your teaching, entering into our Massage Therapy Program or Thai Teacher Training Program, this class is for you. It will open up a whole new vista onto the complexity and depth of the priceless Thai traditional medical heritage, and you will learn practical skills to incorporate into your therapy practice and teaching.

The course focuses on the following aspects of Thai medicine:

1. Traditional Thai medical diagnosis. In this course, we will thoroughly discuss the Thai Four Element theory, as well as traditional methods of client assessment based on body type, astrology, mental & emotional qualities, dreams, time, season, place, and many other factors. These skills will be learned and practiced throughout the week when you will have the opportunity to assess real clients under the supervision of Thai medical experts. Take-home skill: You will learn how to assess clients using traditional Four Element diagnosis, and how to incorporate this knowledge into your massage and/or herbal practice as it applies to specific medical conditions.

2. Thai Buddhist healing. We will discuss Thai Buddhist ideas about the body and practices that promote mental and physical wellbeing. Take-home skill: You will learn how to set up an altar in your healing space, if you chose, and several healing meditations to balance your/your clients mind and body.

3. Lineage Ceremonies. We will discuss the role of lineage in the transmission of Thai medicine, and introduce students to the various different lineages or styles of Thai massage and medicine. Take-home skill: You will learn how to understand and conduct the wai khru (honoring the traditional teachers) and the sacred string (tham khwan) ceremonies in order to authentically transmit Thai medical teachings in the traditional way.

4. Thai spiritual healing. We will also introduce students to the Thai spirit world (Thai animism or shamanism). We will discuss a range of healing practices associated with this world view, including how to use protective amulets, magical spells and chants, exorcism and spirit possession, and how to care for spirits in spirit houses. Take-home skill: You will learn how to set up a therapeutic space in the traditional Thai way in order to protect yourself and your client from negative energies and spirits.

5. Thai bodywork. Throughout the class we will focus on Thai medical philosophy as it connects to the use of Thai bodywork modalities and the diversity of Thai bodywork healing practices in modern Thailand. Take-home skill: You will become familiar with a number of Thai healing arts that you may wish to pursue in order to enhance your practice, such as tok-sen, traditional Thai chiropractics, back-walking massage (yam khaeng) and understand the role of bodywork other Thai modalities.

No prior massage or yoga therapy experience is necessary.

All of the following dates are available for classes with us. You only need to complete one class, consisting of all 5-days, to complete the course. Email or call (720-335-6053) with any questions.

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A course deposit of $249 will hold your place in a class. 30-days prior to the start of the class you will need to pay the remaining balance to be confirmed in the class. Course fees are non-refundable however can be applied to any future course.

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