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Level 1: Thai Massage Fundamentals

at Thai Bodywork - Evanston

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$650 8 seats left
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Fri, Nov 08, 6:30pm - Nov 10, 6:00pm (3 sessions)

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Evanston, North Side
537 Custer Ave Ste 5
Btwn Seward St & South Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60202
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this health class:

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.

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.

Level 1 trainings are taught by Chuck Duff who founded Thai Bodywork in 2001 and is a master instructor, and Doug Ringwald, a clinically certified assistant instructor.

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.

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Refund Policy
Any student who cancels within 24 hours of registration shall be entitled to a full refund, as long as cancellation occurs prior to the start of class. 

After 24 hours, a cancellation penalty will be applied as calculated below:
  • If a student cancels his/her enrollment more than 7 days prior to starting class, the cancellation penalty is equal to 20% of the course tuition.
  • If a student cancels his/her enrollment 7 days or less prior to starting class, the cancellation penalty is equal to 35% of the course tuition.
  • After the start of class, there are no tuition refunds.

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Start Dates (3)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald 3 $650
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Nov 09 10:00am - 6:00pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald
Sun, Nov 10 10:00am - 6:00pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald
6:30pm - 9:30pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald 3 $650
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Jan 04 10:00am - 6:00pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald
Sun, Jan 05 10:00am - 6:00pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald
6:30pm - 9:30pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald 3 $650
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Mar 07 10:00am - 6:00pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald
Sun, Mar 08 10:00am - 6:00pm Chuck Duff and Doug Ringwald

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