Thai Massage Training to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from May 19 – June 4, 2011

The Integrative Healing Society ( will be holding a two-week Thai massage training program in the beautiful Northern city of Chiang Mai from May 19 – June 4, 2011. The course will include 60 hours of education and will give participants all the necessary information and training experience they need to be able to give a complete Thai massage.

While Thai massage is a unique form of therapeutic bodywork in its own right, the Northern style of Thai massage incorporates many yoga-like stretches into its sequences. The assisted stretches that are fundamental to Thai massage make for a truly invigorating and healing experience. Termed by some as “lazy mans yoga,” Thai massage allows the therapist to work on the patient, in such a way, that the patient gets many of the health benefits that they would if they were to do an active form of yoga.

Another important component of Thai massage is the way in which it works with acupressure like stimulation. While Thai massage is a more broad and “flowing” form of meridian therapy than most forms of acupressure, its techniques have many overlaps with some of the Chinese acupressure methods. The Chinese systems tend to emphasize applying pressure at a limited number of key points; however, Thai massage stimulates the entire length of the major meridians.

“Acupressure as practiced in the Chinese styles tends to zero in on target areas of concern and points that will specifically address symptoms. The Thai massage methods are a more systematic approach in that they address the whole energetic structure of the anatomy. These two systems are a great compliment to one another,” commented James Spears, the founder of the Integrative Healing Society.

For massage therapists that have an interest in acupressure, tuina, shiatsu, or yoga, Thai massage is a system that offers a dynamic approach to these other methods. Its techniques allow for a comprehensive integration of the large body of Asian massage and bodywork methods.

In addition to offering massage tours to Thailand, the Integrative Healing Society also organizes trips to China for students and professionals to learn acupressure, tuina, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture. Most of their tours are approved for continuing education credits, and they also work with schools and colleges to help them organize study abroad programs to Asia.

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7 Recommended Massage Places in Bangkok by “The Australian” Newspaper

The Australian recently recommended 7 Massage places in Bangkok.

BANGKOK is the city of the massage. There are day spas and massage parlours lurking around every corner, from grubby shopfronts (where the masseur’s skill may surprise you) to gleaming edifices.

The pamper palaces offer an extensive and creative range of treatments, incorporating everything from salt to caviar or gold, as well as the Cleopatra-style luxury of lying prone while experts simultaneously work their magic: a pedicurist for the feet, a manicurist for the hands and a beauty specialist for the head. Some spas have steam rooms and hot tubs; many have attached cafes and nearly all have modern bathrooms for post-massage showering.

Here is the list of recommended places: The Mandarin Oriental, Mulberry, Silom Bodyworks, Lavana, Bodytune, Vanilla and Health Land. The first ones are the most expensive, the last ones the least.

Source: Here’s the rub, The Australian, February 19