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We offer a 200 hour Certification Training program consisting of two Foundation and two Intermediate Level classes, with additional requirements such as documented and evaluated practice sessions, for those interested in laying the groundwork for sustainable, ongoing practice and certification as a deonThai METHOD Practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy.

Continuing Instruction is available in a series of Target Therapy Intensives, for those already trained in Thai Massage that may be looking for renewed inspiration and deeper understanding. Intended to increase proficiency in a wider range of techniques, these day-long classes will be a great help in taking your practice to the next level.

Our Curriculum:

deonThai Yoga - Classes Introductory

INTRODUCTORY

Introduction to
Thai Yoga Massage

Guided Partner
Thai Yoga Massage

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deonThai Yoga - Classes Foundation

FOUNDATION

Essentials of
Thai Yoga Massage

Fundamentals of
Thai Yoga Massage

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deonThai Yoga - Classes Intermediate

INTERMEDIATE

Side-Lying
Thai Yoga Massage

Hands-Free/Eight Limbs
Thai Yoga Massage

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deonThai Yoga - Classes Master

INTENSIVES

Target Therapy Series of
Intensives

Deepening Insight Series of
Intensives

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Introductory Classes

Partner Thai Yoga Massage

This guided partner class is intended for individuals and couples interested in cultivating compassion, embodied wisdom and a deeper sense of connection in their relationships.

Journey into a delightful exploration of touch, using assisted stretches and therapeutic Thai bodywork techniques that can be done by and for most people, without requiring any prior experience of Yoga or massage.

Experience both giving and receiving this deeply relaxing, yet enlivening style of Yoga as you explore the joys of mindful movement and conscious healing touch.

Practice comfortably clothed, on a special arrangement of mats on the floor, while the instructor demonstrates each move on a model, verbally and visually directing the group through a satisfying sequence of moves, deeply integrating body, mind and soul.

Introduction to Thai Yoga Massage

Find out how to Feel the Flow...

Join us for an afternoon of live demonstration, guided partner practice and discussion about the beautiful and deeply effective Art of Thai Yoga Massage.

Learn how to bodily practice loving-kindness and compassion, while improving your own flexibility, strength and alignment.

Explore many aspects of assisted yoga & Thai massage, experiencing how the giver can use practically all parts of their body in a meditative Dance of Healing, to leave the recipient feeling totally integrated: mentally relaxed and physically invigorated.

This informative program is intended for anyone interested in finding more ways of enhancing intimacy and community through conscious healing touch.

Student Testimonials

“Deon led an outstanding Partner Thai Yoga workshop for my friends. He helped create a safe and nurturing atmosphere for us to explore Thai Yoga Massage. Not only was it fun, but it also felt wonderful. I left the workshop practically floating and empowered with some of the basics of this wonderful practice, instructed by a highly capable practitioner/teacher.”
– Robert Jacobsen, Los Angeles

“My husband and I attended Deon’s Thai Yoga Massage training as a couple and were delighted! Deon’s teaching style and focus on practicalities provided a foundation in a modality unfamiliar to us, with ease and enjoyment. We have been practicing with one another, weekly and it continues to be a wonderful opportunity for sharing loving affection and intimacy.”
– Jennifer Klein, Wilmington

Foundation Classes

Essentials of Thai Yoga Massage

This 3-day workshop focuses on working the energy lines on the legs, arms and back by applying Thai-style acupressure, with the client lying face up, face down and seated.

One of the four parts of the Certification Training program, this module forms a firm foundation for ongoing practice and study.

You will be introduced to the theory, history and philosophy behind this highly effective healing system, but the emphasis of the class is mainly on practical application.

You will learn:

  • How to perform a complete series of highly effective acupressure techniques, optimally sequenced for maximum therapeutic effect.
  • The basics of how to work with energy in the body, along with physical manipulation, acupressure and assisted stretching, enabling you to quickly help anyone feel much better.
  • How to use your whole body, including your feet, knees and elbows, as well as hands (palms and thumbs) to improve your client’s health and well-being.
  • How to arrange many different techniques in such a way to target all the different areas of the client’s body, giving you all the tools you need to facilitate deep healing on many different levels.
  • Practical philosophic concepts and theoretical foundations for actually implementing the fascinating ideas of Seeing with the Hands & Feeling with the Heart.
  • How to use yoga sessions to improve your own comfort, strength, and flexibility, as you work towards safely practicing on most types of people from the moment you finish the course.

Credit: 24 Continuing Education Hours are granted for course completion through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and approved by New York State for LMT license renewal.

Admission: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Watch a short clip from the Essentials video

Fundamentals of Thai Yoga Massage

Done over the course of three days, this course concentrates on joint mobilizing and stretching, with a series of assisted yoga movements, gentle rocking and acupressure.

Client is mainly lying face-up and in the seated position. 

Another one of the four part Certification Training program, this module lays important groundwork and helps you get out there safely practicing on most types of people - as soon as the class is over – helping them on their way to better health and well being.

You Will Learn:

  • How to do detailed work on the individual client’s feet, legs, arms and hands, as well as some very effective techniques for the shoulders, chest and belly.
  • The basics of how to work with energy in the body along with physical manipulation, acupressure and assisted stretching, enabling you to quickly help anyone feel much better.
  • How to use your whole body, including your feet, knees and elbows, as well as hands (palms and thumbs) to provide relief and facilitate healing in all kinds of situations.
  • How to arrange many different techniques in such a way to target all the different areas of the client’s body, giving you all the tools you need to facilitate deep healing on many different levels.
  • Practical philosophic concepts and theoretical foundations for actually implementing the fascinating ideas of Seeing with the Hands & Feeling with the Heart.
  • How to use Yoga to improve your own comfort, strength and flexibility, as you work towards safely practicing on most types of people, from the moment you finish the course.

Credits: 24 Continuing Education Hours are granted for course completion through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and approved by New York State for LMT license renewal.

Admission: There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Watch a short clip from the Fundamentals video

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Intermediate Classes

Side-Lying Thai Yoga Massage

This module introduces a new aspect of client body positioning that allows pregnant women, heavy clients or those with painful low-back issues a much more comfortable way of experiencing the therapeutic effects of a session.

In addition to a full sequence of treatment moves with the client lying on their side, you also learn an expanded series of supplemental techniques for the seated position.

Also part of the Certification Training program, this class contains alternative methods for practitioners providing acupressure, including the use of feet, knees and elbows, as well as the hands (palms and thumbs).

Having these techniques in your repertoire gives you all the options you need for variety, especially when doing high frequency sessions.  It also includes a very effective shoulder protocol that really enhances the therapeutic effects  of supine shoulder work.

It also includes a very effective shoulder protocol that really enhances the therapeutic effects  of supine shoulder work.

You Will Learn:

  • How to perform a full-body treatment session with the client lying mainly on their side and in the seated position.
  • New assisted stretches with meridian and pressure point therapy, as well as Eight Limbs style techniques where the therapist uses the feet, knees and elbows to save the palms and thumbs.
  • How to work in positions and in a style that is especially good for pregnant women and others who have difficulty lying on their backs.

Credit: 24 Continuing Education Hours are granted for course completion through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and approved by New York State for LMT license renewal.

Admission: Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, the techniques presented here are somewhat more advanced, so we do recommend completion of at least 3 days of Thai Massage training with any recognized teacher before enrolling.

Watch a short clip from the Side-Lying video

Hands Free/Eight Limbs Thai Massage

This 3-day workshop focuses on an expanded series of Hands-Free/Eight Limbs Style techniques for the practitioners, with the client lying mainly in the prone and supine positions.

This part of the Certification Training program really opens the door to the ongoing exploration of Villager/Folk Style Thai Massage and gives you even more methods to facilitate healing in many different types of client situations.

We delve deeper into the integration of physical bodywork with meridian-based acupressure and energy work, teaching you how to apply a highly efficient combination of assisted Yoga and therapeutic healing massage.

As usual, the emphasis will be on enhancing practical application and continuing to build a practice that is therapeutically healing for the client, as well as physically safe and sustainable for the practitioner.

You Will Learn:

  • New assisted stretches with meridian and pressure point therapy, as well as Eight Limbs style acupressure techniques where the therapist uses the feet, knees and elbows to save the palms and thumbs.
  • How to employ the client’s energy meridians and the practitioner’s focus on whole-body mechanics, taking the practice to a much higher level of therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Certain practical philosophic concepts and theoretical foundations at an expanded and more comprehensive level, resulting in much better understanding and application of Seeing with the Hands & Feeling with the Heart.

Credit: 24 Continuing Education Hours are granted for course completion through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and approved by New York State for LMT license renewal.

Admission: Although there are no formal prerequisites for this course, the techniques presented here are somewhat more advanced, so we do recommend completion of at least 3 days of Thai Massage training with any recognized teacher before enrolling.

Watch a short clip from the Eight Limbs video

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Target Therapy Intensives

  • Four one-day workshops, intended for already-trained practitioners.
  • Additional techniques to enhance your abilities.
  • Hands-on coaching to optimize therapists’ way of working, based on their individual body type and disposition.
  • Intensives each focus on relieving particular issues related to different areas in the client’s body.
  • Offering new tools and approaches for more advanced applications.
  • In-depth instruction on the “Sen” energy meridians, how and why they work with different styles of application.
  • 8 Continuing Education hours per class through NCBTMB, and approved by New York State for LMT license renewal.
  • Open to anyone with at least 3 days of Thai Massage training with any recognized teacher.

1. Hands, Feet & Side-Lying Legs

Work with issues such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis, Neuropathy and Sciatica

2. Arms, Shoulders, Neck & Head

Work with issues such as Frozen Shoulders, Impingement Syndrome, Rotator Cuff Tears, Water Retention and Headaches.

3. Torso: Front & Back

Work with issues such as Nervous Tension, Headaches, Back Problems, Digestive and other Stomach-related discomfort.

4. Legs: Lying Prone & Supine

Work with issues such as Water Retention, Sciatica, Leg Cramps, Nervous Tension and Low Blood Circulation.

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