Health Traditions with Bruce Bentley, Certificate in Traditional Thai Massage

Certificate in Traditional Thai Massage

In January 2010 we continue our 10-day Summer School Certificate course in Traditional Thai Massage. The program is devoted to hands-on learning and covers an excellent range of skills and applications. It is suitable for both the beginner and the experienced practitioner. For the practitioner this course offers a whole new area to explore and will provide an exceptional range of new practices to offer your clients. For the Yoga practitioner, Traditional Thai Massage is the perfect complement to practice.

The format for the 10 days of study is:


The History of Traditional Thai Massage (2 hours).

Wat Pho Buddhist Temple Massage (Bangkok). This style is a contemporary system from a tradition that has been established for over 300 years. It is known as a Southern Thai form. We teach a style dating from the late 1980's that stands as the most interesting and comprehensive within our modern era (40 hours).

Thai Herbal Balm and Thai Steam Therapy. Learn how to choose the correct raw herbs and essential oils and make Thai balms, rubs and medicinal poultices  to apply to the skin for increasing the benefits of TTM. These are especially useful in treating aches and injuries. We also teach the herbs for steam treatments and how to construct a Thai herbal sauna (4 hours).

Mr Shan's Wat Pho Massage. Hailed by clients as a 'meditation' on the body and the mind, this very gentle form of Traditional Thai Massage originated from the Wat Pho Buddhist Temple during the 1930s. As a young monk, Mr Shan studied massage there from the age of 15 to 21. When he was in his 80's, Bruce met Mr Shan, who was living in a small village on the Mekong River in North-Eastern Thailand and became his first student. This very sublime early Wat Pho style of Thai massage is exceptional for its ability to relax the body and calm the mind. At the ASTTM, we are the sole custodians of this unique link with the past. It is the earliest living Wat Pho Temple massage form still alive (16 hours).

Thai Cupping Massage. A unique combination of cupping therapy and massage only taught at the ASTTM. Cupping is the Thai medical tradition withdraws wind/lom from the body. We learn to apply and leave the cups throughout the back, while massage is performed with light percussive strikes on points (jut) along the courseways of the arm and leg meridians (sen).  Working on these distal limbs in relation to the cups, interconnects the entire body and releases stress and tension and removes pathogenic blockages. This is a very rare practice and is performed in a half hour seesion (8 hours).

Traditional Thai Massage DemonstrationNorthern Thai Massage Skills and yoga stretches. A combination of outstanding massage applications and point work  blended with gentle stretches for the treatment of headache, neck tightness and shoulder and upper back discomfort (5 hours)

Thai Feet and Point Therapy. Learn points and a sequence applied to the feet known as 'The Gates of the Wind' to release all the meridians, plus  some excellent Thai barefoot massage practices (5 hours).

Extra information on these subjects can be found on the Diploma of Traditional Thai Massage page

Students completing this course can gain provisional professional accreditation with the Society of Natural Therapists and Researchers Inc. Please contact for further details.

First Aid, Liability Cover, National Accreditation and Associaton membership information for Traditional Thai Massage graduates.

Comments received from some of the students who attended the certificate course in Melbourne in January 2009 were:

"The best massage course I've ever done". - Richard Y

"Very thorough and lots of fun - Loved it!" - Mel H

"Great to see all this old traditional information alive and passed on to us in this excellent course". - Debbie W

"Thoroughly enjoyed being rejuvenated receiving Thai Massage just as much as learning it! Thanks". - Tracy J

"Great course. Really enjoyed the stretches and new techniques". - Damien O'D

"This certificate course is full of information and lots of techniques. The training is excellent. AAA Standard - and more than I expected. Thanks a lot Bruce and Shirley". - Kenny N



Professional credits for this course are recognised with:

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