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100 Hour Thai Massage Immersion Course with Niss Bach


Thai Massage Immersion Course

Live and practice the sacred art of Thai Massage! We invite you to deepen your practice and start on a journey back to your true nature!  Lets us join together for a month to practice the principles of Thai Massage and healing touch. As our practice deepens we learn to connect truly. We called this Creative Thai Massage for a reason. The principals will be introduced and we want you to create what works for you and your patient.

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Enjoy classes and practice in the beautiful Yoga Forest, focus on the teaching of Thai massage as a way of life and during this time you will live this magical lifestyle.... exploring, feeling, opening, dancing, chanting, stretching, and harmonizing oneself living within nature and in community.

Thai Yoga Massage is a unique and powerful healing art that has been an integral part of traditional Thai medicine for thousands of years. Thai massage blends elements of acupressure, Yoga, reflexology, physiotherapy, meditation, energy healing, chiropractic practices and Ayurvedic wisdom.

Traditional Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian systems of Yoga and Ayurveda. It is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Baccha, the legendary founder of Thai massage. He was a physician to the Sangha, the order of Buddhist monks and nuns, at the time of the Buddha. The Thais call him Doctor Shivago and to this day honor him as “The Father of Medicine”.  Around 2000 years ago Thai Massage was brought from India to Thailand along with Buddhism. Since then it has been practiced, developed and handed down through the generations. It was never seen solely as massage but as a spiritual practice, and until fairly recently was mostly practiced in wats, the Thai Buddhist temples.

Thai Yoga Massage is a truly wonderful experience for both giver and receiver as energy blockages are released, boundaries dissolve and deep healing occurs in a space of presence and meditation.


Course Details

The first week Level 1 (30 hours) will cover the basic flow of the energy lines (Sip Sen) and a full body Thai Massage.

The 3 weeks Advanced (70 hours) material will include:

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  • Advanced Techniques
  • Reflexology
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Astrology
  • Therapeutic Techniques (for chronic pain, injuries)
  • Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage)
  • High risk stretching
  • Step on technics
  • Practicing Massage on Guatemalan workers and the community

The schedule is on top of The Yoga Forest regular schedule. Yoga Forest regular schedule (none of these are a requirement to take, it is your choice):

6:15 Meditation

7:00 Yoga

8:30 Breakfast

12:30 Lunch

16:00 Yin Yoga (level 1 will not have time to partake)

7:30 Dinner

The Yoga Forest has other activities such as Sauna, Kirtan, Sound Healing Ecstatic Dance etc.


Schedule

1st Week Level 1 Thai Massage Schedule:

Friday arrival day: meet before dinner 6pm at the Shiva Temple.

Sat-Sun

14:30-17:30 Afternoon class

Mon-Thur

9:30-12:30 Morning Class

14:30-17:30 Afternoon Class

Thursday

19:30-20:30 Graduation Level 1

Friday departure level 1 after breakfast.

Friday

14:30-17:00 (Astrology intro lecture)

Advanced Schedule (3 Weeks):

Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri

9:30-12:00 Morning Class

14:30-17:00 Afternoon Class

Wed 9:30-12:00 Morning Class

Afternoon off

Saturdays and Sundays off

Last sunday departure after breakfast or stay for dance!!

*Schedule is subject to change if needed~~


Lead Facilitator

Niss Bach

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Niss has an extensive background in body awareness disciplines.  Starting to dance at 8 years old, and then working as a dancer at 16. At 15 he got exposed to Yoga by one of his modern dance teachers and to massage through a dance improv teacher his fascination with the Healing Arts began. Later suffering from knee issues, he was sent to a physical therapist and was amazed how quickly his knees improved while following the exercise regimen. That was it a healer was awakened. Always willing to lend a helping hand to his suffering dancing colleagues and later his circus colleagues. In circus there are every kind of orthopedic injury you can think of.  That is where the practice came in!

On his travels, he studied with great teachers such as Mama Lek and her son Jack Chaya, Krishna Takis Kaline Alayna Kelly, Arno Lhermitte Itzhak Helman Sebastian Bruno, to name some. A couple of original Thai masters like Ajan Pichet and Sinchai (blind master). Even though Niss prefers the approach of the student guru relationship he has gone to see what the more official schools have to offer, studying Acupressure in Berkeley and doing the GCT program at TMC, Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai.

In 2011 Niss suffered from a series of injuries that ended his circus career, "looking back it was a clear way to make me change my focus to the healing arts, first take care of my self and then of others".  Since then he has been teaching Thai Massage and has helped to co create the amazing Yoga Forest transformation retreat center in Guatemala. Although his main focus in Thai Yoga Massage, Niss loves to infuse all sorts of energies to his training and retreats, with dance and fun clowning dynamics there is always ways to express and play while we study. Astrology and nature is another passion of Niss’. In his training he teaches us how the zodiac works and how to begin to interpret our own chart.  His unique Yoga classes infuse celestial knowledge into the body and mind. Thus following the Vedic principles, first take care of the body with Ayurveda (Thai Massage), then clear the mind with Yoga, and then with Astrology, you can follow your soul's path!

"Living in nature it is easy to follow the cycles of the moon which is our biggest guide here on earth, and as she passes through the zodiac signs her influence affects us each one differently." Nissan Auerbach

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Tuition Pricing

Full program: $1800 - $150 OFF if buy before September 5th, $300 OFF if buy before July 5th. 

Level 1 Only:  $800 - $50 OFF if buy before Sept 5th, $100 OFF if buy before July 5th $700.

Advance program only (For people with Thai Massage experience or have taken Level 1): $1200 - $100 OFF if buy before Sept 5th 

Price does not include accommodation or food, after paying your tuition you can reserve your accommodation at The Yoga Forest, or you could find accommodation outside of The Yoga Forest in San Marcos La Laguna which is a 20 minute walk.