Osteothai (sometimes also written as Osteo-Thai or Osteo Thai) is an integration of Osteopathy and Traditional Thai Massage. The Osteothai concept was created by David Lutt and Arno L’hermitte, two French Osteopaths.
Additionally, David and Arno are also authorized Sunshine Network Thai Yoga Massage instructors. David works in France mainly, Arno mainly on Bali (Indonesia), but both teachers regularly offer training courses in other countries also.
How Osteothai Works
Thai Massage is powerful in (Yogic) stretches, sustained pressure work and acupressure, and Osteopathy works excellently for release of tissue tension and more precise work on structural and joint mobility.
The Osteothai Massage modality uses a holistic whole-body approach, combining the amazingly rich set of Thai Massage techniques with the more accurate and gentle touch of Osteopathy.
The treatment is practiced on the floor on a mat and the receiver wears light, loose-fitting and comfortable clothing. The therapist uses hands, feet, knees and elbows to apply the treatment.
The trainings are not aimed at teaching Osteopathy. It’s to introduce several Osteopathy techniques that can be integrated easily with Thai Massage. The overall goal is to improve joint mobility, restore and support vitality and ease of movement.
Osteothai courses are suitable for seasoned massage and bodywork practitioners with a solid Thai Massage training background and an active Thai Massage practice who want to learn more about osteopathic principles and techniques.
Trainers around the Globe
Mind that not all trainers mentioned below offer full-fledged Osteothai courses. Some only use a subset of Osteothai of Osteopathic techniques in their Thai Massage training offerings or give combined trainings together with Osteothai specialists. Verify the exact contents of the actual study curricula.