Thai Table massage is rather popular in the USA. In a way it makes perfectly sense, because massage in Western countries is often done on a treatment table. Integrating Thai Massage on the table (which in Thailand, traditionally, is done on a mat on the floor) is perhaps just the obvious next step.
Maybe another factor of popularity is the fact that the duration of a Table Thai massage training course is relatively short and… most of the time bring mandatory Continuing Education points for therapists, valid with, for instance, the NCBTMB.
In this article we’ll take a look at the various Table Thai massage training courses offered in California.
deonThai Method – Thai Yoga Therapy
Deon de Wet, based in Los Angeles, offers a 3-day CE Thai on the Table class intended for already-trained bodywork practitioners that want to learn how to apply Thai Therapy Techniques on the Massage Treatment Table.
Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing
The Diamond Light School of Massage and Healing, based in San Anselmo, offers a Table Thai Massage of 17 Hours.
Betsy Trapasso in Los Angeles runs a Table Thai Massage course of 16 CEU hours.
Healing Hands School of Holistic Health
The Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Escondido offers a 20 hours Table Thai Massage course.
Joel Sheposh (in San Diego), who apparently trademarked the construct ‘Table Thai’, offers 16 CE hours courses. Teachings comprise of “safely, effectively, and with proper body mechanics perform the pressing, rocking and stretching techniques of Thai Massage on the massage table.” Students will learn to give a 90-minute Table Thai Massage session.
Massage Therapy Institute
The Massage Therapy Institute in Davis, California, offers a Thai Table Massage Course (21 hrs program). In this course one will learn to perform a 2-hour Northern Style Thai massage sequence adapted for the table.
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego provides a Table Thai Massage 1 and 2 course. Table Thai is performed on a low table setting providing extra leverage for practitioners. Table Thai Massage 1 includes techniques from supine, prone, lateral recumbent, and seated protocols. Table Thai Massage 2 is a sequel on Table Thai Massage 1.
Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage
The Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage in Nevada City offers a Thai For The Table (15 hrs) course.
Thai Yogi in Sacramento is run by Keith Wagner. Keith offers a Thai Table Massage Course of 21 hours.
The Thaiyurveda Institute (in Carmel By The Sea), run by Camille Western, offers a 12-hour course to learn doing an 80-minute Thai Herbal Compress massage on the massage table. The institute, on request, provides for ‘normal’ Table Thai Massage courses also.
Yoga at the Village
At Yoga at the Village (in Glendale), Thai Table Massage training courses (8 CEUs) are offered by Elyse Briggs.