Thai Yoga Massage Training Retreat
08 - 16 February 2018
@The Tipi Garden Resort
The aim of this course is to learn the techniques to give a flowing full-body yoga massage with ease and comfort. We will cover a variety of topics to enable you to have a thorough understanding of the principles of Thai Yoga Massage and how to apply them. There will be a balanced mix of theory and practice and you will have ample experience of hands on massage both as a giver and receiver. This is a YogaPlus+ course which means that it combines one daily yoga class with two daily Thai Yoga Massage classes and includes accommodation, breakfast and lunch.
During the course you will:
Start the day with an invigorating yoga session designed to be complementary to the Thai Yoga Massage classes
Learn the basics of structural anatomy and tissue types which relate to massage
Explore the foundation and theories behind various massage approaches and how to apply them
Have plenty of practise both giving and receiving Thai yoga Massage
Learn the techniques to give a flowing full-body yoga massage with ease and comfort
Receive an Attendance Certificate on completion of the course
The YogaPlus+ Package
The retreat runs for 9 days and consists of 1 daily yoga class plus 2 daily Thai Yoga Massage classes. We also provide accommodation, breakfast and lunch.
Your day begins with an invigorating morning yoga class followed by a healthy, delicious breakfast.
You will then have the first of your Thai Yoga Massage classes followed by lunch.
Lunch consists of a hearty, nutritious meal made from locally sourced ingredients. We offer vegetarian or vegan food but if you have any specific dietary requirements then please let us know in advance and we will do our best to accommodate you.
After lunch it's your chance for some free time to enjoy the beach, explore the local area or just chill in a hammock.
Your second Thai Yoga Massage class is in the afternoon.
You are then free to enjoy the sunset and jam sessions on the beach and in the evening sample the cuisine in one of the many local restaurants. We strive to achieve a healthy balance between learning and fun during your YogaPlus+ retreat.
The Tipi Garden Resort is in Kudle Beach in the South Indian state of Karnataka.
Located on a beautiful, palm-fringed, tropical beach on India's Arabian Sea coast, next to the holy town of Gokarna, the Tipi Garden Resort has a variety of accommodation to suit every taste. From luxury tipis, to traditional rooms and even a treehouse-style rooftop.
The accommodation is set in a vibrant, tropical garden just one minute from the beach.
The Tipi Garden Resort is located on a large piece of private land hemmed in by the stunning beach and the forested green foothills of the Western Ghats. Kudle Beach can be easily reached by taxi or rickshaw from Gokarna town.
Gokarna is well connected by bus and train. Buses stop right in town and Gokarna Road railway station is just 15 minutes away by taxi. The nearest airport is Goa's Dabolim Airport which is 150km north of Gokarna. If you require any assistance with your travel arrangements please contact us.
Baer McKinnon has been a recipient and student of various massage techniques for many years, inspired by the need to heal an assortment of injuries. He's certified in Thai Yoga Massage, his favourite, and practices in Asia and the USA.
His passion for massage therapy combined with his calm, clear and patient teaching style has earned him a reputation as a very popular instructor.
Atalya Levy is the resident yoga teacher and co-founder of the Tipi Garden Resort. She is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher and has trained under Shakti Mhi, the founder of Prana Yoga College as well as others during her numerous extended trips to India.
She predominantly teaches general and Hatha yoga in the Prana style. With a strong focus on safety, proper alignment, breath control and the intuitive flow of the asanas, she teaches the students how to create and retain prana (the life-force) while stilling the mind into a meditative enjoyment of the present moment.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures which opens and invigorates the body on many levels. It's effective for healing specific injuries as well as for increasing general health and vitality. It can help people relax, relieve aching muscles, and temporarily boost a person's mood. It increases circulation, gives temporary relief of pain, provides a sense of well-being, and promotes relaxation.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. In contrast to some other types of massage there is minimal rubbing on muscles. Instead the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures. The massage generally follows designated lines ("sen") in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai massage session may last two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.
The founder of Thai Yoga Massage is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj, who according to the Pāli Buddhist canon was the Buddha's physician over 2,500 years ago. He is noted in ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, his knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself.
Thai massage, like Thai traditional medicine (TTM) more generally, is a combination of influences from Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian cultural spheres, and traditions of medicine, and the art as it is practised today is the product of a synthesis of various healing traditions from all over the Thai kingdom. There is considerable variation from region to region across Thailand, and there is no universal single routine or theoretical framework.
YogaPlus+ Package Booking & Charges
This YogaPlus+ Retreat runs for 9 days from the 22nd to the 30th December 2017 and includes:
8 Nights Accommodation
2 Meals Daily
9 Yoga Classes
14 Thai Yoga Massage Classes
The prices below are the total price of the retreat per person based on two people sharing a room.
Cost Per Guest €519 (EUR) £475 (GBP) $615 (USD)
You can view all the accommodation types on our ROOMS PAGE.
(Please note that due to fluctuating exchange rates the price on the day you book may be slightly more or slightly less than the prices indicated above.)
At an average cost of €55 / £50 / $65 per day this retreat is excellent value for money. As the number of places is limited to just 14 we advise you to book early in order to avoid disappointment.
You can book by either writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (remember to tell us your choice of room) or by using the online reservation (enter the check in / check out dates 22-30 December 2017 in your chosen YogaPlus+ room)
We look forward to meeting you soon!