Thai Massage

Level: Professional Development/Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Thai massage is more than a series of techniques applied to the external physical body. It includes soft tissue manipulation, but the emphasis is on stretching and loosening the body and working with the energy flow within. The spiritual aspect is important and practitioners work in the spirit of loving kindness and compassion. Massage given in this way is a healing experience for both giver and receiver.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • History
      • Buddhist Influences
      • Yoga
    • Promoting Good Health
      • Touch
      • Benefits of Thai Massage
      • Applications of Thai Massage
      • Contra-indications
    • Getting Started
      • Positioning
      • Focus
      • Mantras
      • Honouring the Teacher
  • Lesson Two
    • Enhancing Relaxation
      • The Physical Environment
      • Putting the Client at Ease
      • The Practitioner’s Attitude
      • Body Positioning
      • Breathing
      • Physical Relaxation
      • Pace
    • Principles of Thai Massage
      • Masculine/Feminine
      • Gravity
      • Energy Lines
    • Massage Sequence Overview
  • Lesson Three
    • Thai Massage Techniques
      • Pressing
      • Leaning Pressure
      • Manipulation
      • Stretching
      • Blood Stopping
      • Body Mechanics
    • The Sequence
      • First Contact
      • Feet
  • Lesson Four
    • The Sequence (Continued)
      • Legs
      • Legs, Hips and Back
  • Lesson Five
    • Chest and Abdomen
      • Introduction
      • The Techniques
    • Arms and Hands
      • Introduction
      • The Techniques
    • Shoulders, Neck and Head
      • Introduction
      • The Techniques
    • The Side-lying Position
      • Introduction
      • The Techniques
  • Lesson Six
    • Prone Position
      • Introduction
      • The Techniques
    • Sitting
      • Introduction
      • The Techniques
  • Lesson Seven
    • Ethics in Thai Massage
    • Other Aspects of Thai Massage
      • Royal and Commoner Styles
      • Herbal Compresses
      • Herbal Saunas
      • Expressing Yourself through Thai Massage
      • Looking after Yourself

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.