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Thai Yoga Massage

Ancient Bodywork for Modern Times Upcoming Classes

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage, (also known as Nuad Borarn, Thai Massage, and Thai Bodywork), seamslessly blends massage therapy, compression, stretching, assisted yoga, and other manual therapies. Sessions may even include steamed herbal compresses.

This ancient bodywork is believed to have its origins in Ayurveda, Theraveda Buddhism, and shares similarities with Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is one of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine.

The Thai Yoga Massage practitioner uses hands, feet, elbows, and knees to apply the therapeutic techniques. The sessions are performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor. Sessions can also be adapted for the massage table, as well as seated in a massage chair or wheelchair. Thai Herbal Compress Massage is performed with oils on bare skin, with the client draped modestly.

Courses & Workshops

Introduction to Thai Yoga Massage- 1.5 Hours

thai seated squareCurious about Thai Yoga Massage? Come learn a simple sequence to practice on friends and family! This workshop is friendly for all levels.

No previous yoga or massage experience is necessary! Come by yourself or with a friend!


Next Workshop: Date & Time: October 7, 2017  |  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

4-Day Thai Massage Intensive - 32 CE Hours

assisted plowIn this course, you will learn to apply Thai massage techniques in the supine, prone, side-lying and seated positions. This course will provide advanced techniques and variations for height, size, and injuries.



Next Class: October 21, 22, 23, 24, 2017  |  9:00 pm to 6:00 pm Each Day

Partner Yoga & Thai Massage- 2 Hours

partner yogaStudents will be guided through a fun partner yoga sequence, and a series of stretching, and movement techniques based on the traditions of Thai Massage.

This workshop is friendly for all levels. No previous yoga or massage experience is necessary! Come by yourself or with a friend!


Table Thai Yoga Massage- 16 Hours

Thai Massage for tableThis class brings the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage to the massage table. Performing treatments on a massage table is great for those:

-That cannot be on the floor due to injuries or extremely limited mobility
-Ideal for wellness centers with electronic lift tables

This class is open to wellness professionals, including: massage therapists, yoga instructors, movement specialists.

Seated Thai Yoga Massage- 8 Hour

seated chopIn this course, you will learn to apply Thai massage techniques in seated positions:
floor, chair, and massage chair.

You will also learn variations for height, size, conditions, and injuries. This class is ideal for new and experienced practitioners alike. A workbook is included with the course.


Thai Herbal Compress Massage- 8 Hours

herbal ballThis course explains the properties of common pain relieving herbs. Students will learn to make and use  herbal compresses, as well as how to easily incorporate them into a massage therapy session using western and Thai techniques.


Level I Thai Yoga Massage- 16 Hours

thai massage legsIn this course, you will learn to apply Thai massage techniques in the supine, prone, and seated positions. This This 16-hour course teaches a 90-120 minute Thai massage routine primarily based in the Northern Thailand style. A brief history, philosophy and traditions will be included in the course. Participants will learn proper alignment and good body mechanics as well as how to safely deliver the stretches and postures. Students will be able to practice on each other in a supportive environment.

No prior massage or yoga experience is necessary.


Prenatal Thai Yoga Massage- 30 Hours

pregnantIn this course, practitioners will learn to use their hands, feet, and knees to safely apply the techniques. The sessions are performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor in seated, side-lying, and reclined positions using ample props and pillows. Prenatal yoga is great for reducing muscle pain and stress during pregnancy. Contraindications will be covered. This class is ideal for prenatal massage therapists, doulas, and prenatal yoga instructors.


Book a Thai Massage Session

New Location!

Learn Reiki Philadelphia

251 N. Second Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

By Appointment Only.

To book a session or class, fill out the form below or email me at

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Hear What Others Are Saying...

I have been impressed with Vanessa since meeting her. Her warmth and energy are contagious. Her many years of experience practicing and teaching massage therapy come through loud and clear. I have worked with Vanessa as a massage client, as a workshop collaborator, and as her Thai Massage student. I work with her in so many areas, because as a wellness professional myself, I have the ultimate respect for her vast knowledge, superior technique, and amazing personality. I love picking her brain!

I’m impressed with her ability to answer technical anatomy questions off the top of her head. She knows her stuff, openly and generously shares all of her insights with her students, and delivers it in a way that is accessible, fun,and therapeutic.  Even as a massage client, she offers amazing self-care and self-massage techniques to keep you pain free.

As a teacher, Vanessa is attentive, patient, and thorough. As a colleague she is professional, grounded and very easy to collaborate with. I recommend her to everyone!

Carrie Pierce

Owner, Graphic Designer, Breathe Wellness Marketing

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Your Cancellation/Refund Policy?
Minimum of six participants per course. If course does not fill, we will cancel or reschedule the course.

  • If we cancel the course:
    • You will receive a 100% refund.
    • If we need to reschedule the course due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, and you can’t attend the new course dates, you will receive a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel:
    • Ten days before the course: 100% refund
    • Five days before the course: 50% refund
    • Four days before the course: No refund but can transfer registration to another person.
Are you an approved provider in Florida and New York?
As of right now, no…but we are working on it!