Program Overview

Bodhi Panya Institute


Bodhi Panya Institute offers a 500-hour Thai Massage program. Our program meets five days a week for six hours each day.  The program consists of 426 classroom hours and 74 hours of student clinic experience.  Teachers will lecture, demonstrate and then assist students during their hands-on bodywork practice they perform on each other. Our program is designed to prepare students to become professional massage therapists and gain state licensure as a Certified Massage Therapist. Students will acquire and be able to demonstrate basic massage skills, specifically in Thai massage along with meeting these objectives:

  • Describe and name basic anatomical landmarks
  • Describe the basic ethics of professional massage therapists
  • Create a hypothetical business model
  • Describe basic industry pathology, safety and hygiene protocols
  • Show proficiency in client communication and intake/interview protocols
  • Demonstrate a professional Thai massage with taught techniques and methods
  • Demonstrate safe and healthy body mechanics and self-care required for maintaining massage therapist health.

Thai Massage an act of meditation for both giver and receiver. With roots deep within India’s Ayurvedic traditions Traditional Thai Massage is the manual therapy of traditional Thai medicine. Despite such roots Thai culture, cuisine, medicine, and spirituality are different than those of India. Thai Bodywork has been developed over 2000 years of continuous practice with definite regional and teacher lineage variations. It is a growing and evolving form of healing touch, one incorporating the best stretches from traditional Hatha Yoga and the depth of Ayurvedic medicine.  It is part of the Metta meditation of Thai Buddhism. Deeply therapeutic Thai Massage is known to be both challenging and intimate, as well.

Sometimes called “applied yoga” or “yoga for lazy people” Traditional Thai Massage is often combined with herbal applications and spiritual healing to treat the whole person. Receiving Traditional Thai Bodywork is unlike anything in the West. This treatment is performed fully clothed on a comfortable bodywork futon.  Clothing that you would wear for yoga is perfect; long pants are required.

The therapist applies pressure along a series of energy lines called Sen Lines. Then there is a complete series of stretches and mobilizations applied to the entire body. The average two-hour treatment is very interactive. Traditional Thai Massage is beneficial for very active people as well as those with a sedentary lifestyle.

You will learn a form of ancient massage as it has been practiced in Thailand for almost 2000 years. Your training will be the same as you would receive in many Thai schools today. This workshop will feature the Northern-style of Thai Massage as taught in the city of Chiang Mai and so it may differ from treatments you have had in the southern portion of Thailand or on the popular tourist islands.  There are energy holds, blood flow restrictions, visceral palpation, and techniques that put this form of bodywork in the therapeutic category. This is floor-based bodywork. Instruction will include technique and theory.

Sequences in supine, prone, side-lying, and sitting positions will be taught and practiced. Emphasis will be placed on learning safe and effective therapist body mechanics.  You will learn a Thai Massage sequence that is more than two-hours long. This beautiful and ancient bodywork form has become internationally popular. This workshop will deepen your bodywork skills and introduce you to one of the most beautiful and powerful hands-on healing forms in the world

500 Hour
Massage Program

Certification and the student: Our program is a total of 500-hours, which equals the minimum for massage therapy programs certified by the California Massage Therapy Council, and that of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Bodhi Panya Institute graduates will be eligible to apply for either of these certifications upon their own initiative and with the understanding that we do not guarantee jobs nor licensure.