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Thai Massage 101

May 13 - 18, 2018

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$435 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Thai Massage -or Thai Yoga Massage- combines the best of yoga, massage, meditation and energy work into a powerful healing modality. Among its many benefits, clients report an amazing ability for the massage to help remove tension, eliminate pain in the neck, shoulders, back and legs and to feel more youthful, deeply relaxed and refreshed.

That is because Thai Massage gets the body to move how it was designed while combining customized massage techniques. As such it helps clients to heal themselves naturally.

What’s more, you learn to give it as a meditation in loving kindness and compassion. As such the benefits are shared and they are profound. By design you’ll learn to massage so that it is at least as good to give as it is to receive.

Join master Thai massage teacher Shai Plonski for an all-levels, interactive tutorial on this healing art. Through primarily hands-on classes, one-on-one sharing, group discussion, and meditation, you’ll learn about quality of touch and an extensive range of touch techniques using your whole body to give a healing experience.

In this 5-day workshop, you will:

  • Gain massage skills for the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs, feet, and abdomen
  • Give a massage that primarily uses forearms, fists, elbows and feet while reducing reliance on your palms and thumbs
  • Learn from the foundational premise that we are all each other’s teachers
  • Go home with the ability to give an exceptional, 90-minute Thai massage.

This is a class designed for yoga teachers, massage therapists and those without any experience who can massage on a mat on the ground. In addition to the massage itself, yoga teachers will be able to gain confidence and knowledge for giving assists, incorporate Thai Yoga Massage into their classes and have a new treatment to offer private students. Massage therapists will be able to start offering a new modality to their clients right away. And those without any experience can give a high-level massage even after one week of training.

Note: Tuition includes Shai Plonski’s book, Thai Massage: Unlocking the Secrets to Universal Touch.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Shai Plonski

    Thai masseuse, writer, teacher, and trainer

    Shai Plonski first discovered Thai massage in 1999 while traveling in Thailand. When he returned home to Quebec, Shai found his mentor, Kam Thye Chow, one of the original North American teachers, living less than two blocks away. Shai went on to work hand-in-hand with Kam Thye, learning the practice and eventually managing the Lotus Palm School in Montreal.

    At the school, he has developed curriculum and contributed to many of the books currently in use, including the teacher training program and advanced training courses.

    As a teacher of Thai massage since 2003, Shai has witnessed countless examples of the profound healing effects of quality, loving touch for both giver and receiver. He has taught at some of the largest yoga centers in the world including Kripalu Center and Omega Institute, and is founder of Still Light Centre School of Thai Massage in Toronto, Ontario.

    To date, Shai has authored or coauthored 14 books on Thai massage, and has trained more than 3,300 practitioners and 100 teachers. He has dedicated his life to highlighting the universal qualities of Thai massage and believes anyone can excel at giving this type of bodywork.


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  • Why Attend
    • Yoga teachers and body workers can enhance their classes and massage offerings by utilizing this unique therapeutic tradition.

    • Spend time with a master teacher to gain all the foundational Thai massage skills you need in just five days.

    • Incorporating the healing touch of Thai massage into your daily life can be an incredible way to explore a new way of caring for your loved ones.

  • Things to Know

    Program Schedule

    Sunday 7:30-9pm

    Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 11:30am

    Friday 8:30am to 11:30am

    Monday Wednesday Thursday 7:30pm- 9:30pm


    None required.

    Experience Level


    What to Wear

    Wear comfortable clothing suitable for stretching.

    CEs Available

    Massage CEUs and Yoga Alliance CEUs contact Shai Plonski

    Recommended Reading

    Thai Massage: Unlocking the Secrets to Universal Touch, Shai Plonski (included in tuition price)

    Special Interest To

    Body workers, yoga teachers

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life’s most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You’ll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you’ve pretty much captured what you’ll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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