Acupressure Massage Therapy Program – Level 2

 

Want to be an Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapist?

You have basic knowledge of massage and would like to have a career as an Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapist; The specialist form of massage therapy to treat ailments. These techniques are used in hospitals in Asia to improve health, reduce waiting lists, eliminate drug use and often avoid surgery. The training consists of modules Abdominal Therapeutic Massage (Chi Nei Tsang), Acupressure Massage Therapy for Health (Wat Po) and Advanced Acupressure Massage Techniques to treat ailments (Wat Po). You also learn Anatomy & Physiology and Coaching & Design Thinking. You can choose weekend, evening or intensive 1-month classes. 

What is Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapy?

Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapy is a treatment for various ailments, such as headaches, back pain, stress, tension (burnout), sleep problems, menstruation problems, arthritis, high blood pressure, stomach problems, tennis elbow, feeling low or depressed, constipation, sprained ankle, knee problems, neck problems, hip pain, shoulder pain etc. Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapy is used in Asian hospitals to eliminate the need for surgery. During the first appointment, the therapist provides comprehensive information of the complaints of the client through examination and asking questions. The therapist then gives a deep 1 to 2 hour therapeutic acupressure massage tailored to the complaints of the client. This massage is given over the clothes. The client lies on a mat or on a table. The therapist provides acupressure massage using thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet through the clothes, using body weight. Massage therapy assumes that everything in our body is interconnected, also named Holistic and that the origin of the complaint may come from elsewhere in the body than from the painful area itself. Therefore, the massage treatment is a whole body massage, starting at the feet and ending at the head. Because everyone is different and each complaint is different, a treatment plan is developed together with the client at the end of the first treatment. The number of treatments depends on the complaint and its severity. Besides dealing with complaints, the therapist focuses on the prevention of recurrence of symptoms.

PROGRAM CONTENT:

Acupressure Massage Therapy for Health

Traditional Thai Deep Acupressure, Wat Po Style, southern technique

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Deep acupressure massage using thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet over the clothes lying on the mat, using body weight.

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Overall two-hour complete internationally known traditional Thai Massage Wat Po style in five positions (lying on back, side, abdomen, back and sitting position).

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Client and massage therapist experienced both deep meditation.

Objective:

Upon completion students are able to perform an effective southern-style Thai Acupressure Massage Therapy for Health of 2 hours.

Abdominal Therapy Massage

Traditional Taoist Massage, Chi Nei Tsang

Abdominal Therapy massage (Chi Nei Tsang) directly massages the internal organs, unlike most massage techniques using indirect methods in contact with the internal organs.

Oriental medicine states that the cause of disease is often found in the internal organs, and the massage techniques of Abdominal Therapy massage help proper functioning of the internal organs.

This medicine helps in relieving constipation, cramps, knots, lumps, scar tissue, headaches, menstrual cramps, poor circulation, infertility and many other problems

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Learn to give an effective Abdominal Therapy massage (Chi Nei Tsang), starting to massage over the clothes on the table or mat through acupressure to improve the blood circulation and to loosen up the belly as well. Followed by a deep massage over the abdomen with oil and hot herbal compress which has anti-inflammatory properties. Then the client is given advice to massage the organs him/herself at home to work towards recovery.

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During this course you’ll learn massage treatments for:

  •  Pain in the Legs
  •  Abdominal Pain from Stress
  •  Digestion Problems
  •  Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  •  Bloating
  •  Constipation
  •  Menstruation Cramps
  •  Depression
  •  Burn-out
  •  Stress
  •  Abdominal Tension
  •  Chest Tension
  •  Respiratory Problems

Objective:

Upon completion students are able to perform an effective 1 to 2 hours Abdominal Therapy massage (Chi Nei Tsang) to relieve toxins and blockages of the internal organs.

Advanced Acupressure Massage Techniques to treat Ailments

Traditional Thai Deep Acupressure, Wat Po Style, southern technique

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Learn to give therapeutic massages to cure disease and restore health. Traditional Thai massage in Thailand is seen as the foundation of medicine.

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These techniques have been tested in hospitals in Thailand.

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Therapeutic medical hot herbal compress by combining the techniques of traditional Thai massage with Thai hot herbal compress; bundles that are steamed and pressed on the body. In traditional Thai medicine, herbs are used to complement massages that treat illnesses. This herbal hot compress massage increases blood circulation and energy flow, relaxes, warms, releases tension, relieves stiff muscles and joints, eases chronic pain and reduces mental fatigue and stress.

Objective:

Upon completion students are able to perform an effective southern style Thai Acupressure Therapy Massage for Health to treat at least 25 different ailments. Moreover you can also perform a medical hot herbal compress massage.

Learn Massage Treatments for:

1. Headache
2. Migraine
3. Neck Stiffness 1
4. Neck Stiffness 2
5. Neck Sprain
6. Bell’s Palsy
7. Acute Shoulder Pain
8. Chronic Shoulder Pain
9. Shoulder Pain with Abnormal Breath
10. Frozen Shoulder
11. Frozen Shoulder (Front)
12. Tennis Elbow
13. Elbow Stiffness
14. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
15. Arthritis of Finger (Finger Sprain)
16. Arthritis of Toes (Toe Sprain)
17. Back Pain (cannot flex)
18. Back Pain (cannot extend)
19. Back Pain (cannot rotate)
20. Osteoarthritis of Knee
21. Ankle Sprain (inside)
22. Ankle Sprain (outside)
23. Ankle Sprain (swelling)
24. Plantar Fasciitis
25. Achilles Tendon Stiffness

Anatomy & Physiology

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Basic anatomy and physiology for massage.

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Effects of massage per organ system (Circulatory System, Endocrine System, Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System, Integumentary System, Lymphatic System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Reproduction System, Respiratory System, Skeletal System and Urinary System)

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Indications and contra-indications for massage protocols

Objective:

After completion students will have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and are able to determine the indications and contra-indications for the massage protocols.

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EXTRA INFORMATION:

 

International Certification

As an Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapist you are able to work either national or international, with all the tools we teach you. After graduation you will receive international acknowledged certificates of the modules Abdominal Therapeutic Massage (Chi Nei Tsang), Acupressure Massage Therapy for Health (Wat Po) and Advanced Acupressure Massage Techniques to treat ailments (Wat Po).

Theory is at college level (HBO), but we invite everyone to participate. If you are not sure if it is for you, please contact us. We do teach theory, but we help you with it. The program is primarily practical.

Our way of teaching

We teach according to the VAK-method (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic). Our students learn hands-on practice. During the lesson you will first look to the teacher demonstrating. Then students practice on each other under the guidance of the teacher. That is, you will both receive and give a massage during the lessons. The classroom massage is given in a calm manner. This is why even during class, students do experience the benefits of acupressure massage therapy.

Career

What can you become after following the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 2)?

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You will be a certified Acupressure Massage Therapist in the techniques: Abdominal Therapy Massage (Chi Nei Tsang), Acupressure Massage Therapy for Health (Wat Po) and Advanced Acupressure Massage Techniques to treat ailments (Wat Po).

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You can work as an Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapist in your own practice, physio therapist clinic or another health centre.

Like to join?

(face-to-face with a teacher)

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program
Level 2

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INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES

 

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ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

€ 2190

(incl vat)

Or

If you pay in 3 installments, 100 euro administration costs will be added.

*** All prices are incl. VAT.

Scholarship?

Many of our students received funds for ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam’s courses.

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Employed? Ask your employer about funding programs and possibilities.

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Crowdfunding? You can set up crowdfunding and have others finance your education.

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Unemployed? Ask your employee insurance agency.

Discounts

Followed already one or more of the courses Abdominal Therapeutic Massage (Chi Nei Tsang), Acupressure Massage Therapy for Health (Wat Po) and Advanced Acupressure Massage Techniques to treat ailments (Wat Po) or Hot Herbal Compress Massage at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam within the last year? Then you can deduct €250 per course you followed from the fee of the Acupressure Massage Therapist Program. Just contact us.

Tax deduction?

Our school is registered at the Central Register of Short Professional Education, CRKBO and the World Massage Federation and our school is internationally recognized as we are a franchise of ITM Chiang Mai and have a school in Berlin as well. Check with your local tax advisor, but in most jurisdictions, our professional courses can be deducted as a business expense resulting in a considerably lower course cost due to tax credits/refunds received. If you need an official tax invoice, just ask. We’re happy to help!

PROGRAM & SCHEDULE

The program starts several times a year. Choose what schedule fits you best:

 

1 Month Program:

Start March

2 March– 28 March Monday-Friday 13.00-16.00

FAQ

What is the differents between physiotherapy and acupressure massage therapy?

Physical therapy is a treatment for symptoms to your muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves, also known as your muscular system. An Acupressure Massage Therapist also focuses on the muscular system but also has many health benefits for every organ system (The human being consists of 11 organ systems: Circulatory System, Endocrine System, Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System, Integumentary System, Lymphatic System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Reproduction System, Respiratory System, Skeletal System and Urinary System.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, it is an investment. We understand. That is why we offer an installment plan, so you can pay in four installments via direct debit.  (Please note: Payment terms: 25% of the tuition fee upon reservation. 25% of the tuition fee prior to the first lesson. 50% of the tuition fee prior to half of the duration of the training. You pay 100 Euro administration costs extra if you like to pay in installments).

How about the exam?
What is the difference with the Advanced Acupressure massage therapy program (Level 1)?
The Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 is more focused on prevention of ailments and on improving overall health through various massage disciplines: chair massage, foot reflexology massage, deep tissue & sports massage and Thai table massage. The Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 2) focuses on treating ailments. In addition, the Acupressure Massage Therapist works with different disciplines that can be performed at different locations, flexible (eg company massage, massage at festivals etc). The Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapist (who followed the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 2)  usually chooses to work in a health centre or practice. The programs are complementary to each other.
What is the difference with the Thai Yoga Massage therapy program?
The Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program leads to the specialist in Thai yoga massage, soft acupressure with stretches, where both client and masseur constantly move in yoga-like postures on the mat. The Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 is based on working with different disciplines. The therapist moves in different positions. In foot reflexology massage the masseur is sitting and during the other three disciplines the masseur is standing in different positions. The programs are complementary to each other.
Besides the classroom lessons, do I need to study at home as well?
The training consists of classroom instruction in our school in Amsterdam (you can choose weekend or weekly evening classes). Plus about 40 hours of practical experience (more is always possible, because practice makes perfect) to practice massage protocols that you have learned in the modules Thai Table Massage, Thai Chair Massage Lanna Style, Thai Foot Reflexology, and/or Deep Tissue and Sports Massage). This means giving 40 massages of 1 hour as a case study to be sure you are a good professional masseur. You can plan this practice in your own time alone or with fellow students. Moreover we give you theory as background information.
How do I know if this program is something for me?
Do you have massage experience and would you like to learn how to treat ailments? Then the Acupressure Massage Therapist Program (Level 2) might be something for you. You do not need specific experience, if you have been trained by us, it is a plus. Are you not sure, please contact us. You can also book an Abdominal Therapeutic Massage (Chi Nei Tsang) or Therapeutic Wat Po massage treatment or workshop with us, to see if this massage technique appeal to you. If you then, after the treatment or workshop decide to follow the program, we will refund you the cost of the treatment or workshop.

WHAT OTHERS SAY:

Thai Hand is a great massage school. There is a fun way of teaching and working on trust to give the massage yourself. I definitely recommend them as a massage school in traditional Thai massage.

Marianne van den Heuvel

When I heard ITM needed models for Abdominal Massage – Chi Nei Tsang – class I was quick to sign up, desperate for any treatment that might work. As a student of massage, I need no convincing of the benefits of massage therapy and although abdominal massage was new to me and I was hopeful and excited. What relief Chi Nei Tsang and Zingziber Cassumunar provided for me! 🙂 I am both a student and recipient of massage, hoping to see and help others experience the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy.

Marie Romano

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