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The Thai-Issan Massage Academy is an accredited educator of massage therapy since 2014, as approved by Board of Massage Therapy, State of Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing Division Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The State of Hawaii Department of Education has approved our extensive curriculum and our teachers have state massage license and certification.
Class sessions will be held every January, April, July, and October. Here are the upcoming class schedules:
The total cost for tuition for our basic/introductory covering the 150-hour program is $3,500. The program tuition includes: Course Admission, Administration Fee, Student Kit (Books & Supplies included). Students also receive a discount with a one-time payment in full!
Advanced Courses in the program ($350 each course):
These advanced courses may be taken separately. Certification is provided upon completion of all Advanced Courses. We also offer a 5-hour Traditional Thai Massage Course; however, no certificate is awarded after completion.
Certificate/Diploma will be given upon completion of the course
We also offer job placement opportunities for those that qualify
Price includes: Uniform, Textbook, Course Admission & Administration Fee
Here are the admission requirements for entry into the Thai-Issan Massage Academy. We ask that each student evaluate each item personally as you consider your willingness and ability to study and become a certified massage therapist.
Shiatsu, or “finger pressure” massage, is a form of physiotherapy that uses finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence. The main concept behind Shiatsu massage is that energy, or chi, circulates along channels or meridians in the body. When it flows freely, chi brings positive, fresh energy, while carrying away negative energy. Shiatsu is said to aid in the treatment of headaches, arthritis, back, neck, and shoulder pain and depression.
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With roots in Japan and in Traditional Chinese medicine, Shiatsu massage has grown in use around the world since the 1970s. In addition to the finger pressure used, Shiatsu massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs and joints. The movements in Shiatsu help bring relief to pressure points, meridians, and bring balance to the energies in the treatment areas.
Shiatsu massage helps to remove energetic blockages by realigning meridian points in the body. There are 12 meridians that correspond to organs: lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidney, heart governor, triple heater, gall bladder, and liver. This balance of qi, or vital energy, allows for health and healing to occur naturally. Shiatsu massage stimulates nervous and immune systems with the applied pressure. Circulation is encouraged through blood flow.
Ayurveda is a science of life; a system of natural healing that has been in existence for 5,000 years. Based in the Vedic culture of India, Tibetan, Traditional Chinese, and early Greek medicines all have roots based in Ayurveda that go back thousands of years. Ayurveda offers wisdom designed to help people realize their full potential, with guidelines based on optimal daily and seasonal routines.
Therapists learn the attributes of the three fundamental elements of Ayurveda. These energies include Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), which are forces that help shape our body and mind. Ayurveda analysis can hold important clues for body health, and therapists learn to discern how to offer nurturing, healing treatments related to diet, behavior, and other changes based on the holistic combination of body, mind, and spirit.Apply Now
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Foot reflexology is a practice involving application of pressure to the feet with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet. Many professions have taken up foot reflexology from cosmetologist stop nurses. Foot reflexology is now being introduced into hospitals and HMOs, and is even being considered for insurance purposes. Foot reflexology is not limited to just the foot. It also includes the knees and legs.
Thai-Issan Massage Academy provides an excellent, new approach to natural performance enhancement for foot reflexology massage training. Our course offers hands-on training in the practical application, as well as provides a theoretical understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body. We also teach our students to identify stress cues, which are parts of the foot that show adaptation to stress. The assessment of stress cues allows students to target the areas of stress and provide relaxation appropriate to each individual. In addition, students are trained to not only use their hands and fingers, but to also use sticks in this practice.
Students are taught to make the health connections between various parts of the feet and health in other parts of the body. It is often said that feet do not lie, and there are a number of telltale signs in foot reflexology to indicate when a client may be experiencing stress in a particular body part or organ of the body. While reflexology is not considered an exact treatment tool, it may be used as yet another tool of insight for health.
The extremities (hands and feet) of the body can offer many health-related clues, and foot reflexology offers both the therapist and client an opportunity to discuss concerns related to health based on what may be discovered or worked on during a therapy session. Some topics that may be reviewed could relate to circulation, repetitive stress, how much energy the client may feel they have, etc.Apply Now
Sports Massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend walders. The particulars of the sports massage techniques are specific to the athlete’s sport. The particulars of the sports on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and oten aggresive movements. Sports massage therapy is used to enhance pre-event preparation, as well as reduce the recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event.
Sports Massage Course
In Sports Massage, students gain a broad base of knowledge about how the body functions and performs in relation to repetitive sports and assorted stresses and injuries that can occur. Massage techniques are used in relation to these body areas to relieve stress and strengthen musculature. The proper use of sports massage is shown to have a positive effect in preventing injuries.
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The science of exercise in relation to body function results in lack of trauma and improved performance, with less pain than is reported without massage. Athletic teams often employ at least one or more therapists to regularly treat team members, especially during peak performance events. Therapists learn to treat all degrees of athletes and stress-related damage or trauma, whether it is from repetitive walking, running, or other strenuous activity.
Massage Connects Mind & Body
Lomi Lomi Massage is a Traditional Hawaiian massage, where the practitioner uses varying techniques and materials including long, fluid strokes of the forearms and hands, volcano rocks, native plant leaves, and chant to activate the flow of “mana”, or life force energy. Emphasizing a mind and body connection, Lomi Lomi Massage increases the recipient’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
is an Ancient Healing Art
The roots of Traditional Lomi Lomi massage go way back into the island roots of Hawaii. The selection of massage therapists was a calling almost from childhood. The therapists were known as a master healer, similar to a doctor, called a “kauka”. The tradition hold that it is more of a spiritual or prayerful endeavor, including a number of tools in addition to the therapist’s own palms, forearms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, knees, and feet. It is a nature-based treatment, where sticks, stones, and herbs were used in a ritual way to hold a certain vibration.
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The traditions of Lomi Lomi as a healing art with a holistic base makes a wonderful compliment to the other types of massage techniques students learn at Thai-Issan Massage Academy. Students who are new to massage therapy may appreciate the Polynesian roots of Lomi Lomi massage, and may even know friends or family members who may have practiced as part of their heritage. It is a real calling to learn such a traditional and effective healing art.
It is said that Lomi Lomi massage technique takes a lifetime to master, and that there were different schools of tradition and training over the years. As of 1947, a Board of Massage was establishd to regulate and standardize Lomi Lomi massage. Laws required that therapists pass a test on anatomy, physiology, and massage theory, and these are included in the course we teach at Thai-Issan Massage Academy.Apply Now
Hot stone massage is a specialty massage, where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands, or by placing them on the body. The heat can be deeply relaxing and help warm up tight muscles, so the therapist can access deeper muscle layers. Hot stone massage therapy melts away tension and eases muscle stiffness. The hot stones also expand blood vessels, which encourages blood flow throughout the body and increases circulation.
The use of warm stones as part of effective massage therapy can help the therapist reach deep into areas of the body where the body tends to hold pain. Certain medical conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and pain in other chronic locations such as the head, hips, and back, may benefit from the placement of hot stones.
Therapists are instructed how to best warm the stones, use a sheet or towel between the stones and client, and how to time the use of the stones. Using stones is an effective tool as long as it is not over-used. Therapists must be able to clearly communicate the use of hot stone massage and know whether there may be a medical complaint that might contraindicate the use.
There may be various body reactions due to the application of hot stones in the massage session. The therapist may choose to apply one time, or have the client return for multiple applications. These rounds of hot stone and massage can work effectively. However, therapists must be cautious of burns, skin flushing, weakness, or other indications of body reaction or distress.
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain, and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the strokes are the same used as those in classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain, in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (connective tissue surrounding the muscles).
Many clients come to massage because of the need to find relief from pain. For a significant number of them, pain and tension are held in the upper body and result in a number of “tight” spots. Holding in this type of tension pain in the fascia of the body can result in a type of stiffness. Deep tissue massage helps to knead the stiffness out of the fascia and provide relief and release.
One of the main reasons to become a trained massage therapist is the on-going need to meet the needs of clients. The body holds memory in many places and, even though the massage therapist works hard to release tension and pain, it can return. It takes regular treatment to retrain injured musculature and find healthier ways to manage stress.