Massage Professional: Thai, Swedish, Foot & More
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Massage Professional: Thai, Swedish, Foot & More

A Video Course in International Massage Styles For Complete Beginners & Advanced Professionals
5.0 (5 ratings)
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Created by Ebodhi Ltd
Last updated 8/2016
English
Price: $65
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 13 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform an effective 9-minute 'Back Rub', integrating an array of professional techniques, ideal for social settings when you have no equipment.
  • Perform a relaxing 20-minute Back Massage on a bed, ideal for beginners and couples.
  • Perform a 55-minute full-body Swedish Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform a 90-minute full-body Thai Yoga Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform a 65-minute Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform a 45-minute Indian Head Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform a 25-minute Deep Tissue & 40-minute Sports Massage; although this may be considered at a professional standard, these are simple treatments aimed at providing general benefits, such as relieving knots and muscle tension. In-depth injury/sports rehabilitation theory is beyond the scope of this course.
  • Perform a 15-30 minute simple Zen Shiatsu treatment at the level of a basic practitioner - specific Meridian theory takes years to learn and is beyond the scope of this course.
  • Perform a 40-minute Hot Stone Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform an 11-minute Hand Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform a 15-minute Foot Massage at a professional standard, including the use of Hot Stone techniques.
  • Perform a simple 17-minute Chair / Seated Back Massage at a professional standard.
  • Perform a 40-minute Rhythmic Thai Massage at a professional standard.
  • Create and perform a Personalized Fusion Massage, blending your choice of techniques and using your choice of equipment.
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Requirements
  • No prior massage knowledge or skill is needed to complete this course.
  • Although most techniques can be performed on a bed or floor, some techniques can logistically only be performed on a massage table or massage chair.
  • You will need a device and internet connection to stream videos and read or print the Course Book (PDF format).
Description

Overview

'Massage Professional' is a detailed Video Course teaching a wide range of international massage styles and how to creatively mix them.

After three years in production, we believe this single resource is the easiest and fastest way to obtaining a world-class massage skill set.

Designed For Serious Professionals, Complete Beginners and New Massage Careers.

Become a Massage Artist with 14 Hours of 1080p Video

Absorb powerful skills, with ancient and modern methods from around the globe at your fingertips.

Then, blend the traditions and personalize massages to suit the time, place and person.

Improve physical health, strengthen social relationships and indulge in the benefits of deep relaxation.

Learn to share mesmerizing feelings of well-being, relief and tranquility.

Detailed eBook Included

'Massage Professional' - take your skills and understanding of massage to deeper levels with the course companion book. Detailed written instructions for each massage are provided, and topics such as the history and mind set of massage are explored.

How is this Course Structured?

Dip into the video lessons and Course Book as you wish. Learning freedom is yours: pick and choose what and when you want to to learn, according to your own interests and schedule.

Comprehensive guidance is provided through narrated tutorial videos which explain massage treatments (performed in real time) from start to finish. International scenery, professional voice over, and a wide range of music help make the learning experience as pleasant as possible.

Additional non-narrated demonstration videos illustrate how fusion massages can be designed, and a detailed 100-page Course Book provides a wealth of supporting information to help deepen understanding.

Who Should Take This Course?

'Massage Professional' has been created for the full spectrum of abilities and interests.

1) Beginners and Couples 
This course is ideal for individuals and couples who are complete beginners and who may only have a casual interest in learning. Most of the techniques can be seen, understood and performed immediately with enjoyable results. Couples, in particular, may appreciate that the treatments in the videos are performed in real time, so you can massage along to the videos if you wish. 

2) Ambitious Amateurs
This course is also ideal for beginners who have a strong interest in massage and believe they may wish to turn pro eventually. From the basics of massaging with oil to the subtleties of rhythmic Thai and Hawaiian lomilomi movements, these videos and written materials lead you from the satisfyingly simple to the impressively exotic. Those who take it upon themselves to master the complete set of techniques will be in a strong position to start thinking about a massage career.

3) Professionals 
This course is very suitable for experienced professional massage therapists who wish to learn new styles of massage, expand upon their existing routines with new techniques, and develop their appreciation and performance of their art. Professionals will find the selection of massages unique and diverse. The fusion massage demonstrations will help encourage therapists to forget the more robotic side of formal education and embrace the creative elements of massage by designing or improvising one-of-a-kind signature treatments. 

A Note on Price

Please be aware that, since it has already been priced to provide excellent value, there are currently no plans for this course to participate in any future discount promotions.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is well suited for both amateurs and professionals who are interested in multiple types of massage and wish to give these treatments at a high standard.
  • Be aware that professional standards vary greatly from country to country and that this course does not provide professional certification.
  • The main advantage of learning through these videos and Course Book is the ability to learn in your own time and at your own pace, re-visiting techniques and detailed explanations as necessary.
  • The main advantage of learning through real-life classes instead of our course is the ability to get consistent feedback from other students who are also learning. When using our course, you will get the best results if you regularly have people to practice on, and always ensure there is no medical reason why they should not receive a massage.
  • Massaging at a professional standard will take practice. How much practice depends on the student - developing a sensitive touch comes more naturally for some than others. Massage is easy, however, so those with ambition and patience will achieve their goals.
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
13:11:19
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Before You Start...
4 Lectures 24:02

Welcome to the course.

Preview 11:07

Learn some of the basic principles for giving a great massage.

Basic Principles
07:06

Learn about what you might want or need.

Equipment Advice
05:35

Please click on 'View Resources' and then download the Course eBook:

Before you start practicing or receiving massage, it is important to read the health and safety information, found at the beginning of the 'Massage Pro' eBook.

Generally, however, you can dip into the Course eBook as you wish, according to your own interests.


Course eBook + Health and Safety
00:14
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Massage Video Tutorials with Narration and Music
33 Lectures 08:04:29

Learn how to effectively relax someone in less than ten minutes. Back rubs are generally brief, seated, fully clothed and informal — they can be given anywhere conveniently. You will instantly acquire some simple but impressive and thoroughly rewarding techniques. As you learn various traditions of massage, you can integrate many of the methods into this sequence, modifying and personalizing it as you wish.

How to Give a Back Rub
09:35

This is a simple oil-based back massage which has been designed for beginners and couples. It can be conveniently performed on a bed or floor. It is soothing and relieving, but also very easy and quick to learn. This lesson involves mainly Swedish movements along with several deep tissue and Hawaiian techniques. This lesson is not mandatory but provides a nice stepping stone to performing a full-body Swedish massage, especially if you have never massaged with oil or cream.

How to Massage on a Bed: Part 1
12:43

How to Massage on a Bed: Part 2.

How to Massage on a Bed: Part 2
07:31

This massage style is known in Sweden and throughout most of the world as ‘classic massage’; only the Dutch and English speaking countries refer to it as ‘Swedish’. True to its classical name, it is generally the most well-known massage in the Western world. The treatment helps to promote the many general benefits of massage. For example, circulation is enhanced while muscular tension is reduced and knots are removed.

This full-body massage is soft and relaxing and employs only a little deep tissue work. It is an ideal lesson through which to master the basics of massaging with oil. Once comfortable with these basics, the techniques of many other massages can be attempted with confidence.

Effleurage, petrissage, friction and percussive strokes are demonstrated.

As with all of these massages, do not worry if you do not own a massage table as most of the techniques can be performed on a bed or floor. You can simply skip the techniques which logistically require a table to be performed, and you may consider substituting these movements with techniques from other lessons, such as the Hawaiian or sports massage tutorials. Alternatively, the movements that are designed for a table can also be performed over the side of a bed.

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 1 - Front of the Legs
12:22

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 2 - Arms, Abdomen, Chest, Neck and Face.

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 2 - Arms, Abdomen, Chest, Neck and Face
19:23

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 3 - Back of the Legs.

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 3 - Back of the Legs
08:40

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 4 - Back.

Swedish Full-Body Massage: Part 4 - Back
13:58

Thai yoga massage is an ancient and spiritual practice that embraces ideas of energy flow, the correction of imbalances and a holistic view of health. The two main traditions are broadly categorised as the southern and northern style. This course teaches the northern style which is gentler and more universally enjoyable.

Learning extremely powerful techniques can be quick and easy. Thai yoga massage combines rhythmic acupressure and limb rotations with stretches which are similar to those found in hatha yoga. It is sometimes explained as resembling ‘having yoga done for you’ or a form of ‘lazy man’s yoga’. These are not inaccurate descriptions.

Thai massage is one of the most active and effective kinds of massage, a novel experience that will stretch and apply pressure in ways most people have never experienced before, relieving tension they never even realised they were experiencing. It is one of the most rewarding forms of massage to receive due to the intensity of the relaxing and blissful feelings that can be released. Furthermore, it is also very rewarding to give because it can be absorbing and tranquil; a vicariously pleasurable and therapeutic experience.

It is easy to get a lot of practice with Thai massage because it is conveniently performed on a hard mat or on the floor. No oil is required and, additionally, there is no need to disrobe. Therefore, it is a perfect massage to perform in places that lack privacy, and it is also an ideal treatment for anyone who is shy. Do not be surprised if you are bombarded with requests!


Thai Yoga Massage: Part 1 - Introduction and Feet
16:38

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 2 - Legs.

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 2 - Legs
20:01

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 3 - Legs.

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 3 - Legs.
12:11

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 4 - Abdomen, Arms and Hands

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 4 - Abdomen, Arms and Hands
17:44

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 5 - Legs, Back Stretches and Seated Position.

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 5 - Legs, Back Stretches and Seated Position
18:55

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 6 - Face Down.

Thai Yoga Massage: Part 6 - Face Down.
11:20

For many centuries, the healing knowledge of lomilomi has been kept secret by shamans known as 'kahunas'. However, in recent years, these shamans have decided to break their silence and openly share their wisdom, and Hawaiian massage has rapidly become popular worldwide.

The motions of this Hawaiian lomilomi massage take inspiration from the four elements: water, fire, air and earth. Lomilomi massage is famous for graceful whole-body strokes that seek to reflect the waves of the ocean washing over the receiver. To receive one is extremely relaxing, pleasurable and therapeutic, and it can simultaneously be a mesmerizing and meditative experience to give one.

Lomilomi is a healing art that goes beyond simple touch. Herbal remedies, consultation, prayer and divine inspiration are embraced. The lomilomi spirit is shaped by innocence, intuition and intention. It seeks to reflect the surrounding paradise it was born from, reveling in the joys and powers of Mother Earth, and recognizing her as the source of all human powers. Lomilomi is best approached in a direct, mindful and light-hearted manner. Authentic Hawaiian lomilomi massage may be considered a deeply spiritual practice but, like Zen Shiatsu, it can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their spiritual inclinations.

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 1 - Face Down
19:59

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 2 - Face Down.

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 2 - Face Down
18:52

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 3 - Face Down.

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 3 - Face Down
11:36

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 4 - Face Up.

Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage: Part 4 - Face Up
16:38

This is a fully-clothed massage performed on a specialized chair. The chair is designed to fully support the head and arms, enabling a more comfortable and luxurious experience. An ideal treatment for corporate or public settings, this massage focuses on and therapeutically relaxes the muscles of the back. The head, neck and arms are also attended to.

Although a specialized chair is ideal for this massage, most of the techniques can be performed in any seated position which allows full access to the back, such as when the receiver is on the floor or a stool, so do not worry if you do not have a specialist chair. Furthermore, you will quickly notice that while the chair enables and strongly enhances the effectiveness of some techniques, it also simultaneously limits a number of other possible techniques as well. It is advisable to experiment and see what works for you.

Seated Back / Chair Massage
17:51

These are therapeutic techniques that focus on deeply penetrating the muscles to help remove knots and tension. The experience can be mildly uncomfortable while simultaneously providing relief from stress, exhaustion or pain. There is a strong emphasis on personalization and the result is a supremely satisfying experience with long-lasting benefits.

This is a relatively brief routine that may be used on its own or combined with elements of Swedish or Hawaiian massage to help ensure the muscles are thoroughly warmed up. Alternatively, techniques from this lesson can be integrated into other massages, helping you to respond to particular areas of tension, as well as the preferences of the receiver.

Deep Tissue Massage: Part 1 - Chest, Front of the Legs and Back
17:52

Deep Tissue Massage: Part 2 - Back of the Legs.

Deep Tissue Massage: Part 2 - Back of the Legs
07:39

A Japanese form of therapeutic bodywork, Zen Shiatsu is based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Elements of Zen philosophy are also embraced. The goal of the treatment is to encourage the natural, free and unobstructed flow of energy around the body, correcting imbalances in a way that brings health and vitality. It is very tranquil, slow and mesmerizing.

Although Zen Shiatsu is concerned with holistic healing and spirituality, it is also a powerful method of inducing a trance-like state of mind. Furthermore, this unique style of movement can be incorporated into many other forms of massage, helping to enhance the experience.

The techniques involve the mindful application of static pressure around the body, and, as you will quickly realize, there is no pre-defined routine. The Zen Shiatsu lesson is defined by principles, advice and guidelines, which are designed to enable you to give fully personalized treatments.

To help ensure understanding, unlike the other tutorials on this course, this Zen Shiatsu lesson is not in the format of a narrated real-time demonstration. Instead, this lesson focuses on explaining theory and practice, and an example real-time Zen Shiatsu treatment is provided separately.

Zen Shiatsu: Part 1
19:05

Zen Shiatsu: Part 2.

Zen Shiatsu: Part 2
19:38

Zen Shiatsu: Part 3.

Zen Shiatsu: Part 3
06:02

Known in India as ‘champi’, Indian head massage grew out of the Ayurvedic medical system and has been widely practised for around a thousand years. The massage focuses on the head, neck, shoulders and upper arms. Since tension tends to accumulate in these areas, this treatment can be very effective.

The techniques are designed to infuse the receiver with feelings of comfort, relaxation and tranquillity. They can also help reduce muscle tension and eyestrain, relieve headaches and areas of soreness, and enhance flexibility, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles, the treatment encourages deep abdominal breathing and benefits the whole body. Furthermore, improved circulation through the scalp may promote strong and healthy hair growth — effects which can potentially be compounded if special oils are applied to the hair.

On a spiritual level, Indian head massage may help to re-balance the energy flow through the chakras. On a practical level, it is a convenient but satisfying massage that can be given anywhere, in a short space of time if necessary, and many of the techniques can be performed without oil.

Indian Head Massage: Part 1 - Upper Back and Shoulders
18:20

Indian Head Massage: Part 2 - Arms and Neck.

Indian Head Massage: Part 2 - Arms and Neck
08:29

Indian Head Massage: Part 3 - Scalp, Face and Finish.

Indian Head Massage: Part 3 - Scalp, Face and Finish
19:14

The hand is one of the most sensitive and repetitively strained areas of the body. This lesson teaches intriguing techniques that are designed to unlock the tension that accumulates during everyday life. The forearm is also cared for.

Hand Massage
12:08

Reflexologists from all traditions agree that foot massage can relax and benefit the whole body. A variety of techniques are explained and demonstrated in this lesson, as well as how to use hot stones on the feet. Charts are provided which illustrate the target areas of reflexology and Thai reflexology, as well as the marma points of Ayurveda, and the acupuncture points of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which are the same as those used in acupressure. Learning these charts is a matter of choice — you do not need to memorize them to perform the massage.

Foot Massage: Part 1 - Face Up
14:54

Foot Massage: Part 2 - Face Down.

Foot Massage: Part 2 - Face Down
18:37

Foot Massage: Part 3 - Using Hot Stones.

Foot Massage: Part 3 - Using Hot Stones
13:36

This is a collection of highly relaxing Thai massage techniques that focus on rhythmic, fluid movements.
This massage is slightly more difficult than the other massages on this video course, but it can still be learned quite quickly, and the results are highly rewarding.


Rhythmic Thai Massage: Part 1 - Introduction and Face Up
16:52

Rhythmic Thai Massage: Part 2 - Face Up.

Rhythmic Thai Massage: Part 2 - Face Up
19:09

Rhythmic Thai Massage: Part 3 - Face Down.

Rhythmic Thai Massage: Part 3 - Face Down
06:57
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Massage Video Demonstrations with Music
19 Lectures 04:42:49

Fusion massages combine techniques from different traditions, blending contrasting styles in a personalized way. Just like any massage, a fusion treatment may be an intricately designed and pre-planned routine, an educated improvisation or a middle ground between these two extremes.

These video demonstrations are not intended to be studied and replicated. Instead, they are examples that seek to inspire your own ideas. As previously mentioned, learn new techniques from the video tutorials or written instructions — not from the fusion demonstrations.

This video illustrates how techniques from most oil-based massage styles, such as Swedish, sports, deep tissue and Hawaiian, can be blended together to create table fusion sequences. Additionally, Thai techniques can be performed on the table if sufficient caution and skill are employed, and Zen Shiatsu may be applied through the towel. A massage like this could potentially last many hours, and most of the techniques could also be used on a bed or on the floor.

Table Fusion Massage: Part 1
19:12

Table Fusion Massage: Part 2.

Table Fusion Massage: Part 2
19:24

Table Fusion Massage: Part 3.

Table Fusion Massage: Part 3
19:09

Table Fusion Massage: Part 4.

Table Fusion Massage: Part 4
15:45

Table Fusion Massage: Part 5.

Table Fusion Massage: Part 5
07:29

A back rub can be a simple and beautiful form of fusion massage. These techniques have arisen mainly from seated back, deep tissue, Thai and Indian head massage, as well as Zen Shiatsu.

Back Rub Fusion Massage
11:40

This demonstration combines hot stones with Swedish, deep tissue, sports, Hawaiian, Thai yoga and rhythmic Thai techniques.

Even if you do not intend to learn hot stone massage, this fusion video will give you plenty of ideas.

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 1
19:41

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 2.

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 2
19:13

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 3.

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 3
15:26

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 4.

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 4
13:40

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 5.

Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 5
09:50

Indian head massage can be fused with deep tissue techniques, effectively adapting the treatment to make it more satisfying, stimulating and therapeutic for people who have a lot of tension in their shoulders or work at a desk everyday.

Deep Indian Fusion Massage
15:56

This fusion sequence combines Zen Shiatsu style pressure, Thai yoga stretches, deep tissue and Indian head massage techniques. You could also experiment with using oil for this massage if you wish.


Seated Back / Chair Fusion Massage
19:05

Thai and Swedish massage routines can be fused and conveniently performed on the floor. Most of the Thai techniques are performed through the towel while all the Swedish movements are performed on the skin.

The use of hot stones is a matter of choice and availability, and a great diversity of imaginative sequences can be explored.


Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 1
16:11

Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 2.

Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 2
13:29

Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 3.

Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 3
14:18

Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 4.

Thai-Swedish Fusion Massage with Hot Stones: Part 4
09:20

Since the Zen Shiatsu tutorial focused on the principles of good practice and did not show a treatment from start-to-finish, this extra demonstration video has been provided to help ensure understanding.

Zen Shiatsu Demonstration: Part 1
16:33

Zen Shiatsu Demonstration: Part 2.

Zen Shiatsu Demonstration: Part 2
07:28
About the Instructor
Ebodhi Ltd
5.0 Average rating
6 Reviews
41 Students
2 Courses
Massage Teachers

Ebodhi consists of a small team based in the UK, Bradley and Pete.

Bradley is a professional massage teacher and critically acclaimed massage therapist with a 100% 5-star rating on Google Places. While studying biomedical science at University College London, Bradley became interested in Zen Shiatsu and other Eastern healing arts. He proceeded to establish a successful massage therapy and teaching business in High Street Kensington.

Pete is a professional writer, video producer, massage therapist and massage teacher, who also studied at University College London. Now working in Bristol, he specializes in Thai Yoga, Swedish, Indian and personalized fusion massage.

Bradley and Pete have spent the last three years combining their skills and expertise to produce the most diverse, comprehensive and enjoyable massage course available.