Basic Thai Massage with Krishnataki in Algarve, Portugal

11th – 21st October 2023

This course is a unique 11-day beginner’s course in traditional Thai massage set in the green mountains of Serra de Monchique in Algarve.

In this course for beginners, we learn sequences and techniques for a 2-hour treatment of Thai massage. The course travels day by day from the feet to the head, gradually forming a complete Thai Massage based on the stretches and acupressure as taught by Thai Massage master Asokananda. A large part of the course, supported by sessions of Meditation, Yoga and Tai Chi, emphasizes on the importance of the spiritual connection and intuition we develop through massage.

The course is held in English and is for both beginners and practitioners of other kinds of bodywork. There are no prerequisites for the course – everybody can do it and everybody is welcome.

Thai Massage techniques can be effectively integrated into other therapy disciplines such as Shiatsu, Remedial Massage or Physiotherapy, meaning the course offers the opportunity for therapists of other massage styles to improve and broaden their skills.

Teaching Program

Day 1: Introduction to Thai massage (history & philosophy), feet and line – work legs
Day 2: Single leg stretches
Day 3: Double leg stretches
Day 4: Stomach, chest, arms and hands
Day 5: Side position
Day 6: Half day free & practice day
Day 7: Prone position – legs and back
Day 8: Sitting position
Day 9: Shoulders, neck and head lines and stretches
Day 10: Evaluation and treatment with feedback
Day 11: Evaluation

Krishnataki, originally from Greece, has been teaching Thai Yoga massage, Yoga and Qi Gong since 1998, having lived and studied in Thailand and India. He is a Senior Massage Teacher of the Sunshine Network, having trained with Thai Massage masters Pichet Boonthume, Chayuth Priyasith and Asokananda.

He is passionate about organic farming, Chinese Medicine, cooking and nutrition, and incorporates aspects of Yoga, Meditation and Qi Gong into all his courses. His base is at Sunshine House, however he often travels abroad to teach and also study. He is renown for his unique, spontaneous and passionate way of teaching as well as his generous spirit and open heart.
When he is not teaching, he is with his three beautiful children or soaking in hot spring waters.

06.30 – 08.30: Meditation & Yoga/Tai Chi
08.30 – 10.00: Hearty Breakfast
10.00 – 13.00: Thai Massage session 1
13.00 – 15.30: Lunch & Siesta
15.30 – 18.30: Thai Massage session 2
18.30 – 20.00: Acroyoga / Qi Gong / Steam Bath
20.00 – 21.00: Dinner
21.00 – 22.00: Metta Meditation & Bhajans

The course is held at the beautiful Karuna Retreat Center, which is located in the green mountains of Serra de Monchique in Algarve. Serra the Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes. The Retreat Center offers a stunning view over Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean and is just 20 minutes away from pristine beaches and less than 10 minutes away from the picturesque village of Monchique and Caldas de Monchique (Thermal SPA). Karuna is amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in this area and is home to a variety of local flora and fauna.

Karuna Retreat Center

Address: Apartado 1, 8550 Monchique, Portugal
Google Maps: Karuna Monchique
Phone: (+351) 969 301 486 / 912 221 857
Email: [email protected]

For all information and bookings for this course please send an email to [email protected]

Start Date: 11th October after 6 pm
Finish Date: 21st October at 6 pm

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