A 28-DAY ADVANCED THAI MASSAGE TRAINING
SEPT 14 – OCT 11 / Vlachiá Beach, Evia – Greece
An advanced residential course designed for Thai massage practitioners with a solid bodywork background ready to bring their skills and their palpation to the next level.
With a resident team of osteopaths ready to assist you, one on one, combined with guest teachers that will offer their masterclasses on important topics.
Diving deep into the Cranial Field, discovered by Andrew Taylor Still and shared with the world by his student WG Sutherland.
And we will enter the Visceral realm… allowing us to deeply touch Heart, Lungs, Liver, Spleen, Stomach, Intestines, and Kidneys.
If you are already in Love with Thai Massage and you are curious and interested in the sharp precision and magic that comes from the osteopathic lineage… this training might be for you.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Massage has its roots in the northeast of India 2500 years ago. It all started in the times of Siddhartha Gautama and century after century Buddhist monks have preserved and developed this art in Buddhist monasteries. Thai massage is a meditation in motion, a holistic, mindful dance that brings relaxation, joy and happiness to both the giver and receiver.
A Thai Massage course is always a spiritual experience that combines meditation, yoga and the practice of loving-kindness. A communion between two human beings, a co-created dance of mindful touch and presence.
The way we move, the way we breathe, the way we contact and connect, the way we hold space and allow healing to happen… this is the ancient art of Thai Yoga Massage.
Osteopathy is based on a crystal clear vision of Anatomy, Physiology and body mechanics… and aims to bring back vitality and mobility in the areas where it is most needed. Through our ability to listen and touch our patients with softness and precision, tapping into our unlimited curiosity, we can help restore balance and create a platform where healing can unfold.
We are excited and enthusiastic to share effective osteopathic methods such as Reciprocal Tension, Functional Exaggeration, Hoover, Inhibition, Recoil, Rebound, Pumping, GOT, etc
We will also provide a first introduction to the Cranial Field (Cranio-Sacral therapy) and osteopathic treatment of the organs (kidneys, mesentery, liver, spleen, heart… )
Join us for a full moon cycle on the most beautiful Greek beach, right on the Aegean Sea, surrounded by incredibly powerful nature.
Located on the northeast side of Evia, close to the village of Prokopi and on the road to Pili, facing the Sporades Islands of the Aegean Sea.
The beach is pure with unspoiled natural beauty. It is sandy and the bed is pebbly, with crystal clear turquoise waters. The slope above the beach offers a view of the green landscape filled with Platanus, pine and olive trees.
Vlachiá is 1h30m away from Chalkida, Evia’s capital and a 2h30m drive from downtown Athens.
This course is residential and the price includes three delicious meals a day, accommodation, all classes and a manual.
- Personal tent or Van 2500€
- Glamping 2800€
- Shared double room 3200€
At the end of the course you will receive an international diploma as Thai Yoga Masseur from the prestigious Sunshine Network.
For this course, you need prior experience in Thai Massage, the more the better. At least one 10-day course in Thai Massage and a year of giving treatments.
- Fill out the application form and we will let you know as soon as possible if you are accepted into the course.
- To reserve your spot make a deposit of 500€.
*️ Deposit is not refundable. If for any reason the course can´t be held, you would receive a full refund of your deposit.
A family trip to India, back in 2005, started it all. I dropped my career as a radio sports journalist and together with my brother Wari and my sister Mireia launched the Omshanti Yoga Studio (2006) and, later on, the Barcelona Yoga Conference (2011).
The path has been filled with Yoga, AcroYoga and soon enough Thai Massage showed up and stole my heart. For the last decade I have traveled around the globe sharing this art, inspired by teachers of the Sunshine Network. Laurino Bertelli, and his dedication to Vipassana meditation, the visionary OsteoThai founders David Lutt & Arno L’Hermitte, and the Sangha spirit, generosity and joy from Takis and Kerys at the Sunshine House Greece.
After graduating from a 5-year Osteopathy program at SICO (Switzerland), under the mentorship of Phillipe Druelle, the mission is crystal clear… to create a global platform, the Thai Massage Academy, and dive deep into this magical fusion between Thai Yoga Massage and Osteopathy.
Passionate for bodywork and everything that allows the body to express it self.
My journey began in 2002 with studies that include: Breema, Thai Yoga Massage, Circus arts, Watsu, Indigenous Medicine and Spa Therapies. I started to teaching Hatha Yoga in 2005 and after some years AcroYoga came into my life allowing me to ingrate everything that I have studied into one practice.
For the last 10 years I have dedicated myself to sharing worldwide my passion of bringing people together through this practice of joy, playfulness and loving touch with the intention of reaching all the communities that have the desire to play, connect and FLY!
Vangelis Varis was born in Athens, Greece, and the last 17 years he lives in the island of Evia with his family. He was introduced to the oriental arts through Tai Chi and Yoga, after that it was easy to flow with the beauty of Thai Yoga massage.
At the Sunshine House he met his first, and very special teacher and mentor, (Krishna)Takis, who has been a strong influence since 2009. Many other amazing teachers came on his way and shaped his practice. Other techniques that have greatly influenced him are OsteoThai, Chi Nei Chang, Craniosacral therapy, Lomi-Lomi massage.
Since 2016, deeply inspired by the scientific western approach of Osteopathy, he has completed the 5 year program at SICO (Swiss International College of Osteopathy), which has provided him with a unique touch in his treatments and further on, his teaching at his own seminars.
Vangelis seeks healing through massage and music sounds. To achieve it, he attends polyphony and dancing classes and is also a musician- he loves percussion, while his latest passion is santur, thus indulging into greek-eastern traditional melodies and rhythms, along with the music bands “Fistiki Saloni” and “Eziak”
Itzhak Helman is a trained as a Thai massage teacher since 1997, he is an authorized teacher of The Sunshine Network. Over the last 20 years, he has been practicing Thai yoga massage together with developing is own independent method combining: vipassana meditation, yoga and Thai massage as one unit.
His main inspiration is based on the Eastern philosophy of his teacher Asokananda as well as other great masters like Piched and Chaiyuth. From 2001- 2005 Itzhak made Auroville Universal Township in India as his home, there he was engaged in Therapy work at the Quiet Healing Center together with teaching students from all over the world.
Currently, Itzhak is based in Thailand Chiang Mai giving courses at the Sunshine Massage School and around the world. Itzhak is known for his passionate and honest way of teaching.
My name is Valerie Imbach . Movement, dance and the human body in its various forms of expression have always been a great passion in my life.
During my training as a movement pedagogue and therapist in Basel from 2005 to 2008, I came into contact with yoga for the first time and was immediately fascinated and deeply touched by this powerful and subtle, holistic art of healing.
I spent most of the following years in India, where, in the company of various teachers (OP Tiwari, Surrinder Singh, Ajay Kumar, Radhanath Swami) I had the opportunity to delve deeply into the world of yoga and its diverse aspects.
Back in Europe I did my first teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga (200h TT), followed by an Advanced Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga (+ 300h ATT) with Stephen Thomas , who has since been one of my greatest inspirations and the most important companion on my yoga path – especially also as a yoga teacher – has become.
In addition, there was further training in Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer (+ 50h TT) and a deepening in Hatha Yoga and Pranayama with Stephen Thomas (+ 100h) in Airyoga, Zurich.
I have been teaching yoga in Basel regularly since 2010. Currently at B.Yoga Basel , Meyohouse Basel and Unisport Basel. My journey and experience in bodywork was and is deeply shaped by my work as a manual therapist.
First in classic massage, later in Thai massage , since 2019 as a craniosacral therapist and in summer 2021 I completed my five-year training in osteopathy ( SICO ).
My journey started with a knee injury in martial arts, a chicken knee and my curiosity to understand anatomy!
From there the path took me from the Judo mat to my Yoga mat and into a lifelong inquiry into medicine and holistic health. I studied physiotherapy and worked as a physiotherapist in a hospital and soon opened my own practice in Vienna, where I give manual treatments up to this day.
When Thai Massage came into my life in 2016, it opened a door to my heart and I felt I found the holistic bodywork practice and community I had internally been searching for. Also in 2016, I started studying Osteopathy and I believe that bringing together the precision and clarity of Osteopathy and the mindfulness of Thai Yoga Massage is a magical cocktail. Sharing my knowledge and enthusiasm for these holistic healing approaches fills me with joy.
I completed my 5-year study of Osteopathy at WSO (Vienna) and am currently in my Master’s degree program.
I am fascinated by the body’s inherent capacity to heal and deeply inspired by osteopathic philosophy and the way our bodies speak to us if we learn how to listen.
Oliver Chamorro is a certified physiotherapist who has been teaching Thai Massage since 2007, feels like an eternal student. Dedicated to bringing his teaching techniques from his other studies such as Cranio Sacral Therapy, Chinese Medicine, Yoga and Osteopathy. For him, Thai massage is meditation, dance and healing.
Along this path, the passion for Thai massage has been growing thanks to teachers such as Dayalu, Laurino Bertell, David Lutt, KrishnaTakis.
He graduated from Jörg Schürpf and David Lutt’s Master OsteoThai.
He is currently studying 2 years of Osteopathy and gives therapies in Granada.
Oliver has a passionate teaching style and cultivates joy in training him.
“Life is constant movement, go where your heart takes you.”
I´m an Osteopath in training, AcroYoga teacher, Yoga teacher (BYV), bodyworker (Thai Yoga Massage) and clown based in Berlin. I studied dramatics and communication science in Berlin and Buenos Aires. Besides teaching AcroYoga and Yoga I am working as am co-organizing the German Kula Celebration – a yearly AcroYoga festival.
I love to connect with people of all ages – from kids to grandparents – because I learn so much about life, health and the abundant practice of Yoga and AcroYoga by observing and serving the different needs and skills of each single being.
To watch people exploring trust, growing in their spectrum of movements and expression, deepening connections, inviting letting go and rediscovering playfulness means a world to me and makes me happy.
Thierry Bienfaisant is an international Thai Yoga Massage teacher recognized by Thai Healling Alliance. He has been teaching for 10 years in Belgium, in many European countries and in Thailand, at the famous Sunshine Massage School.
Osteopathic student at the Swiss School of Osteopathy (SICO) and invests in a Post Graduate osteopathy program in France.
From 2007 Thierry meets the first steps of the osteothai in Chiang Mai who transforms and inspires his practice.
His organic student path in osteothai with Davi Lutt such as a practitioner, assistant and teacher, is rooted respectfully in Eastern traditions and osteopathic approaches.
For nearly 20 years, this meeting with the art of Thai Yoga Massage, and this path of transformation, bathed in Vedic tradition and traditional Chinese medicine, infuses inspires his enthusiasm during the sessions and teachings.
Thierry is also a graduate of Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine, massage therapist at Sydney’s Nature Care College.
Originally trained in physiotherapy and Osteopathy in France and England, I have been studying, practicing and teaching Thai Massage for about 20 years.
The path took me at the door of precious teachers in Northern Thailand, particularly Arjan Chayuth , Arjarn Pitchett and the unforgettable experience assisting Asokananda in the Lahu village for about a decade.
While running my own clinic of Physio and Osteopathy in Tahiti in 2000, I was in charge of pro-athlets , rowers with massive bodies. i decided to put them on the floor and start to integrate Eastern and Western approach and create the Osteothai.
In 2007, I had the vision of the Thai Massage Circus and together with friends, we built the dream. After years of amazing gathering in Lao, the Thai Massage Principles presented in the circus (as the essence of the practice) are nowadays fondation for many schools around the world.
I’ ve been very lucky to teach in all continents and 20 different countries and fortunate to meet extraordinary people on my way. When not teaching, I share my time between Europe and beautiful Bali.
I want to live in a world where strangers from different cultures can become friends through the joy of playfulness. Seeing people shift their beliefs about themselves, each other and the world is what motivates me. I am forever amazed at how a first AcroYoga flight can dissolve barriers of language and country, or how one improvement on a handstand can invigorate new possibilities of strength, balance, and progress.
Annie graduated in physiotherapy from McGill University in Canada and in osteopathy from the College of Osteopathic Studies of Montreal. In addition, she has taken courses in postural rehabilitation, neurology, lymphatic drainage and energy care, which allows her to further adapt her care.
She has practiced for more than 20 years in Switzerland and Canada with people suffering from different pathologies. She now practices as an independent osteopath in Crissier and Villars-le-Terroir.
Her professional training and experience allow her to work with babies, children, pregnant women, adults, athletes and the elderly, using an approach adapted to the needs of the person.
Since childhood, my real heroes in the world were these half naked dreadlocked guys that could sit for hours in total stillness.
Growing up in a spiritually poor society, it is mother earth and her woods and rivers that became my only teacher and worshiped master for many years. In the need of answers to the mysteries of life, meditation and Martial Art, later Yoga became my daily companions. In 1998 I learned physiotherapy to open the door for Osteopathy in 2002. Since 2007 I’ve worked in my own office with related professions.
Teaching Yoga and Reconstructive Constellation Work completed my hands-on quest for the fundamental principles behind the physical manifestations of life. In the last decade the SICO (Swiss International College of Osteopathy), other groups of practitioners, Yogis and laypersons offered me multiple opportunities to teach.
Sharing and spreading insights about the essence of what we are, is a great fulfilment. I’m very grateful for this possibility.
I love food, and feel it has to be delicious and fun while still being good for you. It has the capacity to heal body, mind, and spirit. I am always learning new things, and I especially love learning from wise mamas from around the world.
I started this food journey as a member of the collective Troo Food Liberation, and then cooking for retreats, internationally, in 2010. I also teach vegan cooking classes, as well as raw food preparations. Our food choices can change the world!
Hello! during the years I have learnt about organic and natural farming, permaculture, soil biology and things like that. I am into the food cycle, from before the seed, to after the poop, and everything in between!
Food gardens and forests are my goal, focusing on both our and the soil’s health. With your help, my intention is to leave Evia and any other place we set foot on, better than we found it, with baby trees included. I know you like that idea too, so meet you there!
ARRIVAL | September 14th
Our first official meeting will be at 7 pm for dinner. Feel free to come anytime during the day.
DEPARTURE | October 11th after lunch
We will organize rides to the Prokopi Bus Station throughout the afternoon.
Address & Contact
Evia 34004 Greece
Located on the northeast side of Evia, close to Prokopi, on the road to Pili, facing the Sporades Islands of the Aegean Sea. The beach is pure with unspoiled natural beauty. It is sandy and the bed is pebbly, with crystal clear turquoise waters. The slope above the beach offers a view of the green landscape filled with Platanus, pine, and olive trees.
Vlachiá is 1h30m away from Chalkida, Evia’s capital and a 2h30m drive from downtown Athens.
How to arrive
- Coming by air: The best choice for arrival is Athens International Airport. From there you can take the X93 Intercity bus to the KTEL Bus Station in Liosion (it’s a 30-minute ride).
- Driving: If you are driving you can come directly to Vlachiá beach anytime. Google maps
- Bus from Liosion: Take the bus to Chalkida Evia (it’s a one hour ride).
- Bus from the Island of Evia: In the capital Chalkida, you need to take one last bus to the village of Prokopi (it’s another one hour ride).
We will arrange a pick up for you in Prokopi, and drive you all the last 30 minutes of the journey until Vlachiá Beach
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