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About Thai Bodywork School

8th Jan '16

Thai Bodywork School and Clinic

A World-Class Resource for Therapeutic Thai Massage Training

studio and sign fallThai Bodywork was founded by Chuck Duff in 2001 in Evanston, IL, when Chuck began offering Thai massage workshops in addition to his private practice. The school has grown steadily since that time, and now offers more than 30 workshops per year. Chuck’s focus on the therapeutic benefits of Thai massage led him to develop Clinical Thai Bodywork as a modality and he taught the first CTB course in 2005. Thai Bodywork is now the only school anywhere that offers not only a full repertoire of Thai massage techniques, but an in-depth understanding of the muscular effects of each technique along with professional training in trigger point therapy. Our students learn to treat specific pain complaints with a high rate of success using CTB, and we offer two levels of professional certification in coursework approved by NCBTMB for continuing education in massage.

“Truly the best and most enjoyable bodywork training I have attended. The DVD Series is a great complement to the training. Everyone I practice on comments ‘that was great'”

— Ecila, Level 1 Student

Our courses are primarily offered in intensive workshop format, and students may design their own path and schedule through the program. Anyone is welcome to attend our Level 1 training, with or without prior bodywork experience. Our school attracts students from many demographics, including yoga teachers who wish to gain an understanding of hands-on work, physical therapists looking for a more efficient way to deal with pain and dysfunction, massage therapists interested in an approach that involves reliable clinical benefit, movement and is kind to their bodies, individuals wanting to transition to a new career in the healing arts, personal trainers wishing to provide benefit to their clients with pain, and many more.

Differences between CTB and Traditional Thai Massage

Traditional Thai massage is often taught in a way that fosters imitation rather than understanding, leading to therapists who go through the motions without knowing why or what decisions they should be making for the benefit of the client. Techniques and tricks are useless unless the student is given a framework for deciding when and where to use them. Traditionally, anatomy education is weak or non-existent, and muscle knowledge is completely absent. Because we are training our students in trigger point therapy, our students have to understand how muscles function, pain referral patterns, how to shorten and lengthen them, and what specific techniques are useful to treat them. For these reasons, we differentiate what we do from Thai massage. We retain the energetic healing component that is such a key aspect of bodywork, but add clinical knowledge as another layer. We train our students in Clinical Thai Bodywork, which can be done in a more general manner to provide the relaxation benefits of Thai massage, but most importantly is an incredibly effective way to help people in pain.

Experience Clinical Thai Bodywork Sessions at the Thai Bodywork Clinic

Our clinic provides a range of treatment options for clients. We use the clinic as an important aspect of our training program, and our clinical certification apprentices work alongside instructors during their work toward CTB certification. We get very positive results with our approach, and have an expectation that we will be able to resolve pain issues in most cases with our most experienced therapists. Clients can choose student sessions with students completing our basic certification program, or two levels of clinical apprentice sessions with students completing advanced clinical certification, with or without instructors present. CTB2 apprentice sessions are booked directly with instructors, who lead the session in a teaching environment with apprentices, but may bring apprentices in to do some of the hands-on.
Studies have shown that over 80% of pain complaints presented at clinics are likely to be caused by muscular sources. Unfortunately, the medical system tends to interpret all pain as a symptom of an injury, and relies upon ineffective, side-effect-laden treatment approaches like drugs, steroid injections and surgery. CTB has a high rate of success with even very serious pain complaints.

“The therapist took the time to understand my pain & worked diligently to alleviate & improve it. Wonderful reduction in pain and increase in movement..”

— Carolyn, clinic client.

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