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TBP Certification teaches you a foundational repertoire of traditional Thai techniques informed by a modern understanding of trigger point therapy. Recognized as an approved modality by ABMP and the state of IL.
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TBP – Certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner
This is our basic level Thai bodywork certification that can be earned by fulfilling a set of requirements consisting of coursework, testing, documented practice and private work with instructors. TBP certification establishes that the student has achieved a professional standard of practice.
There are several ways to pay for the TBP program – please see our tuition page for details.
The TBP 220-hour professional program ensures that practitioners are adequately trained in a thorough repertoire of techniques, understand basic anatomy and trigger point therapy, and have the skills they need to be successful. TBP Certification serves as the foundation and prepares students for our advanced classes including the Coaching the Body Practitioner Certification (CTBP). CTB classes may also be taken by students who have not yet finished TBP Certification.
In Illinois, TBP certification allows the practitioner to practice Thai massage legally in the state. Each state determines the legal status of Thai bodywork independently. For more information, please visit our legal status page.
If you have questions, we would love to talk to you! Please use the button below to schedule a phone session to discuss the Thai Bodywork certification programs with an admissions counselor.
Requirements for TBP Certification (220 hours)
|Level 1: Thai Massage Fundamentals||20||$490|
|Functional Anatomy for Thai Massage & Yoga (Online & In Person)||24||$690|
|Clinical Thai Bodywork (CTB) Fundamentals (Online course)||8||$149|
|HandsFree Level 1||20||$490|
|Therapeutic Thai Bodywork: Lower Body||20||$490|
|Therapeutic Thai Bodywork: Upper Body||20||$490|
|Repertoire A: Technique Repertoire for the Lower Body||20||$490|
|Repertoire B: Technique Repertoire for the Upper Body||20||$490|
|Integrating the Thai Bodywork Practice||20||$490|
|Herbal Compress & Other Therapeutic Tools||20||$490|
|Student Sessions (12 sessions)*||18|
|Certificate Testing Fee||$295|
|2 sessions received from TBI instructors||$220-280|
|3 mentoring sessions given to TBI instructors||$480|
*For student clinic sessions at Thai Bodywork, students earn $20 per session plus tips. For a processing fee, out-of-town students may make special arrangements with Thai Bodywork to satisfy this requirement.
**Required sessions are paid for separately at current instructor rates. These are typical rates at Thai Bodywork and may vary — rates in other cities may be different.
Note: These courses can be taken with any Certified Thai Bodywork Instructor (TBI) with current certification for that particular course. They cannot be substituted with hours taken at other schools.
30 Documented Practice Sessions
Students may begin documenting sessions at any time during their training. It is useful to begin documenting your sessions as early as possible because documenting what you do will really help to tune what you are doing in your sessions. You will most likely notice that your documentation changes over time and this is fine. If you already have a way of documenting sessions you are welcome to use whatever form you are already using. If not, here is a link to our recommended form. Many therapists find this form useful for follow up sessions with their clients and continue using it after certification.
2 Sessions Received from Instructors
Certification students are required to receive at least 2 sessions from Thai Bodywork Instructors and Clinical Apprentices. Sessions are generally booked at the instructors’ normal session rate. Sessions received at any time before or during certification may count toward the certification requirement.
3 Mentoring Sessions Given to Thai Bodywork Instructors (TBI)
Certification students are required to complete at least three mentoring sessions with Thai Bodywork instructors. At least one of the mentoring sessions must be with the student’s primary instructor or Chuck Duff. Mentoring is a key part of the training experience, and provides the student with extremely valuable one-on-one feedback.
Mentoring is a very valuable apprentice-style interaction that allows the student to refine their technique, understand session design and to ask questions and identify areas of growth. We recommend that the first mentoring session be done early in the student’s studies (any time after Level 1).
TBP Certification students are required to complete at least 12 student sessions. These consist of working on clients and getting feedback from clients and instructors.The sessions may be performed at the Thai Bodywork clinic, in which case the student earns a commission on each session.
The practical exams are to be scheduled when all other coursework has been completed, including additional requirements. The practical exam consists of a 90-minute Thai session given to an instructor. TBP certification candidates are expected to be able to design a coherent 90-minute session that combines general work with clinical techniques for common specific complaints.
Planning Your Certification
Our TBP Certification can be done as your schedule and finances permit. Please see our Financial Planning page for a range of financial options that we provide to help students pay for their education. We encourage prospective certification students to speak with an admissions counselor so they can fully understand the options available to them.