WEBWIRE – Wednesday, March 16, 2011– The Integrative Healing Society will be holding a two-week Thai massage training program in the beautiful Northern city of Chiang Mai, Thailand, from May 19 through June 4, 2011. The course will include 60 hours of education and will give participants all the necessary information and training experience they need to be able to give a complete Thai massage.

While Thai massage is a unique form of therapeutic bodywork in its own right, the Northern style of Thai massage incorporates many yoga-like stretches into its sequences. The assisted stretches that are fundamental to Thai massage make for a truly invigorating and healing experience. Termed by some as “lazy man’s yoga,” Thai massage allows the therapist to work on the patient, in such a way, that the patient gets many of the health benefits that they would if they were to do an active form of yoga.

Another important component of Thai massage is the way in which it works with acupressure-like stimulation. While Thai massage is a more broad and flowing form of meridian therapy than most forms of acupressure, its techniques have many overlaps with some of the Chinese acupressure methods. The Chinese systems tend to emphasize applying pressure at a limited number of key points; however, Thai massage stimulates the entire length of the major meridians.

“Acupressure as practiced in the Chinese styles tends to zero in on target areas of concern and points that will specifically address symptoms. The Thai massage methods are a more systematic approach in that they address the whole energetic structure of the anatomy. These two systems are a great compliment to one another,” commented James Spears, founder of the Integrative Healing Society.

For massage therapists that have an interest in acupressure, tuina, shiatsu or yoga, Thai massage is a system that offers a dynamic approach to these other methods. Its techniques allow for a comprehensive integration of the large body of Asian massage and bodywork methods.

In addition to offering massage tours to Thailand, the Integrative Healing Society also organizes trips to China for students and professionals to learn acupressure, tuina, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture. Most of its tours are approved for continuing education credits, and they also work with schools and colleges to help them organize study abroad programs to Asia.

For additional information about this event, visit www.ihsociety.com