Thai Massage and Ashiatsu : Training Success in 5 Steps

Updated: Oct 28

This isn't just a weekend fling. These CE classes are intense.

I mean, it CAN BE just a weekend thing if we establish that boundary from the beginning of our friendship. You can certainly attend a single class, enjoy the time we spend together and earn your credits for licensure renewal. We won't hold your certificate of completion or ex-communicate you if we don't think you'll be coming back but there are a few things we want you to know about us. We believe that we know ourselves and our student's needs pretty well and we want you to be prepared for success. We here at Elevate Massage Training believe that there are Five Pillars that make up a dedicated study of Ashiatsu & Thai massage. If you might be interested in getting serious then please consider the following points. Even if you decided to study something else in more detail, these pillars will help you achieve success into any deep dive you might take into learning.

The Five Pillars of Training Success

1. A desire to learn, an openness to learning and becoming a teachable student. Learning is an artform. Learners must be present, alert, aware and receptive. Most preparation for learning actually happens OUTSIDE of the classroom with activities such as getting enough rest before, during and after training, organizing personal and professional life to accommodate for your absence and gathering all of the supplies needed to effectively participate in class. Once class starts it is important to be engaged in the learning process by taking notes, asking questions and interacting with other participants in a professional manner.

2. The maintenance of physical health and stamina. Yes, we are teaching you energy saving techniques however, Thai massage and ashiatsu are still physically demanding practices. A gentle stretch routine and some light strength training will help you, especially in the beginning as you learn. Eating fresh foods and drinking plenty of water before, during and after the training can help significantly to reduce the onset of fatigue and frustration during training.

3. Willingness to practice, make mistakes and accept feedback. Performing the recommended number of practice sessions for each class you take is the most important part of your training. Practice sessions are your opportunity to smooth out the application of your new techniques in preparation for offering them to paying customers. These paying customers may not always feel comfortable with giving you the feedback you need to make

your Thai massage and ashiatsu sessions as great as your current reputation. Practice on non-paying customers helps us to learn from our mistakes and makes those mistakes less of a burden on us professionally. We are our own worst critic and therefore, have to realize, that mistakes are inevitable and practice is ethical.

Read our blog post on how to properly conduct a practice session.

4. A sincere commitment to turning skills into practical experience. We train newly licensed massage therapists and seasoned practitioners and can tell you that there doesn’t seem to be an advantage in the Ashiatu and Thai massage classrooms when it comes to the length of time a student has been in the field practicing massage. Everyone starts their training on a level playing field. It’s up to you how quickly you want to move through the training and develop your skills. Once you’ve decided you are going to do it you’ve got to keep going. Make it a point to USE what you are learning immediately and plan to continue your training indefinitely.

5. An adequate support system – on both personal and professional levels. You’ve got to think things through before you start your training. Really take a look at the courses you want to take and map out a plan that can be realistically integrated into your personal

and professional schedule. Share your intentions with your friends, family, clients and colleagues who will help to hold you accountable and keep you excited about learning

When you dedicate yourself to study in this way you become fully absorbed with the learning and sharing of these modalities. You learn how to use your entire body and BEING, not just your hands (and brain), to deliver effective massage treatments without burning yourself out. Your chances for repetitive overuse injuries decreases and your stamina improves. Therefore, you are able to help more clients, make the money you need to meet your goals and enjoy being a massage therapist even more than ever before! The time flies by while you are engaged in the learning process and you soon realize that you’ve cultivated a new set of skills that make you feel like you’ve started your practice of massage therapy all over again, just like many of our students report.

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