Thai Massage CE Retreat

Jul 22, 2022

Jul 24, 2022

9:00 am To 3:00 pm

136 Emily Ln, Brasstown, NC 28902, USA



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Event Description


Thai massage training takes place between 9am – 6pm each day. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated by nature, uplifted by our community and inspired by this wonderful practice.

This is a beginner-friendly, all levels welcome 22CE event for licensed massage therapists. All Thai massage techniques are taught on a cushioned mat on the floor, requiring participants to sit, kneel and move around on the floor to complete the class. Each training day will start with a Thai Yoga self-care practice that will get us warmed up and ready to move.

Instructor Charlene Gaffney has been a licensed massage therapist for 21+ years and has over 18 years of teaching experience in both entry-level and continuing education environments. She is a registered instructor with the Thai Healing Alliance International, a Certified Massage and Bodywork Educator with the AFMTE and the founder/curriculum specialist for Elevate Massage Training. She has studied Thai massage and ashiatsu extensively with many reputable teachers in the US and Thailand and has led annual Thailand Study Tours for LMTs since 2016.


Continental breakfast with gluten free options and fruit will be available each morning at 8:15am along with fresh water, hot coffee, tea, and light, healthy snacks throughout the day. A Thai-style lunch created by Chef Jeff will be served in a communal setting daily around 1pm on the screened-in porch and will include a different type of curry each day, stir-fried vegetables and rice. Continental breakfast and lunch ARE included with tuition.

For dinner you have the option to dine next door at The Crown, a farm to table, gluten free restaurant OR choose to spend some time on your own. Dinner is not included with tuition.


Brasstown is a charming, unincorporated community in Western North Carolina and is a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. If you are traveling in from out of town then we highly recommend arriving a few days early and/or staying a few days after the retreat to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. Check out this link for more information about things to do in the area and a few options for lodging. Lodging is not included with tuition.


Tuition includes :

  • All three days of Thai massage training on the mat, a course manual and use of all necessary supplies for completing the course (prerequisite : Licensed Massage Therapist – you will be asked to provide your license number and state when you register)

  • 22CE credits approved by the NCTMB #451520-10 Course Titles : Thai Massage Bend & Twist, Herbal Compress for Face, Neck and Shoulders, Instructor Charlene Gaffney

  • Continental breakfast and lunch every day

  • 10% off dinner (not including alcoholic beverages) at the restaurant next door.

Class size is consciously limited to 14 participants.

Our first two events filled up early with a waitlist.


Charlene Gaffney

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Thai Massage

Thai massage works the relaxing effects of massage, the stretching of yoga, and the spiritual wellness of energy work into one session. The modality is more physically dynamic than a typical massage. Sessions are performed on a floor mat with the client fully clothed. The practitioner helps the client through yoga-based, assisted stretches while pressing on energy and pressure points along the body. Because of it’s similarity to yoga, some people refer to Thai massage as “Thai yoga massage” as well.

Along with teaching the modality as a whole, Thai massage training can teach you how to improve your flow with better sequencing, incorporate the classic Thai herbal balls or start using your bare feet as tools. You can also learn how to adapt Thai techniques for table massage or work with special circumstances like pregnancy and disabilities.