Thai Yoga Bodywork Certification

Oct 31, 2020

Dec 13, 2020

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Online Webinar




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Event Description

Learn Thai Yoga Bodywork in the comfort of your own home…This training is the same as the live ‘Hand’s On’ training but this one will be live using the Zoom Webinar format. Participants will still be able to attend a future ‘Hands on’ course for no extra charge. The at home option does provide CE’s and is approved by NCBTMB. You can choose to work with a practice partner or just watch the presentation and practice at a later date. More info about the Webinar format including FAQ’s at:

This training prepares one in all the skills necessary to offer a complete and safe full body Thai massage. In three weekends you can get certified as a Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner, while learning three hours of relaxing and therapeutic Thai Massage techniques. These can then be combined in various ways to create individualized treatments for your friends, family and/or clients. You can choose to take single days, a weekend or the first two weekends to learn the full two hour ‘foundational flow.’ Add in the final weekend for therapeutic applications and certification*.

With a strong emphasis on proper body dynamics and how to use leverage, you will learn how to effortlessly apply pressure to sore muscles, energy lines & trigger points as well as learn how to bring your partner through a series of assisted yoga stretches to open, relax and rejuvenate your clients. The Therapeutic weekend will focus on the more creative and advanced Thai Massage techniques. In addition, you will learn how to apply PNF techniques into the stretches to target and release specific muscles with ease. We will look at how to treat various conditions such as sciatic pain, tight hamstrings, and low back pain. We will also learn techniques to easily release the Psoas, the QL and how to bring the hips into balance.

This training has been refined for over a decade to offer all students the ability to master these skills in a short amount of time. After completing the course, all dedicated practitioners should be able to offer a profoundly healing and delightful treatment.

Each day you will learn a new thirty minute routine focusing on a specific body area in a specific position, ultimately resulting in over three hours of techniques. Courses can be taken individually or you can sign up for the full training at a discount. This is a wonderful way to complement the massage or yoga that you are currently offering and provide yourself with a new skill and income stream. You will receive a detailed guidebook with pictures and descriptions to aid in your ongoing practice. The entire course is recorded and available to stream on your computer. Upon completion, you will be given free online access to the entire training so you can review it any time.

Previous massage and/or yoga studies are recommended but not required. This work is dynamic and does require some strength and dexterity.


10/31: Supine Position

11/1: Side Lying Position

11/7: Prone, Child’s & Seated Position

11/8: Double Leg Stretches & Energy Work

12/12: Therapeutic Stretches 1

12/13: Therapeutic Stretches 2

10:00-5:00pm Each Day

* *For certification, you will need to complete all six days and also complete 10 practice sessions, including 1 session with a LMT…


Michael Sitzer



About the Instructor

      Michael has been exploring and sharing exceptional bodywork for over two decades... Starting his professional career in 1999 with a ten year immersion at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA, he became a senior therapist in their Healing Arts department as well as a core faculty member of their School of Massage.  He is professionally trained in Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Clinical Massage, Kripalu Bodywork, Traditional Thai Massage, Breema Bodywork, Positional Release Therapy and Yoga Therapy. His signature session is in ‘Thai Yoga Bodywork,’ which blends all these modalities into a creative and therapeutic healing art. He has literally given thousands of treatments and continues to offer massage sessions part time, while devoting more time to teaching and being with his family.
    Michael began his studies of Thai Massage in 1998 with an intensive offered by Ananda Apfelbaum at the Omega Institute. He then journeyed to Thailand to meet her teacher, master Pichest Boonthume. Michael has returned to Thailand over ten times to further his practice and to lead several  'Thai Massage Study Abroad Adventure Tours'. Michael has also worked closely with Kam Thye Chow for over 15 years.
   After leaving Kripalu in 2010, Michael relocated to Asheville to teach ‘Clinical Massage’ at AB Tech College and began offering continuing education courses.  Michael has developed a complete Thai Yoga Bodywork certification training including a manual, a DVD & an online video course which has been presented at Kripalu Center and across the country beginning in 2000. He is an approved continuing education (CE) provider, accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB # 451645-11). He also holds a N.C. massage license (#10273).
   Michael is well known and respected for his heart centered approach to his treatments, his workshops and his life. Michael's passion for therapeutic touch and inspirational teaching motivates him to continue to share this work around the world...

Registration Details


$115 per day or $545 for all six days (36 CE’s)

NCBTMB approved for 6 CE’s per day

To avoid Eventbrite fees, I also accept payments by check or Venmo:For Venmo use: Michael Sitzer -1 (make sure you see a picture of my face) For checks use:Michael Sitzer, 14 Lookout Rd,Asheville, NC 28804

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