Thai Herbal Intensive Workshop, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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3 days, 20 hours - Friday, Sept 28 to Sunday, Sept 30 (9 am to 5 pm) - Chapel Hill, NC, USA - $545 - In this workshop we learn to mix and prepare fresh and dry herbs and rhizomes, and we practice giving and receiving Thai herbal treatments within the context of massage and bodywork sessions.. Each participant returns home with a supply of herbs and compresses for future practice. The workshop is open to massage therapists, bodyworkers, spa therapists, alternative healers, couples and friends. No previous experience in herbalism is required. All materials are included in registration fee.

At: Apsara Studio, Sept 28-30, 2018, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Address: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Cost: $545 (Deposit 200.00 per person)


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Cost: $545, includes all materials and herbs for take-home. To reserve a spot, make payment in full, or make a deposit of $200 to hold your place.


Luk pra kob (Thai herbal compress therapy) is a very important element of the healing traditions of Thailand. Fresh and dry Thai herbs and roots are mixed, wrapped into compresses, steamed, and then applied to the body. Unfortunately, many herbal compress courses are rudimentary, and do not provide adequate training for advanced application techniques and mixing and preparing of herbs. This course is different. We will mix and prepare compresses using Thai medicinal herbs and materials that are available in our region, and we will learn ways to extend herbal benefits to clients after they receive a treatment.

This workshop is for beginners as well as those who have previously studied herbal compresses. The basic schedule is as follows: Day 1: Opening ceremonies; Introduction to basic herbs used in Thai massage; Review of healing properties, preparing, mixing and steaming herbs for compresses; Basic application techniques; How to warm energy lines (sen) and blocked areas before working on them. Day 2: Integrating compresses into Thai massage sessions; Variations in application techniques; Practice giving and receiving. Day 3: Handling the steamer efficiently; Herbal compress recipes; Preparation of herbal bath infusions and herbal teas;  Advanced application techniques; One-on-one supervised practice; Closing ceremonies.

This is a unique opportunity to study closely with the teacher, and to work in an intimate setting with a small group of people. Samples of herbs, materials and compresses are available to students so they may continue practicing as soon as they return home.

This exciting 3-day workshop takes place at the teacher’s private studio on 5 acres in scenic Chapel Hill, North Carolina, easily accessible by car and plane to RDU Airport. Shared accommodations and shuttle transportation are available for out-of-town guests. Optional evening activities will be planned.

For more information or to reserve your space in this workshop, contact Bob:  - tel: 919-932-9700


NOTE: Optional day for advanced training, Monday, October 1 - Those who take the main course may add an extra day of giving and receiving, and learning advanced techniques for stretching, compression, line work, pregnancy, and specific client conditions. To join the add-on day, simply register for the main course, and let the teacher know that you plan to stay for the fourth day. There is a $65 fee for the advanced practice and extra day, and it is payable in person when you arrive for the main course.


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