Category Archives: Thai Yoga Massage

Thai Foot Reflexology & Massage

In this course, students will learn how to perform a 60-min. Traditional Thai Foot Reflexology Sequence. A step-by-step workbook demonstrates how to stimulate over 60 Reflex Zones using Thumb Slides, Flat Knuckle Slides as well as a re-usable Wooden Reflexology Tool.

Date: 1 day – Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 4:30PM. CMTBC / BCRPA Credits: 7.0

Limited time offer – special reduced on-line Tuition Fee ONLY $270 (incl taxex) SAVE $25 OFF the regular Tuition Fee of $295 (incl tax) when reserving your space online by Fri. Sept. 30th!!

Tuition inludes: Workbook, Wooden Reflexology Tool + Taxes. Available for a limited time only, so don’t miss out!

Course location: “Alchemy & Elixir Health Group & Wellness Centre” Suite #320 – 1026 Davie St., Van., BC

Taught by Sharon Brown Horton Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner

Call Sharon now! (604) 773-2645 Or visit www.BanyanThaiMassage.com  to register for this course and to see more about our upcoming Thai Massage Course Schedule for 2011-2012

Banyan Thai Massage Evening Workshop

Learn how to do Thai Massage on a partner! Give the gift of massage to someone you care about!

In this fun and informative workshop I will guide you through mini sequences ofThai Massage. This is the perfect workshop for beginners! At the end of the workshop, you will know how to perform:

  • Stress-busting neck & shoulder massage
  • Tension relief massage for back
  • Gentle stretches for hips, legs, back, chest and shoulders

Workshop duration: 2 hours.

-No massage experience required -Everyone will have an opportunity to both receive and to give Thai Massage!

-Handouts with pictures will be proviced. I know you will love this workshop! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely, Sharon Brown-Horton, Thai Massage Practitioner

Reservations/Inquiries contact Sharon directly at 604.773.2645

www.BanyanThaiMassage.net

Date: Thursday, September 15th 6:30 – 8:30PM at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group at 320-1026 Davie St.

Introduction to Partner Thai Yoga Massage

Evening Course taught by Sharon Brown-Horton

Learn how to give your partner the gift of relaxation with Thai Yoga Massage. This healing method of body work dates back over 2,500 years and helps to relax tense muscles, while gentle stretches to help re-align the body. Instructor of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Sharon Brown-Horton will guide each partner through 5 easy to follow Thai Yoga Massage techniques. Each person will have an opportunity to both practice and receive. Get ready to have fun! Please bring: 1-pillow and 1-blanket per person and a partner to practice on.

Sharon Brown-Horton is the owner of Banyan Thai Massage at the “Alchemy & Elixir Wellness Centre; she has a background in Kinesiology and studies in Traditional European and Asian-based Spa Therapies. She has accumulated extensive training directly in Thailand with Masters of Traditional Thai Massage. As a Health & Wellness expert and Teacher of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Sharon has been featured at numerous Wellness Conferences & events throughout North America and Japan, in addition to acting as a resort Wellness & Yoga Instructor at Anse Chastenet, St. Lucia. She is pleased to bring the authenticity of this ancient body work to Canada.

DATE: Tuesday March 29, 2011

TIME:6 to 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group #320- 1026 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC

COST: $10 (cash) at the door. Space is limited: Pre-registration is required For more information and to register, call Sharon directly at 604.773.2645 or email: sharon_brownhorton@hotmail.com or Website: www.BanyanThaiMassage.net

Handouts will be included in this seminar.

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage ~ Christmas Sale Only $45 (taxes incl.)

A Regular retail value of $85+ taxes for ONLY $ 45 including taxes…until December 24, 2010.

Our Christmas Blitz Certificates Include:

A great way to relax and rejuvenate, Traditional Thai Massage is the perfect way to escape during a fun, yet hectic holiday time! Treat yourself, or give away as a gift! Our Holiday Blitz Massage Certificates are a great way to say “I care”.

Available until Dec. 24th, 2010 only at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group in Vancouver! Some restrictions apply. To purchase gift certificates, for reservations and more information call Sharon Brown Horton at 604.773.2645. To View More of our Services / Pre-Christmas Blitz Certificates online with PayPal www.BanyanThaiMassage.net

Thai Foot Reflexology Massage -Certification Course

“Thai Foot Reflexology Massage” ~ ITM Chiang Mai Method / 8 training time hours / 8 CMTBC CEU’s

Learn how to perform an Authentic Thai Foot Reflexology service that your clients will love. This 60 – 75 minute sequence can be performed with the client on a massage table or in a chair (as done in Thailand!). Your step-by-step guidebook will keep you on the right track as you put your new skills to work without delay! Certificates will be issued upon course completion.

Foot Reflexology is an ancient form of Chinese Massage. It has been used for more than 3,000 years. In this course, students will learn how to perform a 60-minute Thai Foot Reflexology and lower leg Massage that incorporates the use of a wooden tool to stimulate fifty-eight reflexology points on the feet directly linked to the bodys internal organs. This method is combined with thirty-one cream-based massage techniques using hands, palms and fingers to relax lower leg muscles as well as the foot and to stimulate blood and lymph circulation.

Pre-requisite: None / No previous massage experience required – for both general interest and professional continuing education hours.

This course is useful for: All Private/Personal Trainers who work with clients in Pilates, Resistance Training, Yoga and Massage Practitioners of all types.

Banyan Thai Massage is proud to meet the exacting standards as set by the College of Massage Therapist of BC (CMTBC) as well as the BC Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA). All courses we teach offer the Massage, Spa and Fitness Professional the Continuing Educational Credits they need for Membership Renewal each year. Educational Credits: 8 CMTBC CEUs and 8 BCPRA CECs.

Date: 2 Tuesdays: July 27 & Aug 3, 2010

Time: 12 PM – 4:30 PM both days

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group & Wellness Centre: # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1M3

Course Cost: $295 (includes gst & course materials). Credit Card payments are accepted.

Space is limited. Pre registration and prepayment required.

Course Instructor Sharon Brown Horton. For additional information contact: phone 604.773.2645

For on-line registration and more information visit: www.BanyanThaiMassage.com

Traditional Thai Massage Certification Course – Level 1

“Traditional Thai Massage – Level 1” ~ ITM Chiang Mai Method (24.0 teaching hours)

~ Taught by Sharon Brown Horton

In the first segment of the Traditional Thai Massage Level 1 program, students learn the concept of initiating ‘energy’ movement through the body. Meridiens, main energy lines, pressure points and various manifestations of the body’s physical, psychological and spiritual balance are all introduced. Additional emphasis in this massage is placed on deeply focused abdominal work.

Upon completion of this course, students will learn a total of 63-massage based techniques, combined with Thai Yoga Stretch positions. Applying these same techniques, students and will be able to perform a complete 60-min. massage on a client in the supine and sitting positions.

Course Materials: Students will be provided with the workbook “Nuad Bo Rarn” Ancient Massage of Thailand (Northern Style); ITM International Training Massage School, by Chongkol & Atchara Setthakorn.

Method of practice: This course will follow the ITM School of Chiang Mai, Thailand teaching methods and uses the same course materials.

Students will have the opportunity to both practice and receive Thai Massage by fellow students.

Pre-requisite: None / No previous massage experience required – for both general interest and professional continuing education hours.

This course is useful for: All Private/Personal Trainers who work with clients in Pilates, Resistance Training, Yoga and Massage Practitioners of all types.

Banyan Thai Massage is proud to meet the exacting standards as set by the College of Massage Therapist of BC (CMTBC) as well as the BC Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA). All courses we teach offer the Massage, Spa and Fitness Professional the Continuing Educational Credits they need for Membership Renewal each year.  Educational Credits: 24 CMTBC CEU’s and 24 BCPRA CEC’s.


Dates: 4-Thursdays; July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM each day * space is limited. Pre-registration is required to reserve your spot.

Location: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group: # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1M3Course Cost: $495 (includes gst & course materials). Credit Card payments are accepted

Course Instructor: Sharon Brown Horton -for additional information contact: 604.773.2645

On-Line registration is available and for more information visit: www.BanyanThaiMassage.com

The History of Traditional Thai Massage

~ written by Sharon Brown Horton, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group in Vancouver, BC.

Originating over 2,500 years ago, Thai Massage is one of the worlds most ancient healing modalities which embraces the philosophy and practical expression of loving kindness. With its roots in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine, it made its way in the early years of development to Southeast Asia. For centuries, it was performed by monks in the temples, called Wats, as one of four elements of indigenous Thai Medicine.

The Benefits

Traditional Thai Massage incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching and rhythmic compression to create a singular healing experience. As a result, this form of holistic body work harmonizes the body, relaxes tense muscles, increases energy, helps to re-align the body, relieves stress and promotes a peaceful mind.

The Method

Different from Western Massage methods, Thai Massage uses assisted yoga Asanas to open the joints and relieve the tension in surrounding muscles, which allows prana, chi, or healing energy to move more freely throughout the body. Not surprisingly, it is often referred to as the lazy mans yoga! Thai Massage allows the receiver to experience a deepening of the Asana (yoga posture) through a deep and gentle assistance, opening the joints without the resistance created when using their own power. The use of gentle rocking, thumb pressure and rhythmic compression helps the body to be prepared for stretches, so that the recipient feels invited to receive the stretch and the defense reactions of muscles tightening up are not triggered.

What to expect from your Thai Massage

Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the floor and the client typically wears light, loose fitting clothing no oils are used. Not only are the hands used to free tension from the body, but Thai Massage Practitioners also use elbows, forearms and feet for interactive manipulation. Massage sessions can last from one hour, up to 2 hours or more. The treatment style is slow, deliberate, gentle, non-invasive and suitable for even the most fragile person. After a thorough health history review, the Thai Massage session is customized to suit the current needs of the body, mind and spirit.

Your Thai Massage Practitioner at the Alchemy & Elixir Health Group & Wellness Centre

Over several years, Sharon Brown-Horton trained in Chiang Mai as well as Phi Phi Island inThailand. She holds her Thai Massage Certificates in Advanced Therapies, Sen Lines, Reflexology, as well as Traditional Thai Massage Affiliate Instructor with ITM of Chiang Mai ~ a school that is recognized with the Canadian Massage Therapy Association of BC . Currently, she offers her Thai Yoga Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology services at the Alchemy & Elixir Health Group and Wellness Centre and teaches certification classes in Thai Yoga Massage (contact Sharon directly for her upcoming availability and certification class dates). With a background in Kinesiology and Health & Fitness, Sharon has been a nominee for the prestigious “YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the category of Health & Wellness. With a background in Dance, Kinesiology and Spa Therapies, she has been a trainer, teacher and yoga practitioner for over 25 years and has been guest speaker at numerous events throughout North America, as well as St. Lucia and Tokyo. Her practice of Thai Yoga Massage facilitates and promotes a harmonious state of being. This ancient healing work strives to remove obstacles on the path toward The Four Divine States of Mind: Loving Kindness, Vicarious Joy, Compassion and Equanimity.

~ “It is a privilege to touch a person and become a conduit for sacred healing energy and I am honoured to be able to offer this Yoga-based healing to my clients. I truly believe that the practice of Traditional Thai Massage has greatly enhanced my life and I look forward to sharing its benefits with my clients at the “Alchemy & Elixir Wellness Centre for many years to come. Sharon Brown-Horton