" B r i n g y o u r s u c c e s s , b r i n g y o u r h a p p i n e s s "
What is Ancient Thai Massage or NUAD BO-RARN?
Ancient Thai massage or Nuad Bo-Rarn finds its origins in Ayurvedic medicine and yoga from India. A complete Ancient Thai massage incorporates a combination of acupressure, energy meridian work, and assisted yoga-like stretching with the primary purpose of stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Ancient Thai massage does not use any oil, the client wears comfortable clothing that allows for movement, and treatment is given at ground level on a mattress.
H i s t o r y
We are a small family of highly trained and highly accomplished massage therapists. All of our teachers have real experience in the professional world of massage therapy, several at the highest level of spa service. After extensive careers abroad, our lead teachers returned to their native Thailand and, while still maintaining their healing work on clients, started to devote their passion for massage into teaching others. After managing the renowned Old Medicine Hospital for a number of years, we became frustrated by large class sizes and the beast of business, so in 2009 we decided to branch out and open SVG. Here we have the freedom to cap class sizes to a maximum of 7 students, ensuring quality instruction and promoting the intimate, tightknit, family experience that is fundamental to the learning environment that we work hard to create.
W h y S V G ?
Chiang Mai is awash with Thai massage parlors, some of them very good, some of them very bad. Similarly, Chiang Mai is home to many massage schools, each of them offering differing styles, learning environments and levels of quality. So, in this sea of choices, why choose SVG?
One of the titles for people in Thai language and culture is "Arjan", which in the context of massage translates to "Master". If we look at any art or skill, it is widely acknowledged that improvisation is the highest level of mastery (think of a jazz musician attempting to get on stage without having mastered their scales...disaster). Our Arjans have such a mastery of the fundamentals and such a wide breadth of experience to pull from that it is an absolute joy to watch them work. Both as a student and later as an assistant teacher, I have often found myself awed and smiling to see the way that they are able to react to the needs of students (or to the needs of clients in a massage treatment) to convey the knowledge (or healing) that was required. This is the sign of a true master, and a true teacher: the ability to seamlessly adapt to changing circumstances in order to fulfill needs, without compromising quality.
Recent winners of the the Excellent Massage of Lanna Awards at the 2014 Lanna Expo, SVG has created a truly unique style of this ancient art of healing. Through countless years of working in massage, our Masters have developed a style that is saturated with their experience and with the Northern Thai culture, known for its slow rhythm of life. SVG focuses on body movement and the flow of energy between the therapist and the client. As such, all of our postures seek to not only benefit the client, but also the therapist with increased energy flow. After all, what good is it to help increase the wellbeing of somebody else, if you are harming yourself in the process? We believe that the best results are attained for client and therapist alike through this balance of energy. The subtleties of SVG's treatment sets us apart from others. It's no coincidence that our Masters have been responsible for training the therapists of the world-renowned COMO Shambhala wellness spas for many years now.
All courses are free airport transfer ,daily vegetarian lunch, coffee/tea breaks, wifi, textbook, and certificate upon completion.
"FOR THE FIRST SEVEN (7) STUDENTS"
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Basic Thai Stretching Massage Course Level 1 & 2 for 10 days
Course fee: 9,500 BAHT (317 US DOLLAR)
Reservation now until 31 OCTOBER 2015Description:
An introduction to Thai massage. Curriculum is comprised of theory (introduction to sen sib lines, or the energy lines of the body), instruction on posture and techniques, trigger points, and stretching while the client is lying on their back. Special emphasis on use of bodyweight and energy flow.
A continuation of Level I. Increased theory and massage techniques while the client is lying on their side, stomach and sitting up.
Duration: 10 days, Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.00
P R O M O T I ON 2 0 1 5
"S H I V A G O P A C K A G E "
Apply 20 days or 120 hours Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Thai Stretching Massage Courses
Level 1, 2, 3 and 4
Course fee 25,000 BAHT (835 US DOLLAR)
Reservation now until 31 OCTOBER 2015
Duration: 20 days, Mon-Friday, 09.00-16.00
An introduction to Thai massage. Curriculum is comprised of theory (introduction to sen sib lines, or the energy lines of the body), instruction on posture and techniques, trigger points, and stretching while the client is lying on their back. Special emphasis on use of bodyweight and energy flow.A continuation of Level I. Increased theory and massage techniques while the client is lying on their side, stomach and sitting up.
Students learn how to evaluate and treat clients for specific ailing parts of the body. Curriculum includes more in-depth theory, general knowledge of anatomy and physiology, increased emphasis on trigger point work, and more advanced massage technique. Level III curriculum pertains to the lower half of the body: foot and ankle, calf and knee, and upper leg and hip.
A continuation of Level III. Students learn how to evaluate and treat clients for specific ailing parts of the body. Curriculum includes more in-depth theory, general knowledge of anatomy and physiology, increased emphasis on trigger point work, and more advanced massage technique. Level IV curriculum pertains to the upper half of the body: the lower back, upper back, shoulders, arms and hands, and neck and head.
T H A I - L A N N A H E R I T A G E M A S S A G E C O U R S E
Course fee 7,000 BAHT (235 US DOLLAR) for 5 days
Reservation now until 31 OCTOBER 2015
In celebration of SVG’s recent prize as the Excellent Massage of Thai-Lanna Awards at the 2014 Lanna Expo, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting a special Lanna Heritage Massage Workshop so that we might share our knowledge and style of massage with those who are interested.
The week-long workshop will have a special focus on SVG’s unique style of Lanna massage and will equip students with the knowledge to perform a full-body, 90 minute routine—comprised of an array of postures with the client laying on their back, side, stomach, and sitting up.
In addition to receiving world-class instruction on massage technique, students will also have the opportunity to experience the culture from which this wonderful mode of healing was born. Students will learn about (and eat!) delicious Northern Thai food, learn to speak (at least a little) of the language, and gain insight into some of the history of this rich culture.
In order to accommodate as many students as are interested, we will be hosting this special workshop on two different occasions:- Availability is limited to only 10 students per week, The cost is 7,000 baht. All classes are taught in English.
S V G ' S T H A I S P A P R O M O T I O N
* SPECIAL DISCOUNT 1,000 BAHT OFF / EACH THAI SPA COURSES
Reservation now until 31 OCTOBER 2015Oil Massage Course
A full-body, table massage. Instruction on techniques of effleurage, pettrisage, kneading, pulling, wringing, etc.
Course Fee: 10,000 Baht
Duration: 5 days, Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.00Deep Tissue Massage Course
A full-body, table massage. More advanced massage techniques combined with yoga-like stretching. High emphasis on body flow.
Course Fee: 13,000 Baht
Duration: 5 days, Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.00Hot River Stone Massage Course
A truly remarkable massage experience. Learn how to properly heat stones and safely use them as a complementary element in aiding with relaxation and healing.
Course Fee: 15,000 Baht
Duration: 5 days, Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.00
Thai Hot Hebal Compress Massages CourseSVG offers two courses for Hot Herbal Compress. The first option is the traditional style of "patting" application. The second option is SVG's signature rolling style which we believe is both more relaxing and more beneificial for the client and practitioner alike. Both courses include instruction on how to create herbal compress.
Course Fee: Traditional Style - 3,500 Baht
SVG Signature Style - 6,000 Baht
Duration: 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, 09.00-16.00
Facial and Body scrub Massage Course
A classic spa treatment promoting relaxation and skin health. Instruction on how to make and apply scrub.
Course Fee: 10,000 Baht
Duration: 5 day course, Mon-Fri, 09.00-16.00
Foot Massage Course
A routine of invigorating foot and lower leg massage techniques with cream and balm combined with foot reflexology points.
Course Fee: 3,500 Baht
Duration: 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, 09.00-16.00
Qi Gong Course
The Baduanjin qigong 八段錦 is one of the most common forms of Chinese qigong used as exercise. The Baduanjin is primarily designated as a form of medical qigong, meant to improve health.
Baduanjin can be translated as Eight Silk Weaving, the name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade ) to the body and its energy .
Course fee: 1,500 Baht
Durartion 5 hours, Monday - Friday: 7.30 - 8.30 am
Sacred Movements Course
Activity on the periphery. Absolute non-activity in the center. While practicing the movements, we intend to strengthen the watcher inside us, to keep our centre of gravity into the watcher. From the flow of movements, energies, emotions and thoughts to the one who sees them.
H i s t o r y
Sacred Movements take their roots in Dervishes Spins, Middle Asia Temple Dances and 4th Way Tradition.
Course fee: 2,000 Baht per person
Duration: 4 Hours, Saturday-Sunday: 9.00 - 11.00 am
Minimum: 2 persons per class
Our “Father Doctor Shivago”, the founder of the lineage of Thai medicine
The principal figure in Thai Medical Lore is Shivagakomarpaj or Shivago, claimed by Father Doctor as the founder of their healing tradition 2,500 years ago. In the Pali, Shivago’s biography begins when the urban council of Rajagaha, inspired by the charms of a courtesan in Vesali (India), petitions King Bimbisara to install a courtesan of their own. They hire Salavati, with her utmost beauty of complexion and clever dancing, singing and lute playing. This courtesan soon becomes pregnant, however. She delivers in secret, and discards her son in an old winnowing basket a trash heap, where he lies at the mercy of a flock of crows. The king’s son, Prince Abhaya, comes across the baby, and moved by compassion, takes him into his home and names him Shivaga (alive) komarpaj ( meaning “master of the medical science of the treatment of infants”).
When Shivago grows up, he runs away to Taxila, an important town in the Northwest, where he studied with an unnamed medical master for seven years. At the end of this period, he is tested by his teacher, who asks him to find something within a yojana (about nine miles) radius that is not medicinal. Shivago searches the area and proclaims that everything he sees is medicine, and thus passes the test and is given the blessing of his mentor. Shivago then sets out homeward, but along his way, he stops to heal a merchant’s wife, whose family rewards him with 16,000 in cash, two slaves, and a chariot, all of which he presents to his benefactor, Prince Abhaya, upon his return.
Back in Rajagaha and living in the royal palace, Shivago’s fame increases with each client he takes. The Mahavagga lists six patients in all. One of six patients, in the most dramatic passage of the biography, a merchant of Rajagaha is treated for a fatal disease of the head by trepanation, having made the householder, the merchant lie down on a couch, having strapped him to the couch, having cut open the skin of his head, having opened a suture in the skull, having drawn out two living creatures, showed them to the people.
However, the climax of the biography of Shivago is the sixth and final episode, a cure administered to the Buddha himself. Shivago is approached by the Buddha’s attendant, Ananda, who tells him that the Buddha has an affliction of the doshas of his body, and that he desires a purgative. Shivago first tells Ananda to lubricate, the Buddha’s body for several days (meaning ingest oils), after which a mild purgative of medicines mixed with white lotuses is administered nasally, causing the Buddha to purge twenty-nine times. After purgation, the patient bathes in hot water, purges a final thirtieth time, and is prescribed a liquid diet of juices until his body returns to normal.
Although the cures attributed to Shivago do not have much in common with Thai medicine today, Shivago is propitiated as the “Father Doctor of medicine”. The worship of Shivago involves aspects of orthodox Buddhist and popular religious practice and comprises a major part of the devotional life and identity of the traditional Thai healer.
S V G Family
Known affectionately as Master PP, he is the director and spiritual leader of SVG. After spending 30 years in the spa and resort management industry, Master. PP sought to apply his skills and affinity for serving others and promoting health through Thai massage. He has served as the managing director for the renowned Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, and is highly involved in promoting Thai culture. He works closely with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and was chosen by the Thai government to be the representative of Thai massage, cooking, boxing and other areas of Thai culture at international tradeshows all over the world. He holds certificates from both the Buddhist Organization and Religious Ministry of Thailand. He maintains a close relationship with Wat Sri Suphan Temple in Chiang Mai to promote massage, meditation, silversmith work, and provides foreigners with the opportunity to talk with monks. He also has a deep knowledge of Thai herbs and healing mantras. His highest hope is caring for humanity.
Master Aire is an unbelievable therapist and an even better teacher. She has a long history massage and herbal healing in her family, stretching back several generations. She has had a very impressive career working internationally as a massage specialist at top-tier spas, including COMO Shambala. She has an extremely wide breadth of knowledge and is a demanding instructor, but always equips students with the techniques and methods of achieving success.
One touch and you will know Master Song's hands are magic. It is the result of countless years of massage experience in healing others and perhaps something inexplicable as well. Like Master Aire, Master Song has had an impressive international career as a massage specialist working at the highest end spas and resorts. He often does special training courses for the therapists at COMO Shambala spa and resort. His light-hearted, fun and easy going nature make for a pleasant learning environment, but it's his knowledge and instruction that leave him second to none.
Having originally studied under the aforementioned instructors, Master Por was recognized for his skill as a massage therapist at a young age. He has worked for many years in the bustling massage industry in Chiang Mai and knows well how to bring relaxation and healing to clients. His vibrant energy and attention to detail make him a fantastic instructor.
Sister of Master Aire, Master Rose also shares a rich family history in the healing arts. She has spent many, many years in massage therapy and specializes in spa treatments such as body/face scrubs, oil massage, foot reflexology treatments, etc. Her joking personality and joy in her work make for a fun classroom environment.
You can see my story in the "About Me" tab. I serve as the SVG ambassador to the USA.
Ken is a kind-souled member of the SVG family with a background in language studies and English translation, he has worked as a consultant with Cirque du Soleil in Japan. A former student of SVG, Ken serves as the SVG ambassador to Japan.