Certification in Traditional Thai Massage and Ayurveda - Florida School of Massage

Certification in Traditional Thai Massage and Ayurveda


Certification in Traditional Thai Massage and Ayurveda

Ariela Grodner

Workshop Price: See below for pricing information

All of the courses offered are NCBTMB approved and Florida approved for continuing education for LMTs and Acupuncture.

Certification Description

This premiere, 108 Hour interactive experience is one that will both inspire and heal you. Emphasizing the art of being a witness and compassionate, healing touch, we will explore the core movements, stances, hand techniques and rooted breath awareness necessary for a strong foundation in the Thai Massage practice.

This advanced training in Thai Massage and Ayurveda will be offered in six consecutive months throughout the year. One weekend a month will specialize in a different aspect of the art.

  • Thai 1: Introduction to Thai Massage
  • Thai 2:Expanding Vocabulary
  • Thai 3: Advanced Poses
  • Thai 4: Energy Lines & Ayurvedic Applications
  • Thai 5: Advanced Sideline
  • Thai 6: Thai Massage on the Table

While it takes more than a weekend to truly develop a strong foundation and to honor the intricacies of the art, one may begin at any time during the 6 month period and attend as many or as little sessions at will. It is easiest to begin with Thai 1: Introduction to Thai Massage, but starting at any level has its specialty. Many students with a prior massage practice begin with Thai 1 or Thai 6.

Each weekend training is 18 hours, 9:00 a.m. to 6: 00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and is located at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, FL.

This certification is approved by the Florida and National Board of Massage.

In level 1, a strong foundation is cultivated with proper body mechanics, breath awareness and the development of applicable mental disciplines. You will learn the basic 1-hour sequence.

In level 2, you will build on the foundation learned in level 1 and add many detailed variations to each exercise. You will also add the sideline sequence, offering additional angles to work with and increase your knowledge to enabling you to work more specifically and individually.

In level 3, you will share in a more dynamic weekend of advanced poses that will accommodate more flexible or advanced yogis and athletes. You will develop skills in working with the upper body, which the traditional sequence doesn’t accommodate.

In level 4, you dive into an Ayurvedic and energetic application. You will gain understanding so that you can cultivate intuition and deepen your awareness of what you are doing. You will learn marmas (points), lines (meridians), Doshas (constitutions), pulses and more. Level 4 is what brings the deepening of all aspects of the work together.

In level 5, you will learn a dynamic sideline sequence that utilizes the use of the feet and the ability to differentiate the lines within them. Sideline can be used during pregnancy and is also so dynamic that it is practical for the more athletic recipients. You can give very deep and precise pressure without tiring and can save your hands.

In level 6, you will learn to bring the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage, including customized yoga, profound relaxation, and energy work, to the comfort of your massage table.Thai Yoga Massage on a table expands your business to a whole new clientele while helping to take even better care of your body.

Please bring loose comfortable clothes that you can stretch in. A full-size memory foam, thin futon or a padded blanket to be used as a Thai Massage mat. Snacks and Lunch (optional: we often bring food to share and have a picnic together). There will be a corner of the room used as an altar for sacred objects to help create beautiful space and to give you something all charged up to take home. (crystals, drums, flutes, art, flowers, cloth….)

Class will begin promptly at 9:00 A.M. both days, please be on time. 

Upcoming Program Dates

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*One may begin at any phase.*

Please see Bodhi Sanga website or Workshops page for more information on upcoming programs.


$1350 if registering for all six levels in advance (book included).

$1500 for students that are able to commit to attending all six classes within 1 year from the first class taken (book not included). This option allows the students to pay $250 for each individual class.

$300 if registering for each class individually (book not included).

Current FSM students are discounted 30% only while in the program. For a detailed course description for each level please visit ‘course descriptions’ to register online for one or all the classes click HERE. At the end of completing all 6 levels you will receive a certificate of completion.

Contact Ariela if you have any questions or need support in seeing if this program is right for you.

About the Instructor

Ariela began her teaching career in 1992 in the south of India educating prisoners and tribal villagers in the benefits and practice of Shivananda Yoga.  Then she spent many years cultivating the Buddhist meditation technique known as Vipassana.  Later in following her Tao she discovered the joys of improvisational contact dance. After graduating from FSM she discovered Thai Massage the perfect fusion of these techniques and practices. She is a certified Lotus Palm Practitioner (as taught by Kam Thye Chow) and has taught Thai Massage at the Florida School of Massage since 2004.