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Traditional Thai Massage

Basic Training Level I & II
50 Hour Certification Intensive

This Seven Day Certification Intensive Course is equivalent to the two week Basic Training offered at The Institute of Thai Massage, Chiang Mai, Thailand.


In this enjoyable, thorough training you will learn:

  • Unique, front, back, side-lying and seated sequences for full-body massage;
  • Versatile techniques for using feet and knees, forearms and elbows, as well as hands;
  • Proper use of full-body, leveraged weight, and body dynamics that increase your poise and flexibility;
  • Awareness practices that promote your own well-being.

This course is suitable for both personal and professional interest - no prerequisites necessary.

Students completing course will receive diploma as Certified Traditional Thai Massage Practitioner, completing Basic Training Levels I & II, issued in association with ITM, Thailand.

This Intensive is a complete and authentic transmission of the ancient lineage of Nuad Bo-Rarn, Ancient Thai Massage, Northern Style. The course covers all material and instruction learned in Basic Training Levels I & II, as taught by ITM, Thailand. Students completing course will be fully trained & qualified to provide complete full body massage with client in the four basic traditional positions (client back, front, side-lying, and seated).

Thai Massage's extraordinary benefits to the receiver are world renowned. But just as importantly, and extraordinarily, Thai Massage benefits both giver and receiver.

For the practitioner, Thai Massage cultivates meditativeness, and can begin or deepen one's own spiritual practice. It promotes strength, balance, poise and energy awareness. It can improve posture and breathing through more conscious carriage of the body. It can awaken and increase intuition.

Thai Massage can re-orient whole use of one's body with enhanced body dynamics and the use of core, "hara", center of gravity power, used in martial arts.

The spiritual heritage of Thai Massage embodies a dedication to serenity, kindness, compassion, peace, patience, joy and happiness - increasingly important qualities in today's world. Its dedicated practitioners can find these qualities both infusing their own lives as well as being imparted to their "patients".

Next Training Courses


Thai Massage 50 Hour
Certification Intensive Workshops

For Upcoming 2018 Workshops
Open for Enrollment:

Please call the Center at 415-499-0480
or email for updated schedule
or to special request dates.


The Center for Thai Massage
Beautiful Lucas Valley, San Rafael, CA


$2450 Residential Course Tuition
$750 Deposit (Non-Refundable) to Register


Residential Week Includes:

  • Lodging in lovely private retreat setting.
  • Delicious organic meals with semi-vegetarian, vegetarian or vegan meal options.
  • Talks, demonstration and instruction of all massage moves by Kimberly.
  • Review time - allows students valuable time to both relax and review, watching video of ITM founder Chongkol Settakorn, Thai lineage master, perform the moves also.
  • Practice time - students exchange both giving and receiving all of the moves of the massage.
  • Study and Practice Manual with diagrams and text with complete notes covering all moves of Training Levels I and I, with room for additional notes if desired.
  • 2½ Hour Practice Video with use at home reviewing all of the key moves of the course.
  • Morning Exercise - including Yoga, hiking, and sessions on movement therapy, self-massage and breathwork.
  • Talks on important related topics - Thai culture, Buddhist philosophy, meditation, energy awareness and wholistic healing.
  • Professional Practice Session - this important session provides thorough details, practical support and recommendations, from supplies and resource referrals, to setting up new or enhancing existing practice; and advice for successful marketing and promotion.
  • Visit to the Thai Buddhist Temple in Berkeley, CA, for an experience of the culture of Thailand and Buddhism, and wonderful home-cooked Thai brunch feast for the start of the course, opening day.
  • Give and receive a 2 hour Graduation Thai Massage on the final day of class. Everyone successfully completes this part just by following along with Kimberly as she leads a massage and instructs; students are amazed at how much they have learned in this full week!
  • Beautiful Diploma suitable for framing, as "Certified Traditional Thai Massage Practitioner", issued in association with ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Students join in a beautiful simple graduation ceremony inspired by Thai Buddhist tradition, symbolizing the transmission of the ancient lineage being passed on to the new practitioners.

Course Size Limited to Four Students for Optimal Learning & Individualized Instruction.

For Registration & Information and to be put on Notification List,
Please Contact:
The Center for Thai Massage,
Phone: (415) 499-0480

Please Note for All Emails:
To assist in having your email recognized as legitimate, please be sure to include the word "Thai" in your subject line. Otherwise, your email may not be recognized and responded to.


How to Register for the Course

If you would like to register, or have further questions, please contact the Center:

Phone: (415) 499-0480

Payments may be made by check or money order; payments are also accepted via PayPal online or credit card, with a small additional surcharge applied to credit payments. Deposits and payments are not refundable, unless the course is cancelled. Students are asked to send in their deposits asap as indication of commitment to the course dates.

When a minimum of two students have registered and deposits have been received, course dates will be confirmed by phone and a registration packet with full details of what to wear and bring, etc. will be e-mailed or faxed. You will also be sent two forms, a registration form and a dietary survey to fill out and return before the course.

About The Center...

The course is set in a beautiful Thai inspired private home and retreat Center in magical Lucas Valley, Marin County, in Northern California. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of rolling open space hills and trails, a myriad of wild birds visit by day; coyotes and owls by night.

The Center invites guests into a beautiful courtyard garden with bamboo and flowers. With it's open design, sunlight streaming in, and floor to ceiling glass walls viewing nature and gardens, it evokes the simple beauty of traditional open style homes of the East.

A welcoming open island kitchen invites all to cook and eat together. The large main room provides comfortable floor futons and cushions for massage practice by day, which convert into Thai style floor beds at night. The surrounding splendour of wild hills and open space invite students to walk and enjoy the outdoors.

Visitors find the Center a dedicated and inspiring space for serenity, contemplation, upliftment and healing.

This Unique Residential Retreat Offers...

The Thai are a sociable people, and live in extended families, so for one week - students too, will be an extended family. Guests enjoy the Center's healing dog, Saki. Dogs are a welcome part of the homes and temples of Thailand, and so Saki carries on that tradition.

Cooking and eating delicious, fresh, vibrant food is an integral part of Thai culture and is a vital part of the course, as is taking time to chop, prepare and enjoy meals together family style in the kitchen. Nurturing soups and delicious foods cook on the stove, and wonderful smells emanate throughout the house. There is time for lots of tea and snack breaks in addition to hearty main meals, and relaxing outside can be enjoyed almost all year round.

Full days of Thai massage, frequent walks outdoors in the fresh air, and quiet nature proximity contribute to restful sleep at night.

Students have the unique opportunity to spend the week in an atmosphere of healthful living, offering a special occasion for personal rejuvenation and renewal. Students experience first hand the power of sacred space, energy awareness skills, delicious spa cuisine, and more. Students enjoy a diverse variety of morning exercise, from Yoga, movement and breathing exercises to refreshing outdoor walks.

Student testimonials acclaim the entire week, including the delicious organic cuisine - inspires them to healthier living overall.

Giving and receiving Thai massage all day is in and of itself extraordinary therapy - both a workout to give, and blissful to receive, so expect to take your experience of being in your body to a whole new level.

The week begins with a visit to a wonderful local Thai Buddhist Temple for a memorable, authentic experience of Thai Buddhist culture and fantastic homecooked Thai brunch. Throughout the week, students watch informative videos of the culture and massage masters of Thailand, and Kimberly shares personal stories of the people and country.

The week concludes with a simple but beautiful Buddhist ceremony that conveys the spirit of transmission of this ancient lineage. Students receive and perform a graduating two hour Thai massage on each other - and all are amazed and thrilled with what ease they succeed. By simply following along with Kimberly, without notes, they realize how much they have learned in this intensive week - they have provided a complete and authentic treatment that their patients loved. Students are completely prepared to succeed in this art - and now it is up to them to practice, practice and practice!


Typical Class Day Schedule
(But is flexible and adjusted per class needs)

7:00 - 8:00

Morning Yoga, Walk or Exercise

8:00 - 9:00

Breakfast Break

9:00 - 12:00

Morning Session

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch Break

1:00 - 3:00

Afternoon Session

3:00 - 3:30

Afternoon Break

3:30 - 6:00

Afternoon Session

6:00 - 7:30

Dinner Break


Evening Walks, Relaxing, Massage Practice, Massage Video Re-viewing


To register for the course, deposits are necessary to reserve your space, and registration packet is sent out prior to course with details of what to wear and bring and directions. Travel information is provided for students from out of area to assist in making travel plans easier and enjoyable.

The Center for Thai Massage, San Rafael, is celebrating its 20th year as the first training facility exclusively for Thai Massage in Northern California, and offers Residential 50 Hour Certification Intensives throughout the year. Students enjoy personalized, intimate and optimum "Thai Family Style" learning.

Please contact Kimberly if you would like to host a Thai Workshop in your area. She is happy to travel in the U.S or abroad to teach, for as the ancient Pali dedication to Thai Massage prays, "May this healing medicine encircle the world".

Please join us for a wonderful, healthful and life-changing week!
Sawasdee ka!

Kimberly Call, C.C.H.T, C.M.T, H.H.C.
Certified Instructor, I.T.M., Chiang Mai, Thailand
Founder, Instructor, Center for Thai Massage, San Rafael, CA

Traveling to the Center

About the San Francisco Bay Area:

The Center is in Lucas Valley, northernmost San Rafael, off of the Lucas Valley exit, Highway 101. San Rafael is about 20 minutes north of San Francisco, over the Golden Gate Bridge, in beautiful Marin County. Marin County is famous for its rolling hills, charming towns, scenic vistas and coastlines, Highway One along the ocean, the primeval redwood forests of Muir Woods, and Mt. Tamalpais. Long considered to be the number one favorite tourist destination in the U.S., the San Francisco Bay Area features great natural beauty and appeals to diverse interests. If you'd like to book extra time before or after your course to further enjoy the area, Kimberly is happy to make suggestions for travelers to make the most of their visit.

Travel Logistics:

(Below Travel Information Updated 6-12)

From San Francisco Airport:

From the Center, San Francisco and Oakland Airports are about the same distance away, but connections are a little more frequent and lower cost from SF. It's about 1½ hr transit either way. Options:

  1. Door to Door Shuttle - "Marin Door to Door" (415-457-2717) shuttle van service from SF to the Center, cost is $47. They ask for reservations to be booked with them by noon of the day before. Driving time to/from either airport is approximately 1½ hours, depending upon traffic.
  2. Bus and then cab - "Marin Airporter", regularly scheduled bus, 7 days, runs from SFO to San Rafael Bus Depot, from 5am - midnight, every half hour, cost - $22. Transit time, about 1 hr 15 minutes. Cabs are waiting at depot, about $20 to the Center, 10 min drive away.

From Oakland Airport:

  1. "Marin Door to Door" - (415-457-2717) cost is $50, takes about 1½ hrs, door to door. Reserve by noon the day before.
  2. "Sonoma County Airport Express" - (707-837-8700) bus departures from Oakland Airport to San Rafael Depot run from 5:15am - 9:15pm, every 2 hours. Fare $26, takes about 1½ hrs to San Rafael Depot, then take waiting cab, about $20 to the Center, 10 min drive away.

Class Schedule:

Class starts 10:00am Sunday morning. We meet at the Thai Buddhist Temple in Berkeley in the East Bay, for a wonderful experience of the Thai culture and delicious homecooked Thai brunch. You can either arrive at the Center by 9:30am and carpool to the Temple, or meet at the Temple.

Class ends at approximately 3:00-3:30pm Saturday. By special prior arrangement only, it is possible for a student to arrive a little later or leave a little earlier and still complete course requirements, if travel plans necessitate that.

It is a special delight to serve those coming from out of the area and we will do whatever we can to accommodate your special needs. Please call if you need further assistance to make your travel plans, The Center for Thai Massage at 415-499-0480.

Delicious Natural Foods Cuisine,
One of the Special Features of the Week

Students acclaim the meals as one of the best parts of the week, both inspired and inspiring. The three meals each day are abundant, gourmet, natural foods delights. Meals are all prepared with fresh, highest quality organic foods and deluxe ingredients, and reflect wonderful offerings of California cuisine, international favorites, raw and living foods; with omnivore, vegitarian and vegan options. Kimberly is a legendary 30 year gourmet natural foods chef, and students will be invited to join family style in the preparation of meals.

Sample Menus


  • "The Ultimate" Homemade Pizza piled high with select seasonal vegetables - eggplant, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, leeks, and greens, mozzarella and feta cheeses, olives, Tossed Greens Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Roasted Free-Range Chicken with fresh picked rosemary from the garden, Baked Potatoes with chopped garden fresh herbs, Steamed Broccoli with Asiago Cheese, Baby Greens Salad with homemade Cherry Vinaigrette
  • Asian Fusion Stir Fry, farm fresh vegetables with Sauteed Tofu and Teriaki Glaze, served with Basmati Rice
  • Pasta Puttanesca - Linguini with Zinfandel Marinara, and Sauteed Tempeh, Baked Shallot Bread and Spring Greens Salad with Italian Dressing
  • Mediterranean Garden Vegetables Ratatouille over Grilled Polenta, with Romaine Caesar Salad
  • Thai Home Style Green Coconut Curry, with Potato, Pea, Cauliflower and other Seasonal Vegetables, Tofu and fresh Thai garden herbs, served with Jasmine Rice


  • Soups: Homemade Potato Leek Chowder, Carrot and Ginger Soup, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup, Cream of Spinach Soup
  • Sandwiches: Avocado, Tomato and Feta Sandwich on Sourdough, Tuna, Pecan and Celery Salad on Sprouted Wheat, Grilled Portobella and Eggplant on Focaccia
  • Salads: Creative combinations of favorite greens, seasonal vegetables and assorted dressings and garnishes.

Breakfasts are Make Your Own from Delicious Selections:

  • Fresh Seasonal Fruits and Yogurt
  • Assorted Breakfast Breads and Bagels
  • Granola and Hot Cereals
  • Free-Range Eggs Your Favorite Way

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