Asian Modalities Certificate Program

Asian Modalities Certificate Program

Students of the Asian Modalities Certificate Program will learn how to perform two types of Asian bodywork, shiatsu from Japan and Thai massage from Thailand, which are based on balancing energetic systems of the body.

To give students a solid foundation of knowledge to support the hands-on skills learned, the history of these modalities are presented, along with traditional Chinese medicine, including Qi, Yin Yang theory, Five Element theory, channels (meridians), tsubo, as well as principles of traditional Thai medicine.

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Students learn the benefits, indications, contraindications, and assessments for shiatsu and Thai massage. In our Shiatsu and Thai massage training programs, students will also learn proper application of palming, finger and thumbing techniques, elbow and forearm techniques, stretching, joint mobilization, and foot techniques with the use of effective and efficient body mechanics.

Warm-up, centering, and focusing methods are emphasized as well as postural awareness. At the completion of the class, students are able to perform 60 minute traditional shiatsu and Thai massage treatments on a mat on the floor.

Both written and hands-on evaluation will be used to assess students for complete understanding of techniques prior to receipt of the Shiatsu and Thai massage certification.

Yin Yang Theory
Western Massage Therapy

The addition of these modalities makes practitioners more versatile, enriching the menu of services bodywork practitioners offer their clients. For example, some clients will be drawn to the centering and grounding aspects of shiatsu and Thai massage. Others may prefer how the stretching makes their bodies feel. Yet others may like that no lubricants are used and that they remain fully clothed instead being draped by a sheet. This versatility can help develop a stable client base by giving clients options in addition to Western massage therapy.

Requisites: This course is open to licensed or certified massage therapists, licensed healthcare professionals or massage and healthcare students only. Shiatsu and Thai Massage are performed on mats on the ground. There is significantly greater physical demand on the body of the practitioner than traditional table-work including spending time kneeling, bending, lifting, squatting, sitting on the buttocks, and using the feet and toes.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for massage therapy continuing education in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

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100 Hour Complete Program
On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $3750

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60 Hour Shiatsu and TCM Only
On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $2250

60 Hours Shiatsu & TCM - Enroll Now!

40 Hour Thai Massage Only
On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $1500

40 Hours Thai Massage - Enroll Now!

To reserve your space in the course, please click the corresponding enroll now button and pay the initial deposit for your desired course.

Please be sure your state board of massage therapy will accept NCBTMB approved continuing education units for license renewal prior to enrolling in this course.

Program Dates

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: May 14th – June 3rd, 2023

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): May 14th – May 26th, 2023

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): May 24th – June 3rd, 2023

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: November 26th- December 16th, 2023

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): November 26th – December 8th, 2023

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): December 6th – December 16th, 2023

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: May 19th – June 8th, 2024

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): May 19th – May 31st, 2024

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): May 29th – June 8th, 2024

100 Hour Asian Modalities Certificate Program: November 24th- December 14th, 2024

Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine Only (60 hours): November 24th – December 6th, 2024

Thai Massage Only (40 hours): December 4th – December 14th, 2024

What’s Included with the Asian Modalities Certificate Program?

  • 100 NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Units (60 units – Shiatsu & Traditional Chinese Medicine + 40 units – Thai Massage)
    • Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy NCBTMB Approved Provider Number: 1020
  • Accommodations in our Oasis Villas – fully appointed bungalows with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Airport Pickup and Dropoff
  • Text book and use of all classroom facilities (tables, linens, lubricant etc.)

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Meals – all accommodations come with fully equipped kitchens, and there are several local grocers including an organic market all within 5 minutes


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

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