The Costa Rica School of Massage Therapy is the Premier Study Abroad program in
the World for Massage Therapy Certification. Committed to excellence,
and maintaining the tradition of massage as an art form; the education at CRSMT
balances the sciences of the human body, the artistic techniques of massage and
bodywork, modern business strategies, and holistic lifestyle principles. An underlying
acknowledgment and celebration of the human spirit creates personal and spiritual
depth to the program.
CRSMT also recognizes and respects the ancient history and essential artistic element
of massage therapy and keeps it firmly categorized as a “healing art”. They create a
strong and deep foundation by teaching many and varied techniques while
developing and honing critical thinking skills.
CRSMT promotes the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” philosophy and include holistic
lifestyle principles in our curriculum. Students learn a balanced and healthy approach
to lifestyle and self-care practices through the study of a holistic wellness model that
includes nutrition, movement therapies, and fitness. Students are encouraged and
given tools to develop and implement their own self-care regimens with the goal of
career fulfillment and longevity.
"Paired with McKenzie's masterful technique,
her calming energy allows an excellent space for full body and mind rejuvenation.
Whether I am looking for relief from everyday stress
or need some more aggressive bodywork done (I highly recommend the Thai :D)
she is attentive to the details my body needs.
Her flexible schedule and ability to work around my hectic life
means I can keep up with myself!"
- Merritt R.
THAI MASSAGE TRAINING
Students of the Asian Modalities Certificate Program learn
how to perform two types of Asian bodywork:
shiatsu (from Japan) and Thai Massage (from Thailand).
These styles 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.
Students learn the benefits, indications, contraindications, and
assessments for shiatsu and Thai massage. They 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.