VTCT Thai Yoga Massage

Tutor: Amy Ku Redler

Start date: To be confirmed.

Course length: 9 months

Venue: Sussex

Course Fees: £1195

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We are delighted to bring this VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Thai Massage course to our beautiful new Sussex venue for the first time, this Autumn 2020 with highly experienced tutor, Amy Ku Redler.

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art with its roots in yoga philosophy. It is based on a concept of energy lines (the ten ‘sen’) running through the body along which important acupressure points are located. The practitioner uses thumb, palm, elbow, knee & foot pressure along these lines and points, combined with applied yoga stretches to release blockages & stimulate the prana flow. The massage is intended as a physical application of loving kindness (‘Metta’ in the Pali language).

Thai Yoga Massage can help to balance the body’s energy system, increase flexibility & mobility, stimulate the internal organs, relieve muscular & joint tension, enhance circulation, release emotional distress, relieve fatigue & headaches, release tension & toxins. The course includes intensive practical and theoretical training, practice days and a written piece on Thai yoga massage.

Thai Yoga Massage

Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration. Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves from the strain and stress while carrying out body therapy.

This course is accredited by VTCT ,Vocational Training Charitable Trust.   www.VTCT.org.uk

Please follow this link for the full syllabus and course details.

Course Structure

Day 1 – ENERGY LINE SYSTEM & FEET: am – introduction to the background & theory of traditional Thai Yoga Massage & the energy line system.  PM – massaging the feet & ankle stretches

Day 2 – ENERGY LINES ON LEGS: am – palming & thumbing energy lines of inside/outside of leg.  PM – practice

Day 3 – SINGLE LEG STRETCHES: am – applied yoga stretches & acupressure on energy lines of leg pm – practice

Day 4 – DOUBLE LEG STRETCHES: am – applied yoga stretches & acupressure on legs, hips & back pm – practice

Day 5 – ABDOMEN, CHEST, ARMS & HANDS: am – energy lines & acupressure on abdomen, chest, arms, hands pm – practice

Day 6 – THE SIDE POSITIONS: am – acupressure points & energy lines on legs with patient lying on their side. Side & arm stretches & spinal twist pm – practice

Day 7 – QUESTIONS, REVIEW PRACTICE: am – questions, review & practice pm – contra indications & client care

Day 8 – BACK OF BODY: am – acupressure points & energy lines on back, back stretches pm – practice

Day 9 – SITTING POSITIONS: am arm & back stretches. Massaging head, neck & shoulders pm – practice

Day 10 – THE FACE: am – massage & acupressure points of the face. pm – guidelines to structuring whole body massage

Day 11 – THE TEN SEN & SPECIFIC THERAPIES: am – getting familiar with the Ten Sen lines (names, locations & therapeutic qualities). Comparison of different Eastern traditions pm – basic therapies to treat headache, knee & lower back pain.

Day 12 – PRACTICE & GUIDANCE: am – practice of whole body massage under supervision pm – preparing for case studies & examinations

Upon completion of the syllabus and prior to taking the examinations, students will be required to undertake and write up 30 case studies of full body massage.

You will be given three months after the course syllabus has been taught for you to complete your case studies.  Please see full course dates below.


Course Tutor

We are delighted that Amy Ku Redler has joined our teaching team.

In 1991, Amy trained in Thai Yoga Massage, and as part of her training she embarked on a one- month vipassana retreat in Thailand. After completing her teacher training, she set up the Metta College of Thai Yoga Massage in 1999.

Post training as Thai Yoga Massage Practioner & Teacher Amy went onto train as Yoga and Pilates Equipment teacher.  She also runs Mindfulness programmes for stress reduction and pain management and has just completed a Masters in Traditions of Yoga & Meditation at SOAS.

Amy has a real passion for working with people and a ‘hands on’ approach. 

Course Requirements

Massage Practitioners: This is a Level 3 postgraduate course for Practitioners.

Beginners: If you are a complete beginner, you will also need to study and attain a Level 3 qualification in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.  We are able to offer this to you at an incredibly competitive price of £300 inclusive.  OR you can sign up to our classroom-based learning course, please follow this link for course dates.  You will study the Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology, online through the course materials we give you, with homework being set and a supportive tutor available to answer your queries.

If you don’t already have one, you will also need to undertake an Emergency First aid course before the end of the training period.  We do run First aid courses a couple of times per year.  Please follow this link for course dates.

For all students:  You should wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in.  You should bring soft shoes/slippers or can work in bare feet. You should be of reasonably good health and not suffering from any current medical conditions which would hinder your ability to give and receive a treatment.  Please let us know if you have any medical conditions you feel we should be aware of.


“I attended the Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage in 2007 in Glasgow, taught by Amy Ku Redler. I was interested in TYM, as I had a background in Integrative Medicine and was interested in bringing more manual techniques into my practice. I had previously attended a 1 day introductory workshop with my partner, where Amy had taught us some basic principles and techniques. Our experience on this introductory day inspired us to continue our study further, on to the diploma course.
I was very impressed with the diploma course content and delivery. Amy is a natural teacher and communicator. There was a genuine feeling of coming together as a group and learning together. Course attendees came from a variety of differing backgrounds, which enhanced the educational component of this course.
We were taught how to give a 2 hour general balancing massage, as well as a variety of different local techniques for common presentations. Amy paced the lessons well, allowing all students time to digest the considerable volume of information and practical learning on offer. We learned how to study both the massage recipient and yourself, whilst giving a massage. We learned about the concept of Metta, along with a variety of useful techniques with respect to self-care for the practitioner.
The course culminated with both theory and practical examinations which, in keeping with the rest of the course, were administered in a relaxed, yet thorough manner. I left the course feeling confident that I had a good solid grounding in TYM theory and practice.
Amy really is a gifted teacher, who can integrate learnings from allied disciplines such as Yoga and Pilates, into this basic diploma course. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this course to anyone who is considering attending.” – Dr Robert Simpson.

“I completed the Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage, with Amy Ku Redler, in 2008.
This course was beautifully taught by Amy and I was very impressed with how clearly and succinctly she communicated the underpinning theory of this ancient practice. Her teaching was imbued with compassion, intuition and a peaceful sense of fun. Amy is a naturally gifted teacher – balanced, lighthearted and brimming with lots of authentic knowledge and practical experience. She has a wonderful capacity to situate traditional contemplative practices into the modern world, making the teaching accessible to a variety of different backgrounds. I wholeheartedly recommend this course for those interested in developing their knowledge and skills in Thai Yoga massage.” – Sharon Byrne, Integrative Psychologist

I gained so much from the Thai Yoga Massage training. It has helped me immensely as a yoga teacher and even in my day to day life with how I interact and work with others and myself. Amy is a great teacher, her knowledge is very vast on aspects of the physical and subtle body. She is incredibly passionate about healing – it is infectious!” –Bridget Stacey Luff – Yoga teacher

“Having never done anything like this before I found the uniqueness of Thai Yoga Massage both physically and mentally demanding but richly rewarding, as practitioner and client.
The course is set out in structured modules for easy learning, Amy’s enthusiasm and knowledge is infectious and she passes that on to her students. The course completes with a rewarding full body massage.
Having completed the course I have found my health and concentration improved.  I have had positive feedback from those who have had a massage
The only thing that can stop you enjoying this course is YOU !” – Terry Morgan Forensic Officer.

“The training with the College of Classical Massage is excellent and I found it very professional and thorough within a relaxed and calming environment. My friends were amazed at how much I learnt and the different techniques that I was using in such a short space of time. The training was invaluable and the tutors inspiring and it has definitely set the foundation for my career in massage, thank you.”  Jade Maloney

“Studying with Amy is a really transformative experience. The knowledge that she shares is precise and has application within a Thai massage practice of any level. I feel really blessed to have her as my teacher as she has holistically nurtured me to become the best masseuse I can be. I get excited for each session I have studying with Amy, because it always surpasses my expectation. Teaching is about about more than transference of knowledge, it is about empowering the student to strive for their best- and this is what Amy has done for me.” – Sarah Lynch

“I trained with Amy learning Thai Yoga Massage back in 2012 / 2013. It was an amazing course that introduced a lot of material ranging from mindfulness, healthy living, history as well as Thai Yoga Massage. Amy has a wealth of knowledge and her teaching style is very clear with plenty of demonstrations and opportunities to practice what is learned. I have also participated on the advanced Thai Footwork diploma which has added some delightful techniques to my repertoire. I would definitely recommend anyone who has an interest in this style of massage to train with Amy…. ” – Devjit Basu

“Practicing the techniques learned with Amy on the Advanced Foot Course last weekend and loving the way her “boosters” and variations are making the work easier for me and more effective for the client! I highly recommend taking one of Amy’s courses – she is a brilliant teacher: knowledgeable, patient, warm and highly skilled at imparting information in a clear, concise manner. 5+ stars!” – Lynne Gentle

“Amy achieves the impossible, stretching everyone in a very mixed ability group while paying meticulous attention to necessary adjustments for individuals. She also balances body and breatwork with mindfulness, releasing stress and clearing the build up of old emotions. I cant wait for further work with her!” – Jill Bourne


Course Dates and Times

From Autumn 2020

Dates to be confirmed. 

Times: 10am – 5pm


Course Fees and Booking


Registration Fee (non-refundable):£300
Course Fee (payable 6 weeks before course start date):£895
Total £1195
Assessment Fee (payable 6 weeks before assessment date):£100

Please note:  There is a final assessment fee of £100 payable 6 weeks before the assessment date.


If you would like to book a place on this course please contact us to confirm availability and complete or download a booking form.

Payment can be made by bank transfer, cash or paypal.*

To pay by bank transfer, the details are:

Account number: 40714701.  Sort code: 09 06 66.  Bank: Santander  Account name: CCM Ltd.  Please reference the payment with your surname and send us an email to let us know you have made payment.  We will then send your receipt and course information.

To pay by cash, please contact us to arrange a convenient time.

If you have any queries regarding payment, please contact us.

Instalments – there is an option to pay the course fees over 4 equal monthly instalments.  Please contact us for further details on info@collegeofclassicalmassage.com  Please note, there is an administrative surcharge of £50 for instalment payment plans.

These fees include

  • Thai Yoga massage tuition;
  • the course text book
  • a complimentary college polo shirt
  • course materials
  • complimentary refreshments throughout the course

QCF and Ofqual

Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. The QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework) is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.

The QCF has four main aims: 1. To ensure a wider range of achievements can be recognised within a more inclusive qualifications framework 2. To establish a qualifications system that is more responsive to individual and employer needs 3. To establish a simpler qualifications framework that is easier for all users to understand 4. To reduce the burden of bureaucracy in the accreditation and assessment of qualifications.

Qualifications that use the QCF rules are made up of units. This provides flexible ways to get a qualification. Each unit has a credit value which tells you how many credits are awarded when a unit is completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit or qualification. One credit will usually take you 10 hours of learning. Units build up to qualifications.

There are three different types of qualification in the QCF: Award, Certificate and Diploma. The title of a qualification will tell you its size and level. If a qualification includes a unit that you have already been awarded, you can use the unit you have already taken towards that qualification. Units awarded by different awarding organisations can be combined to build up qualifications.

This course is accredited by VTCT.  (Vocational Training Charitable Trust)  www.vtct.org.uk. Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International -www.iptiuk.com); BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – www.bcma.co.uk); FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.

Course Contract Terms and Conditions

VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Thai Massage – Student Contract 2019

Aims of the College

To provide a friendly and secure environment where students can learn the art of classical thai yoga techniques with the support and guidance of experienced tutors.

Session format

Classes will involve lectures, demonstration and students working in pairs under close supervision.  Please arrive promptly.

We will be providing you with a complimentary college polo shirt once the course starts.

All jewellery to be removed during practical sessions, long nails should be cut short.

What you need to bring/purchase

A pen and notepad/ course text books should be brought to each session.

Course information


It is very important to attend all weekends of the course. If, for some reason you need to miss a day or weekend, you will have to catch up privately with one of the tutors. The charge for this would be approximately £55 per hour. This will take around three hours per day missed. We will endeavor to cover it in the smallest amount of time so that you get what you need. If more than one of you miss a workshop the cost of a private catch up will be the same for the hour, so you can split the cost of the lesson.  It is really important to let me know in as much as is possible in advance if you are unable to attend. As we work in pairs we need each other to learn / work. Please respect this fact.

Students who are unable to complete the course due to illness, or any other circumstances, may, on the production of a doctor’s certificate, transfer onto the next available course   – however, this will be at the discretion of the college and a supplementary fee may be applicable.

Please note, if you choose to defer your place and a course is no longer taught at the College, you will not be eligible for any refund, and the college holds no responsibility for any financial losses.

Course Work and Case studies

All course work and case studies will have to be completed before the final assessment.  If work is not completed , you may not be able to be entered for the assessment.  If students do not wish to take the exam, a certificate of attendance will be awarded, which will not qualify the holder for professional practice.  There is no reduction on course fees even if you do not wish to sit the exam.

College Conditions

All students should treat each other with due care and respect.  A member of staff will deal with any abusive, threatening or derogatory behaviour.  If the matter cannot be resolved, the student will be asked to leave the course.  In this circumstance, no refund will be available.

Students should respect all property and equipment.  Students found causing damage to property or equipment through negligence or intent, will be liable to costs.

Course fees

The registration fee is non-refundable.  No refunds will be given on course fees from six weeks before the course commences.  Payments of fees should be made in full on the dates specified by the college on its website or given in writing.  Failure to do so will result in the student being removed from the course and action taken to recover the outstanding amount.


All coursework has to be completed before you take the exam. The assessment date will be confirmed at the start of the course.  Students will be informed of examination regulations and procedures.  Any student failing the assessment, or unable to attend will be given the opportunity to resit the exam only if we are able to accommodate this with a later exam that is already booked or scheduled to be booked. Please note we normally have practical exams booked several times a year but transferring to another exam booking will incur a supplementary fee and is normally at the discretion of the college.

Appeals and Complaints

Should you wish to address an appeal or complaint to the college, please do so as soon as possible, and in the first instance to the course tutor.  Alternatively, please do so in writing/email.  We will try to respond to your request as quickly as we can within normal office hours.

Equal Opportunities

The College of Classical Massage is an equal opportunity employer and education provider. We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities, fairness of treatment, dignity, work-life balance and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in the workplace for all staff and students. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We have adopted this policy as a means of helping to achieve these aims.

Your health and well-being

As a student, you must understand the contra-indications of Thai Yoga massage and take them into consideration. If you have a condition, which you feel, makes it unsafe for you to receive massage, then you must inform the course tutor, in confidence at the beginning of the weekend and we will do all we can to support your learning throughout the course and adapt the position as we go along.  As part of your training, you are expected to give and receive massage during the weekend study sessions. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Home practice

It is very important to get as much practice as possible between teaching weekends. You should start  working on friends and family early on in your training.

After the course you are asked to do 30 case studies. You are also recommended to receive two treatments yourself from a qualified TTYMA (Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Association) practitioner as part of your learning experience.


If you have any constructive criticism or feedback about any aspect of the course we would welcome hearing about it. You will be given a questionnaire at the end of the course, which will invite you to share your comments.  If you have any complaints, it is important you feel free to contact us at any time or take up any matter with your principle tutor

With regards to assessment marks there is a formal appeals procedure for a student that feels they have not received grading. An appeals form comes with each assessment-grading sheet you receive.

By booking on to this course and sending your registration fee you agree to abide by our terms and conditions in this contract.

Please view our cancellation policy before booking your course.

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