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Sunshine Massage School

Sunshine Massage School


The Virtue of Repeating the Beginners Class

Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, emblematic father of traditional medicine
Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, emblematic father of traditional medicine

About Levels in Thai Massage Courses

You may have noticed that Sunshine does not offer courses organised in levels ... Level 1, Level 2, level 3, ... Why? 

We simply care about the foundation of your practice.

We bet that if you personally need a massage, you may more likely entrust a “level 1” who gives massage regularly than a fresh “level 3” proudly showing off a piece of paper.

It is clear that "levels” tend to mean very little. In reality, they have been created to make it easier to sell a course. Not to help you build a mindful practice.

A more relevant way to get deeper in your practice

Simply repeat the beginner’s course. Sunshine offers the possibility to repeat the same course with the same or a different teacher, but more especially with a different set of eyes and hands. It is a rare opportunity to be able to review all the “basics" with a bit more experience. 

The beginner’s course, with a renewed point of view, 

becomes an even richer experience.

Here is what Asokananda told us on this topic

" ... I do not believe in splitting up learning into levels … we integrate advanced studies for experienced students alongside our beginner’s classes. This guarantees that students repeat the basics again and again, which is important to gain a deeper understanding but at the same time we give individual teachings on whatever aspect of Thai massage our students would like to explore more. This is not formalized, so our advanced students come up with their questions, often practical questions that have been arising throughout the year and ask us for teachings they find helpful for their practice..."


Asokananda (Harald Brust) 1955-2005
Asokananda (Harald Brust) 1955-2005

Reverence for those who have come before us

More than our teacher. More than our friend.

Asokananda died on Friday, 24th June 2005.
Deeply respected for his spiritual life, studies and teachings, we wish his light will forever stay with us. Through each massage we give, every student we teach, we will always be thankful for what he simply allowed us to discover and share, everyday.


Asokananda (Harald Brust, born in 1955 in West Germany) studied community development. From 1978 onwards he spent most of his time in Asia, where he was involved in the research into and teaching of yoga, Buddhist meditation and traditional Thai yoga massage.

His book, The Art of Traditional Thai Massage, was the first publication on that subject in any Western language.

Publications include a set of energy line charts for Thai massage therapy, and Thai Traditional Massage for Advanced Practitioners.

Sunshine Massage School gratefully follows Asokananda’s spirit.


Special Training Packages and custom programs

With these "Combos", It is possible to combine several courses in order to deepen your study of Thai Massage.

Depending on your needs, time available, and goals, we are happy to customize a program for you, based on the beginner's course and our existing scheduled advanced classes

Here bellow you will find our recommended combinations of massage courses. Other combination are also possible. Click here to let us know what you need.