Thai Massage program

Meet the Thai Massage staff at CATA



Thai Massage Event Calendar

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Updated: Regularly

SEN Kalathari:

Dates: May. 16, 23rd, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

demo As we endeavor to understand and know the SEN better, we offer this course as an introduction to the SEN Series.


Thai Massage Techniques

That Massage Therapists

LOVE to Have Done TO Them:

Date: Nov. 15th, 22nd and 29th, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

demo - This is an advanced Thai Massage course that presents specialized techniques targeting hand, wrist, forearm, shoulder girdle and low-back pain all on the first day.

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Full Body Massage for the Hands:


2016 Dates offered:
Mar 26, May 7, May 28, Jul 2, Aug 6, Sep 24, Nov 5, Dec 10
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

demo ...specialized treatments catering to many people with hard-working hands.


Short Route to the Twist:


2016 Dates offered:
Apr 2, May 14, June 4, Jul 30, Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 6
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

demo ...specialized techniques targeting the upper body.


Thai Massage 101:

Dates: Jun 13, 20, 27, Jul. 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8 -2017
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

demoThai Massage 101 is an eight-day, 16-hour course that presents the fundamentals of a traditional
Thai massage protocol.

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Updated: Oct. 3, 2015

Thai Massage Immersion:

Thai Massage Clinic
Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Every Tuesday

demo Hands-on experience for Lmt.s working with people from the comunity who have need for therapeutic massage...


About Us

In the Beginning:

Michael had already been teaching for years at the Swedish Institute when he filled in for another instructor one day. He was admittedly showing off after the lesson was completed and students were done practicing. Since it was a Shiatsu class, Reinhold assumed that all of the sophisticated assisted stretching moves that Michael was demonstrating were advanced Shiatsu material.

The following semester Reinhold completed Thai Massage Intro with Reggie at the Swedish institute.

The Growing Years:

From the minute Reinhold experienced Thai Massage he knew it was the way for him to implement all of the best he learned to do in a therapeutic massage. More often than not, he could be found practicing in the sub-basement after classes were over. This is where he got to know Thom as he often supervised the students in the practice area.

After two trips to Thailand and thousands of treatments, Reinhold began to work with Thom as a volunteer demo body whenever Reinhold had a student. This paved way to an avid bodywork exchange between the two of them which eventually morphed into an informal two-way apprenticeship of sorts.

Where we're going:

Our goal is to offer Thai Massage training, supervised practice opportunities for all levels of bodyworkers and LOW COST Thai Massage treatments year round at CATA.

Team Bio:

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Michael Alicia, LMT is the founder and director of CATA, NYC. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 1992 with a thriving practice in Manhattan. Michael has been a teacher of Swedish massage, Shiatsu and Thai massage at the venerable Swedish Institute since 1994. He is also a visiting faculty member at the Therapeutic Massage Training Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of The Stretching Process DVD and The Massage Therapist’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to the Business of Massage..

personel bio pic (The Big Cheese):

Reinhold, LMT began his study of Thai massage here in New York, but it quickly became evident to him that he needed to go to the source.
Thai Massage Intro: Swedish Institute, 2008, New York City
Thai Massage Certification: Old Medicine Hospital, 2008, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Teacher Certification: ITM, 2010 Chiang Mai, Thailand.

personel bio pic (First String):

Clinical Studies Department Chairperson and instructor at the venerable Swedish Institute, Thom Paul LMT comes to us well equipped to assist with the Thai massage classes as well as the clinic at CATA. Also our Tai Chi instructor, Thom is one of the most genuinely compassionate Therapists and individuals I know. He is an amazingly skilled therapist, and manages people well, giving them both the instruction and confidence necessary to blossom and grow in the development of their own individual styles. It is always a pleasure to work with him.

personel bio pic (Apprentice):

Certified Yoga Instructor, Full-Time Mother and Swedish Institute grad, Kimberly Kayuha comes to us eager to immerse herself in the Thai massage classes as well as the clinic at CATA. Kimberley is helps us define additional curriculum as we make our plans to expand our offerings in the Certification programs.

personel bio pic (The right hand):

In addition to her private practice, Vanessa Vozar, BA, LMT is Communications Director at CATA, NYC. Vanessa is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in New York and is certified in Bodywork for the Childbearing Cycle (Niara Healing Arts). She also holds a degree in English from Princeton University.

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