Workshops by Sunshine Massage School

Workshops by Sunshine Massage School


Touch Therapies - Oncology and Trauma

 Applied massage techniques in the context of palliative care.

4 to 8 Dec. 2023, Oncology Massage
11 to 15 Dec. 2023, Massage for Trauma I
18 to 22 Dec. 2023, Massage for Trauma II

Warm hands on an aching body, with Roni.

This is a course about Applied Massage Techniques for Oncology, Trauma, Stress, side effects of modern-day illness, Chronic anxiety, Chronic pain and more.

Price per class (5 days / 30 hours)  Baht 11,500.-  (approx. EUR 316 , US$ 342.-)

The Facilitator

Roni Gilboa is sharing her experience based on more than 10 years of treating cancer patients and their caregivers and also teaching massage therapists in the oncology environment.

Overview - Touch Therapies

Touch Therapies is an integrated hybrid method combining traditional and modern massage techniques and its application in palliative massage therapy for oncology, trauma, stress, chronic pain, side effects of modern day illness, anxiety and more.

Roni developed Touch Therapies as a continuous, gentle, attentive adjustment of the tangents between traditional Thai massage, Shiatsu, Fascia manipulation and the insights of teachers, students and patients throughout the years.    


This segment is dedicated to understanding and experiencing the oncology environment, We will talk honestly, openly and without fear about dealing with a life-threatening illness or long-term trauma, we will learn the implications on a patient’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual environment.

We will explore the standard and innovative courses of treatment of cancer in conventional, western medicine and their short and long-term side effects. We will delve into issues such as - what is cancer, what is palliative care; what is our therapeutic stance; how we process loss, grief, how do we deal with recovery and healing. We will practice movement and breathing we will explore grounding and intent. We will dance, meditate, practice Qi-Gong. We will experience “listening with our hands”, opening our hearts, protecting our body and adjusting our therapeutic tools.


In this segment we will massage our way from illness to healing as we practice techniques that apply to the well documented and the uncharted manifestations of trauma in our being.     

Massage for trauma, stress and anxiety

We will practice massage applications for trauma, chronic pain, side effects of western medical protocols, pain management, insomnia, neuropathy, digestion issues and more. We will explore attentive presence, therapeutic intent and flexibility, we will navigate through the integrative approach, we will dance, meditate, exercise Qi Gong and delve deeper into our own therapeutic stance, we will practice the joy of Thai massage and combine the forefront of western understanding of muscles, nerves, movement and fascia with traditions of Sen lines and energy distribution. 

The Trauma segment is divided into two weeks.

Trauma 1 is an introduction to Trauma, its physical manifestation, meeting the Psoas muscle of the soul and the vagus nerve of our wellbeing, experiencing and experimenting with connective tissue, adjustments and adaptations of traditional techniques and integration of modern understanding.

Trauma 2 will expand our practice to the supporting mechanisms of the psoas and vagus, movement and motion, centering, grounding and much much more.

The final day of each level will be held at Freedom House in the morning, where there will be a two-hour practice session with the staff and family members of Freedom House.

Afterwards, the class will reconvene at Sunshine School for a closing session on Friday following lunch.

Additionally, we are pleased to offer an optional Saturday session, either in the morning or afternoon, where students can join Roni and practice self-care techniques with the staff at Freedom House. This session is open to any student who would like to participate.

Freedom House:

You can only join Trauma 2 if you did any of the Trauma courses with Roni.    


Free introduction:

  • Saturday, 2 December 2023, from 09:00 to 12:00 h

No registration needed.

Next classes:


  • Part 1: 4 to 8 Dec. 2023, Touch Therapies - Oncology Massage 
  • Part 2: 11 to 15 Dec. 2023, Touch Therapies - Massage for Trauma I  
  • Part 3: 18 to 22 Dec. 2023, Touch Therapies - Massage for Trauma II  

Price per class (5 days / 30 hours)  Baht 11,500.-  (approx. EUR 316 , US$ 342.-)

Baht 500.- discount per class if you sign up for more than one of Roni's classes at the same time. 

Everyone with a background in Thai massage is welcome.

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