Vanessa Hazzard is an internationally-trained bodyworker and healing arts educator. After completing a 960-hour massage therapy program, she began studying Thai Massage in 2007. In 2012, she traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand and continued her studies in Traditional Thai Massage at International Training Massage School (ITM) and Abdominal Massage with Thanachai Chaimongkhon.

Over the past twelve years, Vanessa has practiced therapeutic massage, mentoring new bodyworkers, and instructing workshops and certification courses. Vanessa seamlessly blends her eclectic body of knowledge to create a truly valuable learning experience for her attendees.

In addition to her impressive bodywork credentials, Vanessa is deeply committed to meeting the needs of trauma survivors and those living with mental illness. In 2015 Vanessa Co-authored “The Color of Hope: People of Color Mental Health Narratives” with Mental Health Clinician Iresha Picot. This work is a tapestry of essays, poems and interviews from Blacks, Asians and Latinos living with or affected by a loved one with mental illness to bring “the story behind the statistics” of people whose voices are rarely heard due to shame and stigma. Also a Yoga instructor, Vanessa has trained in Yoga for Trauma and Addiction with the Transformation Yoga Project. Her goal, by developing/facilitating trauma-informed courses, is to provide the space and tools necessary for participants to develop mindfulness, discipline and strength from the inside out. Vanessa is a volunteer at the Nationalities Services Center, providing chair massage and lymphatic drainage to refugees, immigrants and staff.

Learn more about her business and classes at additional locations at  Nirvanaland Continuing Education
PA Massage License: MSG000869

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Thai Massage Sessions

Uniquely customized to meet your comfort  and ability level

Thai Massage, (also known as Nuad Borarn, Thai Yoga Massage, and Thai Bodywork), seamlessly blends massage therapy and assisted yoga stretches. The practitioner rhythmically uses their hands, feet, forearms, and knees to apply the therapeutic techniques. The sessions are performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor. Sessions can also be adapted for the massage table, as well as seated in a massage chair or wheelchair.

Thai Massage Helps You to:

  • Improve range of motion
  • Decrease aches and pains
  • Prepare for labor and delivery
  • Improve muscle pliability
  • Overall relaxation
  • Prepare and recover from sporting events
  • Manage chronic pain

To get the most from our time together you will need wear loose, comfortable clothing and refrain from eating for 60-minutes prior to your session. Please fill out your intake form online while scheduling or arrive 10 minutes early to do so in person.



Intro to Thai Massage

No experience needed!

Thai massage is a combination of energy work, compression, stretching, and movement using  hands, feet, elbows, and knees. It is rhythmic and meditative, leaving you both relaxed and rejuvenated! In this workshop, you will be led through a partner yoga sequence and Thai massage. This workshop is friendly for all levels. No previous yoga or massage experience is necessary! Come by yourself or with a friend! Thai massage is applied fully clothed on a mat, so dress comfortably.


4 Day Thai Massage Certification Intensive

Thai Massage, (also known as Nuad Borarn, Thai Yoga Massage, and Thai Bodywork), seamlessly blends massage therapy, compression, stretching, assisted yoga, and other manual therapies. This ancient bodywork is believed to have its origins in Ayurveda, Theraveda Buddhism, and shares similarities with Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is one of the branches of Traditional Thai Medicine. The Thai Yoga Massage practitioner uses hands, feet, elbows, and knees to apply therapeutic techniques. The sessions are performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor. In this course, you will learn to apply Thai massage techniques in the supine, prone, side-lying and seated positions. You will learn a routine that will last 90 minutes to 2-hours in length, along with specific variations for height, size, and injuries. This class is ideal for those massage therapists, yoga practitioners, energy workers, or those with a background in anatomy. A manual is included in the cost. This class is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for 32 CE hours. Approved Provider # 451899-12.

$425, $375 if paid in full by March 1, 2018. 

Can’t make all four days? Attend individually days for $125 each

Skill Building for Bodyworkers Series: Lymphatic System

The Skill Building for Thai Bodyworkers Series is a bimonthly event, featuring discussions on various musculoskeletal conditions, injuries, and body systems, as they relate to Thai massage. The events are 60-minute lecture and 60-minute hands-on.
This session, we will discuss the various ways that Thai massage directly addresses the lymphatic system. We’ll identify related anatomy (i.e. lymph organs, vessels, nodes) as well as discuss cautions and contraindications.
This series is open to current Thai massage practitioners, and those that have taken at least one Thai massage course and wish to further their knowledge base.

$45, $35 if former/current student of Vanessa or Learn Reiki Philadelphia

Learn Reiki Philadelphia is located at 251 N. 2nd St. in Old City, Philadelphia

Learn Reiki Philadelphia is very close to I95 and the Ben Franklin Bridge. MASS TRANSIT: Easily accessible by Market Frankford Subway, Market Street Buses and bus routes 5 and 57. Street parking is usually available and there is a parking garage at the corner for your added convenience. We are 100% handicapped accessible with ramp at the rear entrance and ADA compliant restroom. Please call or email ahead when booking if you are handicapped so we can make extra time to help you get comfortable.