Where to Learn Thai Massage in Thailand?

Are you looking for the best place to learn Thai massage in Thailand? We have the perfect solution for you! Our annual Study Abroad adventure in Chiang Mai, Thailand is reserved for a select group of advanced Thai massage students. To join this trip, students must complete the required prerequisite classes, which include a 3-day intensive Thai massage and a weekend dive of Thai massage. The Wat Po massage school offers a 30-hour General Thai massage course that takes 5 days to complete. You can start any day of the week except Sunday.

The Sunshine Massage School is a relatively new school located in Chiang Mai, with a mix of Western and Thai teachers offering Thai massage training and workshops following the Sunshine Network lineage of Asokananda (Harald Brust). It has grown rapidly over the past 10 years. Pichest Boontumme in Hang Dong (Chiang Mai area) is a one-person school. Pichest teaches alone and the teaching is done in a “sitting at the teacher's feet” style.

He is perhaps the most influential and recognized Thai massage instructor alive (for the West, that is). The Ong Thai massage school in Chiang Mai has grown rapidly in recent years. It's a medium sized massage school with about 10 teachers, offering a variety of Thai body training modalities and some Western spa modalities. Loi Kroh Massage is another school established in Chiang Mai since 1999, known for its Reusi Datton training programs and abdominal and genital massage.

The Wat Pho massage school in Bangkok is the most famous one. Thai therapists rarely study anything other than Thai massage, while their Western counterparts have a much greater degree of curiosity and less attachment to tradition (and, of course, more opportunities). The only “downside” to keep in mind is that if you're looking for a certificate to use at home, many Thai schools don't offer internationally accepted massage therapy courses. The Thailand Metta yoga and massage school by master Kraijakkri Rungrojsakulporn, also known as Kong, is a small school specialized in foot massage & reflexology, Thai massage courses and Ruesi Dat Ton (Thai yoga).

A proper massage is intended to help the energy flow happily again and is said to cure all types of ailments, both physical and mental. If you are looking for comprehensive Thai massage training at an affordable price or if you don't have access to it at your place of residence, there are 16 short courses to choose from at various schools in Thailand. These courses range from traditional Thai massages to Thai foot massages, Thai massages with herbal compresses, etc. This allows for a wider range of motion for both you and the person giving the massage. Being ranked on a list of the most popular Thai massage schools in Thailand doesn't necessarily mean being among the best ones. Therefore, it's important to consider what you want to do with it, how much time and money you are willing to invest in Thai massage education, etc.

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