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Why we set up a Teacher Training Program in Thai yoga massage?

When you told me this 8 years ago, I did not believe you…

Studying Thai yoga massage in Thailand at ITM Chiang Mai in 2008 I felt in love with this technique. Receiving this acupressure and stretching yoga massage my blood circulation improved, I felt energized and super healthy as never before. Moreover my headaches and back pain disappeared and my medicine for my pains were not needed anymore.

But not only receiving the massage, also giving Thai yoga massage was so stress-releasing and energetic at the same time. Amazing!!!

The only school outside Thailand certified to teach advanced massage courses

I met Manuel and he told me: ‘Let’s set up a massage school after our studies.’ So we did… We moved to Amsterdam, set up ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam and became a franchise from ITM Chiang Mai. We started small with teaching only Thai yoga massage Nuad Bo Rarn Level 1 (Foundation of Thai massage) and 2 (Intermediate Thai Massage) under the authorization of ITM Chiang Mai, awarded as the best school of Thai massage in Thailand. However, we got more and more clients for Thai yoga massage treatments and the more people got to know the Thai yoga massage techniques, the more they got interested to learn the techniques by themselves. Every year we went back to Thailand to study more. And soon we were certified to teach as the only massage school outside Thailand the advanced levels of Thai yoga massage Nuad Bo Rarn Level 3 (Advanced Sen-Energy Lines) and 4 (Advanced Therapeutic Thai Massage) under the authorization of ITM Chiang Mai.

ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam and ITM Thai Hand Berlin

Only three years after opening our school in Amsterdam we opened our school in Berlin: ITM Thai Hand Berlin. Again, so rewarding to spread the knowledge of traditional Thai yoga massage to as many people as possible. Also amazing to see

how people feel after a treatment of Thai yoga massage. Many of our customers arrive stressed, with stiff muscles and pain and after the massage they feel renewed, full of energy and most amazing: many feel pain-free. How fulfilling to see the change of our customers!
Weekly massage too expensive?

However, not everyone is able to afford a weekly massage treatment, so therefore Manuel founded the Life Balance Thai yoga massage for Health lessons. We set up the Life Balance drop-in lessons in our schools so that everyone can enjoy 45 minutes of traditional Thai yoga massage and experience these health benefits without paying the full amount for a massage treatment. It is great to see how enthusiastic our students are about the ancient technique of Thai yoga massage and share our passion for it.

Teaching Thai yoga massage is rewarding!

Not only our customers for treatments and Life Balance have an amazing experience, but I am very happy to say that we changed the lives of many students already by helping them to develop another career, namely the career of Thai yoga massage therapist. Because the massage industry is still booming and we receive many requests of people from everywhere to ask if we can teach this technique, we decided that we cannot do this alone anymore. Therefore Manuel founded the Teacher Training of ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. With the experience of all those years we have set up a program to share the knowledge in a teacher training. This Teacher Training is not a standard training. You will not only learn how to give different massage treatments, but also how to teach Thai yoga massage workshops, the Life Balance Classes, how to set up your school, teacher ethics, how to talk in public, how to treat customers with ailments and injuries and many more… So if you are interested and like to become a Thai yoga massage teacher to share this amazing centuries’ old preventive and curative technique, used in Thai hospitals for many years to decrease waiting lists, you are very welcome to join our Teacher Training Program. And yes, Manel told me this already 8 years ago: ‘Nicole let’s set up a traditional Thai yoga massage school, because teaching traditional Thai yoga massage is the best job of the future’. Back then, I didn’t believe him.

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How did i fall in love with Traditional Thai Massage?

How i fell in love…

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‘Ready to take off’ said the pilot from our plane that August in 2010. I was supposed to go to Ghana for my work but I never arrived there. When the wheels of the airplane started to move, I felt a big bang on my head and everything became black. Apparently a suitcase fell on my head, quite a big one from the overhead locker.

It was not even my suitcase, and it was not even my plane seat! I had switched seats some minutes before with another passenger. How unfortunate… I remember vaguely that we had to taxi back to the gate, me in the ambulance and being in a bed in the hospital. My luck… another whiplash and severe concussion.

The suitcase that changed my life

Maybe the suitcase that fell on my head was meant to be for me? I don’t know. But what I know is that this suitcase changed my life! This was my seventh concussion and fourth whiplash. Yes, true! A bit clumsy I am and a bit unlucky with my head. One time fainted in the sauna, a ski accident, fallen down like a rock from a hill while roller-skating with self-made garbage-bag-wings (don’t laugh I was only seven and thought I could fly!), a tricycle-accident in the Philippines… etc… So my head was hurt again. Nothing else to do then wait and recover…

Why take pills instead take massage?

Some years before that I lived in the Philippines and my colleagues from work told me: ‘Why do you take pills for your neck pain and headaches? Why not receive massage?’ I was surprised, massage was in my eyes luxury, only when you go once in a while to a Spa or Wellness Center. Or for the rich and famous that had a weekly massage. And there I was working in an NGO and my colleagues got weekly massages. My colleagues told me it was super healthy to receive massage frequently and they did not know what stress, rsi or burn out was. And let me tell you, they worked very hard! Let alone, they lived in a very stressful surrounding with natural disasters, war and poverty. Weekly a masseur came to our office to massage us. Wow, amazing! This woman came from a small village to give us massages to prevent us from illnesses and cure diseases. There was even another NGO that taught (and still teaches) massage in small remote villages, so the villagers were able to learn how to massage each other. In these villages were no doctors, nor pharmacies, so they learned how to massage each other to help cure headaches, muscle pain, back pain, destress, improve the blood circulation and massage against insomnia. Wow, I liked to know more. So I took all different massages, watched the woman that massaged us in the office and went with the NGO to the villages to see how they learn massage.

How Thai massage cured me

I tried different massages. The traditional Thai yoga massage, received on a matt over loose cotton clothes, worked the best for me. My colleagues were right, I did feel super energetic, relaxed at the same time and most of all pain-free! So I got rid of my ibuprofen and I started to receive weekly massage. Months later I moved to Thailand to follow the teacher training for Thai yoga massage Nuad Bo Rarn at ITM Chiang Mai. Once back in Amsterdam, I started to work part time in Thai yoga massage, teaching and giving treatments.

But then again… the suitcase fell on my head when in the airplane. And again I had a whiplash and concussion. It was my neurologist in Amsterdam however who advised me: ‘I am already 25 years a neurologist and about to retire so now I tell you: stop taking medicine, quit your office job and work full-time in Thai massage. This eastern technique we should use much more together with our western medicine. People should take less medicine and receive more traditional Thai massages to be cured!’ I was astonished again, why did my other doctors never told me this? I followed her advice and I fell in love completely with Thai massage again. My headache and pains disappeared and did not come back ever since!

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Royal Massage, Wat Po

Do you know Royal Massage?

Never received a deep massage like that before, but after I felt amazing, full of energy, my blood circulating well throughout my whole body, super refreshing and felt as new!’ Just some words out of many emails we receive from travelers been to Thailand and received a massage in the Temple of Wat Po in Bangkok. Read more

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Are you a yoga teacher?

Are you a yoga teacher? Give Thai yoga massage to your clients!

The benefits of yoga are well known. However, the benefits of traditional Thai Yoga Massage are not well-known in the West, although this technique has been used in Asia for centuries to cure and prevent.

In Thailand, this massage is used in hospitals to shorten waiting lists. That’s why ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam has brought this ancient technique in the Netherlands to reduce stress, improve blood circulation, prevent RSI, to prevent migraines, and many more.

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Thai Massage the Best Job of the Future

Thai massage therapist is the best job of the future, why?

Time for a career change? Become a massage therapist, the most demanded job of the future! Why? It is scientifically proven that due to daily use of technology, internet and smart phones, we move less.

Therefore we are more prone to ailments. Neck pain, back pain and fatigue are some of the health problems caused using computers, tablets or smart phones. The more we use technology, the less we move and the more ailments we have, therefore the more demand of massage therapists, to treat but also to prevent these ailments. Did you know that physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death globally? The World Health Organization (WHO) states that inactivity is causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.

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Thai Chair Workshop

Thai Chair Workshop

Learn in 4 hours how to give a basic Thai Traditional Therapeutic Chair Massage! Join our weekend workshop Thai Traditional Therapeutic Chair Massage! Learn the basics of Chair Massage in one day. No experience needed.

More profit after chair massage? Yes, this is true! Research indicates that a 15-minute chair massage results in decreased job stress, increased alertness and increased speed & accuracy on math computations. Office workers massaged regularly are more alert, perform better and are less stressed. Employers that offer massages to their employees are increasing.

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Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage

Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage

Prevent ailments by massage of internal organs

Prevent headaches, back pain, menstrual cramps or constipation? This is possible with Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage. It seems like a miracle, but it isn’t. In Asia this is done already for many years. Hospital waiting lists are shorter, medical procedures and doctor visits are being prevented. All by Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, also called Thai Abdomal Massage or a massage of the internal organs.

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King of Bitters Andrographis Paniculata

King of Bitter

King of Bitters, also called Andrographis, is a traditional Chinese, Southeast Asian and Indian herb, and used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.

The herb has been revered for treating infectious diseases and highly regarded also as having a preventative effect from many diseases, due to its powerful immune strengthening benefits. The global flu epidemic of 1919 was one of the most devastating infectious outbreaks in world history, killing millions worldwide, in many countries. However, in India, the amazing prophylactic benefits of Andrographis was credited with stopping the deadly virus. It is a potent stimulator of the immune system by two direct ways …

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Hot Herbal Compress Course

Medical Herbal Hot Compress Massage Training

Learn how to give traditional Thai massage with hot medical herbal compress treatment on a matt. Learn a therapeutic hot medical herbal compress massage by combining the techniques of traditional Thai massage with Thai herbal hot compress; bundles that are steamed and pressed on the body.

In traditional Thai medicine herbs are used to complement massages that treat illnesses. This herbal hot compress massage increases blood circulation and energy flow, relaxes, warms, releases tension, relieves stiff muscles and joints, eases chronic pain and reduces mental fatigue and stress. ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam teaches professional Medical Hot Herbal Compress Massage courses.

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