We changed to one of the healthiest careers in the world
What about having a job that makes you feel relaxed and happy? A job with which you earn a good salary, while working part-time, inspiring others, changing lives and helping others to become healthier?
Are you ready for a career change? Hooked on massage? Or do you like to reduce your stress, headache, burn-out, rsi and get rid of taking pain killers?
We did it, so can you…
Is this possible? Yes we did! And we believe, if we can do it, so can you…
We met in Thailand at International Training Massage School Chiang Mai studying Thai yoga massage. Manuel who had given away all his belongings only owning a backpack containing his clothes. He had just given up his well-paid but stressful job as a real estate manager in Spain to study Thai yoga massage to become happy and stress-free like his massage therapist. And Nicole who had fallen in love with Thai yoga massage in the Philippines when her colleagues told her to get rid of her painkillers for neck pain and back pain, as a result of accidents, and take massages instead.
When we discovered the health benefits of Thai yoga massage, we both quit our well-paid jobs and became an international certified Thai yoga massage teacher. This seemed crazy at the time!
Too stiff to give massage treatments?
Manel was very stiff in the beginning, never done yoga before and unable to sit on his knees more than 1 minute while giving a massage. Moreover his English was very basic. But it is amazing how quickly you can transform your body and your life.
Possible to make a living of teaching Thai yoga massage?
Nicole thought she was not strong enough to give a Thai yoga massage, only learning later that you have to use your bodyweight while giving a Thai yoga massage treatment, so strength does not matter at all. Everyone can learn how to give Thai yoga massage. Also, she wasn’t sure if she had the skills to teach others. Besides she didn’t think it was possible to make a living from teaching Thai yoga massage lessons. But this all changed during the Teacher Training program.
Job with most demands in the future
Back in Amsterdam we found out that massage teachers are one of the best jobs with high demand worldwide, and the demand is still increasing. Why? It is scientifically proven that due to daily use of technology, internet and smart phones, we move less. This is why 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.
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.
This is how it happened…
If you have told us when we just started to learn Thai yoga massage, that one day we would have 2 schools of massage in 2 different countries, be a franchise of ITM Chiang Mai in Thailand, teaching more than 6,000 students, we might not have believed you. But this is how it happened, and because the massage industry is still booming and we receive many requests to teach Thai yoga massage, we decided we cannot do this alone and set up the Teacher Training of ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. And it is great to see that our graduates are doing well in setting up their own massage school or teaching in other schools worldwide.
Is it your time too?
So if you like having a job that makes you feel relaxed and happy… A job with which you earn a good salary, while working part-time, inspiring others, changing lives and helping others to become healthier? Then today might be the beginning of a whole new lifestyle for you. Maybe it is time for you to become a certified Thai yoga massage teacher.
ABOUT ITM THAI HAND AMSTERDAM
ITM Thai hand Amsterdam has been founded by Manuel Luque Aguilera and Nicole van Zurk. We both have a professional corporate background. In search for a career change, we got acquainted with Thai massage. Captivated by this preventive and therapeutic technique we decided to leave our jobs and learn more about Thai massage in Thailand.
Why study with us?
When you invest in an education with ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam, you invest not only in a professional education, internationally recognized certification and a new career, but also in your own health. ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam has a mission to share to everyone interested the amazing benefits of the preventive and curative techniques of massage, and turn students into passionate masseurs sharing their skills to improve the health of others.
As one of our alumni graduates noted: ‘Being a massage therapist is a very rewarding job, because you have the privilege to make others healthier and happier. Moreover it is great to stay mentally and physically fit. And on top of that it gives me so much freedom to work flexible hours, so I am able to create a happy lifestyle.”
We offer personal guidance, classes are in small groups, taught by passionate and internationally certified teachers. Tuition fee is inclusive exam fee, all didactic materials and international certification. You can join our international community, we give you access to job offers and we teach you how to set up your own company and find clients. Of course investing in your massage education is a big decision. In our courses we will teach you everything you need to know from the start, so you don’t need to have experience in massage. We give you professional personal guidance and all the tools you need to work as a professional Massage Therapist. Our graduated students have opened their own Massage practice, studios or work in other places like Spa’s, hotels, schools, health centers, and have earned the tuition fee of their courses back in a couple of months.
INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED AND RECOGNIZED
International Training Massage School Thai Hand Amsterdam is internationally accredited and recognized. We have given workshops to more than 6,000 people and professional training to over 600 students in the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Thailand.
ITM AMSTERDAM IS THE FIRST EUROPEAN FRANCHISE OF ITM CHANG MAI
ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam is registered at CRKBO – Central Register for Short Professional Education and the World Massage Federation. We work only with qualified and certified teachers. Moreover ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam is the first European franchise of ITM Chiang Mai, International Training Massage School in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, the best Thai massage school of Thailand acknowledged by the Department of Health and Education of Thailand and internationally recognized by at least the following organizations:
Thailand Ministry of Public Health
Thailand Ministry of Education
Australia Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT)
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS Canada)
Massage and Natural Therapies Association
Thai Healing Alliance
NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork)
Contribution to a better world
We try to contribute to a better world. Therefore we hold frequently charity events and we donate part of the tuition fee to Kapamagogopa. A volunteer organization that works for peace and development in the conflict area of Mindanao, Philippines. http://www.ki-volunteer.org/
CERTIFICATES FOR STUDENTS
Approved and authorised by ITM
Students who follow ITM courses will receive certificates that are approved and authorised by ITM, International Training Massageschool, internationally recognized and acknowledged by the Ministry of Health and Education of Thailand.
METHOD OF TEACHING
We teach by VAK, wich means visual, auditory, kinesthetic method of teaching. Our students learn through emulation of their teachers’ demonstrations to perform hands-on practice, following their teachers’ movements to ensure correct technique.
STUDY AT YOUR OWN PACE
Our programs and courses are practical. We think it’s important that everyone takes the time to practice and we like to keep high quality. Therefore, you can do your exam when you are ready for it and, after passing the exam, you will receive internationally recognized certificates.
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