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Making others healthier from home

Making others healthier from home

As we are all fighting the same fight: trying not to get sick, we have been working the last days to see how we can help you improving your immune system by massage. Plus becoming more relaxed.

Even though our school is not open for face-to-face lessons (at least until 28th of April – if we have news from the Dutch government, as we follow their instructions, we will let you know asap). We are open online.

We know this is a very difficult time for everyone. We hope you stay safe and healthy and we like to help you.

Most of us are probably now 1 week or more at home, as millions of people nowadays are being in quarantine. Probably you notice that you move less, blood circulation therefore is not as it should be. These days working on your health has never been so important, so please keep moving as much you can to improve your immune system.

And maybe you feel stressed because of this situation. Of course you know being stressed is not good, and increases the risk of getting sick. However, we understand, many people do feel stress in the difficult situation we are in at the moment. So if you have the opportunity, please do give your loved ones while being at home a massage to relax.

We like to help you with this.

And therefore we have been working hard the last week on the following. So whenever you are ready, here are 6 ways how we can help you becoming happier, healthier and stress-free by massage:

1. We made 7 free massage videos for you, so you can massage your loved ones at home, without taking any course. You can check them out here on Youtube.

You can just follow us and we keep you updated with more free stuff.

2. All our massage courses are online, so you can start today. So if you were thinking about following a massage course, this is the best time to start. And we like to help you, so if later on you like to study the course in our school, we deduct to you the price you paid for the online course. Just send us an email if you are interested and we send you all the info.

3. If you did not yet register for our Free Starterskit, you can do that on our website. We then send you the free videos directly, plus we have a great offer after you register.

4. The Thai yoga lessons (Rue Si Datton) are given privately online at the moment, by our teacher Miguel from Madrid. You can register if you like to learn these methods traditional Thai Therapists use to improve their own health, plus how they advice their clients to recover from injury. Just send us an email if you are interested and we send you all the info.

5. Life Balance lessons are soon being given online, so you can still join these Thai yoga massage classes from your own house. We keep you updated! Just send us an email if you are interested and we send you all the info.

6. We deliver massage mats to your home. Just send us an email if you are interested and we send you all the info.

Stay safe, healthy and happy! We are in this together!

Manel & Nicole

Massage School ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam

Massage School ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam

  • First International Training Massage School in Europe
  • The only certified & internationally recognized Traditional Thai Yoga Massage School in the Netherlands
  •  Teaching Nuad Thai, the only massage technique in the world recognized by Unesco as world heritage
  • Massage courses: online and in our schools
  • Lessons are in English and at college level (HBO) but we invite everyone to participate
  •  For beginners & professionals

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More than 10,000 people worldwide have followed ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam’s classes, workshops, courses, programs, treatments and retreats

We offer:


If you like to become a professional massage therapist OR/AND if you are not looking for a massage career, but just like to make your friends/family healthier, happier and stress-free.

  • If you want to bring Thai yoga massage to a higher level.
  • You can become a Thai yoga massage teacher & massage therapist.

=> No experience needed

Learn Thai yoga massage therapy, giving relaxing and therapeutic massages over the clothes on a mat.
  • If you like to give massage in yoga centers, health clinics or your own studio
  • Also great if you like to improve the health of your friends & family AND yourself, and are not looking for a massage career
  • Become a certified Thai yoga massage therapist

=> No experience needed!

Learn foot reflexology massage, chair massage, table massage and deep tissue (sports) massage.

  • Great if you like to work as a masseur in companies giving massages to employers that work in the office, on festivals, in Spa’s, your own massage place etc.
  • Become a certified massage therapist in Table Massage, Chair Massage, Foot Reflexology and Deep Tissue (Sports) Massage.

=> No experience needed!


If you don’t want to follow the entire massage program (yet) but are looking for a specific massage course.

Instead of following a full program, you can follow a separate module – a course – with the option to become certified.

Introduction lessons

If you like to experience how to give and receive massage and if you don’t want to follow a massage course or program (yet).

  • Various 3 hours massage workshops
  • Experience giving and receiving massage
  •  If you don’t know what program or course to choose yet
  •  If after the workshop you like to follow a course or program, we deduct the fee that you paid for the workshop

=> No experience needed!

  •  90 minute Thai yoga massage class
  • For everyone who loves massage, yoga & meditation
  • Give & receive Thai yoga massage over the clothes on the mat, following the guidance of the teacher
  •  Great if you like to see if the Thai yoga massage teacher training is something for you

=> No experience needed

Treatments & Retreat

If you like to treat yourself.

If you just want to have a massage treatment.

  • Become totally relaxed, happy and stress-free in 2 weeks, while learning Thai yoga massage
  • Perfect if you have a busy job
  •  Join our retreat in November 2020 in Thailand

Why learn massage?

Because by massage you are able to:

reduce stress

Reduce stress

Massage reduces the level of cortisol in the body

Eliminate pain

Eliminate pain

Massage reduces headache, back pain, stiff
neck, sore shoulders and more

Become happier

Become happier

Massage increases endorphin, the happy hormone

Sleep better

Sleep better

Massage balances your mood through the impact on the endocrine system

Save Money

Save money

By learning massage, you know how to eliminate pain, reduce stress and more so you can save money for medications and doctor bills

Thai Foot Reflexology course at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam

What to expect when you choose to study at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam?

  • The only school outside Thailand that is autorized to teach therapy massage
  • Participants practice on each other so you can experience the benefits of massage too
  • We teach physiology & anatomy during the lessons
  •  Inclusive all the lessons of the course/program on video so you can review at home if you like
  •  Small groups, passionate teachers, like minded people
  •  Lessons are in English
We look forward meeting you in our lessons. Create a healthy day, Nicole & Manel

Who we are?

ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam was founded by Manuel Luque Aguilera & Nicole Luque Aguilera – van Zurk.

We met in Thailand years ago while studying traditional Thai yoga massage. Since then we dedicate our lives to study and to teach the impact of acupressure massage and stretches on human tissue.

The enormous health improvements on the more than 10,000 people we have been teaching worldwide, plus all the empiric knowledge of our students and clients over the past 10 years, complements our fascination for massage.

It is our mission to make as many people as possible happier, healthier and stress-free by learning massage.

We are very passionate about massage, because since we discovered the benefits of traditional massage our lives have been changed immensely: we are happy and pain-free.

We teach beginner and professional international certified acupressure and Thai yoga massage courses –  in English – with Western explanations in the form of introduction lessons (Life Balance and workshops), courses and full massage programs. We are a franchise of ITM Chiang Mai (where we met), internationally accredited and recognized.

You can join online, in our school in Amsterdam or during retreats in Thailand.

On this website you will find all our programs and also free articles and videos to get you started. We are happy to help you in making yourself AND others happier, healthier and stress-free.

Thai Chair Massage Course


“Super professional team of instructors, very passionate to share their knowledge. I definitely recommend them for anyone who wants a new and more serene career path!”

“In one word – wonderful! The school really allows you to leave your daily worries outside for a while. Courses are well structured in meaningful units and lessons, and the way of teaching allows for quick assimilation of knowledge. And of course, the driving force behind it all are teachers. Rarely can you find so many different personalities with different teaching styles working in one place in such harmony. Regardless of differences, they all share something in common – high level of expertise, and most importantly, the same passion for what they do. That is what makes you feel at home and pushes you to learn and practice, and then learn even more and practice more and more…”

“Love the way they teach, with a lot of passion and no-nonsense👏🏻
The videos are also very clear and a real added value for me to practice at home. When you still have questions you can always come to visit them for explanation (at a fixed time)
If you want to learn Thai Massage you are at the right address here 😀”

“The teachers are passionate, enthusiastic and have a positive energy. I always feel much calmer and happier after my classes. I love the energy and ambiance at the school. And every teacher has their own teaching style, which makes my learning process even more complete. My skills and knowledge as a massage therapist have improved drastically since I follow classes at this school. I am happy that I chose ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn excellent massage techniques as well as different types of massage. It is all offered at one school: ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. It really is a great school for those who are already massage therapists as well as those who do not have any experience yet in this field.”

How can we help you?

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  • If you like to know more about massage
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Our advice

  •  Don’t know what to choose? We recommend Thai yoga massage level 1
  •  You can follow this course online or at the school
Thai yoga massage level 1 course

‘I feel stronger and healthier than 30 years ago.’

Inspirational story from one of our graduates:

How Shaun feels stronger & healthier than 30 years ago 

I feel stronger and healthier than 30 years ago

‘My friends did not recognize me. I really had to say, yes it is me, I don’t have a younger looking twin,’ laughs the 56-year-old Shaun Spencer. ‘I was like slouching, forward shoulders. I was always tired, constantly tired from my job. Now, I feel stronger, healthier than I felt 30 years ago.’

Shaun talks very relaxedly in a Zen-like way. His eyes twinkle, he smiles a lot. You can clearly see he is enjoying life. He looks fit, just had been working out in the gym, he says.

I am surprised to see how much he has changed. I remember meeting Shaun, who is originally from South Africa, living for several years in Amsterdam now, in one of our massage lessons a year ago. Back then, he looked very tired. Much older actually. I ask him to reveal his secret and Shaun enthusiastically tells me the whole story:

Lower back pain

‘I have spent the last 8 years behind the desk and computer. In that time I developed lower back pain. So I went to a couple of massage places and they gave me temporary relief. But it was temporally. Then I found a lady and she was very good, she helped me a lot. Actually, for the whole week, I had no back pain.

Work for me

And the second time I was with her, she said: ‘You don’t look so very happy’, so I said: ‘Well, I am not.’ She said: ‘What is it?’ I said: ‘Well, my job. I don’t like my job. But yeah I need money.’ And she said: ‘Why don’t you come work for me?’

Carpal tunnel syndrome

So I said: ‘Well I have carpal tunnel syndrome. I have been operated on, but my hands are still, you know, I use them in a different way than normal.’ She replied: ‘I too have carpal tunnel syndrome.  Yet I have not been operated on and I massage six to eight people a day.’

So I thought ‘Ah’.  And the second time she asked me to come work for her, I said: ‘Okay, let me try.’ So I did one course with her, I liked it. I did the second course with her, I liked it again, it was basic holistic massage, intuitive massage. I learned a lot. But for me, it was not enough.

Massage model

So then I googled and found ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam, I emailed and asked if I could be a model ‘victim’ in one of the lessons to see if this was something for me. I really enjoyed it.

At the same time, I had learned that my position in my company was to be terminated within the next three years, so I decided I have to do something and I think I found something I like more.

Meanwhile, I had developed tennis elbow. I don’t really know the reason why I had tennis elbow, it just was. So I had done acupuncture and also physiotherapy for 9 months – twice a month-, and it still did not help. But then when I’d come here to the massage school the second time Manel had done a form of acupressure to my elbow and my forearm. The next day I woke up and I did not have the same pain. I thought ‘Damn, this works.’


So I enrolled in the month acupressure massage therapy program. I did foot reflexology, which at that time was my favourite and still is. Thai table massage, deep tissue and sports massage and Thai chair massage. And after that being in the school and the motivation I got being here, also from you and Manel, enticed me to even wanted to learn more. So I signed myself up for another two courses. Completed one of them, still busy with Wat Po. I really like Wat Po. I found a new direction.

I have not been at the sitting job since November last year. I was just telling somebody today at the gym that I feel stronger, healthier than I did 30 years ago.

No healthy life

Thirty years ago, I was 26. When you are in your mid-twenties you think that life is forever, and I wasn’t particularly leading a very healthy life or anything. I just was living. Enjoying the day and the time and doing what jobs I could. Just to earn money. And if I look at myself today…

I wasn’t very strong

I have never joined a gym. At the beginning of this year, I joined a gym. I needed to build up some strength, after sitting in a chair for 8 years, I wasn’t very strong. If I needed to use my hands, then, of course, I have to do something to build up some form of muscle and stamina to be able to give a lot of massages. Within three months of going to the gym, I have built up more muscle, power, strength and stamina than I had actually in my whole life.

I look younger

Some people don’t recognize me, I look younger now, I heard that from lots of different people, my wife included. She does recognize me of course, but she didn’t recognize my body, as in the old body, she likes the new body hehehe.

It works

My wife is very happy, that I found something that I really like. And she profits as well. Because she had a hip replacement and she broke her ankle, all on the same side, and I have been giving her massages, Thai therapy, and she says, she has been to physios, she has been to doctors, she has tried everything and the only thing that helps her, that after she had a session with me for an hour. The next day she wakes up and says ‘wow I did not wake up last night from my hip’. So this only confirms it for me. Because I know it works, it worked on me. I was my own guinea pig first and I see it on her so she is very happy.

Very happy

I am a lot more stable mentally now, more at ease, more at peace with myself and I get a lot of energy from giving massages. Also receiving them. I go now once a week at least for a massage. And it helps me in many ways. I walk straight. I feel healthy and I am a lot more positive. I haven’t been this positive in 8 years. So for me, it is a real big change. I am a musician by trade and in the last 4 years I never even picked up my guitar that is the effect that that job had on me. And now I am playing again and I feel very happy.

Massage studio

On the other hand, before I worked in the other company for 8 years, I had a recording studio, and I have been there actually for 18 years. I had a private recording studio for musicians, and unfortunately, I cannot use that space to give massages because my best friend with whom I share the space; he is a wood and metal designer with big saws and dust and all. I could have musicians come in with that, but I can’t have massage clients. So in May this year will be my last month that I am with him and then I am moving to another studio.

Full circle

I am going to share the space with a lady, she is 65, and she has been giving massage for the last 40 years. So she has a lot of experience. They put the rent up for her so she was looking for somebody. She treated me with my back pain. One of the good places I went in the beginning. So for me, it feels like I actually have done a full circle. I started down from a painful point of view, all the way down to a healthy point of view.


The fact that I know that massage actually works made me want to become healthier. That was for me the trigger point. Because I know this is something, if it works for me, and I wasn’t so healthy then, can you imagine what I can do to people who in general are not so healthy?

And I was also not so positive before. Massage is not just a physical thing, I think it is a mental thing as well. In the last three years that I have been busy with massage, I am receiving it a lot because I took advice from my previous teacher and Manel as well: ‘get as many massages as you can’ so I did. And I found some bad ones I never went back, but I found a couple of good ones and I kept them. So every now and then I go to see them and I get a good massage out of it. But I learned also to focus on my breathing. When I get a massage, I have mastered the art of shallow breathing. I wait for them to push before I breathe out and for the rest, I can actually control my breath a lot more, and that in turn makes my body relax.

Make us all healthy

Look I am 56 now, so I have to work for another 12 years and this will enable me to still support myself and my family and at the same time make us all healthy.’

Thanks, Shaun for sharing your story!

To everyone… Create a healthy and happy day!

Nicole (& of course Manel)

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