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.

How I found Happiness

How I fell in love

Our mission

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.


International Training Massage School Thai Hand Amsterdam is internationally accredited and recognized. We have given workshops to more than 10,000 people worldwide and professional training to over 600 students in the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Thailand.


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.

Certificates for students

Approved and authorised by ITM

Students who graduate for the exams 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

Universal VAK

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

High Quality

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.


Start now!

We also offer online courses. So you can start directly!

You only need your computer, laptop, ipad or smart phone and someone to be your model. And you can follow the lessons like you were with us in the school. We teach you the same as in our school; slow, clear and with a lot of extra tips and tricks.

Our teachers



Founder of ITM International Training Massage School Thai Hand Amsterdam and Berlin. From Spanish origin he left his  his stressy corporate job…



Founder of International Training Massage School Thai Hand Amsterdam and Berlin, experienced the benefits of traditional Thai massage while living in Asia….



Marike is born and raised in France by a Dutch mother and French father. She moved to Amsterdam 15 years ago and and never wanted to leave!…


Massage therapist

In her native country Thailand, Traditional Thai Massage is part of society and basic health care. Nowadays, traditional Thai Massage…



Is founder of Tutesanas, the “Traveler School”. He changed from studying Telecommunications Engineering to the world of Health…