Do you know that the biggest reason of our students to not start a massage course is money?

We get daily emails from people who love to study massage, but they email us that they don’t have money. So therefore I just thought to give you some inspirational ideas for you if you are like many of our students that have the same problem: They love to take a course, but they are struggling with the money.

So hereby some ideas:

  1. Are you unemployed?

In the Netherlands we have the UWV, but maybe in your own country you have another kind of organization. Sometimes it is the local community office, sometimes it is an office related to the tax office. It depends the country. Ask your employment coach to fund your study. Explain your employment coach that you can work as a massage therapist after following the massage program, so you are no longer depended on unemployment funds.


  1. Are you employed?

Many of our students ask their bosses to pay their massage programs. Of course it depends where you work. But a lot of companies have money to pay their employees courses. Or maybe you want to change your career, even then a lot of companies have money to help you retrain for another profession.


  1. Crowd funding!

We found this idea that a student had a couple of years ago, amazing. She wanted to do the Thai yoga massage level 1 course with us but did not have any money. She then emailed all her friends, family and colleagues to say that she wanted to do a massage course and that she had massage vouchers for sale. She basically told everyone: Normally a good massage treatment is about 60 to 75 euro for 1 hour. How about if you buy a massage voucher from me now, for only 20 euro and I will give you the massage after I finish my massage course.


Immediate clients after the course

It was so amazing, she got so much response that she was able to enrol in the level 1 and also in the level 2 massage course directly without paying herself for the course. After the courses she gave all the people that bought her voucher a massage and they loved it so much, many of them came back and paid the full price she asked. So she immediately had clients the day she finished the courses.


So how about this? If you have more ideas let us know . And if you need assistance let us know as well, we are happy to help.

Have a lovely day and we are looking forward seeing you in our class.

Are you living in the Netherlands? Or planning to live in the Netherlands?

Then… this is for you!

The year 2018 is the last year in which you still can deduct your study costs for tax purposes.


This is for everyone, even if you don’t have a business yet.

Or if you are not yet registered at the tax office, you can still deduct your study costs and thus save money. If you are already a registered masseur, you can also still have this benefit.

What to do? You have to start in 2018

The only rule is, you have to start your study this year, in 2018!

So if you are thinking about taking a massage course, this would be the best time to start! So if you want to follow a study in 2019, you can probably do so in 2018 and thus bring start with the study earlier, with tax deductions.


No time?

Don’t you have time to start a course in 2018? You can consider to start a massage course anyway, even if you don’t have time.

Our courses are online as well, so you can enrol this year and start when the time is right for you.

For the Dutch tax office it matters when you enrol. And that is… you must enrol in 2018 in order to deduct the study costs for your taxes.

The massage courses at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam are registered at the CRKBO (Register for Short Professional Education), so therefore acknowledged as a professional school where study costs can be deducted.

Are you an empoyee?

Are you working as an employee? You can also ask your employer / boss to pay for your massage study. Many of our students have done that.


If you have any questions, please email us to and we can help you from there!

#1 It is a very rewarding career

The fact that you can improve the health of others in mental and physical pain is a great reason to choose the career of massage therapist. It is scientifically proven that you can prevent diseases by frequent massage. Massage improves your immune system, you recover more quickly after an injury and prevent your muscles from injuries.
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Teaching in front of a class

“Thinking about speaking in public makes me a bit tense. And just before I have to speak in public I go constantly to the toilet. When I am finally up there, ready to speak I become even more nervous, my voice shakes…

However, I am too stressed in my job now and thinking of changing careers. I heard you have a Thai yoga massage teacher training. Do you think this is something for me even though I am shy to speak in public?”

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#1 Make others Healthier

Sharing your skills as a Thai yoga massage teacher gives you the opportunity to change the lives of others. When you teach Thai yoga massage, you can inspire your students. Moreover, as scientifically proven your students will become healthier.

By Thai yoga massage your immune system improves, you recover more quickly after an injury and prevent your muscles from injuries.

And if you have any injuries Thai yoga massage will help you to recover better. Inspiring students and changing their lives by sharing your skills as a Thai yoga massage teacher is a very rewarding job.

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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.

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