Stop Taking Painkillers Take Massage Instead

This is my story.

But I hear a similar story from the people we train on a daily basis. In one way or another, we all experience the same type of situation before we finally take action that turns things around and actually improves our life:

Tomorrow would be my 1 year anniversary of being on sick leave. I had a heavy concussion and a whiplash – a suitcase had fallen off the overhead luggage rack while the airplane I was on moved to the airstrip, ready for departure.

My life was not as I had imagined. I was using painkillers to suppress the enormous headache. I was in bed all day. I could not bear any sound. Nor could I handle any stress. Even grocery shopping was too much.

It was my seventh concussion and fourth whiplash. And I had done a lot of tests: X-ray examination – when I found out I was allergic to contrast agents and had a near-death experience, but that’s a different story – ultrasound, EEC, CT-scan, MRI and neurological examination. They could not find anything.

I had tried all kinds of treatments and therapy to get rid of my pain and symptoms. Physiotherapy. Shockwave therapy (sound waves). A neurologist even paralyzed a nerve for a few days. Neck-traction device at the hospital. I wore a neck brace. Tried a brand-new head pillow that had been custom-made for me. I even changed my diet. Nothing worked.

The only thing that had decreased the worst pain to some degree was treatment from an orthomanual therapist. The only other alternative was to just lie down in a dark room with painkillers, although that was more pain suppression.

That day, my neurologist asked me if it would not be better for me to resign: quit my office job.

Quit? But then what would I do?

I gave her a hundred reasons not to quit my job. Like being pregnant – perhaps not the ideal timing to resign when I was about to have a baby and being ill as well. No job? Then what? What about my future? And what about my baby that was on the way?

As all these reasons went through my mind, my neurologist gave me one reason – an incentive really – to resign.

She told me that I would get better if I gave massage treatments. I was overwhelmed. I thought it was weird. However, I was also curious. She told that she had seen the same scenario in her practice for years: “We take too many pills, Nicole. We have stressful jobs and just keep taking pills. Not good for people, like you, with headaches.” She was a fan of therapeutic Thai massage. It helped her relax. It also helped many of her clients who suffered from headaches. “And then you have a relaxed job!” She laughed when she left.

The seed was planted. I started doing some research. I booked massage treatments, so I could experience it myself.

Guess what? She was right!

  • I had a therapeutic Thai massage every three days for three weeks in a row. The treatments were specifically for headaches and whiplash pain and injuries. My headaches disappeared.

  • I had dealt with my headaches and pain for so long, that I just could not remember how good, free and relaxed it felt without a headache.

  • I threw away my painkillers. And more importantly, I turned my life around.

  • I started giving massage treatments and classes full-time. All of a sudden my workspace was no longer an office with computers and deadlines, but a nice space with soothing music and lovely essential oils.

Every day, I make people happy with my massage treatments. Do you know how much energy that gives me? I schedule my own time. I work when I want to. I even meditate during treatments. My body became stronger. My life changed completely. Without headaches.

I love sharing my story. Because I want everyone to have a happy and healthy life. To feel appreciated. Without stress.

 

#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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Stress and your body

 

Why can stress make you sick? Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations (sometimes real, sometimes only perceived). Stress can be good, when you only feel stress or anxiety for a short time, like for a test or a job interview. Through this feeling of stress you are more alert, it can temporary gives you an extra boost of energy, which increases your performance. But if it is chronic or you experience stress for a longer period, it can be harmful and you can even become sick. Why is this? Read more

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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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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