Already a therapist?

Are you a physiotherapist, massage therapist, ortho manual therapist or working as any other physical therapist? Imagine you could broaden your knowledge and didn’t have to send clients to other therapists, but could treat them yourself…


How would it be for you if you would know how to treat your clients’:

  • Neck sprain
  • Elbow Stiffness
  • Ankle sprain inside
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain with abnormal breath
  • Acute shoulder pain
  • Artritis of the fingers
  • Ankle sprain with swelling
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of knee
  • Back Pain (not able to flex)
  • Migraine
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Back pain (not able to extend)
  • Neck stiffness 1
  • Frozen Shoulder front
  • Back pain (not able to rotate)
  • Neck stiffness 2


And how would it be for you if you knew how to relieve toxins and blockages of the internal organs such as…

  • the liver
  • small intestine
  • pancreas
  • colon
  • kidney
  • stomach
  • duodenum
  • ureter
  • gallbladder
  • spleen etc.

If you now think, yes I like to know that, then you might be interested in the Advanced Massage Therapist Program; The specialist form of massage therapy to treat ailments. These techniques are used in hospitals in Asia to improve health, reduce waiting lists, eliminate drug use and often avoid surgery. Click here to discover more. 

The truth about sitting down!

Do you know why sitting is killing you?


If I would ask you ‘how many hours did you sit today?’ What would be your answer?

Maybe you work in an office job 8 hours a day, sitting in a chair working in front of the computer? You might travel to work in sitting position, by car or public transport? Do you watch some TV in the evenings, read a book or chat with friends/family… also sitting down? So how many hours will that be all together?

Did you ever think, all this sitting down might be killing me?

Please read on. When I first find out I was shocked, it opened my eyes. Maybe yours too?

It might shock you to hear that scientific research states that sitting for more than 6 hours a day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than if you sit less than 3 hours a day. Even if you exercise… Scary isn’t it?

Did you know that physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death globally? The World Health Organization (WHO) states that inactivity is causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally.


So how can sitting kill you? What are the dangers of sitting too long? Well, sitting too long can cause…


People with sitting jobs have twice the chance on cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs. When you sit for a longer time your muscles burn less fat and your blood flows slower. Therefore it is easier for fatty acids to more easily clog the heart. When you sit for a long time you are prone to higher blood pressure and elevated cholesterol.



The pancreas, a gland organ located in the abdomen, is part of the digestive system. It produces insulin and other important enzymes and hormones that help break down foods. Insulin is a hormone that carries glucose to cells for energy. But cells in inactive muscles do not respond as easily to insulin, so the pancreas produces more and more. This can lead to diabetes and other diseases.



Studies have linked sitting to a greater risk of colon, breast and endometrial cancer. There are several studies. It is said that too much insulin stimulates cell growth. Another suggests that regular movement stimulates natural antioxidants that kill cell-damaging and potentially carcinogenic free radicals.



When you sit you don’t use your muscles. And when you don’t use your muscles you lose them. Especially when you are hanging a bit in a chair, your abdominal muscles go unused. This can cause back problems. In example exaggerating the spine’s natural arch, called hyper lordosis.



Lack of activity can cause osteoporosis. Because when you are active you stimulate your bones to grow thicker.



Not moving your legs means poor circulation in the legs. Therefore all sorts of circulation problems can occur, varicose veins, swollen ankles or dangerous blood clots called deep vein thrombosis.



When you sit a lot you don’t move your hips much so they become tighter, less flexible. Flexible hips keep you balanced. The reason elderly people tend to fall is because of decreased hip mobility.



Most people working in front of computers tend to bend their neck a lot. And most people looking on their phones a lot tilt their head. In both cases, the neck can strain the cervical vertebrae and lead to permanent imbalances.



When you move your blood circulates around the body. Blood caries oxygen and nutrients, also to the brain. When you sit a long time, the blood flow decreases and therefore you might have the feeling being in the clouds, or having a foggy brain. You don’t feel as much as alert as you used to be. It can even become that bad that you feel depressed.



If you sit in the same position for a longer period of time and not moving a lot, you might get sore shoulders and back. It starts first with a bit of a stiffness in the trapezius muscle (that connects the shoulders to the neck), then soreness and can become so painful that it might affect your daily life.



People who sit more are at greater risk for herniated lumbar disks. A muscle called the psoas travels through the abdominal cavity and, when it tightens, pulls the upper lumbar spine forward. Upper-body weight rests entirely on the ischial tuberosity (sitting bones) instead of being distributed along the arch of the spine.


So what do you think?


Will you now change something in your life? I did after knowing all this. I am now much more aware of my daily sitting. If I don’t need to sit, I stand, move around.


Of course, that is easier for me to say than someone in an office job. As a massage therapist and massage teacher we move a lot. And we prevent ailments for ourselves and others. Amazing job!


Anyway, I just realized I am sitting already quite some time writing this down for you. I must move again…


Stay happy & healthy and… don’t sit too much!

Create a healthy day!

Nicole & Manel

PS: Whenever you are ready… here are 5 ways we can help you to become healthier through MASSAGE:

  1. Retreat – Click Here
  2. Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 1 Foundation) – Click Here
  3. Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program – Click Here
  4. Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 2 Advanced) – Click Here
  5. Thai Yoga Massage Teacher Training Program – Click Here


PSPS: Do you know others who like to know about the risks of sitting too much? Feel free to share this post by clicking on the Social Media link below.


Want to be a Massage Therapist?

Like to work flexible hours, as an all-round massage therapist, while using different massage techniques? Then the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 1) might be something for you.

During this program you’ll learn everything you need to know to become an Acupressure Massage Therapist; how to give massage treatments of Table Massage, Chair Massage, Foot Reflexology Massage and Deep Tissue & Sports Massage.

Experience is not needed!


What is Acupressure Therapy Massage?

Acupressure Massage Therapy is aimed at preventing ailments and improving overall health through various massage disciplines: chair massage, foot reflexology massage, deep tissue & sports massage and Thai table massage.

In Asia massage is part of regular medicine, and in the west, the benefits of massage are also becoming more and more familiar.

Thus, research shows that 15 minutes of chair massage results in reduced stress at work, increased alertness and increased speed and accuracy of mathematical calculations.

Office workers who are regularly massaged are more alert, perform better and are less stressed. Chair massage is the best massage to learn if you want a flexible job. As a chair massage therapist you can work in markets, festivals, offices, shops, businesses and more.

Foot reflexology is the most common massage in Asia against insomnia, headache, backache, knee pain, problems in the foot, stress and more.

The benefits of foot reflexology are not yet known in the West, but awareness grows, so you will have big career opportunities as a foot reflexologist.

It is known that through Deep Tissue and Sports massage (professional) athletes recover faster from injuries and also to stay healthy.

In addition, this is the perfect massage to improve your immune system (by stimulating the lymphatic movement that filters waste from white blood cells that fight bacteria), reducing stress (by reducing the level of cortisol in your body), to become happier (by increasing endorphin, the happy hormone) and fight insomnia (the massage balances your mood through the impact on the endocrine system).

And the Thai Table Massage is the most advanced and increasingly popular massage in wellness centres, because of the many health benefits of this massage technique.

As an Acupressure Massage Therapist you have the opportunity to have a very varied job because of the different massage techniques you learn, and you can also offer the techniques in different locations and companies.


Thai Table Massage


  • Preventive and therapeutic full body traditional Thai Yoga Massage treatment on the table, based on manipulation of joints, acupressure and stretches over the clothes.
  • Increases flexibility and the client experiences deep relaxation through passive stretching and acupressure.
  • Thai massage diminishes stress, relaxes tension areas in the whole body, is good for headache and back pain, improves flexibility and boosts the energy level.

Upon completion students are able to perform an effective Thai Table Massage of 1 to 2 hours.

Thai Chair Massage Lanna Style


  • Effective massage to the back, neck, shoulders, and hands on a massage chair and on an ordinary chair.
    Innovative blend of Thai Massage movements and Thai acupressure points.
  • Relieves stress, boosts energy, alertness and productivity. Increases blood circulation, reduces muscle tension and pain.
  • Helps to relieve repetitive-stress-injuries (RSI), relaxes and rejuvenates.

Upon completion students are able to perform a Thai Chair Massage depending on the needs of the client, from 20 minutes to maximum 1 hour.

Thai Foot Reflexology


  • Practical technique to loosen the feet using a Thai reflexology stick, relax and stimulate the body to restore its own healthy balance in a natural way.
  • Works with the reflex points on the feet that match each organ in the body.
  • The nerve endings of the various organs in the body lead to the palms and soles of the feet. Abnormal function or blockage in the organs causes pain in the associated pressure point.
  • When this pressure point is stimulated, the blockade is removed and the organ is returned to its correct function.

Upon completion students are able to perform an effective Thai Foot Reflexology Massage of 1 hour.

Deep Tissue and Sports Massage


  • A massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.
  • Helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back pain, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
  • Movement is slower than Classic Swedish Massage and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

Upon completion students are able to perform an effective Deep Tissue and Sports Massage of 1 to 1,5 hours on a table using oil.

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Basic anatomy and physiology for massage
  • Effects of massage per organ system (Circulatory System, Endocrine System, Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System, Integumentary System, Lymphatic System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Reproduction System, Respiratory System, Skeletal System and Urinary System)
  • Indications and contra-indications for massage protocols

After completion students will have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and are able to determine the indications and contra-indications for the massage protocols.

Our way of teaching
During our lessons we not only teach you the best massage techniques, but you will also become healthier yourself. Our teaching methodology is called VAK, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic, meaning that you first look at the teacher when explaining the massage techniques. After that you give the massage on a fellow student and then you receive the massage. So you learn in 3 ways. But in this way you also work on your own health. It’s great to see that many of our students benefit immensely from the massage they receive during the lessons. For example, many of our students got rid of their burnout complaints, others experienced that their headache, backache and stress disappeared. Only because they are following a massage training and therefore, they themselves experience the benefits of Acupressure Massage Therapy.


  • You will be a certified Thai Table Masseur, Thai Chair Masseur Lanna Style, Thai Foot Reflexology Masseur and a Deep Tissue and Sports Masseur
  • You can work as an Acupressure Therapy Massage practitioner in a health centre, physio therapist clinic, spa’s, wellness centres, hotels, in other studios or your own place
  • You can work as an Acupressure Massage Therapist in schools and companies offering business massage
  • Set up your own massage company

Like to know more? Check here