Are you a therapist? 

Are you a physiotherapist, massage therapist, ortho manual therapist or working as any other physical therapist?

Imagine this…

Imagine that you could broaden your knowledge and didn’t have to send clients to other therapists.
Imagine that you could treat them yourself…

You can treat all this? 

How would it be for you if you would know all those massage treatments?:

1. Massage Treatment for Headache
2. Massage Treatment for Migraine
3. Massage Treatment for Neck Stiffness 1
4. Massage Treatment for Neck Stiffness 2
5. Massage Treatment for Neck Sprain
6. Massage Treatment for Bell’s Palsy
7. Massage Treatment for Acute Shoulder Pain
8. Massage Treatment for Chronic Shoulder Pain
9. Massage Treatment for Shoulder Pain with Abnormal Breath
10. Massage Treatment for Frozen Shoulder
11. Massage Treatment for Frozen Shoulder (Front)
12. Massage Treatment for Tennis Elbow
13. Massage Treatment for Elbow Stiffness
14. Massage Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
15. Massage Treatment for Arthritis of Finger (Finger Sprain)
16. Massage Treatment for Arthritis of Toes (Toe Sprain)
17. Massage Treatment for Back Pain (cannot flex)
18. Massage Treatment for Back Pain (cannot extend)
19. Massage Treatment for Back Pain (cannot rotate)
20. Massage Treatment for Osteoarthritis of Knee
21. Massage Treatment for Ankle Sprain (inside)
22. Massage Treatment for Ankle Sprain (outside)
23. Massage Treatment for Ankle Sprain (swelling)
24. Massage Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
25. Massage Treatment for Achilles Tendon Stiffness
26. Massage Treatment for Pain in the Legs
27. Massage Treatment for Abdominal Pain from Stress
28. Massage Treatment for Digestion Problems
29. Massage Treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
30. Massage Treatment for Bloating
31. Massage Treatment for Constipation
32. Massage Treatment for Menstruation Cramps
33. Massage Treatment for Depression
34. Massage Treatment for Burn-out
35. Massage Treatment for Stress
36. Massage Treatment for Abdominal Tension
37. Massage Treatment for Chest Tension
38. Massage Treatment for Respiratory Problems


Then you might be interested in the Acupressure 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.

Sorry we are fully booked 

And am sure that if you are able to treat all the ailments above, that you will have so many clients, that you have to put up this sign like the picture: Sorry we are fully booked 🙂

Do you know that the biggest reason for 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 on 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 on 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. Crowdfunding!

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 enroll in 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 to seeing you in our class.

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


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Recent research reveals that people in the Netherlands are moving the most compared to inhabitants from other countries in the European Union. 80 percent of Dutch people cycle, walk, work in their garden or swim weekly, compared to 44 percent on average in the EU.


Great news or not?

Great news, you might think. However, there is a huge downside to this. I discuss that later on.

First I explain more about the research that was done by The European Commission’s Eurobarometer, called Sport and physical activity report. In 2017, more than 28,000 Europeans (including 1040 Dutch people) aged 15 and older were asked for how often they move.

Well, I am not so surprised by the fact that Dutch people move a lot. One reason, of course, is that there is a good infrastructure in the Netherlands that promotes walking and cycling.

Cycling to school

I myself was born and raised in the Netherlands and I can say from my own experience that I used to go to school by bike, just like all my other classmates. From the age of four going to primary school, we cycled until high school, within the same city. At the age of 18, I moved out of my parents to live in the city of my university and also there we all cycled to university.

We always went on the bike. In rain, wind, snow, and sun, that does not matter. The weather is never bad, it just depends on what you are wearing. So most often in this country with a lot of rain, we all cycled wrapped up in rain gear.

The elementary school was only 5 minutes cycling, the secondary school fifteen minutes and the university was not that far away, a maximum of 30 minutes. But some classmates from surrounding villages had to cycle for an hour to high school until they were at school. And after school, we always cycle to friends, sports or activities.

No footpaths

I have lived abroad for a number of years (United States, South Africa, France, Italy, the Philippines and Thailand, and we go to Spain every year). I always notice that people walk and cycle less. In the United States I went to high school and there you were picked up with the school bus and when you were 16, many classmates already had a car and just drove around. There was a lot of sports activities you could choose from in school. But I never really saw many people walking. Only in the early mornings in the shopping malls there were walking activities for health. Some people did cycle but then for sport, not like in the Netherlands we use the bicycle as a meaning of transport. In my area in the United States, there were no footpaths and cycle paths.

Public transport and cars

In the Philippines, everyone I knew took a ‘tricycle (kind of riksia) or’ jeepney ‘(a sort of shared taxi bus) to move around. And also in South Africa, France, Italy, and Thailand, I did not see people walk and cycle as much as here.

On the picture by the way, you see our kids (age 4 and 6) cycling to school on a sunny day, hurray. With helmets by the way, which I never had when I was young, this is something that you see only recently that kids wear helmets when cycling and very few adults do too.

But well … back to the research …


Sports for fun

It turns out that the Dutch also do a lot of sports (56% practice sport weekly, compared to the average in Europe of 40%) and that mainly for fun, not necessarily for their health like other Europeans. Only in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, people do sports more often than in the Netherlands. The group of intensive athletes (five times a week or more) is small at 6 percent, just like in the rest of the European Union.


My worry

But … here is the other part of the research that worries me …

Because the research continues …

And then it becomes clear that the Dutch are movement champions, but also … they are champions of sitting!


Sitting champion

It is striking that in countries where people move a lot, people also sit more often. The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark are both the moving and sitting champions of Europe.

The Dutch sit around 8.7 hours a day, mainly because more and more people do sedentary work.

Looking at the country level, respondents are more likely to spend 2 hours 30 minutes or less sitting down in Romania (31%), followed by those in Portugal (23%), Cyprus and Poland (both 22%).

At the other end of the scale, respondents are more likely to spend more than 8 hours 30 minutes a day sitting down in the Netherlands (32%), Denmark (23%), the Czech Republic (21%), Sweden (20% ) and Greece (19%).


Sitting can kill you

So wherever you are … hope you start moving. Because sitting more than 8 hours a day can kill you in the end…. but you knew that already, didn’t you?

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


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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?

Attacked by a lion?

Well, your body is amazing! One of the tricks your body can do is when you are feeling stressed, your body has a chemical reaction as a means of survival. When for example you are attacked by a lion, you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury.

This reaction is known as ‘fight-or-fight’, or as the stress response. During this stress, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. Well, maybe being attacked by a lion is not something you daily think about, but it is just an example.

You can also think about being ‘attacked’ by a gun or a car moving fast in your direction But let’s picture, for now, you are being attacked by a lion…

Your brain controls you!

Do you know that it is actually your brain that controls your body? Your brain decided in this very short time on which element of your body you need to focus on. Do you need to run from this lion?

Then, your brain sends extra blood to your legs so you are all of a sudden stronger than usual and you can run. All this, your brain does in a super-fast movement. It takes a lot of energy, so therefore the brain has no energy any more to give to some other systems, which seem at this moment less relevant.

You need to generate all your power to run from this lion, therefore your brain switches off your digestive system and your immune system.

Immune system and digestion switches off

Why putting energy in digesting food or fighting diseases when you have to run for this lion, the brain thinks. Having less focus on your immune system and digestion system just for a short time because you need to run for a lion is okay for your body.


Why stress makes you sick?

But what if you have chronic stress? What if you think too much, or your job is making you stressed? You have mental stress. Therefore the brain puts all the energy and blood to the brain as a survival mechanism and switching off the immunity and digestion system for longer periods. Therefore you can feel stomach aches, upsetting stomach, liver problems, pancreas problems etc after stressful periods or become sick more easily.

By not digesting your food properly your internal organs will not get the nutrients, vitamins, and oxygen that they usually should get.

So what to do when you are too stressed?

One of the fastest ways to reduce stress is to do exercise or to receive massage. Because by massage and exercise you reduce the level of cortisol in your bloodstream faster. Cortisol is a hormone that increases in your blood when you are stressed.

This is a good hormone to have only for a small amount of time during the moment in which you need to be extra alert or you need to ‘fight or flight’. But having a lot of cortisol in your body for a longer time is contra-productive because your body focusses only on being alert.

During stress and increasing of cortisol, your body is not producing other hormones that you need to feel relaxed and happy. These other hormones also called the happy hormones like endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and vasopressin etc. are improved by massage. And these happy hormones are directly increasing when you do exercise or receive a massage.

So hope you stay well and are able to decrease your stress.

Create a healthy and stress-free 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


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This Sounds a Bit Funny

Here’s a story that inspired us so much, that we decided to share this with you. After the class of Thai yoga massage one of our students told me this:

‘It sounds maybe funny, but giving Thai yoga massage treatments to my friends and family gives me the feeling I can attribute something to the world. Let me explain. I am 54 years old and I work on a daily basis with much younger colleagues.

I work in a very commercial international fashion company and all my colleagues are working very very hard to get to the top. They are quite young and experience so much stress already.

When I felt what Thai yoga massage did for me during treatment, I thought wow I like to learn that and help my colleagues and friends to decrease stress. So I started with the Thai yoga massage therapy courses and now I give massage to my colleagues.

Even when I give a five minutes massage when they are still sitting on their chair in the office, it has already an enormous impact on them. I also give now weekly massage to my friends.

They are between 50 and 70 years old and have all demanding jobs. They feel constant stress. When I then massage them, they are so happy, they feel so relaxed afterward.

It is such an amazing feeling. All my friends know that I can give massage treatments of Thai yoga massage, so they all are waiting in line. I don’t have to buy any birthday gifts anymore, but I always give them a massage voucher, which they tell me: nothing can make them happier. I now even get the request by their husbands: ‘I see the change in my wife, I want to experience that super relaxed feeling as well. Can you massage me too!’

This makes me a different person

I love my job, and I don’t want to change my job to become a full-time massage therapist, but having this as a hobby makes me a different person. During the massage treatments, I feel in a flow, of meditation.

After the massage I have a clear mind. I feel amazing. And my friends whom I massage feel super. It is the best gift every time to see the big change in my friends when they thank me after the massage that made them so relaxed. They did not even know before receiving the massage how stressed they were. And after they feel as new.

I feel that during the day I am working in a commercial world, which I love. But I am so happy that I have the skills now to give massage treatments because I have the feeling I can really contribute to the world.’

If you now think, I like that too, feel free to join one of our programs.

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


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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


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How many hours did you sit today? How many hours did you move today? Do you ever think about this? And do you know the danger of not moving? Do you know that sitting in a chair can actually cause you to die earlier? Well, to understand this, let’s go back into history for a moment.

We are newcomers

If you compare the creation of the world (more than 13 thousand 800 million years ago), our solar system, the life of dinosaurs all millions and millions of years ago… the human being is just a very newcomer. It is only about 2 million years ago that our first ancestor, the Australopithecus, decided to jump out of the tree, starting to walk on two legs. However, only in these few years that the human being exists our behavior has been changing a lot!

We were on the menu

It is only less than 10,000 years ago, that we were living in caves, had to hunt to survive. We had to run, escape from our predators. We were the first plate on the menu of the saber-toothed tiger. So we were always on the run, moving a lot. Since this time, the inside and outside of the human body haven’t experienced big changes. And in terms of evolution, 10,000 years is just a very short time. However, our society has been changing immensely. For example, we don’t need to hunt for food anymore. We don’t have a predator anymore that put our daily life to risk, for which we need to run daily. So we move less. And moving is super important because we are made to move!

Why we need to move?

Why is this? Well, moving is very important to be healthy. The only way to move lymph that fights against bacteria and which is super important for the immune system is when we move. Ancient medicine, like Chinese medicine, calls life movement. Movement is called life. When you die you don’t move anymore. So lack of movement is death. Ancient Taoists looked to rivers: they say: when the water moves, there is life. When the water doesn’t move anymore and stops, there is no life. These Ancient Taoists used to base their medicine into observation. They used to think that what happened outside happened also inside. So looking at the rivers, they believed the same about the lymphatic system, it needs to move to live. And even nowadays scientists show us that for good health we need to move. Actually, we know now that exercise improves our immunity system. Exercise is movement.

Sitting can kill you!

Scientists nowadays show that if you don’t move, like sitting more than 6 hours a day you live less. So this means lack of movement makes you live less. It will attack your immunity system. Lymph for example only moves when we move.

Technology can make us sick

If you read all the above, do you realize that we nowadays almost don’t move anymore? No, we don’t have predators and we don’t need to hunt for food… However, the reason nowadays that we hardly move is… technology! The last 30 years we almost stopped to move! Remember the time in the eighties when we didn’t have internet? Do you realize how much it has changed us?

The fault of the internet

During the time without internet when you wanted to buy shoes, you walked the whole day in the shopping streets looking for shoes. Now you just sit in your chair, browse along the internet and buy them with a click. Remember the days when we cycled to the supermarket or walked to buy our groceries… nowadays we shop on the internet. And what about meeting friends… I used to meet my friends in the town center. I did not even call them beforehand, I just went there and if no-one was there, I cycled home. Nowadays… we have a WhatsApp group.

Take the stairs

If you compare a teenager nowadays to a teenager let’s say 50 years ago, you clearly see the difference. Nowadays there are elevators everywhere, who take the stairs when you have to go up more than 3 floors? I still do, because I know how important it is. However, others look at me as if I am an athlete, which I surely not am, I just try to stay fit. It is a shame that everything is just 1 click away from us and that we don’t need to move. Yes, of course, I am also happy at times that in 1 click I can book my holiday for example. But I still remember when I booked my first holiday when I was 18, along with friends without my parents for the first time, that we walked around the city for half the day to go to more than 6 agencies to check them all out.

What to do?

It is no wonder that since we don’t move so much anymore, we have so many more ailments and complaints and also at a much younger age than our parents and grandparents. I hope you give this story some thought and use technology in your benefit but please don’t forget to move! And if you really don’t have time to move, you can always book a traditional Thai massage or deep tissue massage, so at least your lymph will be moved and your health will increase. And otherwise, I would say… come out of your chair and move like the old days! Stay well!

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


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Health benefits of massage

Most people think of massage as relaxation, something luxurious, on holiday or in a spa. But did you know that massage improves your health? Massage offers multiple benefits to the organs of the body. Massage works preventively and curatively. In Asia, massage has been used in hospitals for centuries to shorten waiting lists and massage is integrated into daily life. Parents massage their children and the children massage their parents to prevent diseases. In case of complaints, both health care services are integrated: people visit a professional massage therapist and if they need it, are referred to what they call ‘doctors in Western medicine’.

Massage in hospitals

Recently, people who are going to massage therapists in the west are increasing. Mostly because they were on holiday, for example, in Thailand and have benefited greatly from massage treatments. Also because nowadays many people want to live healthier and are more aware of their own health. Yet, our western culture is still more focused on cure than on prevention in many aspects.

Anti-depressants or massage?

We might be taking good hygiene into account, take preventive vitamin D drops as a child and take the vaccinations we need. However, in the meanwhile we sit on a chair typing away on our computers for days until we have repetitive strain injury (RSI) and visit the doctor. We are taking an ibuprofen or paracetamol for head- and back pain. And we have never known so many depressed and burn-out people. In the Netherlands more than 100 million medicines are prescribed annually. It is very worrying that the Netherlands is heavily on antidepressants and tranquilizers. It became even normal to say: I just take a “pammetje” – the medical term is benzodiazepines, but is commonly referred to as pam: temazepam, oxazepam etc. In 2016 alone, 1 out of 10 people in the Netherlands took psychoactive medication. In 2017, more than 1 million people in the Netherlands are using anti-depressants. Stopping this medication is very difficult. Research shows that it is easier to get rid of heroin than antidepressant. So why do we use medication and try to cure ourselves instead of preventing complaints? Massage therapy works the same as ibuprofen or an antidepressant, but without the side effects. Weekly massage can cure complaints like head and back pain or repetitive strain injury (RSI).

So what does traditional Thai massage do?

When receiving a traditional Thai massage, your level of cortisol (also called the stress hormone) decreases. So therefore a massage relaxes you directly. Plus the massage increases your immune system. Because by massage the lymphocytes increases. This is a type of white blood cells that allow proper functioning of the immune system. Moreover, massage affects the activity of certain genes, directly reducing inflammation in muscles — the same result you’d get by taking aspirin or ibuprofen — and boosting their ability to recover from exercise. So instead of using pain killers, you might try a massage next time. The Nobel Prize Winners recently discovered that disease is caused when cells cannot transport information to another cell in our body in the right moment at the right place. This is clearly seen by Alzheimer, diabetes, Parkinson and immunological diseases. To prevent these diseases, you should improve your blood circulation, by getting regular deep acupressure massages. A good blood circulation is the secret to good health. Thus, there are many health benefits of massage.

Prevent illnesses instead of curing!

It is our mission to change the mind-set of as many people as possible from curative healthcare to preventive healthcare. And to integrate massage into our daily lives to become healthier, happier and relaxed. Therefore we share our knowledge whenever and wherever we can to reach out to as many people as possible. Moreover we teach massage. We have online massage training programs and we also have massage trainings in our school. A Thai yoga massage teacher training. And we organize retreats to Thailand where you can learn massage and relax.

Become healthier through our lessons!

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 massage!

Ps: The photo in this article is Sara, our daughter, when she was still a baby. She loves getting a massage since the was born. We still massage her, and nowadays she also gives massage to us!

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How I fell in love…

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‘Ready to take off’ said the pilot from our plane that August in 2010. I was supposed to go to Ghana for my work but I never arrived there. When the wheels of the airplane started to move, I felt a big bang on my head and everything became black. Apparently, a suitcase fell on my head, quite a big one from the overhead locker.

It was not even my suitcase, and it was not even my plane seat! I had switched seats some minutes before with another passenger. How unfortunate… I remember vaguely that we had to taxi back to the gate, me in the ambulance and being in a bed in the hospital. My luck… another whiplash and a severe concussion.

The suitcase that changed my life

Maybe the suitcase that fell on my head was meant to be for me? I don’t know. But what I know is that this suitcase changed my life! This was my seventh concussion and fourth whiplash. Yes, true! A bit clumsy I am and a bit unlucky with my head. One time fainted in the sauna, a ski accident, fallen down like a rock from a hill while roller-skating with self-made garbage-bag-wings (don’t laugh I was only seven and thought I could fly!), a tricycle-accident in the Philippines… etc… So my head was hurt again. Nothing else to do than wait and recover…

Why take pills instead of take massage?

Some years before that I lived in the Philippines and my colleagues from work told me: ‘Why do you take pills for your neck pain and headaches? Why not receive a massage?’ I was surprised, massage was in my eyes luxury, only when you go once in a while to a Spa or Wellness Center. Or for the rich and famous that had a weekly massage. And there I was working in an NGO and my colleagues got weekly massages.

My colleagues told me it was super healthy to receive massage frequently and they did not know what stress, RSI or burn out was. And let me tell you, they worked very hard! Let alone, they lived in a very stressful surrounding with natural disasters, war, and poverty. Weekly a masseur came to our office to massage us.

Wow, amazing!

This woman came from a small village to give us massages to prevent us from illnesses and cure diseases. There was even another NGO that taught (and still teaches) massage in small remote villages, so the villagers were able to learn how to massage each other. In these villages were no doctors, nor pharmacies, so they learned how to massage each other to help cure headaches, muscle pain, back pain, de-stress, improve the blood circulation and massage against insomnia.

Wow, I liked to know more. So I took all different massages, watched the woman that massaged us in the office and went with the NGO to the villages to see how they learn massage.

How Thai massage cured me

I tried different massages. The traditional Thai yoga massage, received on a matt over loose cotton clothes, worked the best for me. My colleagues were right, I did feel super energetic, relaxed at the same time and most of all pain-free! So I got rid of my ibuprofen and I started to receive weekly massage. Months later I moved to Thailand to follow the teacher training for Thai yoga massage Nuad Bo Rarn at ITM Chiang Mai. Once back in Amsterdam, I started to work part-time in Thai yoga massage, teaching and giving treatments.

But then again… the suitcase fell on my head when in the airplane. And again I had a whiplash and concussion. It was my neurologist in Amsterdam however who advised me: ‘I am already 25 years a neurologist and about to retire so now I tell you: stop taking medicine, quit your office job and work full-time in Thai massage. This eastern technique we should use much more together with our western medicine. People should take less medicine and receive more traditional Thai massages to be cured!’

I was astonished again, why did my other doctors never told me this? I followed her advice and I fell in love completely with Thai massage again. My headache and pains disappeared and did not come back ever since!

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The benefits of yoga are well known. However, the benefits of traditional Thai Yoga Massage are not well-known in the West, although this technique has been used in Asia for centuries to cure and prevent.

In Thailand, this massage is used in hospitals to shorten waiting lists. That’s why ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam has brought this ancient technique in the Netherlands to reduce stress, improve blood circulation, prevent RSI, to prevent migraines, and many more.

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