Acupressure Massage Therapy Program

Learn foot reflexology massage, chair massage, table massage and deep tissue massage. Great if you like to work as a massage therapist. 

For who?

Want to be an Acupressure Massage Therapist?

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

Want to learn Acupressure Massage Therapy as a hobby?

Are you not sure if you like to become a professional acupressure massage therapist? You just like to learn different massage techniques to improve the health of your friends and family? Then the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program might also be something for you.

Learn Thai Foot Reflexology and become a massage therapist

Schedule

In-class training in our school in Amsterdam starts various times a year.

You can start today because you also receive all our lessons as videos, so you can review every lesson at home (also if you miss one lesson – that is not a problem)

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Choose what suits you best:

Weekly Evening Program:

29 January – 20 June 19.00-22.00 – 20 Wednesday Evenings

1 Month Program:

3 February – 28 February Monday-Friday 13.00-16.00

Weekend Program:

– All weekends below from 15.00-20.00:

  • March 28 & 29
  • April 4 & 5
  • April 18 & 19
  • May 2 & 3
  • May 16 & 17
We teach Thai Chair Massage over the clothes in small groups

Become a certified massage therapist in:

  • Table Massage
  • Chair Massage
  • Foot Reflexology
  • Deep Tissue (Sports) Massage

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!

Thai Table massage is over the clothes, the client is on the table, the masseur next to the table.

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Thai Foot Reflexology is given with a Thai wooden stick

What is Acupressure Massage Therapy?

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Preventing ailments

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.

Chair massage benefits at work

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 massage career opportunities

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.

Recover faster by Deep Tissue Massage

It is known that through Deep Tissue (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).

Thai Table massage in wellness centres

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.

Flexible and varied job

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.

Learn Thai Chair Massage and become a massage therapist

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Massage Therapist…

#1 It is a very rewarding career

#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.

Massage also improves your mental state. Because massage decreases stress hormones such as cortisol and increases the so-called ‘happy hormones’ like endorphin and serotonin. These chemicals work together to make you feel good.

#2 Keeps you fit

#2 Keeps you fit

Instead of having an office job, you will be moving yourself giving massages. Performing massages doesn’t just benefit the client, you as a masseur benefit as well! When you give a massage you move constantly using your muscles, being aware of your posture using your bodyweight, and being yourself many times in a meditative sate, keeping a clear mind. So massage keeps mind and body healthy of both client and masseur!

#3 Happy Lifestyle

#3 Happy Lifestyle

For many of us, this is the case on a Monday morning: starting at your computer surrounded by grey walls, sitting almost 8 hours a day in a bad position typing away with stressful deadlines. You might be earning money to go to a nice Spa in the weekend to relax.

But what if this nice Spa is your working place… A massage therapist is able to work in a very relaxed environment, beautifully decorated room, Spa-like place, smelling nice incense, listening to relaxing music and meeting new people on a daily basis, whom you can make happy by your massage.

Instead of working hard deadlines, you work in a relaxing environment and when you finish your massage you receive smiles, hugs and thanks from your customers.

This work creates a happy lifestyle.

#4 Enjoy a Flexible Schedule

#4 Enjoy a Flexible Schedule

One of the best things being a massage therapist is having the freedom to work whenever you like. Rather than working from nine to five, coming home late due to commuting from work and home, most massage therapists that graduate with us only work a couple of hours a day.

The rest of the days they have time to spend like they wish. Imagine having half the day off and plenty of time to yourselves, or for family, friends, and hobbies.

Plus you are your own boss so you can take off time to travel or do something else you like.

#5 The Best Job of The Future

#5 The Best Job of The Future

Jobless? Time for a career change? Become a massage therapist, the most demanded job of the future! Why? It is scientifically proven that due to daily use of technology, internet and smart phones, we move less. Therefore 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.

During the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program you learn:

Thai Table Massage

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Thai Table Massage

Content:

  • 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.

Objective:

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

Thai Chair Massage

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Thai Chair Massage Lanna Style

Content:

  • 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.

Objective:

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 Massage

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Thai Foot Reflexology

Content:

  • 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.
  • Including reflexology stick.

Objective:

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

Deep Tissue (Sports) Massage

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Deep Tissue (Sports) Massage

Content:

  • 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).

Objective:

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

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Anatomy & Physiology

Content:

  • 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

Objective:

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.

How to set up your company

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How to set up your company

We also teach you how to set up your massage company, in the case you like to become a professional massage therapist. So you are ready to start to have a very fulfilling career.

Receive international certifications

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International Certifications

Upon successful completion of the program, it is optional to get certified. The certification consists of 4 exams, 90 euro per exam. As an Acupressure Massage Therapist you are able to work either national or international, with all the tools we teach you.

ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam is an internationally accredited massage school, a franchise of ITM Chiang Mai, the best Massage School in Thailand. Our school is registered at the Central Register of Short Professional Education, CRKBO (Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs) and the World Massage Federation.

The certificates you will receive as a graduate of Thai Table Massage, Thai Chair Massage, Thai Foot Reflexology and Deep Tissue (Sports) Massage are internationally recognized.

Become healthier during the lessons

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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.

Thai Table Massage

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STEP-BY-STEP TRAINING

The Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 is a step-by-step training that you follow at your own pace. So you can choose the schedule that suits you best:

  • Weekend program: Ideal if you have a busy schedule during the week.
  • Month program: Ideal if you, for example, want to complete the training as fast as possible or if you live abroad.
  • Evening program: Ideal if you live in the Netherlands and want to do the training while you still have a full-time job.

YES, I LIKE TO JOIN THE ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM

Choose what suits you best!

Like to learn….

Online?

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program Level 1 –
ONLINE

  • INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES
  • Learn online:
    • Thai Foot Reflexology Massage
    • Thai Chair Massage
    • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
    • Thai Table Massage
  • ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

BONUS: MASSAGE MUSIC TO
PRACTICE YOUR TREATMENT ON

LEARN WHEN YOU LIKE, WHERE
YOU LIKE AND HOW MANY TIMES
YOU LIKE

DIRECT ACCESS – YOU CAN START TODAY!

760 Euro (incl VAT)

OR

Like to learn….

Online
PLUS
in our school
(face-to-face with a teacher)?

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program Level 1 –
ONLINE

PLUS

IN-CLASS TRAINING IN
OUR SCHOOL IN AMSTERDAM,
LEARNING THAI YOGA WITH THE TEACHER

  • INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES
  • Learn online PLUS in Our school:
    • Thai Foot Reflexology Massage
    • Thai Chair Massage
    • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
    • Thai Table Massage
  • ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

BONUS: MASSAGE MUSIC TO
PRACTICE YOUR TREATMENT ON

Choose:
Weekend/Month or Evening lessons in the school

LEARN WHEN YOU LIKE, WHERE
YOU LIKE AND HOW MANY TIMES
YOU LIKE

DIRECT ACCESS – YOU CAN START TODAY!

2190 Euro (incl VAT)

OR

*** All prices are incl. VAT.
*** All packages give direct access to the online training. So you can start today.
*** All packages give the option to get certified. The certification consists of 4 exams, 90 euro per exam.

Deep Tissue Massage

Inclusive Online Training – Start TODAY

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Inclusive Online Training – Start Today!

All packages give direct access to the online training. So what does that mean?

You only need your computer, laptop, notebook or smart phone. 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.

You can follow the online program…

  • Where you like, because you only need internet connection
  • When you like, because you have direct access and can start when you like
  • As many times as you like, because you have 1 year access

Online Thai Massage Therapy Program

What can you become after following the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program?

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What can you become after following the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program?

  • You will be a certified Thai Table Masseur, Thai Chair Masseur, Thai Foot Reflexology Masseur and a Deep Tissue (Sports) Masseur
  • You can work as an Acupressure Massage Therapist 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

ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam

Your investment

Payment?

Payment?

We understand that for some of you, the investment fee is a big amount. Keeping in mind that you are able to earn the investment fee back after completing the program within some months, it might be difficult to pay the full fee directly. If this is difficult for you, you can pay in parts.

Tax deduction?

Tax deduction?

Our school is registered at the Central Register of Short Professional Education, CRKBO and the World Massage Federation and our school is internationally recognized as we are a franchise of ITM Chiang Mai and have a school in Berlin as well. Check with your local tax advisor, but in most jurisdictions, our professional courses can be deducted as a business expense resulting in a considerably lower course cost due to tax credits/refunds received. If you need an official tax invoice, just ask. We’re happy to help!

Scholarship?

Scholarship?

  • Many of our students received funds for ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam’s courses.
  • Employed? Ask your employer about funding programs and possibilities.
  • Unemployed? Ask your employee insurance agency.
  • Crowdfunding? You can set up crowdfunding and have others finance your education.

Discounts?

Discounts

Followed already one of the courses Thai Table Massage, Thai Chair Massage, Thai Foot Reflexology, and/or Deep Tissue (Sports) Massage at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam  within 1 year? Then you can deduct €250 from the fee of the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program. Just contact us.

FAQ

What is the difference between physiotherapy and Acupressure Massage Therapy?

Physical therapy is a treatment for symptoms to your muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves, also known as your muscular system. An Acupressure Massage Therapist also focuses on the muscular system but also has many health benefits for every organ system (The human being consists of 11 organ systems: Circulatory System, Endocrine System, Gastrointestinal (Digestive) System, Integumentary System, Lymphatic System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Reproduction System, Respiratory System, Skeletal System and Urinary System.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, it is an investment. We understand. That is why we offer an installment plan, so you can pay in four installments via direct debit.  (Please note: Payment terms: 25% of the tuition fee upon reservation. 25% of the tuition fee prior to the first lesson. 50% of the tuition fee prior to half of the duration of the training. You pay 100 Euro administration costs extra if you like to pay in installments).

How about the exam?

The Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 is more focused on practice rather than theory, because we believe in “practice makes perfect.” The exams are purely practical. We believe that our curriculum gives you all the tools to be a good Acupressure Massage Therapist. During the training, 4 examinations (one per module) are taken. You can schedule these exams when you feel ready. Each exam consists of giving a massage associated with the module to a model.

Wat is the difference with the Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 2)?

The Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 is more focused on prevention of ailments and on improving overall health through various massage disciplines: chair massage, foot reflexology massage, deep tissue & sports massage and Thai table massage. The Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapy Program (Level 2) focuses on treating ailments. In addition, the Acupressure Massage Therapist works with different disciplines that can be performed at different locations, flexible (eg company massage, massage at festivals etc). The Advanced Acupressure Massage Therapist (who followed the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 2)  usually chooses to work in a health centre or practice. The programs are complementary to each other.

What is the difference with the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program?

The Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program leads to the specialist in Thai yoga massage, soft acupressure with stretches, where both client and masseur constantly move in yoga-like postures on the mat. The Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 is based on working with different disciplines. The therapist moves in different positions. In foot reflexology massage the masseur is sitting and during the other three disciplines the masseur is standing in different positions. The programs are complementary to each other.

Besides the classroom lessons, do I need to study at home as well?

The training consists of classroom instruction in our school in Amsterdam (you can choose weekend or weekly evening classes). Plus about 40 hours of practical experience (more is always possible, because practice makes perfect) to practice massage protocols that you have learned in the modules Thai Table Massage, Thai Chair Massage Lanna Style, Thai Foot Reflexology, and/or Deep Tissue and Sports Massage). This means giving 40 massages of 1 hour as a case study to be sure you are a good professional masseur. You can plan this practice in your own time alone or with fellow students. Moreover we give you theory as background information.

I have no experience, can I join?

Never massaged before? Don’t worry, you don’t need to have any experience. Some of our students have a medical background or are already working as a masseur. But this is not needed for the course. We will teach you from the start how to give professional Massage treatments to improve the health of your customer in the techniques of Thai Table Massage, Thai Chair Massage Lanna Style, Thai Foot Reflexology and Deep Tissue and Sports Massage.

How do I know if this program is something for me?

Like to work flexible, as an all-round massage therapist, where you are working with different massage techniques? Then the Acupressure Massage Therapy Program Level 1 might be something for you. You do not need any experience. If you are not sure, please contact us.

I LIKE TO JOIN THE ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM

Choose what suits you best!

Like to learn….

Online?

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program Level 1 –
ONLINE

  • INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES
  • Learn online:
    • Thai Foot Reflexology Massage
    • Thai Chair Massage
    • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
    • Thai Table Massage
  • ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

BONUS: MASSAGE MUSIC TO
PRACTICE YOUR TREATMENT ON

LEARN WHEN YOU LIKE, WHERE
YOU LIKE AND HOW MANY TIMES
YOU LIKE

DIRECT ACCESS – YOU CAN START TODAY!

760 Euro (incl VAT)

OR

Like to learn….

Online
PLUS
in our school
(face-to-face with a teacher)?

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program Level 1 –
ONLINE PLUS

IN-CLASS TRAINING IN
OUR SCHOOL IN AMSTERDAM,
LEARNING THAI YOGA WITH THE TEACHER

  • INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES
  • Learn online PLUS in Our school:
    • Thai Foot Reflexology Massage
    • Thai Chair Massage
    • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
    • Thai Table Massage
  • ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

BONUS: MASSAGE MUSIC TO
PRACTICE YOUR TREATMENT ON

Choose:
Weekend/Month or Evening lessons in the school

LEARN WHEN YOU LIKE, WHERE
YOU LIKE AND HOW MANY TIMES
YOU LIKE

DIRECT ACCESS – YOU CAN START TODAY!

2190 Euro (incl VAT)

OR

*** All prices are incl. VAT.
*** All packages give direct access to the online training. So you can start today.
*** All packages give the option to get certified. The certification consists of 4 exams, 90 euro per exam.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

“I have started with ITM Thai Hand to follow a course to become a massage therapist.

I chose this school from the internet at that time I did not know anything about the school or the owners.

It felt like home immediately. I was welcomed like an old friend and the time spent at the school was just being at the right place at the right time. The lessons were very good structured and just enough information for one to be able to digest. I was looking forward going to my classes every time. In my opinion I was and still am learning from the best teachers. Manuel and Nicole are passionate about what they are doing and this is contagious so I decided to stick around and continue my studies at ITM Thai Hand. My enthusiasm has grown and the passion too in what I am learning and can give back in my massages so far.”

Zsolt Benedek

“So happy to have found ITM in Amsterdam. I feel very grateful to have had such inspiring and enthusiastic teachers. I was working in an office job for years before and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t feeling happy. It launched me smiling into a whole world of holistic health and healing for which I am so happy to have discovered. My whole life has changed. I was inspired to take more courses and went to ITM Chang Mai in Thailand also. Since then I’ve been to India to stay in an Ashram, my whole world has changed and I feel so thankful to ITM for supporting me at the start of my journey.”

Emi Baldwin

I followed the Massage Therapy Program at ITM Amsterdam and it was one of the best decision I have ever made as it felt really good from the beginning until the end of the course. The teachers were very friendly, accommodating and they have a lot of knowledge about what they do. If you want to become a massage therapist, I highly recommend this school as they can provide the training with or without any experience and you can ask as many questions as you want until you understand the whole thing.

Jomar Tungcul

“I enrolled for the month course with four modules. Thai table, Deep tissue, Thai chair and Thai reflexology. I really enjoyed the courses. Very informative and inspiring.  I liked Manel’s method of teaching. I learned a lot and have been practicing as often as I can. I am looking forward to the advanced courses in February and March.”

Shaun Spencer

If you would like to learn how to give different types of Thai Massage, go to ITM Thai Hand! They teach in small groups, with a lot of attention for detail and method. The teachers are very enthusiastic and have a lot of experience and knowledge. I enjoyed every time going there!

The online courses are a great addition. I can definitely recommend them. I used some of the online courses as a handbook; It’s very practical to watch a lesson over again, to see more detail and to not forget what you have learned. Especially when its some time ago that you followed the course.

Thanks a lot for the lessons Manel, Nicole and Marike! 😀”

Mira Kouderdijk

YES, I LIKE TO JOIN THE ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE THERAPY PROGRAM

Choose what suits you best!

Like to learn….

Online?

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program Level 1 –
ONLINE

  • INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES
  • Learn online:
    • Thai Foot Reflexology Massage
    • Thai Chair Massage
    • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
    • Thai Table Massage
  • ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

BONUS: MASSAGE MUSIC TO
PRACTICE YOUR TREATMENT ON

LEARN WHEN YOU LIKE, WHERE
YOU LIKE AND HOW MANY TIMES
YOU LIKE

DIRECT ACCESS – YOU CAN START TODAY!

760 Euro (incl VAT)

OR

Like to learn….

Online
PLUS
in our school
(face-to-face with a teacher)?

Acupressure Massage
Therapy Program Level 1 –
ONLINE PLUS

IN-CLASS TRAINING IN
OUR SCHOOL IN AMSTERDAM,
LEARNING THAI YOGA WITH THE TEACHER

  • INCLUSIVE: ALL PROGRAMS FEES
  • Learn online PLUS in Our school:
    • Thai Foot Reflexology Massage
    • Thai Chair Massage
    • Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
    • Thai Table Massage
  • ALL DIDACTIC MATERIALS

BONUS: MASSAGE MUSIC TO
PRACTICE YOUR TREATMENT ON

Choose:
Weekend/Month or Evening lessons in the school

LEARN WHEN YOU LIKE, WHERE
YOU LIKE AND HOW MANY TIMES
YOU LIKE

DIRECT ACCESS – YOU CAN START TODAY!

2190 Euro (incl VAT)

OR

*** All prices are incl. VAT.
*** All packages give direct access to the online training. So you can start today.
*** All packages give the option to get certified. The certification consists of 4 exams, 90 euro per exam.

Inspirational story from one of our graduates:

How Emmet became healthier & happier

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From truck driver to masseur

‘I feel brilliant now’ – From truck driver to masseur

‘I was 101 kilos, had lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and was emotionally down,’ says Emmet Khan. ‘When you are tired from work, had very little sleep, the last thing you want to do is exercise. So then what happens? You get fat. You eat bad food, you don’t meal-prep, and you don’t drink enough water. All the toxins stay in your body and then you get bigger and bigger.’

This is the story that Emmet Khan shared after following a weekend massage course, as part of the weekend program called Acupressure Therapy Massage Level 1. As it inspired me, I decided to write it down to inspire others.

Truck driving

‘I am driving since I am 18 years old. First vans, then trucks. I am mostly 8 hours a day driving and pulling pallets because I drive big trucks with freights. Look, this is how I got out of the truck after a working day,’ Emmet says while walking like an old man, slowly, bending forward with a hand on his lower back to hold the pain. ‘I am now 36 years old and know that this is not what I want. So, I decided to get out of the driver’s seat and I quit my job.’

I quit my job

He pauses, smiles and continues. ‘It took me a long time to really take the step. My girlfriend told me to find something else. I first went to the gym. But I got tired and then I started to smoke again, start to eat a lot and my emotions went down. I tried physiotherapy for a long time, but it helped only for a little bit. I got stretches to do at home, but every time the pain got back.

Finally, I went to a sports therapist. I felt really good. He really worked in my tissues, improving blood circulation in my body and worked on my hip, because that is also a big problem. He inspired me. I thought I want to do what he does!’ states Emmet in his brisk Irish accent.

Inspired

‘This therapist told me he studied traditional Thai massage in ITM Chiang Mai, Thailand, but I wanted to be a bit closer. I live in Dublin and he told me you can also study closer, so he told me to check ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. I started to read the website and the stories really inspired me.

Then I tried one massage at the school together with my girlfriend and after a lot of reading stories, I then registered for the weekend Acupressure Massage Therapy program level 1. And I fly one weekend a month from Dublin here to Amsterdam to follow the lessons. It is okay, it is just 5 weekends, so I don’t need to take off from work.

Feeling brilliant

You know, after a weekend like this, learning massage for 5 hours a day, I feel brilliant. I come home on a high. I travel back today and in a few hours I come home on a high, I tell the girlfriend everything I learned and I want to practice the massage on her and on the plane the way home I will already get another good idea.

Not thinking about problems

When I massage I am using my body, I am active. Not only is it good for the client to get a massage, but it is also good for me because I am stretching myself because I am moving myself as well while I am giving you the massage. And yes I also got the massage from the other students during the class. It makes you feel good. Because you are releasing endorphins in the body, isn’t it.

And here inside the school, during the class, I am not thinking about any of my problems. It is like I go to the gym I am concentrating whether it is running, is it lifting weights, is it class exercises, whatever… my mind is free. When I come here my mind is free, I don’t think about my problems for five hours that I study here a day. And it is good. I come out and I am fresh again. That is good for my emotions. And that is good for my mentality and I can think for bigger things then because my brain is fresh.’

Not always like this

This has not always been like that Emmet admits. ‘Emotionally I can get down and it stops you from everything, if you let it take control of yourself you will not come out of it for a couple of months. That is me personally, from my experience.’

Positive thinking

I tell him I admire his honesty and how easily he talks about difficult moments in his life. He answers happily: ‘Well then it changed. When I got this massage of this sports therapist, it was great. My pains were gone. And I started to train with this personal trainer in the gym. And he got me down to 90 kilos and now I am 84 kilos. I still need to lose a bit. I eat healthier, quit the cigarettes.

Now I know I stay like this. Because now, I am focused. I stopped everything and focus on positive thinking. And when I read your stories, or stories like yours or others like my sports therapist who put stories up as well, when I read other people’s paragraphs it influences me to think positive I think.

Prevent anybody from feeling like the way I felt

Now, I will quit my job in a couple of weeks and get out of the driving seat, because that is my biggest problem, I need to stand more, do exercise. Well, I do now exercise, I train. I need to have time to do what I want to do, which is proceeding in the massage career that I learned now with you.

And by doing that I am going into small personal trainer’s gym, which I have been going into myself for two years and I am going to offer people the massage that I learned of you two. I want to not only do massage and stretching, but I really want to prevent anybody from feeling like the way I felt from driving all day.

No clue about massage

And other people I know work in offices, they have the same problem, they sit in the chair all day. But they have no clue about massage. All they know is let’s go to a hotel. Let’s pay ninety euros and go to the Jacuzzi and sauna and have this person laying me down on a bed with a towel and put hot stones on. That is very soft.

You need to get into the tissue, loosen the whole tissue up. Stretch the tissue. This is what I learned now here in the school. Stretch the tissue and the ligaments, the tendons and go deep and get the blood circulation throughout the body. That is what I want to do for myself that is what I need.

Massage number 1 

But I see that other people need this as well. Not a lot of people have the information in Ireland about the benefits of massage. But it is getting there I believe, people nowadays are taking more care of themselves, they want to stop go and party and want to look after the body. I think massage will be the number 1 preventer of injuries.

And when I get massage I feel enjoyment, I feel relaxed, I want the customer to feel the same I feel. So I am excited to go back to Dublin and start to work as a masseur’, he finishes his story while walking out of the school to get the tram to the airport and fly back to Dublin, with his Thai Foot Reflexology Certificate in the pocket. Just before sharing his story he passed the exam.

Thanks Emmet for sharing your story!

To everyone… Create a healthy and happy day!

Nicole & Manel

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