Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program

Learn Thai yoga massage therapy, giving relaxing and therapeutic massages over the clothes on a mat. Make yourself AND others happier, healthier & stress-free. 

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For who?

If you like to learn how to make others:

  •  Instantly relax
  •  Happier
  • Stress-free
  • Sleep better


How to reduce

  •  Back pain
  • Headache
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  •  Shoulder pain
  • Abdominal pain
  •  Burn-out
  • And more…

For everyone who wants to become a professional Thai Yoga Massage Therapist AND also if you like to learn this as a hobby (to help your friends, family, colleagues and yourself).

Theory is at college level (HBO), but we invite everyone to participate. If you are not sure if it is for you, please contact us. We do teach theory, but we help you with it. The program is primarily practical.


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)

Choose what suits you best:

1 Month program:

3 August– 28 August Monday-Friday 13.00-16.00

1 Month program:

7 September – 2 October Monday-Friday 13.00-16.00

Weekly Evening Program:

7 September – 22 March 19.00-22.00 (29 Monday Evenings)

Weekend Program:

Start September 2020 (to be announced)

Thai yoga massage in our school
Thai yoga massage level 1 course

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is a preventive and therapeutic full body massage given on a mat on the floor.

Health benefits for both client & masseur

The massage therapy is based on manipulation of the joints, acupressure along the muscles and stretching of the muscles, with enormous health benefits for both client, but also for the masseur.

Different than other forms of massage

Thai yoga massage is different than other forms of massage, because both masseur and client are constantly moving in yoga-like positions with Tai Chi movements.

Meditation & Flexibility

This is why not only the client but also the masseur becomes more flexible and is in meditation during the treatment.

Used in hospitals

In Thailand this is used for centuries in hospitals to shorten the waiting lists. Moreover this massage is part of the daily routine in Thailand with enormous health results.

Best job of the future

Nowadays Traditional Thai Therapy Massage is becoming more well-known as a treatment in regular western medicine.

Sociologists predict that use of smart phones and other internet devices will increase and therefore massage therapists will be more and more demanded in the future!

Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program

Is the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program something for you?

This unique Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program is for you if one or more of the below fits you:

  • You like to become a professional Thai Yoga Massage Therapist
  • You are a yoga teacher and want to expand your services
  • You are a (physio)therapist and want to learn more techniques
  • You want to help your friends/family with their health problems and stress-level
  • You want your pain and discomfort to disappear and boost your immune system
  • You are stressed-out and want to feel relaxed and happy
Thai yoga massage lesson
Acupressure along spine for backpain


“A very professional massage school with a personal touch. And this makes it a special place. Their teaching style combined with their knowledge of the human body and mind make this type of massage a form of healing. Healing of the body and mind.”

“ITM Thai Hand are the most knowledgeable school in the Netherlands for Thai yoga massage. I have been following them since 2009 and have watched them grow into a high quality school and center that offers something for everyone and they offer big bang for your buck! Love these guys.. Thank u for bringing this more and more into the western world.. namaste”

What to expect?

ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam

Step-by-step training

  • We teach you from the beginning
  • Step-by-step
  • Lessons are very practical
Our school

Study at your own pace

  • Follow the program at your own pace
  • Choose weekend / weekly or month classes


  • You can schedule your (practical) exams if you like, when you are ready for it
The 4 levels of Nuad Bo Rarn

Inclusive Online Training


  • You’ll receive all the videos of our lessons online
  • Watch all the lessons at home on your computer, laptop, notebook or smart phone
  • As many times as you like, because you have 1 year access
  • In our videos we teach you the same as in our school; slow, clear and with a lot of extra tips and tricks
  • After enrollment you have direct access to the online training, so you don’t have to wait until your class starts, because you can start today
Online Lessons

Experience the benefits of massage yourself during the lessons

Experience the benefits of massage yourself

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 Thai Yoga Massage.

Ready for Thai yoga massage class

What will you be learning?

The 4 levels of Thai Yoga Massage (Nuad Bo Rarn)

Level 1

Foundation of Thai Massage

  • Preventive and therapeutic Thai yoga massage, based on acupressure and stretches,  starting at the feet, then legs, back, arms, shoulders, neck and head
  • Learn how to use your bodyweight when giving acupressure with thumbs, palms, fingers and feet over the clothes on a mat
  • Relieve complaints of RSI, headache, whiplash, back pain, stiff legs, stress and more
  • Masseur and client become both more flexible and experience deep meditation during the massage
  • After completion of level 1 you’ll be able to relieve complaints of RSI, headache, whiplash, back pain, stiff legs, stress and more
  •  No experience needed!
Level 1 Thai yoga massage

Level 2

Intermediate Thai Massage

  • Expanding of massage learnt in level 1
  • After completion of the course you’ll be able to relieve back pain, neck pain, stiff shoulders, stiff back, headache, stress, burn-out and more
  • Learn to massage the client in back position, side position and sitting position
  • After completion of Level 1 & 2 you’ll be able to give professional Thai Yoga Massage treatments
Level 2 Thai Yoga Massage

Level 3

Advanced Sen-Energy Lines traditional Thai Massage

  • Study the 10 major energy lines (SEN) and their application combined with the movements learned in Level 1 and 2 to give therapeutic treatments for:
    • abdominal pain
    • asthma & bronchitis
    • back pain
    • head-ache
    • knee pain
    • shoulder pain
    • herniation
    • joint pain & arthritis etc
Level 3 Thai Yoga Massage

Level 4

Advanced Therapeutic Thai Massage

  • Learn therapeutic massage to relieve complaints as:
    • headache
    • backpain
    • knee pain
    • shoulder pain
    • neck pain
  • Learn how to work properly on the acupressure points and how to combine them in a Thai Massage for effective healing
  • After completion of Level 3 & 4 you’ll be  able to give professional Thai Yoga Massage Therapeutic treatments
Level 4 Thai Yoga Massage

Anatomy & Physiology

  • After completion you’ll have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology and are able to determine the indications and contra-indications for the massage protocols.
Anatomy & Physiology lesson

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

Receive 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 a Thai Yoga 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 the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program are internationally recognized. 


“Kind, knowledgeable & relaxed teachers. Plenty of time & space to learn at your own pace. The school is beautiful, has a warm ambiance & there’s always tea & a friendly face to welcome you. Their massage therapists are amazing. Highly recommended!” 

“Love the way they teach, with a lot of passion and no-nonsense👏🏻 The videos are also very clear and a real added value for me to practice at home. When you still have questions you can always come to visit them for explanation (at a fixed time) If you want to learn Thai Massage you are at the right address here 😀”

Yes, I like to join the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program


  • Inclusive: all programs fees and all didactic materials
  • Bonuses:
    ● Massage music
    ● E-book The Health Benefits of Massage
    ● Information on the health benefits of massage
    ● E-book Anatomy for Thai Yoga Massage
    ● The basics of anatomy for Thai Yoga Massage
    ● E-book Biology of Massage
    ● And much more……
  • Check the classroom dates
  • Weekend/Month/Evening lessons in the school
  • 2190,- (incl. VAT)
  • *** All prices are incl. VAT.
    *** Payment in 3 installments possible.
    *** You get direct access to the online training. So you can start today.
    *** You have the option to get certified. The certification consists of 4 exams, 90 euro per exam.
ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam

Your investment

Investing in training at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam is investing in professional training, internationally recognized certifications, a new career, but also an important investment in your health.

It is our mission at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam improve the health of as many people as possible. Our lives has been positively changed since we discovered the many health benefits of massage.

Therefore we love to share the major benefits of the preventive and curative techniques of Thai massage with anyone who is interested.

As one of our alumni graduates noted: “It is such a grateful task to make others healthier with Thai Yoga Massage treatments. And as a therapist you feel healthier as you also work on improving your health. It’s great to have a job that you really enjoy.”

Of course, investing in your Thai Yoga Massage training is a big decision. In our courses, we teach you everything you need to know from the very start, so experience in massage is not necessary.

Our guidance is professional and personal.

We also give you all the tools you need as a professional Thai Yoga Massage Therapist.

Our graduate students have opened their own Thai Yoga Massage practice, studios and schools or work at other practices and spa’s, hotels, schools and health centers. They easily earned back the investment they made in the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program within a few months.

But also if you don’t want to become a professional massage therapist, the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program is a good investment because you will learn how to eliminate pain, reduce stress and more to save money for medications or doctor bills.

We look forward seeing you in class!

Nicole van Zurk & Manuel Luque Aguilera 


We have collected the most frequently asked questions about the Thai Yoga Massage Therapy Program.

Please see our FAQ list.

Thai Yoga Massage Stretch

How Louiza cures her family

Inspirational story from one of our graduates:

How Louiza cures her whole family

How Louiza cures her family

‘My two sisters and my mother were on daily medications. They tried everything to get rid of the pains’, says Louiza Kritikou. ‘I am so happy I could help them with massage.’

When Louiza told me her amazing story, I immediately felt like I needed to share this. Because giving massage treatments to your parents, siblings and kids is not so much integrated into our daily lives here in the west.

Actually, it is hardly done at all…

How many people do you know who are giving massage treatments to their families? I am sure that after reading this inspirational story you are with me that this needs to be changed.

So here is her story:


‘It is not in the lifestyle of most people I know to get a massage to improve health. This was also the case for my own family. My parents and sisters did not get massage treatments, because they did not know how beneficial massage can be.

During my massage study, I needed to practice for my exams. I followed the massage programs in Amsterdam and then I went back to my home in Cyprus. So I kept on nagging my family to let me massage them because I knew that they would see a big difference. And they did. They were so impressed.

Severe constipation

My sister who is 38 years old suffers from severe constipation. She tried so many things. She tried detox. Then herbal pills to help with the movement of the bowel. She did treatments with a nutritionist. And her regular doctor subscribed medicine. But nothing worked for her.

When I was practising for my Thai yoga massage exams, I just started to massage her belly and she immediately after the massage was able to go to the toilet. That was such a relief for her.

It is amazing!

And when she went on holiday for 10 days and I didn’t massage her, she didn’t even go to the toilet. Not even once. When she came back I massaged her again and then she went to the toilet the same day. It is amazing!

She then told some other friends and they have the same problem. And they asked me to massage their belly a bit and I did it and then it gets stimulated and then they go to the toilet as well.

So I am giving massage treatments to my sister for three months now, around 2 to 3 times per week, and it works perfectly for her. She is so relieved.

Pain in teeth

My other sister works at the bank and because she sits in front of the computer every day she gets a lot of tension on the neck and shoulders. This causes her a lot of migraines and it even hits her on the teeth,’ says Louiza, while pointing out the pain from the forehead, above the eyes, going towards the jaw and teeth. All signs of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, for which massage can be a perfect treatment to combat the problem.

Bad posture

Louiza continues: ‘When my sister told me about the pain in her teeth, I convinced her that I could massage her. The only time she got a massage was once at a Spa during her honeymoon. And that was a really soft one. So she didn’t really know anything about massages. I insisted that she could get a massage. I told her it is all connected, the neck, shoulders, her jaw and her teeth. It can come because of stress or bad posture. And if there is tension there, we can find it and release it.


Finally, she was convinced and I massaged her head, neck and shoulders for like half an hour. After she left, she texted me that her migraine was gone and then she didn’t take any pills for like 3 weeks or so.

When the pain started again, she came and asked me to massage her again. So I did. So now every time she feels like it is starting to get there, she comes and I massage her. And then it gets her by, so she doesn’t need to take pills.

Addicted to painkillers

She used to take pills every day. She took painkillers. And at some point, she got addicted to some painkillers. So then she started to take some that were weaker, that didn’t have the addictive thing in them and then they didn’t work. So she had to take more and more.

Eventually, she was taking painkillers every day. And now, now she just comes to get a massage when she feels it is going to start again. She does not need her painkillers anymore. She is very impressed.’

Massaging my 5-year-old niece

And that is not all… Louiza shows me on her phone a video of her 5-year-old niece. The little girl lays on her belly on the massage table while Louiza is massaging her neck, shoulders and back. The girl giggles and keeps saying how much she loves the massage.

When she is a good girl

‘She loves it so much, that we made a deal. Whenever she is a good girl, when she is not naughty, she gets a star. And when she gets five stars, she comes to get a massage by me. She is five years old and she feels that it is her biggest reward she can get. She doesn’t care about toys, or whatever, she just wants a massage every 5 stars,’ laughs Louiza.

11 years old customer

Louiza took various massage courses with us. While she was still in Amsterdam, she started to work immediately as a massage therapist right after the Deep Tissue and Sports massage course and even became the Spa manager. Now she is back home in Cyprus setting up her own practice. Her youngest customer is 11 years old. She was brought by her mother because she had a lot of pain on her neck and shoulders.

Teenagers with tension

‘When I massaged her, the neck had a lot of tension and the shoulders as well. So I asked her if she spends a lot of time on the computer or on her tablet or on the phone. First, she said: ‘Eh why is this relevant?’ And after she said: ‘Yes, I spend a lot of time when I go home I just sit and be on my phone or I watch stuff on my iPad.’ So then we realized it was because of that so I told her to just lay on her belly when she uses her devices.

Back pain from watching TV

She also had a lot of tension in the middle of the back, so I asked her about her posture and the way she sleeps and how she lays down when she watches TV. She said she doesn’t really pay attention so I told her to try and watch her posture more because that is probably why she has these tensions. The next day that she had come, her mom called me and she said: ‘She loved your massage and she went to school and she told all her classmates about it, and they all got so excited and they all wanna come and get massages by you.’ Louiza laughs, but then immediately becomes serious as she addresses the problem.

Neck pain from phone addiction

‘I have another girl who is also 11 years old, and a girl of 14 years old coming for the same reason. It is really terrible that they start to have so many ailments from that age, from watching on phones, iPads and TV.

The one who is 14, does a lot of gymnastics actually, so I did not expect that she had so much tension as well. Because she does some really nice stretches and stuff like that while doing gymnastics. But because she is so addicted to her phone and the iPad that she has so much tension as well. And I noticed that, because when she was waiting outside for the massage, she was constantly watching her phone, sitting like this,’ Louiza shows me while bending forward with the neck looking down while sitting.

Parents move more than teens

When I ask her if she also massages her parents, she confirms. What strikes me is a big contrast between the teenagers she describes with their ailments caused by constantly sitting while watching a smartphone, iPad or TV. And that of her father, who is 61 and very fit, because he moves a lot, he is active. He plays a lot of football.

Difficulty to relax

Louiza: ‘My dad enjoys deep tissue massage. He can take the pain. When he has tension, he feels a lot of pain when I massage him, but after he feels so much lighter. So he comes very often. But sometimes it is hard for him to relax because he thinks a lot and finds it difficult to let of control easily.

So sometimes it takes more time to get him to clear his head and just relax. I start with the head then it is easier for him to relax and then he just surrender. He is not very flexible so I do give him Thai yoga massage to make him more flexible, but then I take it easy with the stretches, I stretch less, and for him that works already, because that is what he needs.’

And then, there is Louiza’s mom, who she massages as well. The result is very remarkable!

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Louiza: ‘My mom promotes my work so much because she has seen the effect it has on her. She was going to get an operation for her hands because they were getting really numb. She often was not able to hold a pen anymore. And she could barely sleep because of the pain. She got MRI-scans and she tried many things, but nothing was working. The doctors diagnosed her for carpal tunnel syndrome and told her the only option was having an operation.

Avoiding the operation

My mom told her doctor: ‘My daughter is coming back and she is a massage therapist and she suggested that to massage me because she thinks that we can make it work and can avoid the operation.’ The doctor agreed and said: ‘Just give it a try and see how it works, if it doesn’t work then you just come back and get the operation.’

It worked

So Louiza was right, she impressed her mom and her doctors: ‘It was so great! When I massaged her, only the hands and arms, she could sleep from the first day on. And she couldn’t feel the pain anymore. Then, of course, the pain got back again, but I massaged her again, again and again. And now because it has been a few months already, now she barely gets numb. So she does not need the operation anymore.’

I tell Louiza: ‘Wow, how great that you cured your whole family. What a great job you did!’ She looks humble at me and is modest about her accomplishments.

Really nice feeling

Then smiled and she ends the conversation with: ‘People were always telling me, why you don’t have a real job and do this as a hobby? But I kept on saying that I want to be a full-time massage therapist. Because it is a very rewarding job. I changed so many jobs in my life and I never felt this pleasure. But with this! Seeing how much you can help people, even your own family gives me so much satisfaction. I feel like I am really doing something good. It is amazing. It is a really really nice feeling!’

Thank you so much Louiza for sharing your story with us. We hope it will inspire others to do the same!

Create a healthy and happy day!

Nicole (& Manel)

Ps: On the picture you see Louiza giving a massage to her sister in her hometown on Cyprus.

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