You work hard and feel very stressed
You can have a job that allows you to work with purpose and relaxed. Without huge investments. Without spending an extensive period of time in training.
Become a Thai Yoga Massage Teacher!
“I am currently following the teacher training and am so happy that I chose this school. The teachers arehighly qualified and serve as good role models for teachers-in-training like myself. I feel they really enjoy sharing their knowledge and giving therapeutic massage. I always look forward to my weekly classes and follow additional classes whenever possible.”
“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!”
“Best school and best teachers! I love it!”
“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.”
“I’m currently doing the Teacher Training program, but I have also done other short courses at the school and will definitely do more while I’m in the Netherlands. The teachers are passionate, enthusiastic and have a positive energy. I always feel much calmer and happier after my classes. I love the energy and ambiance at the school. And every teacher has their own teaching style, which makes my learning process even more complete. My skills and knowledge as a massage therapist have improved drastically since I follow classes at this school. I am happy that I chose ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn excellent massage techniques as well as different types of massage. It is all offered at one school: ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. It really is a great school for those who are already massage therapists as well as those who do not have any experience yet in this field.”
“In one word: wonderful! The relaxed ambiance of the school really allows you to let go of your daily worries and stress for a moment. Courses are well-structured into clear units and classes. The teaching method helps you absorb information quickly. And, of course, the driving force behind it all are the teachers. Rarely do you find so many different personalities with a variety of teaching styles working in one place – in harmony. Regardless of their differences, they all have something in common: their high level of expertise and, most importantly, passion for what they do. This makes you feel at home and encourages you to learn and practice. And then learn even more and keep on practicing.”
Exclusive massage music
To practice with during treatments
E-book The Health Benefits of Massage
Extensive 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
All about the impact of massage on our body.
Your first Thai Yoga Massage Workshop video
You will have direct access to the Thai Yoga Massage Online Workshop,
so you can start practicing Thai Yoga Massage today.
You will also learn how to teach the workshop yourself.
ITM Thai hand Amsterdam was founded by Manuel Luque Aguilera and Nicole van Zurk. We both have a corporate background. While searching for a new career, we got acquainted with Thai massage. Impressed and captivated by this preventive and therapeutic technique, we decided to leave our jobs and learn more about Thai massage in Thailand.
You may still have certain questions. In the course of time we have collected the most frequently asked questions about the Thai Yoga Massage – Teacher Training. Please see our FAQ list below.
It is quite an investment, so I am not sure
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 150 Euro administration costs extra if you like to pay in installments).
Okay, I can pay in installments, but it is still a big investment for me
We understand. Do keep in mind you can earn your investment back within a few months after completing the training. We feel our installment plan gives you time and space. The Thai Yoga Massage – Teacher Training offers a powerful transformation as it helps you improve you health and happiness and that of others. It will truly change your life.
Can I start my own massage practice?
The profession of ‘masseur’ is not protected. You can start working as an independent masseur as soon as you have a work space and are registered at the Chamber of Commerce. Your certification also allows you to work at spa’s, wellness centers and yoga schools. There is a large demand for Thai Yoga massage therapists and teachers.
I don’t have any massage experience. Can I still join?
We will teach you everything from the beginning. You will learn what it takes to be a massage therapist, such as speaking in front of a group, setting up your own business, marketing and getting clients and teaching massage classes and workshops. You can retake our courses. We offer personal support, so are sure you will have all the tools to be a great Thai Yoga Massage teacher and be fully ready for your new career.
We focus mainly on practicing massage during the teacher training. We believe practice makes perfect. The exams are also purely practice exams. We believe that our curriculum provides you with all the necessary information and tools to become a really good Thai Yoga Massage teacher.
I am not looking for a new career, but would just like to learn massage. Is this for me?
Even if you are not looking for a career switch, but do want to make yourself and others healthier, then you are very welcome at our training sessions on how to massage your friends and family.
I have no massage or yoga experience. Is that a problem?
No worries, you do not need any experience. Some of our students have a medical background or already work as a masseur. However, this is not essential for the training. We teach you everything from the start and step-by-step. We practice the Thai yoga massage treatments on a mat, fully clothed and with the help of acupressure and stretches.
I would like to feel fitter and improve my health first. Is a massage training right for me at the moment or is it better to wait until I am completely fit?
Our unique teaching method ensures that you also experience the health benefits of massage during the classes. Many of our students heal their burnout, back pain, headaches and stress simply by taking the massage classes and experiencing the benefits of Thai yoga massage themselves.
I am shy and have no teaching experience. Can I participate?
Sure. We teach you how to teach and help you build your leadership skills and self-confidence. You gain hands-on experience as you already start teaching during the training. Step-by-step. With our support. It is great to see that the students who were initially afraid to speak in front of a group are now all good and confident teachers.
How do I know if I am ready?
You do not need any experience. We will teach you everything you need to know to become a Thai Yoga Massage teacher and therapist right from the beginning.
How does this type of massage differ from other types?
Thai yoga massage is based on acupressure, reflexology and yoga-like stretching. It is a full body massage that is given over the clothes, on a mat and usually lasts about 1.5 hours. Both the client as well as the masseur benefit from the massage. They both improve their flexibility through yoga-like stretches, reduce stress due to the meditative status during the massage and improve their blood circulation as they are doing exercise. Due to the light acupressure and soft stretches – which you can deepen according to the client’s needs – this massage is accessible for everyone.
Can I study at my own pace?
We believe that everyone can learn Thai yoga massage and that everyone has their own study pace. So ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to study at your own pace. You can start with the teacher training. If weekly classes are too much for you, or if you want to attend more often, then you can also join other Thai yoga massage classes in the same course. Or you can retake the courses, the modules of the training. You can also book private sessions. We are happy to accommodate you.
I live far away from the school and cannot attend every weekly class. Can I still join?
Yes, you can! Instead of participating in the weekly program, you can join our intensive weekend and / or week training sessions. Upon registration, we can create your schedule when you attend the first class, or when it suits you (we are flexible). You can also contact us via email or phone for more information. We are happy to make a personalized study program for you.
Can I ‘only’ teach the ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam Thai Yoga Massage technique after passing the exam?
Of course your career is up to you! Some of our graduates decide to focus on massage treatments. Others choose to teach classes in Thai yoga massage full-time. And there are also graduates who teach yoga, meditation and personal training in addition to Thai yoga massage treatments. We also have physiotherapists who train with us and offer Thai yoga massage treatments as an additional treatment at their practice. After you have learned Thai yoga massage, it is easier to learn additional techniques if you desire.
Does the training offer a 100% job guarantee after graduation?
If you are serious about learning Thai yoga massage, then you can find a job. We see this happen all the time with our graduates. Naturally, we cannot guarantee you a job, just as a university degree, for example, does not guarantee you work either. ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam regularly seeks new employees and we also connect our graduate teachers and therapists with centers and practices who have vacancies. We see a growing demand for Thai Yoga Massage teachers and masseurs and believe that this demand will continue to grow. So our graduates should be able to find a job quite easily.
I have heard of massage programs with large groups. Do you also work with large groups?
Our training groups are small, because we want everyone to get plenty of personal attention during class. We feel this is essential to become a great Thai yoga massage teacher and therapist.
Can I get a scholarship?
Many of our students receive funds for courses at ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam. Do you have a job? Ask your employer about funding programs and other opportunities. Unemployed? Submit an application to the UWV. You can also set up crowdfunding and have others finance your education. If you need any help, then please contact us.
I have studied Thai massage at other schools. Can I still participate?
We will look at the type of training you have completed, and what your understanding of Thai massage is, to help you determine which classes are suitable for you. Ideally, we encourage everyone to start with Level 1 as it is a good foundation for Thai massage. The techniques of our advanced courses always relate to the techniques of Level 1. If you studied at ITM Thai Hand Berlin or ITM Chiang Mai, you can proceed to the next level or retake our courses. Please let us know.
Do I still have to pay a tuition fee once I have graduated?
No. Many of our graduates come back and take new classes, but this is not mandatory.
My English is not very good. Is this a problem?
All classes are taught in English, including the didactic material. But if you have a problem with the language, we also speak Dutch and Spanish. Our students come from different countries. Some have English as their mother tongue, but most have English as a second or third language. Our students have never had a problem with the language, even if their English is very basic. Thai massage is traditionally taught and learned by feeling and looking – so English is not essential, but only makes it easier to learn.
Is my certificate also valid in my country of residence?
Each country has its own rules about giving massage treatments. ITM is recognized as a training institute in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands. Therapists in these countries can use their ITM education for their personal education requirements/credits. Check with your local government/municipality before offering massage to the public.
I do not know how to set up a business and get clients
Setting up your own business and getting clients can be difficult if you do not know where to start. We know this from experience.
Our experienced teachers will share their expertise with you and help you set up your own business, learn about marketing and give you step-by-step support to get clients so you can start your new career!
The program starts several times a year. Choose what schedule fits you best: