One of Thailand’s best known exports, traditional Thai massages are said to relax and soothe recipients as well as improve health and blood circulation. Healing massages can relieve aching muscles and help put people with injuries on the road to recovery. Huge interest in the benefits of Thai massage has led skilled masseuses and masseurs to set up schools in many of the nation’s key tourist destination which offer English language massage courses.
Chiang Mai is one of the more popular places to linger and as such has an abundance of schools offering massage courses. The courses offer theoretical and hands-on training in the art of administering what locals call nuat Thai. Course participants learn where pressure points and body lines are and how to apply pressure and direct positions to provide the ultimate rejuvenation to recipients. We have compiled a list of recommended schools for Thai Massage Courses in Chiang Mai.
Thai Massage Courses in Chiang Mai:
ITM | Namo | Sabai De Ka | Shivagakomarpaj | Sunshine | TMC | Further Reading
*Note: Prices do change, we recommend you to check with the schools before making reservations.
THAI MASSAGE SCHOOL SHIVAGAKOMARPAJ
A part of the Old Medicine Hospital founded in 1962 by Ajarn Sintorn Chaichakan, the Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj was the first such dedicated facility in Chiang Mai. An estimated 20,000 novices have completed Shivagakomarpaj traditional massage courses. Students enrolled at this school learn time-honoured techniques to revitalise people. Courses are 30-hours over one-week in four levels from beginner to advanced plus aroma oil massage. Foot massage courses are 15 hours long and run every weekend. The Old Medicine Hospital is on a side lane off Thippanet Road.
Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj #238/8, Wuolai Rd., T. Hai Ya, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 08:30-16:00 (Daily) | Course Fees: Thai Massage (30 Hours) 5,000 B / Foot Massage (15 Hours) 3,000 B | Tel/Fax: +66 53 201 663 | Website | Facebook | Map
THAI MASSAGE SCHOOL OF CHIANG MAI (TMC)
The Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai, usually abbreviated to TMC, is an award-winning institution six kilometres north of the Old City. The courses offered here are intensive and range in length from a basic 18-hour, three-day course to a 600-hour certified teacher’s programme. Those looking to specialise will find table, chair or foot reflexology courses useful. The TMC is on the road out to Mae Jo University and on public transportation routes.
Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai (TMC): #203/6, M. 6, Mae Jo Rd., T. Fah Ham, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Daily) | Course Fees: 18 Hours 7,500 B / Certified Teacher Programme 109,000 B. | Tel: +66 53 854 330, +66 81 111 2001 | Fax: +66 53 246 203 | Facebook | E-mail | Map
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING MASSAGE SCHOOL (ITM)
ITM International Training Massage School has been officially designated as the best occupational school in the northern region of Thailand. ITM provides foundation, intermediate and advanced level programmes in addition to three-day introductory courses. This school also runs massage training courses for teachers in addition to specialist ones such as foot reflexology and Northern Thai stretching. Students who pass their final tests here receive Ministry of Education certificates. ITM enjoys a convenient location in the Chang Phuak area and is about 600 meters north of the Old City.
ITM International Training Massage School: #59/9, Chang Phuak Rd., Soi 4, T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri), 10:00-17:00 (Sat-Sun) | Course Fees: 3 Days (18 Hours) 4,200 B / 5 Days (30 Hours) 5,500 B | Tel: +66 53 218 632 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
NAMO YOGA & MASSAGE
Namo Yoga & Massage is two minutes on foot from the Old City’s Thapae Gate and offers a collection of massage intro courses. Visitors choosing to study massage here have a choice of traditional Thai, foot, head, herbal, hot-stone and oil. Course lengths vary from the half-day taster massage to the six-day spa programme.
Namo Yoga & Massage: #109/1, Moon Muang Soi 4, T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-19:30 (Mon-Sat) | Course Fees: 1/2 Day 990 B / 30 Hours (5 Days) 6,000 B / Spa Programme (6 Days) 12,000 B | Tel: +66 53 326 648 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
SABAI DE KA MASSAGE SCHOOL
Sabai De Ka is another centrally located massage school close to Thapae Gate. Founder Thanyanet ‘Kloy’ Pothamoon oversees a skilled team of massage tutors and ensures students are provided the best learning environment and on-the-job training. Sabai De Ka offers a mixed assortment of massage courses which includes oil, hot compress, suction cup therapy and back. Course lengths vary from half-a-day to one week.
Sabai De Ka Massage School: #93/3, Moon Muang Rd., T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-18:00 (Daily) | Course Fees: ½ Day 1,199 B / 1 Week 3,500 B | Tel: +66 53 326 529, +66 81 881 3697 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
SUNSHINE MASSAGE SCHOOL
Sunshine Massage School focuses on maintaining the spirit and customs of Thai traditional yoga massages. This school offers 10-day courses for beginners as well as a selection of intermediate and advanced courses in areas such as sacred dance therapeutic application and making the most of the upper body. Sunshine is down a side-soi off Kaew Nawarat Road on the east side of the River Ping.
Sunshine Massage School: #159/2, Kaew Nawarat Rd., Soi 4, T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Mon-Sat) | Course Fee: 10 Days 9,500 B | Tel: +66 53 262 574 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map