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. A list of recommended schools for the best Thai Massage Courses in Chiang Mai follow.
Last Updated: November 2018
Best Thai Massage Courses in Chiang Mai:
International Training Massage | Loi Kroh Thai Massage | Sabai De Ka | Shivagakomarpaj | Sunshine | Thai Massage School | Further Reading
Note: Courses and fees do change, we recommend you to check with the schools before making reservations.
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: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Course: 30 Hours 5,000-6,000 B | Tel: +66 90 320 2712 | Website | Facebook
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. Faham, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Daily) | Course: 30 Hours 8,500 B | Tel: +66 53 854 330 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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, Soi 4, T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri), 10:00-17:00 (Sat-Sun) | Course: 30 Hours 5,500-6,500 B | Tel: +66 53 218 632, +66 83 763 1002 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
Loi Kroh Thai Massage is a superior school to take massage courses at. Coocky Boonsom set up the centre two decades ago. It now offers courses in massages such as foot reflexology, hot stone and oil in addition to Korean Relaxation and Reusi Datton yoga and meditation. Joining Kundalini Yoga workshops and taking Chi Nei Tsang detox massages are other reasons to schedule a visit to the Loi Kroh Thai Massage.
Loi Kroh Traditional Thai Massage: #1/3 Loi Kroh Rd., Soi 3, T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 09:00-18:00 (Mon-Sat) | Course: 30 Hours 7,000 B | Tel: +66 53 274 681 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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 Soi 4, T. Wat Ket, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Mon-Sat) | Course: 60 Hours 9,900 B | Tel: +66 53 262 574 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
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: 10:00-17:00 (Daily) | Course: 10 Hours 3,500 B | Tel: +66 81 881 3697 | Website | Facebook | E-mail