Why learn Thai Massage in Thailand?
Every year thousands of people come to Thailand to study Thai Massage. They have a number of reasons for doing so. Let’s look at them in detail:
Thai Massage study in a pleasant environment
For the purpose of this article, we will shine a spotlight on the last reason, that it’s more enjoyable being in Thailand.
When you study Thai Massage, the quality of education, the cost, and the school selection are all important.
And it does make a big difference if you stay in a boring Motel 6 room in a city that has no atmosphere compared to staying in a holistic hot spot with a vibrant massage community and lots of possibilities for other activities.
That’s what you find in Thailand!
Where to study Thai Massage in Thailand?
I often get asked what the best place to learn Thai Massage in Thailand is. This depends on several factors:
- If you want to be near beaches, then the best choice would be an island in the southern part of Thailand like Ko Samui, Ko Phangan, or Phuket.
- If you like big city life or you like the curriculum of the famous Wat Po school, then you would have to be in Bangkok.
- If you prefer to have the biggest choice of schools, a city with lots of atmosphere, the lowest cost of living, a vibrant holistic community, spectacular natural surroundings, and lots of things to do, then Chiang Mai would be your best choice.
Overall Chiang Mai has by far the most factors in its favor. Just keep in mind that there are no beaches within 1000 kilometers.
In this article we will focus on Chiang Mai.
When should you go
The next question I get asked a lot is what’s the best time of the year to visit Thailand. Let’s start out with the time which you should avoid. That’s March, April and May.
These months are extremely hot, and in the case of Chiang Mai suffer from horrendous air pollution due to agricultural burning. (If you go to the southern islands, the air pollution is not an issue, but it is still hot).
The most pleasant months in Chiang Mai are November, December, and January. That’s when the days are warm and the nights cool down. That’s a big advantage in a country that is almost always hot. That’s also the festival season – more about that later.
July through September is the rainy season in Chiang Mai, but generally it doesn’t rain so much that it will inconvenience you a lot (there can be exceptions). The advantage of this time period is that the cloud cover keeps the temperatures down and that the air is cleaner.
Which Thai Massage school should you choose?
I get asked this question a lot, but it is impossible to answer because it depends on your personal preference:
Finding the best school for you
As you can see, there are many options. There is no ONE best school. If there were, everyone would study Thai Massage there and all other schools would go out of business.
However there might be ONE best school for YOU and your preferences. The only way to find out is to do research on the internet. Look for reviews, check trip advisor and Thailand forums.
Read the website of the schools to find out what they offer, where they are located, if they are in town or out of town, compare prices, etc.
If you have plenty of time, you can also just show up in Chiang Mai and then visit several Thai Massage schools before you make your decision.
Chiang Mai advantages
This is without doubt the most atmospheric major city in Thailand. Here are some factors:
The festival season in Chiang Mai
I already mentioned that November, December, and January have the best climate. In addition, this season is also famous for its spectacular festivals.
These are mostly multi-day events with huge colorful parades, floats, fireworks, thousands of fire balloons lighting up the sky, and a party atmosphere. People come from all over Thailand and all over the world to see those festivals.
The Thais are true masters at putting on amazing festivals with lots of entertainment, great food, dancing, competitions, shows, and colorful parades.
The main Thai festivals are:
The dates of some of these festivals are calculated by the lunar calendar which means that they happen on different dates every year.
Besides the above-mentioned festivals, there are plenty of smaller events happening, like the famous Sunday market in Chiang Mai which is a weekly festival all by itself.
And if there is no festival happening, you can find lots of other things to do like mountain treks, hill tribe village visits, elephant camps, adventure activities, zoo, botanical garden, tiger kingdom (you get to hug a tiger), snake farms, orchid farms, and many others.
Or you can rent a scooter and drive through stunning scenery right outside of Chiang Mai.
What if you cannot study Thai Massage in Thailand?
Regardless of the advantages which you might find in Thailand, most people will not travel halfway around the world to learn Thai Massage.
The ‘Study Thai Massage Online’ Solution
This is where Thai Healing Massage Academy offers the perfect solution. You can learn Thai Massage right from your home, at your own pace, and in a convenient way.
The training is excellent and detailed. It includes videos and text material which you receive gradually, like in a live school.
In this way, you have enough practice time and don’t get into an overwhelm mode like when you receive all training material at once.
The instructor, Shama Kern, is a veteran Thai Massage teacher with over 20 years of experience. He has been living in Thailand for two decades.
You will feel like in a classroom without having to leave your home.
This solution will work best if you are already a massage therapist or yoga practitioner/teacher. If you are not sure if online training is for you, check out this article.
On top of the Thai Massage training, you will also receive lots of fascinating material about Thailand – its culture, its beauty, its massage scene, its people, etc.
You will feel like you are in close contact with Thailand without having to travel there. It’s not a dry study program but a unique learning experience with atmosphere and cultural content.
Thai Healing Massage Academy offers 20 online training programs which cover Thai Massage and many highly specific therapeutic methods to turn you into a Thai Massage expert.
You can start with a free introductory video series or, if you are ready to really study Thai Massage, check out our most popular training program.
The author, Shama Kern is the founder of Thai Healing Massage Academy. He has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for over two decades and he is the creator of 20 online Thai Massage training courses.