The Story Of Thai Healing Massage Academy
And Its Founder And Director -- Shama Kern
I discovered Thai massage when I first came to Thailand in 1999. It quickly became my passion and my life’s work.
My life changed in many ways because of it. I ended up spending two decades in Thailand, and I married a Thai woman who is a Thai Massage therapist and teacher as well.
The Thai Massage and Yoga connection
I had been practicing yoga, meditation and Qigong for most of my life, and Thai Massage’s close connection to yoga and its subtle energy aspects were a perfect fit for me.
It felt like the missing piece of a puzzle. Suddenly all my existing skills matched beautifully with Thai Massage and laid the foundation for what ultimately became Thai Healing Massage Academy.
I put all my energy into studying not only with the best Thai Massage teachers, but I developed many skills in other healing systems such as Breema, Shiatsu, Medical Qigong, and Quantum Touch energy healing.
Branching out with Thai Massage
Over time I developed several unique styles of massage and healing work which I have been practicing and teaching for many years in several parts of the world.
They include Thai Rocking Massage, Heavenly Head Massage, ‘Dancing Hands’ Abdominal Massage, and my own style of Thai Massage.
This grew into a unique system which I called Thai Healing Massage. This is much more than just traditional Thai Massage. It is a blend of Thai Massage combined with some of the best aspects of several healing systems.
The birth of online training
Every year thousands of people travel to Thailand to study Thai Massage in one of the many schools here. But many more cannot afford to travel around the world to study here.
This inspired me to create a system that would allow people from all over the world to get access to first class Thai Massage training ONLINE at a very affordable cost via high quality, convenient and fully supported online training courses.
This was a unique concept since everybody else was just selling Thai Massage DVDs without any follow-up or support, and with no structured training environment.
Thai Healing Massage Academy’s unique approach
Thai Healing Massage Academy added these missing elements into its program:
- Delivering our online courses gradually, just like in any real school, to facilitate structured learning without overwhelm
- Creating a supportive and interactive online forum and a facebook group for our students
- Giving students access to the instructor (myself) for personalized support
Success with high quality online training
Rather than establishing another local school which would only be available to those who can travel to Thailand, Thai Healing Massage Academy is focusing on offering a sophisticated and unique online only training program which is accessible to students worldwide.
By now thousands of students have learned Thai Massage through our system. It has grown to 20 courses -- the largest and most comprehensive online Thai Massage training program.
Students can become certified and also receive continuing education credits through our courses. We are offering a wide selection of online training courses in Thai Massage and in several related modalities.
The secret to our success is this: If you do what you love, your passion shines through and you will be successful at it. That’s the simple secret right here, and it is a corner stone of our method of teaching.
Here are some short descriptions of some of our classes:
1. COMPLETE THAI MASSAGE is our most popular online Thai Massage training program. It contains everything you need to learn in order to become a competent Thai Massage therapist -- this course has it all!
This course brings Thai Massage to a higher level. It integrates the techniques with yoga principles, excellent body mechanics, therapeutic skills and a wonderful sense of touch. It truly is a Thai Yoga massage and healing system.
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2. HEAVENLY HEAD MASSAGE is a supremely relaxing upper body treatment of shoulders, neck, head and face.
It will put your clients into a blissful trance-like state and take them to a place of deep peace and well being. It really feels as good as it sounds like.
And it will give you truly excellent neck massage skills for much needed neck therapy work.
Click on the button below to watch a video demonstration:
3. THAI ROCKING MASSAGE. This massage uses beautifully flowing rocking motions instead of direct pressure techniques.
It is highly beneficial for releasing frozen shoulders, opening hips, releasing pain, and it feels wonderful. It is a really unique experience and takes Thai Massage to a new level.
Click on the button below to watch a video demonstration:
Does it work -- and how well?
Ultimately the only thing that matters is what others think about our courses -- if they are able to learn through our online training courses, and how much they help them to succeed with Thai Massage. Therefore let our students speak for themselves:
I always loved teaching and sharing what I know with others. One major resource to support this learning process is this website. It provides lots of free Thai Massage training, inspiration, education and stories.
It is a labor of love for me to continue writing more articles and producing more videos about the art of Thai Massage. You can find it all in the blog section of the main menu.
Do we teach live classes in Thailand?
We used to teach live classes, but we do not offer them anymore. When we started with the online training, we realized that high-quality, teacher supported certification training is a lot of work, and in order to do it well, takes up all our time.
To run an online school and a live school at the same time, and do a good job in both is just not possible with our resources.
Plus there are already hundreds of live Thai Massage schools in Thailand, so we didn’t see the need to duplicate what already exists.
Our purpose is to serve the needs of those who cannot or do not want to travel to Thailand, and we decided that we wanted to put all our energy into providing first-class online training with the best support possible.
Therefore we do not offer live public classes in Thailand. We exclusively provide online training.
So what comes next?
If you are new to Thai Massage and want to get an idea what it is all about, you can enroll in our free introductory video series:
If you are familiar with Thai Massage and want learn the complete system in depth, or if you want to add to your skills through one of our specialized online therapy courses, browse our training options here: