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Can You Learn Massage Online From Videos?

The short answer is yes, Thai Healing Massage Academy’s students have been successfully learning Thai Massage online since a long time. We have thousands of forum posts, emails and testimonials to back that claim up.

Pros and consHowever, let’s qualify this a bit more and dig deeper into this subject.

We will be looking at the advantages and disadvantages of learning massage in live training courses compared to online study.

Live Massage Course Advantages

  • You can get immediate feedback and corrections from the instructor
  • You are part of a motivated group of students which can be an inspiration
  • You get to practice under supervision
  • You get to practice on a variety of bodies

Live Massage Course Disadvantages

  • Generally quite expensive
  • Often involves travel to the course location
  • You learn so much material in such a short period that it is very easy to forget it unless you practice immediately and regularly as soon as the course ends.
    I have met many students who took a massage course and a few months or a year later cannot remember hardly anything they learned.
  • You are pretty much stuck with the course once you are in it, even if you find that it does not really work for you.

Online Massage Course Advantages

  • There is a much lower cost.
  • There is a big convenience factor. You can learn massage at home whenever you want to and at your own pace.
  • You own the videos as a permanent reference, and can always brush up on your skills. The forgetfulness factor is not an issue unlike in live courses.
  • Reputable online massage schools will guarantee your satisfaction by allowing you to return the course for a refund if it is not working for you. This is generally not an option with live courses.
  • You don’t have to complete the material in a given time frame like in a live class. You can practice and follow the online lessons without time pressure and work at your own pace that feels right to you.
  • Create good learning habits. Unlike live intensive crash courses, online lessons enable you to make regular learning a natural part of your daily routine.

Online Massage Education Disadvantages

  • You have to motivate and discipline yourself to actually work with the online material.
  • There is no enthusiastic group energy like in live classes.
  • Most online courses do not offer much support, if any.

    ===> This is what sets Thai Healing Massage Academy’s online courses apart from others. We provide unlimited, personal teacher support via email, forum, facebook group, and even phone contact.

  • There is no instant and physical feedback from the instructor.

When is a live class your best option?

  • If you have plenty of time and money and don’t mind traveling to course locations
  • If you really enjoy or need the group energy in a massage school setting
  • If you know you have a hard time disciplining yourself to actually follow a home study massage training program
  • If you are totally new to healing arts and feel you really need a lot of physical help and interaction

When is an online massage course your best option?

  • If you don’t want or cannot get away from home for days or weeks
  • If there is no live training facility anywhere near you
  • If you have a good practice partner and are self motivated enough to follow through with the online course
  • If your funds are limited and you want maximum results for the least investment
  • If you like to have videos as a permanent reference that you can refer to for years to come
  • If you like the benefit of a risk free purchase where you can  try out a massage study program or instructor, and only have to pay if it really works for you
  • If you like to learn at your own pace and integrate your massage training with your daily life
  • If you already have experience with massage and want to add more skills conveniently and in a cost effective way

What to watch out for in an online training course

  • Is there a money back guarantee?
  • Is there an easy and quick way to get support?
  • Is it possible to contact the instructor?
  • Is there a convenient way to communicate with the instructor like email, facebook messaging, skype or even telephone?
  • Try sending a support email message with a question before you buy. Are you getting an answer? How long did it take? Was it helpful, courteous and personal, or canned and automated?
  • What is your feeling about the instructor? Do you know something about him or her? Can you see a teaching sample before you buy?
  • Are you just getting a DVD with lots of material that you have to figure out yourself or is there a structured and supportive learning environment?
  • Is there a way to contact other students who have taken the online training and find out if they liked it?

Now you know how to decide what is right for you, live massage classes or online training. And you know what to look out for before investing in an online training course.

Features of Thai Healing Massage Academy’s online courses

    • All Thai Massage courses come with a risk free money back guarantee.
    • You can get a series of free videos before you invest any money where you can observe the instructor.
    • The instructor can be reached via email, forum, facebook, skype or phone.
    • All inquiries are answered within one day, and often much quicker.
    • Our courses are delivered gradually in order to prevent information overload and to facilitate a regular and structured learning environment.
    • Students are supported through one of the largest, most informative and interactive Thai Massage websites on the internet.
    • Students who participate in the forum or our private facebook group can interact with each other.
    • All our training videos are highly detailed and easy to follow.

    ===> Tell me, how many online massage courses have you seen where you can pick up the pone and call the instructor?

    ===> How many courses provide a structure like in a real school, support, ongoing training, a forum and facebook community?

    ===> How many massage courses allow you to you purchase their online programs 100 percent risk free?

    You now have all the information to make an informed decision about learning massage through either live courses or through online video-based training.

    If you decide to join us in one of our online Thai Massage courses to expand your skills or learn new ones, we will be there to help you succeed. If you are like most of our students, chances are that would really enjoy the experience.

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    author's pictureThe author, Shama Kern, is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy. He has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 18 years, and he is the creator of 20 Thai Massage online video training courses

9 thoughts on “Can You Learn Massage Online From Videos?”

  1. I think it’s really great to live in these times where we have access to so much technology so easily. I’d say that both “live training” as well as “online courses” make for the ideal. Taking any course (on-line or live) from another teacher, in addition to your own primary instruction is very effective in broadening your scope, repertoire and understanding of this magnificent modality. I don’t think it’s possible to get too much training since it will just serve to improve and increase your abilities as a practitioner, elevating your work to the form of Art that it really is. Thanks for all the good content, Shama – I know how much work it takes to stay consistent. Be Well.

  2. You are absolutely right Deon, both live and online courses need to be in our repertoire. Especially when we already have experience in a particular modality, it is quite easy to learn more from a video course.
    And I really appreciate your encouragement, it means a lot to me!

  3. Hi shama. Another great post from you, I don’t know where you find the time! I agree very much with what you say and have done both and the facility to go back and refresh your memory is such an important part of having the instruction on dvd for me. I have three of your courses lined up to buy on the new year. The only other issue you don’t mention is cpd (continuing professional developement) qualifying points. In the UK we have to be able to provide evidence of so many hours study each year to maintain our registration and, as far as I know, can only get verification from a taught course. With metta.

  4. Hi Sue,
    thanks for your comment. I am not familiar with the rules in the UK. In the US you can get CEs (continuing education credits), which all massage therapists have to get yearly, from both live and long distance courses. The course provider has to be certified by an association called NCBTMB (national certification board for therapeutic massage and body work).

    You might want to check on the rules in the UK. I have students all over the world, US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, UK, eastern Europe etc. Therefore it is difficult for me to be up to speed on licensing and other requirements.

    But if you happen to find out that there is a way to get long distance courses approved for CPD in the UK, please let me know, and I will try to follow up on it.

    Best wishes,

  5. Another great article. I do live and work here in the US and truth be told I feel your passion for what you do and I want the entire course. Plenty of schools can show you techniques but to have a true TEACHER who is showing you the real life ins and outs of their experience in the field is not something that you get from a traditional school. The school I attended in IL. was so dry it was painful and I couldn’t help feel that the instructor was holding back to of course sell you more lessons. The problem I have is that living here in the west means I need credentials. Your certificate states that the course was an online one. First off, I do get shopped by my competitors who take advantage of the lack of regulation regarding Thai here where I live and there are many just using it to do massage without going to the first thing they are going to do is see that my certificate was obtained on line and go get it themselves to copy me and have a certificate on their wall without any other training. Second people here still don’t take on line education all that seriously and if the fact that the course was completed on line was left off the certificate I would have purchased the entire set already. As it is this is a course I very much desire but have not purchased because of the certificate stating that it was obtained on line. I hope this makes sense. It matters here..therefore it matters to me to be taken seriously.

    • None of your competitors can “just go and get our certificate”. We have a very specific qualification process which enables us to see whether someone is actually practicing and working with the course material. For our Complete Thai Massage online training course this certification process takes 3.5 months. Nobody can simply buy the course and get a certificate without doing the work.

  6. Yes you can , only however because Shama Kern is teaching the course. I have bought and watch several Thai Videos and watched them. None of them teach they only show.
    Shama Kern teaches in every way. But in truth you need in person practice. I practiced on my husband and family. I got what I needed for my class.

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