Just got my first module and I am excited about Thai Massage already! Here is my background. Just finished my certification in Reflexology and I am currently looking to compliment my practice and expand my horizons. I am a big advocate for massage and was thrilled with my first Thai Massage and have decided to take my practice to the next level via Thai massage. One question I do have for any other Canadians is why are the Thai course here in Ontario/Canada so expensive...Will Shama course not also provide us with the requirements for TMT and all the learnings we need ? I am loving this via email and Video delivery method !
Looking forward to my next module !
welcome to the course and the forum. In my experience live Thai massage courses are quite expensive not just in Canada, but in the US as well. This is one big reason why I created this video course. I wanted to provide an alternative that offers the same high quality education as in live classes but at a much lower price and in a more convenient way.
I live in Thailand and I have seen countless people come here and take a one or two week Thai Massage course in one of the many schools here. The majority of them get overwhelmed by the huge amount of material in a very short time frame, and they don't really get it and quickly forget again what they learned. In my experience if you learn Thai massage over a longer period of time, at a slower pace that allows you to practice regularly without getting into overwhelm mode, you will retain it much better and absorb all the concepts with much better understanding.
The only thing that a video course requires is commitment on the part of the student. This is why I have set up this forum so that my students can interact, network, share experiences, and maintain their motivation and enthusiasm levels.
I will always be available for questions and comments. I am committed to helping you succeed with your course. I am glad you joined our community!
One question I do have for any other Canadians is why are the Thai course here in Ontario/Canada so expensive...Will Shama course not also provide us with the requirements for TMT and all the learnings we need ?
It is nice to see another Ontarian here on the forum. It sure can add up can't it! I went the route of a school in Toronto and I loved every minute of it. I am so glad that you are also able to find a way to learn Thai Massage that works for you.
To answer your question of 'why' it is expensive in Canada, it is the cost of living. The school I learned at had very small classes, my first class was only 6 of us. The teacher spent the entire time with us coaching and working with us hands on, she also needs to pay for groceries and pay rent or a mortgage. I just read on Shama's blog that he got dinner for less than $2usd! Desert included!!
When a client comes in for a massage I charge a bit less than the standard rate for Toronto, I wouldn't be able to do it if I didn't that much, if I charged the going rate in Thailand I would starve.
As far as the requirements are concerned perhaps Shama can answer that for us? To legally practice in Toronto I needed to become a Licensed Holisic Practitioner, to get that I needed to join an assoitation that the city approved, to join the assoitiation I needed to take a course that they approved.
Shama, I didn't look this up and so forgive me if you have made it clear elsewhere. Are your courses approved by any associations that will allow Pamela to practice as a Holistic Practitioner?
That's a tricky question. I am more familiar with the US system than the Canadian one. In the US it differs from state to state, and in some cases from city to city. I all depends on how you practice:
Will you hang out a shingle that you are a Thai Massage therapist? Or will you use it as part of yoga teaching? Or will you use it as part of your physiotherapist practice? Do you already have some kind of licence that allows you to legally touch people in a therapeutic way or not?
What kind of recognition are you going after? Your main massage therapist certification, or continuing education credits, or some kind of professional massage organization membership? In order to find an answer you really have to know exactly what you are going to do with it.
If you will work as a professional massage therapist and you do not have any other "touch licence" like physiotherapy, then you will most likely require an official massage licence. But even that is not always clear. I have students in Europe, and they tell me that in their country Thai Massage is not considered a normal massage and therefore does not have to follow the same rules.
To sum it up, there are many different scenarios and many different laws depending on what country, state, province or city you are in. So there is no one correct answer that applies across the board. Sorry that I did not come back with an easy "one size fits all answer"