Thai Massage Styles
There are many different schools, Thai Massage styles and distinctive regional as well as traditional variations.
Anantasuk School of Thai Traditional Medicine/ Thai Traditional Medical Massage:
For over 50 years the Anantasuk school has offered the highest standards of practice and education in Thai Traditional Medicine. All principle disciplines are included in the four year UTTS (Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society) and Wat Po Association curriculum. Anantasuk has been the primary modality offered through the King’s Rajaprajanugrow/ Wiangklangkangwan Industrial College offered at over 163 different locations thoughout Thailand. Founded by Aachan, Phaa Khruu Anantasuk, the school continues today under leadership of Aachan, Moh Nantipha Anantasuk. Locations in Hua Hin and Lak Sii.
Buddhai Sawan Institute:
Ayudthaya Thailand (formerly Nongkam) For over 1000 years Wat Buddhaisawan and the modern iteration Buddhai Sawn Institute have offered training in the Thai cultural arts and sciences of Kabri-Kabrong, Muay Boran, Fan Dap, Ryksaa Thang Nuat Phaen Boran Thai (healing arts) and classical Thai Dancing. The twentieth century of the school was guided directly by Grand Master, Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn (Passed 1995).
ITM/ International Training Massage:
Chiang Mai, Thailand. Founded in 1992 by Aachan and Khruu Chongkol (John) and Atchara Settakhorn, ITM has always had a generous and open minded, but serious approach to teaching a curriculum originally developed by Phaa Khruu Sintorn Chaichgun of the “Old Medicine Hospital” also in Chiang Mai. John was a lead teacher at the Old Medicine Hospital for several years in the late 80’s until founding ITM. ITM now offers many great programs Ministry of Thai Traditional Medicine Approved for Touris training in many different aspect of Thai Traditional Medicine and Thai Traditional Massage. The focus has always been on the Northern Thai/ Lanna style perspective. ITM has always been known as one of the very best schools in Thailand for foreign students to go for training as classes are offered in several languages.
Lek Chaiya, Nerve Touch:
Chiang Mai, Thailand. Founded by “Mama” Lek Chaiya (passed) and now operated by her children Maew and Jack with Primary Teacher Khruu Pikul (Pikun) offer a beautiful program original based on the Wat Suandok School (Traditional Lanna Style) of Thai Traditional Massage and The Old Medicine Hospital programs also of Chiang Mai. Mama Lek as she was fondly referred to with a background in pharmacology emphasized both a straight forward hands on approach emphasizing PromMiiWihan Sii (Boundless loving qualities) know as Jap Sen and Tok Sen Nuad as well as Thai Traditional Herbology (Nuad Prakhop Samun Prai). The school continues and welcomes students from many countries.
SomaVeda® Thai Yoga:
A unique style of indigenous, traditional, natural medicine based strongly on a synthesis of several distinctive styles and schools of Thai Traditional Medicine, Traditional Thai Martial Arts (Kabri Kabrong) and Thai Yoga. SomaVeda® was developed by Aachan, Dr. Anthony B James in the 1983 after becoming formally recognized as a traditional teacher and eventually professor of Thai Traditional Medicine by the UTTS. Stylistically SomaVeda® incorporates the teaching of the following schools: Buddahi Sawan, Wat Po, Buntautuk Northern Provincial Hilltribes Hospital, Anantasuk School, Wiangklaikangwan Industrial College, Sawankhalok School for the Blind, Lek Chaiya Nerve Touch and other more or less prominent traditional schools of Thai Traditional Medicine. In the US there are several schools and Certified Teachers offering the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certificate program. To find a teacher near you Click Here! SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is the core modality offered at both the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine (An accredited College of Natural Medicine) and The Thai Yoga Center (The oldest ongoing Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage program in the US) Click here for more information… Click Here for SomaVeda® videos!