Thai Massage is for everyone. You don't need to have a background in massage or yoga to learn and become certified. As a certified Thai Massage Practitioner, you will have completed training that shows you have learned the skills and foundations to begin your practice. Although you will be given a certificate of completion at the end of each course, you will only be certified as a practitioner once all the required steps are complete.
Becoming a Certified Thai Massage Practitioner
Complete the two Thai Massage Foundations Courses
Both the "Prone/Supine" and "Side-lying/Seated" courses must be completed in full. Collectively, these give the practititioner a good understanding of the practice and good amount of techniques for the beginner practitioner.
Please note that you can start with either course as long as both are completed
Complete the practicum and submit your application
The practicum consists of 10 practice massages using the material from both courses. The practice massages should be documented, including your experiences and any feedback given by the receiver.
Once the practicum is completed, you will submit an application for Thai Massage Practitioner Certification, which can be completed online. There is a $25 fee (hst included) which includes processing, review and the cost of printing and mailing your certificate.
The review process is done individually by the teacher, who will contact you with any questions and feedback. You may also be required to submit some videos performing various techniques. Once the review is completed, your certificate will be sent and you will be elligible to join the Practitioner listings on our web page.
Frequently asked questions
After I am certified, is it legal for me to practice massage professionally?
The legal practice of massage is very much dependent on rules where you live. In some places, a special license is required. In others, there are no requirements for practice at all. Your certification simply affirms that you have completed a basic course of study and are ready to begin practicing. You are responsible for meeting all the legal requirements for professional practice in your area.
example: City of Ottawa. The practice of massage doesn't require a special license or qualifications for a simple home practice one-on-one. Business licenses apply for some situations. However, one cannot use the title "therapist" as this is reserved by law for people who are Registered Massage Therapist and you likely will not be able to issue insurance receipts.
Can I get liability insurance?
Yes, many insurance providers that cover yoga teaching and other forms of hands-on therapy will issue your liability insurance for professional practice if you submit a copy of your certificate.
Should I start charging for a massage right after learning?
This becomes an individual choice. Many people who take our courses are already practicing therapists and want to start putting their Thai Massage skills to work. It is important to take some time to refine your work and so initially, you might want to offer some free sessions so that you don't have the pressure of a paid massage and will feel freer to "make mistakes".
Is this certification process the same as "X"?
There are quite a few institutions and schools offering Thai Massage certification. It's important that you know that there aren't any standardized regulations for how these courses are taught or for the curriculum. As a result, each school can be quite different in their course content. Each school and teacher will teach in the way that they have found works best.
We're always happy to have people from other schools join our courses, either as a refresher or to learn different approaches. Contact us if you have any questions about this.