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Rina Thibault replied to Christina Lofaro's discussion varicose veins
"My teacher, Master Deanna Villa fromThai Massage Toronto said to avoid massaging areas with varicose veins. Ask the client to place band aids (if working over clothes) over the areas with the varicose veins. Gentle stretch and herbal compress along…"
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This website provides an online community in which to collaborate and share with other students, practitioners, and teachers across the world. Join an interest group or participate in the discussion forum. Not sure where to start? Read through some of the recent and active discussions. Ask a question or contribute a thought. Enjoy learning and poking around, then let us know what you think. See you online!


What is TTM?


Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM) is an officially recognized part of the healthcare system in Thailand today. Every formally trained TTM practitioner is required by the government to study a standardized curriculum, which typically includes one year of classes to become a traditional pharmacist and another two years to become a full physician. The arts of therapeutic massage (nuat phaen boran) or traditional midwifery (pradung kahn) can be taken during a fourth, optional, year. Students graduating from these programs are examined by the Ministry of Public Health, and are licensed and regulated by the national government through a process parallel to that which regulates medical doctors, nurses, and other practitioners of Western medicine.

Traditional medicine in Thailand is split into distinct disciplines, which can generally be grouped into three different approaches:

  • Spiritual practices (including both Buddhism and magical therapies)
  • Traditional Thai Massage and other body therapies
  • Herbal/dietary therapies


The Thai Institute of Healing Arts is the only comprehensive Thai Medical education, research, and treatment center outside of Thailand. We teach in the USA and in Thailand. There is a network of affiliate schools available for you to learn. 

Check out our Annual Traditional Thai Massage & Medicine Community Gathering, our yearly celebration and learning opportunity (CEs available) that is FREE for all students, practitioners, teachers, along with their family and friends.

Our School offers courses on Thai herbalism, Thai medical theory, Theravada Buddhism, and many aspects of Thai culture. We have a full Thai massage curriculum up to and including teacher training. We have instructors that have studied up to the doctoral level in traditional Thai massage and Thai medicine on staff, and two separate therapy centers for massage and herbal treatments. And we are closely integrated with the local Thai community and Thai temples in the Washington, DC area in order to provide students with a unique cultural immersion experience. We invite students to Thailand for classes and enriched learning opportunities.

Let us know how we can help you with your journey in the healing arts.

(NOTE: The views and perspectives shared in this online forum do not necessarily represent the views or perspective of the Thai Institute of Healing Arts.)


varicose veins 1 Reply

What is the the appropriate way to address varicose veins in our clients?Also client had Achilles Tendon Ruptured 7 years ago. Its insainely blocked up but before I go jamming in there I wanted to clarify its alright.Thanks!Continue

Started by Christina Lofaro in General Post. Last reply by Rina Thibault Feb 7.

[CLIENT TREATMENT] Swollen legs with sores (Disease of Kalatharee Sen) 10 Replies

 This documents a diagnosis, treatment, and after care recently provided by Sararut and David Roylance using traditional Thai medicine with an actual patient. These are the type of treatments and results you can provide once studying in our…Continue

Started by David Roylance in Client Treatments. Last reply by Rina Thibault Feb 3.

thai massage amd MS 3 Replies

hello everyone, does any of you have any experience with M/S (multiple sclerosis) clients?Continue

Started by alexander stavrinos in Client Treatments. Last reply by Kristine Traucht Feb 16, 2016.

Hot flashes--which Sen line to work? 2 Replies

Just wondering what sen line(s) to focus on with a client with hot flashes. Continue

Started by David Burrows in General Post. Last reply by David Burrows Oct 13, 2015.

Thai Practitioners wanted for my Rockville Location

Massuage Associates LLC is creating a space for Traditional Thai Massage. We have a treatment room with private entrance and restroom attached. We are looking for practitioners to use the space. There is a possibility of joining our team and using…Continue

Started by Lee in General Post Aug 25, 2015.

Now Hiring Massage Therapists and Nail Technicians

MASSAGE THERAPISTS WANTED IMMEDIATELY---Nail Techs WantedA brand new Massage and Nails Spa in Vienna is now hiring Female Massage Therapists. We offer High Compensation, +Tips, Benefits, and Monthly Bonuses after 90 days.You should have at least 1…Continue

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Started by Luxor Massage Spa in General Post Aug 8, 2015.

Ganglion Cyst and Thai foot Reflexology 2 Replies

 Hello,I have a new client that has been getting chair massage. She would very much like to receive a Thai Foot Reflexology treatment but she has a ganglion cyst on her foot.  Is it okay to work with this cyst being on her foot?  Looking forward to…Continue

Started by Jeannie Dimerling in General Post. Last reply by Christina Lofaro Jun 6, 2015.

We Need A Massage Therapist Saturday May 9

PLEASE HELP!We are a chiropractic office looking for a massage therapist to give mini massages (or mini foot massages) to our female clients from 8am-12pm Saturday May 9.Please call the office directly at 703.319.1212or email at…Continue

Started by Rene Nolasco in General Post May 5, 2015.

Massage Therapist

Hi everyone,Little Washington Wellness & Spa in Washington, VA is looking for a certified massage therapist who also does Thai Yoga Massage. Contact BJ at 540-675-1031. ThanksContinue

Started by BJ Knobloch in General Post Apr 27, 2015.

Eczema 1 Reply

David,I have had eczema for years and my husband does as well. We have a 5 month old and the poor little guy is also plagued with some pretty bad eczema. I was wondering if you might have any advice on figuring out what causes this for us. Possibly…Continue

Started by Nathalie Drolet in General Post. Last reply by David Roylance Mar 9, 2015.

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