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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!

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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.)

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Can any locals house me during these times! Ill pay you, clean, ect!

December 15-19 for the Intermediate Thai massageAdvanced January 9,10, 11 and 17th and 18thThen the Reflexology class in February 25-27th.My number is 540-819-5360Thanks so much!!!Continue

Started by Christina Lofaro in General Post Oct 24.

Edema 3 Replies

A question about Edema.I'm experiencing something I've never seen to this extent and am looking for insights. When I palm this particular clients arms, my full handprint, including all the lines on my hand show up on her arm even when very light…Continue

Started by Jennifer Naples in General Post. Last reply by Debby Hougaard Oct 13.

Pulling Toes 2 Replies

Can somebody help me understand the significance of toe pulling during Thai Massage.I have a client that hates toe pulling and has asked me to not do it any more. She has MANY health issues. Everyone else that I have done it to loves it, so I don't…Continue

Started by Debby Hougaard in Client Treatments. Last reply by Debby Hougaard Oct 13.

Belching During Thai Massage 2 Replies

I have a client that I have been working on for 3 weeks intensively. She is getting 2 hour Thai Yoga Massages twice a week. She has a real problem relaxing during any massage. I have done relaxation massage on her in the past and it is unintentional…Continue

Started by Debby Hougaard in Client Treatments. Last reply by Debby Hougaard Oct 13.

Getting sick after a session? 1 Reply

I have had clients get sick with a cold, sore throat, and at least once, the flu, the day after I worked on them, and I had assumed that they were already on their way to being sick when I worked on them, but then my last trip to the Thai Institute…Continue

Tags: Flu, Throat, Sore, Cold

Started by Erin Marie Porter in General Post. Last reply by Christina Lofaro Oct 12.

Can anyone share a hotel room for beginners course? 1 Reply

Monday through Thursday? Let me know. I'm excited and could really save the money! Thanks so much.

Started by Christina Lofaro in General Post. Last reply by Christina Lofaro Oct 11.

Thai massage and fertility treatments 1 Reply

Does anyone have any experience with Thai Massage in conjunction with fertility treatments?  I have a client who is about to begin IUD treatments (hormonal injection in order to produce more eggs followed by injection of "cleaned" sperm from her…Continue

Tags: prenatal, fertility, health, women's

Started by Renee Marie Royal in Client Treatments. Last reply by David Roylance Oct 6.

thai yoga? 1 Reply

Hi,I am remember a session of thai "yoga" type stretches we did in Intermediate with Sara...They were wonderful and I am trying to remember the Thai name for them to see if I can find someone here to teach me some more.Thanks,AnnaContinue

Started by Anna M Krewer in General Post. Last reply by David Roylance Sep 9.

Much Appreciation and Gratitude - Annual Community Gathering 2014

To The Thai Massage and Medicine Community,This past weekend I attended the…Continue

Started by David Roylance in General Post Aug 19.

An "Informed" Thai Massage Practice

An informed Thai massage practice is understanding what is.....right now - the present.I have noticed over the years that among some Thai massage and Thai medicine practitioners there is a craving almost a yearning for historical information about…Continue

Started by David Roylance in General Post Jun 10.

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