Although Thai Traditional Medicine is heavily based on Indian Ayurveda concepts and principles, it’s relatively rare to find Ayurveda training courses in Thailand. Moreover, as for Ayurveda College & University programs, those are simply absent.
We can only guess for the reasons of the limited Ayurveda training offerings: perhaps it’s because of Thailand’s own Traditional Healing Arts being rather dominant, or because of India being relatively close what would make studying Ayurveda in India feasible and logical. Nevertheless, allusions and references to Indian Ayurveda in relation to the Thai Healing Arts are quite often made by both training and treatment providers in Thailand.
But then, in this article we will take a look at various Thai Massage schools and other training centers in Thailand that offer Ayurveda or Ayurveda-based training. The most common Ayurvedic training modalities one encounters are Ayurveda Basic Concepts, Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga or Champi), Indian Full Body Oil Massage (Abhyanga), Shirodhara (pouring liquids over the forehead), Ayurvedic Cooking, Lifestyle, Diet & Nutrition.
The absolute winner is, perhaps not too surprising, the popular Indian Head Massage Spa training which is offered in a variety of training durations ranging from 1 up to 4 days (depending on the trainer).
Another notable development in past years, is the offering of Yoga trainings or Yoga Teacher trainings brought as Ayurveda Yoga. Most of the time these are training programs with somewhat more emphasis on Ayurveda concepts, Ayurveda Nutrition, Diets and Lifestyle. Although surely Indian Yoga draws from Ayurvedic concepts, we have not mentioned this type of (Yoga) trainings in the list below. We consider that something rather apart.
Chiang Mai Spa Academy (CMSA)
CMSA offers Ayurvedic Abhyanga (20 hours) and Ayurvedic Shirodara Massage (15 hours) courses.
Chiida Spa, with branches in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Mae Rim, offers a Ayurvedic Ahbyanga Massage (Body or Head) course of 60 hours (10 days).
Chiva-Som International Academy
Chiva-Som in Bangkok and Hua Hin offers Indian Head Massage (30 hours, 5 days), Basic Ayurvedic Treatments (90 hours, 3 weeks, consisting of Ayurvedic theory and concepts and Shiroabhyanga and Abhyanga training), Mukka-Shirodhara (30 hours, 5 days, a combination of Ayurvedic Face Therapy and Ayurvedic Liquid Pouring).
Institute of Applied Holistic Health Sciences
This institute in Bangkok offers an Indian Head Massage and an Indian Body Massage training. Both trainings take 24 hours (3 days) each.
Lanna Thai Spa Academy
The Lanna Thai Spa Academy in Bangkok offers Indian Head Massage, Ayurvedic Abhyanga (2 weeks) and Ayurvedic Shirobhyanga (2 weeks) training courses.
Sawakon Thai Spa & Beauty Academy (STSA)
The Sawakon Thai Spa & Beauty Academy in Nakhon Si Thammarat offers Abhyanga, Ayurvedic Marma Point, Ayurvedic Head Massage, Shirodhara, Udvarthanam (Medicated Oils and Herbal Powders Massage), Kati Basti/Vasti (Pooled Oil treatments for the back) training courses.
SPA Cenvaree Spa & Training Academy
SPA Cenvaree Spa & Training Academy with branches in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Phuket offers Ayurvedic Abhyanga and Indian Head Massage classes.
Thai Oasis Spa School
The Oasis Spa School in Chiang Mai offers a Abhyanga Full Body Massage training (18 hours, 3 days).
Golden Awareness in Bangkok offers Ayurveda Nutrition, Beauty with Ayurveda, and Lifestyle Counseling training.
Nancy Huettig, active on Koh Phangan, offers a 2-day workshop of Ayurvedic Essentials.
Thai Spa Burapa Training Center
The Thai Spa Burapa Training Center in Trat offers an Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga) course.
Thai Oriental Massage &Training Center
The Thai Oriental Massage &Training Center in Pattaya offers an Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga) course (2 and 4 days).
Suai Spa School
The Suai Spa School in Phuket offers an Indian Head Massage course (1 day duration).
Pravinia Academy of Beauty and Spa
The Pravinia Academy of Beauty and Spa in Bangkok offers an Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga) course (2 days duration).
PANVIMAN Spa Academy
The PANVIMAN Spa Academy in Chiang Mai and Koh Phangan, offers an Indian Head Massage training course of 42 hours (5 days duration).
Harmony House in Nakhon Si Thammarat (Surat Thani), offers an Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga) course (30 hours, 5 days duration).
MakeScents in Bangkok offers an Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga) course.
Bangkok Beauty and Spa School
Bangkok Beauty and Spa School offers an Indian Head Massage (Shiroabhyanga) course.
Baimint Spa Academy
The Baimint Spa Academy in Bangkok offers an Indian Head Massage course.
Shri Kali Ashram
The Shri Kali Ashram on Koh Phangan island offers an Ayurvedic Walking Massage (Barefoot Massage) training.