When it comes to learning Chi Nei Tsang or other Thai Abdominal Massage modalities in Thailand, Chiang Mai city in the North of Thailand stands out high above the rest of the country. Chiang Mai is not only the Thai Massage capital of the country (and the world, by the way), but also the absolute leader in knowledge and practice of Thai traditional abdominal therapies.
Chi Nei Tsang, and its little sister Karsai Nei Tsang, were “invented” right here, and popularized by Master Mantak Chia. Master Mantak’s headquarter in Chiang Mai, the Tao Gardens Spa & Health Resort, is perhaps the most renowned treatment and training center for Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Chi Massage and Karsai Nei Tsang in the world.
Moreover, in the Chiang Mai region, you’ll find numerous famous Abdominal, Internal Organ, and Genital Massage teachers and therapists, such as Ms. Khun Ni, Ms. Tassanee Boonsom (aka “Coocky”) from Loi Kroh Massage, Ohm from Omsala, Dr. Sirichan Nooy from Sirichan, and Ms Pi Jem, just to name some of the best known healers.
For certain highly specialized abdominal modalities, Chiang Mai is actually the only place in Thailand (in any case, for foreigners) to receive teachings. Think of abdominal treatments such as Thai Womblifting, Uterus Massage, and Hot Salt-Filled Clay Pot Compress Massage.
And because herbs, herbal knowledge, herbal components, and hot herbal compress massage play an important complementary role in traditional Abdominal Therapies, here also, Chiang Mai is the best location to get treatments or training due to its renowned Lanna and local Folk Healing Herbal heritage.
In the rest of Thailand, like in Bangkok, or on the islands Koh Phangan, Phuket, and Koh Samui, you’ll mostly find Chi Nei Tsang and Abdominal Massage treatment providers, and hardly ever trainings.
Nevertheless, on Koh Phangan island, you’ll now and again find Abdominal Massage training events or treatments offerings from foreign teachers and practitioners, yet mostly in the tourist high season, which runs roughly from October – April.
All by all, if you’d like to have plenty of choice in learning a variety of Thai traditional abdominal treatment modalities, Chiang Mai is obviously the place to be. My advice is to visit the city in the months October to December, the cool, pleasant months and with little rain falling. Afterwards, it usually gets pretty hot, dry, smoky and smoggy, which is rather uncomfortable, to be honest.