Marce Ferreira


Marce Ferreira

Hi, my name is Marce. I will tell you a bit about myself, just to give you an idea of my background and how that relates to my work for the website.

I grew up in South America, but in my teenage years I moved to Europe where I obtained a college degree in Information Technology and worked for more than fifteen years as an IT-Engineer.

I was active in software development for large international companies, “making good money and having a successful career,” but as years past by I became increasingly unhappy with my work.

In addition, the sedentary job, the long working hours, and lack of exercise had also made me overweight, sluggish, sickly, and irritable. Relationship troubles only added to my woes, and in 2008 — I just burned out.

I stopped working and left for a sabbatical year in Southeast Asia to clear my mind and get some fresh ideas. I first went to Thailand, and as luck would have it I fell in love with Thai Massage and Reusi Dat Ton, which quickly became my new focus in life.

I cancelled the rest of my travelling plans, stayed in Thailand, and took several months of training courses. After my return, I started to offer treatments and training throughout Europe and South America, and — for about a decade — regularly returned to Thailand for further studies.

In 2018, I changed my direction. I stopped giving treatments and classes, and subsequently launched TraditionalBodywork.com together with Elissa. At first, the website was only meant as a portal for the Thai healing arts, but it gradually developed into an outlet for all kinds of massage and bodywork, and other alternative therapies.

Today, I don’t really “make money” anymore and I wouldn’t describe my activities as “having a career.” I just write articles and eBooks about massage, bodywork, alternative and complementary therapies, nature, spirituality, and unconventional lifestyles. Additionally, I publish video workshops about Thai Massage and Reusi Dat Ton.

In my free time, I like reading novels, watching movies, hiking, and spending as much time possible in nature.

Thai Massage and Thai Yoga “Career”

▶ 14+ years experience with Thai Massage and Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Yoga)
▶ 800+ hours of studies in Thai Massage and Reusi Dat Ton in Bangkok and Chiang Mai
▶ 500+ individual clients treated with Thai Massage
▶ 1,200+ Thai Massage sessions given counting for over 2,000 hours of massage
▶ 40+ training courses and workshops given in Thai Massage and Thai Yoga
▶ 200+ students taught

Formal Training

Sunshine Massage School | Chiang Mai
— General Thai Yoga Massage (Northern Style)
— Advanced Thai Massage Techniques & Stretches
— Osteothai & Western Therapeutics
— Thai Abdominal Massage (Chi Nei Tsang)

Thai Yoga Massage around the World | Chiang Mai
— Advanced Thai Yoga Massage & Stretches
— Thai Massage in the Side Position
— Thai Massage for Pregnancy & Older People

Watpo Thai Traditional Medical School | Bangkok
— General Thai Massage (Southern Style)
— Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Yoga Ascetic Self-Stretching Exercises)

Sunshine Network Lahu Village | Chiang Rai
— General Thai Yoga Massage (Northern Style)

Ong’s Thai Massage School | Chiang Mai
— General Thai Massage (Integrated Northern & Southern Style)
— Professional Thai Massage (Integrated Northern & Southern Style)
— Thai Massage Energy lines (Sip Sen)
— Thai Massage Teacher Training

Mornoi Clinic | Chiang Mai
— Soft Touch Thai Massage

Sinchai Massage | Chiang Mai
— Therapeutic Thai Massage

Yoga Massage School of Thailand | Bangkok
— General Thai Massage (Royal Style)
— General Thai Massage (Northern Style)
— General Thai Massage (TTMS Style)
— Advanced Techniques & Stretches
— Herbal Ball Compress Massage
— Thai Therapeutics & Chiropractic
— Reusi Dat Ton Basic Training
— Reusi Dat Ton Professional Training
— Reusi Dat Ton Teacher Training