The Spa industry is growing worldwide, and Thailand is certainly one of the countries that leads. The Thai government policy since 2004 has been to promote Thailand as the medical hub and spa capital of Asia. Today, it’s clear that Thailand is reaching its objectives.
The Spa and Wellness business in Thailand is booming, and customer inbound-streams shifts increasingly to Japan, India, and China. European and American tourists are still important, but analysis about past years show that Asian customers are becoming a much more significant target-group, China and India leading.
Anyway, Thai Massage training today can be roughly divided into two main groups: Relaxation & Wellness and Therapeutic Treatments. We see a shift, or maybe it’s more an integration, from Thai Bodywork being mainly a traditional healing modality to becoming a modern Lifestyle modality. At the same time, Lifestyle, of course, has also much to do with healing and health.
Most of the popular Thai Massage schools in Thailand that are listed on the Internet will basically categorize more or less in the therapeutic scheme. Surely, most training first start as a Relaxation & Wellness course, but those courses are usually followed by specialization modules that aim at a more therapeutic quality of training.
In past years, we observe that the “classic” Thai Massage schools have started to offer more Spa-like training. Oil Massage & Aromatherapy, Facial Massage, Hand Massage, and Herbal Compress Massage among others have been on the increase obviously. An example is the ITM School in Chiang Mai that opened a separate division called the Spa Mantra school. Or Ong’s Thai Massage School which now offers a range of Spa training modalities also, including classical Western Spa modalities.
Well, having said all that, let’s just start shortlisting the Thai Massage schools and training centers in Bangkok and Chiang Mai that are focused mainly on Spa and Wellness training. You may want to study to be a practitioner in the Spa industry, and this overview will give you a quick start when looking for “pure” Spa training schools in Thailand.
▶ Baimint Spa Academy
▶ Bangkok Beauty and Spa school
▶ Bangkok Spa Academy | BSA
▶ Chiva-Som International Academy
▶ Lanna Thai Spa Academy
▶ Pai Spa Training Academy
▶ Pravinia Spa and Beauty School
▶ Prawphai Thai Massage and Spa Training Center
▶ Sabai Corner Spa
▶ Thai Massage & Spa Academy
▶ TTC Spa School