Written by Marce Ferreira
In 2009, overworked and tired, I quit my IT-job in the Netherlands and headed off to Southeast Asia. The idea was to take a sabbatical year off to rest and recover and think things over.
During my travels in Thailand, I enrolled on a Thai Massage training course at the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai city. To my surprise, I was hooked immediately and the next few months I spent learning Thai Traditional Massage with a variety of massage schools and teachers across Thailand. Thai Massage became an obsession, a quest, and I wanted to learn as much as I could and with the best teachers.
Asking around, and searching the Internet, I discovered that info about teachers and schools in Thailand was available all right, but scattered, incomplete, fragmented. It was hard to find accurate, and moreover… complete info on all accessible Thai Massage training in Thailand.
Subsequently, I started with a private list of websites, addresses, Facebook pages, remarks, and so on. As I come from Europe, I also jotted down notes on the whereabouts of European Thai Massage schools and instructors.
Actually, the foundations for TraditionalBodywork.com were laid down, without me knowing it at the time. When I stopped practitioning and teaching Thai Massage and Thai Yoga (Reusi Dat Ton) in 2016, the idea came to mind to make my notes publicly available for the Thai Massage community. I had also been writing about Thailand and Thai Massage since 2010, so I thought it to be a nice idea to combine Thai Massage school and teacher info with my earlier writings.
When I met Helissa in 2016, things came together, and it gave me the strength to embark on this project… together. I knew it would be a “hell of a job,” and I knew that I needed someone on my side to not give up when things would be going tough.
Finally, in the spring of 2017, we started with setup, design and development of the training provider database and the website. We launched the site in March 2018.