Written by Marce Ferreira
In 2009, I took a sabbatical year and headed off to Southeast Asia. In Thailand, and in fact by pure chance, I enrolled on a Thai Massage training course at the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand).
I was hooked immediately and the next few months I spent learning Traditional Thai Massage with a variety of Thai Massage schools and teachers in 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 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 Datton) 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 will and 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 lose motivation and 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.