Why We Created TraditionalBodywork.com

In 2009, I took a sabbatical year and headed off to South-East Asia. In Thailand, and in fact by pure chance, I enrolled on a Thai Massage course with the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai (Thailand).

I got hooked immediately and the next 6 months I spent learning Traditional Thai Massage with a variety of Thai Massage teachers in Thailand. Obsessed by Thai Massage, I wanted to learn as much as I could and with the best teachers.

Asking around, and of course also searching on the Internet, I discovered that info was available all right, but scattered, incomplete, fragmented. It was hard to find accurate, and moreover, complete info of available Thai Massage schools and teachers in Thailand.

To not lose collected information, I subsequently started a private list with remarks, websites, addresses, Facebook pages, and so on. Originating from Europe, I also embarked on collecting notes on the whereabouts of European Thai massage schools and instructors.

In fact, the rudiments of TraditionalBodywork.com were born, without me knowing it at the time. When I stopped practitioning and teaching Thai Massage and Thai Yoga 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 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 managed to do an initial tryout and public launch in March 2018.

Marce Ferreira