About Thai Healing Alliance (THAI)

Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) is a nonpartisan international network of Thai massage therapists and teachers. THAI promotes basic standards of study and practice of traditional Thai massage (nuad boran) throughout the world, and offers information about Thai healing arts to the general public. Registered Thai therapists and teachers who meet THAI’s requirements live and practice in over 25 countries and territories around the world.

The THAI website contains:

* The world’s largest online archive of valuable articles and research about the history and practice of Thai massage and Thai healing traditions. Access to the THAI online library is available and free to the general public.


* Guidelines for study and practice, information about study and practice, and suggestions and references for those who wish to lean more about the practice.


* Directories of all Registered Thai Therapists and Teachers in the THAI international network

The THAI archives:

The THAI online library is the world’s largest online library of information on traditional Thai massage, Thai healing arts, and Thai cultural information. Over 500 items are available for online reading, downloading, printing and research. The library contains academic research, historical and cultural information, Thailand travel tips, and study information. The archives are available to the general public. To enter the THAI archives, click here.

About Registered Thai Therapists (RTT) and Teachers

Qualifying Registered Thai Therapists (RTT) and Instructors receive a certificate conferring the title of RTT or Instructor, and their names and contact information are listed on the THAI website and in the Therapist search directory. Honorary Thailand schools also receive a certificate and are also listed on the THAI website.


Registered Thai Therapist [RTT] – Minimum requirements are 250 hours of formal hands-on study of traditional Thai massage. All study must have been completed in traditional style, on a floor mat, addressing the entire body. At least eighteen (18) months — and no more than four (4) years — must have elapsed since your first study of traditional Thai massage. Assistant teaching or courses of study that are taken more than once do not qualify. To qualify as Advanced RTT you must complete 350 hours of formal study and 350 hours of logged sessions.  See this link for requirements and more information.


Instructor – Minimum requirements are 500 hours of formal study and training of traditional Thai massage and related Thai healing arts. At least 40% of this study must be completed with instructors and schools within the THAI international network. See this link for requirements and more information.


Honorary Thailand School or Teacher – (free of charge) – In order to be listed as a Thailand School or Teacher, you must be a Thai citizen that runs a school or an individual teaching practice anywhere in the Kingdom of Thailand. A short bilingual application must be submitted to THAI for review and approval.

หากต้องการจดทะเบียนเป็นโรงเรียนในประเทศไทยหรืออาจารย์คุณต้องเป็นพลเมืองไทยที่เป็นเจ้าของโรงเรียนหรือมีการสอนแบบตัวต่อตัวที่ใดก็ได้ในราชอาณาจักรไทย จะต้องส่งใบสมัครสองภาษาสั้น ๆ ไปยังการบินไทยเพื่อตรวจสอบ หากต้องการขอแอปพลิเคชั่นฟรีให้ติดต่อการบินไทยทางอีเมล ไปที่นี่เพื่อดาวน์โหลดแอปพลิเคชันสำหรับโรงเรียนและครูในประเทศไทย:   เปิดเอกสาร


Thai Healing Alliance Goals & Objectives

With respect and gratitude to the Thai people and Thai culture, and to encourage the understanding and practice of traditional Thai healing arts throughout the world, THAI supports students, practitioners and teachers of traditional Thai healing arts. These disciplines include nuad boran, known in various forms as traditional Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, and Thai Yoga Therapy.  THAI also recognizes Thai herbal medicine traditions (Thai herbal compresses, Thai element theory, Thai herbal therapies), and related Thai folk healing arts.

The goals and objectives of the Alliance are:

a) To raise awareness of traditional Thai healing arts, and to distinguish them from other therapies such as Chinese medicine, Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Western medicine, Western massage, and modern hybrid forms


b) To spread news and relevant information about traditional Thai message and Thai healing arts throughout the world


c) To serve as a platform for networking and communication for Registered Thai Therapists (RTT) and Registered Teachers, and to provide outreach to the extended international community


d) To propose and promote guidelines and standards of study and practice for therapists and teachers of Thai healing arts throughout the world


e) To support those around the world who aspire to serious study and who practice and study within ethical and professional guidelines


THAI Code of Ethics

All Registered Thai Therapists and THAI Instructors agree to abide by and uphold the following code of ethics. This code of ethics is proposed to all those who study and practice Thai massage around the world.



I agree to keep my practice current by seeing clients regularly, practicing, and pursuing studies through continuing education and ongoing study with a variety of teachers and colleagues. I agree to not perform Thai sessions if I have fallen out of practice for an extended period of time.


I agree to respect the privacy and the confidentiality of any and all clients from now into the future. I agree to not disclose to a third party any personal information a client or teacher confidentially shares with me.


I agree to charge a fair price for an excellent service, and to set fees for my services that reflect my experience and expertise.


I agree to not coerce or manipulate clients or students of another practitioner or teacher to receive my services. I will not publicly defame another practitioner, student, teacher or school, or act in a disrespectful, unethical or inappropriate manner to a client, student, practitioner or teacher. I will support other Thai massage therapists and cooperate with other health professionals for the benefit of my clients.


I will not boast about my knowledge and expertise. I agree to market myself honestly, and only within the parameters of my knowledge and abilities, and to represent myself only at the level of practice and experience I have attained.


I agree to continue to refine my skills as a practitioner by taking courses and workshops, doing research, and engaging in work and study with other practitioners. I understand and acknowledge that my practice is a life-long pursuit of knowledge.


I agree to uphold a high standard of professional ethics with clients, teachers and other therapists, and to avoid any behavior that would tarnish the reputation of traditional Thai healing arts. This includes refraining from any sexual activity  in combination with traditional Thai massage, and refraining from giving or receiving Thai massage when either party is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicating substance.


I agree to not formally teach Thai massage to any person unless I am an experienced teacher and practitioner. I also agree to make clear to my clients and students that the practice of Thai massage is subject to all local laws and ordinances. I agree to provide a safe environment for clients and students of Thai massage, and to respect the physical, emotional and sexual boundaries of those with whom I am in contact. Furthermore, I agree to practice Thai massage only in appropriate places.


I agree to maintain a spiritual approach to my professional healing practice, and to continually work through my practice for the betterment of myself, my clients and mankind.


Endorsements from Therapists, Teachers and the Press

“…The skills of the (Thai massage) practitioner…determine the safety of the practice, and those skills depend largely on training. “Many practitioners claim to be certified, although there is no standard of certification…for Thai massage,” says Bob Haddad, founder of Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI).  THAI recognizes practitioners and instructors who have completed documented training and additional hands-on practice by approved schools and instructors.” – TIME Magazine


“Traditional Thai massage is considered one of the fastest growing healing modalities in the world. But there is no bona fide certification process that is legally acknowledged and administered anywhere outside of Thailand…THAI, a nonprofit organization based on voluntary participation, (offers recognition) for corresponding study and practice requirements.” – Massage & Bodywork Magazine


“You have laid a good foundation for an organization with serious standards for Thai massage. I wish you and the people involved with THAI all the best.” – Asokananda Harald Brust, late Thai massage teacher and author


“…A combination of assisted yoga, massage, and acupressure, Thai massage originated in Thailand (many) years ago… The key, as with any massage, is to find a reputable (therapist)… Go to www.thaihealingalliance.com for referrals.” – U.S. News & World Report


“I totally support the idea of Thai massage and all of traditional Thai medicine having its own international identity.” – Richard Gold, teacher and author


Testimonials from RTTs and Teachers

“In my country there is no regulation or official recognition of Thai massage. Now my study, and eventually my teaching, can be acknowledged by an international organization.”– J.M., Thai massage therapist, France


“THAI is a very necessary move towards uniting, educating and providing accessibility to the Thai healing community. THAI gives us resources we never had before; ways to collaborate with others; and a wealth of information that otherwise we may have never known.” – N.B., Thai massage therapist, USA


“THAI brings us together and makes us stronger, and in the long run spreads knowledge of Thai healing arts to all.” – I.K., Thai massage therapist, England


“It’s important to learn from wise and experienced teachers, with whom we can develop in the right direction. Because of this, I’m really happy that I have studied at schools and with teachers who are recognized by Thai Healing Alliance. They are real mentors. – J.V., Thai massage therapist, Poland


“THAI’s goal of maintaining the tradition of Thai massage is reason enough to support the Alliance. – C.M., Thai massage therapist, Puerto Rico


“We need an organization to maintain educational standards and provide the consumer with a reliable source of information about qualified practitioners. As a Registered Thai Therapist, I am making a statement to maintain high standards of training and authenticity in my practice.” – A.T., Thai therapist, USA


“I support THAI, and I believe in high standards of practice. Many people do not represent the work as it was meant to be practiced. It is important that my students learn from me as they would from masters in Thailand.” – E.B., Thai massage teacher, USA


“My reason for becoming an RTT is because we need high standards for this growing and popular healing art. It can be difficult to locate a Thai massage practitioner who has been properly trained. THAI connects healers with clients and teachers with students.” – C.G., Thai massage therapist, USA


“As a practitioner, I feel it is important to support a professional organization that validates and maintains high standards and instills confidence in my clients. THAI is also an excellent base for networking and research.” – JLB, Thai therapist, England

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