Why should I join the Thai Healing Alliance?
Membership in THAI adds a level of professional recognition to your practice. For those that qualify, the title of RTT (Registered Thai Therapist) is a symbol of your study and experience, and your commitment to integrity in traditional Thai healing arts. For members of all levels, the Member Area of the THAI website allows you to network with students, practitioners and teachers; to research and read articles of interest; to promote your services to members and the general public; and to stay aware of relevant events in your region and in the world. Each member receives a listing in the THAI member directory, and new clients may be obtained through the client referral service, which is accessible to the general public.
What’s the difference between THAI and other groups who have web sites on Thai massage?
Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) is the only network to propose basic study and practice requirements for traditional Thai massage (Nuad Boran, Thai yoga therapy, etc.). THAI is a non-partisan organization; and does not promote one teacher or style over another. Unlike other web sites and organizations, THAI exists to serve its members, not simply to promote its own needs. THAI staff and Council members are volunteers and unpaid. THAI is the only organization that has adopted standardized levels of achievement, agreed upon by a wide variety of teachers and schools worldwide. THAI is endorsed by schools and teachers in Thailand, including those who are approved by the Thai Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.
Is THAI a governing body or a regulatory agency?
No, it is not. Membership in THAI is voluntary and is not enforced by local or national laws or regulations. In some countries there are governing bodies that regulate the practice of western massage and bodywork, Chinese medicine, physiotherapy, and other forms of healing and body therapy, but THAI does not govern or regulate traditional Thai massage. Thai massage practitioners around the world must comply with all local laws and ordinances.
How do I become a member, and what are the requirements?
There are several levels of membership.
Basic Member: free membership (or please make a donation of your choice) There are no requirements and anyone can join THAI as a Basic Member. JOIN NOW by clicking here: JOIN NOW AS A BASIC MEMBER
Registered Thai Therapist (RTT) There is a registration fee, and a minimum 220 hours of documented formal study (RTT) or 350 hours (RTT Advanced). See the “Join THAI” section for detailed information.
Instructor/School There is a registration fee, and a minimum 500 hours of approved study, plus 20 additional hours of Thai cultural studies, plus 500 hours of hands-on practice. See the “Join THAI” section for more information.
Associate Member: Companies engaged in education, spa services, merchandising, retail, tourism etc. who wish to be affiliated with THAI as supporting members, advertisers or suppliers. There is a registration fee. See the “Join Thai” section for more information.
Do I need an email address to belong to THAI?
Yes you do. Even if you don’t have your own computer, you must list an e-mail address where you can receive information about membership, client referrals, and other information.
Do I need my own web site to join THAI?
No, not at all. But if you do have a web site, and you maintain membership as RTT, Teacher or School, your web site can be listed in the member directory and the client referral service. THAI will list your website address if you display the THAI logo/link on your web site.
I’m just learning about Traditional Thai Massage – can I join?
Absolutely! THAI welcomes all students of traditional Thai therapies and other bodywork modalities. If you’re interested in Thai massage for any reason, please join now for free as a Basic Member. It only takes a few minutes.
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 in this country 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. Enter Thai Healing Alliance International. THAI, a nonprofit organization based on voluntary participation, offers membership in various levels, with corresponding study and practice requirements. Member benefits include a membership certificate, the title of RTT (Registered Thai Therapist), an e-newsletter, research and study opportunities, and a client and student referral service.”
– Massage & Bodywork Magazine
“I think 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, 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)…A local spa could make recommendations. Or send an e-mail from www.thaihealingalliance.com for referrals.”
– U.S. News & World Report
“I totally support the idea of Nuad Boran and all of traditional Thai medicine having its own international identity.”
– Richard Gold, teacher and author
Testimonials from Members
“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 practitioner, 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, ways to collaborate with others, and a wealth of information that we may never have otherwise known.”
– N.B., personal trainer, massage therapist, USA
“In some rural areas, finding interested clients is somewhat of a challenge. The THAI network is a bonus for everyone – clients and bodyworkers.”
– C.D., Thai therapist, Canada
“THAI brings us together and makes us stronger, and in the long run spreads knowledge of Thai healing arts to all.”
– I. K., practitioner, England
“THAI’s goal of maintaining the tradition of Thai massage is reason enough (to join). I also wish to expand my knowledge and experience of this amazing gift, as well as maintain my personal practice, and learn and share as much as I can.”
– C.M., practitioner, Puerto Rico
“We need an organization to maintain educational standards and provide the consumer with a reliable source of information about qualified practitioners. By becoming a member, I am making a statement as a practitioner of Thai massage 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., Instructor, USA
“My reason for joining Thai healing Alliance is a need for a standard within our 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 students with teachers.”
– C.G., Thai therapist, USA
“As a practitioner, I feel it is important to belong to a professional organization that will validate and maintain high standards and install confidence in my clients. THAI is also a good base for networking with fellow members internationally.”
– JLB, therapist, England