How To Join Thai Healing Alliance

First, please select your membership level, based on your study and experience:

 

To qualify for the title of Registered Thai Therapist (RTT), or to become a Teacher endorsed by THAI, you must first be a Basic Member.

 

Basic Member: Become a Basic Member now for free. As a Basic Member, your name is listed in the member area of the THAI web site, and you have complete access to the THAI archives for study, research, and networking. Basic Members cannot use the THAI logo in conjunction with advertising or marketing. Membership is free, but if you can, please make an optional donation to support the non-profit organization.

 

Click on the button below to join now as a Basic Member.  It takes only a few minutes !

 

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Registered Thai Therapist (RTT): Minimum requirements are 220 hours of formal hands-on study of traditional Thai massage (nuad boran). Your study must have been done in traditional style, on a floor mat, addressing the entire body, and the content must be based completely in traditional Thai massage and Thai medicine. At least eighteen (18) months must have elapsed since your first study of traditional Thai massage, and your most recent study must have occurred no longer than 2 years prior to your application. At least 40% of your qualifying study must be with teachers or schools in the THAI network.

 

Valid courses:  The initial 220 required hours must be hands-on study of traditional Thai massage. In most cases, long-term programs of study at only one school or with only one teacher are valid for only 50% of total hours toward the RTT requirements, and a transcript may be requested.  After the initial 220 hours are met, other types of courses may be acceptable for higher levels of membership, subject to consideration by the Membership Committee. These may include online study; foot reflexology; Thai acupressure; Thai for the table; and Thai accessory modalities such as reusi dat ton; tok sen, etc. Hybrid modalities that incorporate Thai massage techniques with Western anatomy, osteopathy, and other disciplines as well as other Asian disciplines such as chi nei tsang, shiatsu, and Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine studies do not count toward any level of membership in THAI.  Also, repeating a course that you have previously taken with the same teacher or school does not qualify.  Finally, no more than 15% of your total hours may be based on courses for which you do not have a certificate or transcript (undocumented study), or based in Thai herbal studies.

 

Teachers and study periods:  RTTs must pursue study with at least two (2) different teachers or schools, one of which must be affiliated with THAI.  If you have completed more than 350 hours of qualifying study, you may use the same application to apply as RTT Advanced. RTT Advanced members must study with at least three (3) different teachers or schools, two of which must be affiliated with THAI, over a minimum period of three (3) years. RTT Advanced members must also have studied at least once in Thailand, and have completed at least 10 hours of Thai cultural studies.

 

Session notes and other documents:  You must have written detailed notes of at least 50 Thai massage sessions with clients, and you must submit notes from 5 of these sessions with your materials.  All Registered Thai Therapists agree in writing to maintain records of all client sessions, and to further their studies in Thai massage by taking continuing education courses. Registered Thai Therapists receive a certificate suitable for framing, and may use the title of Registered Thai Therapist (RTT) after their name, and in conjunction with advertising and promotion.

 

Study with THAI Teachers and Schools:  Remember, at least 40% of your qualifying study must be with teachers or schools in the THAI network, anywhere around the world. In other words, if you are applying for RTT/Practitioner membership (minimum 220 hours of study), at least 88 of those hours must be with THAI teachers and schools, and the remaining hours may be with teachers or schools that are not yet affiliated with THAI. The list of THAI approved teachers and schools appears on the THAI web site, and is updated regularly.

 

To become an RTT, members must first join THAI as a Basic Member. Membership is free. To join THAI now as a Basic Member, click here.

 

Registered Thai Therapist (RTT): $250 (one-time registration fee)

 

IMPORTANT:   Before you submit an application for RTT, you must first download and submit a pdf document called “THAI Study Checklist.” NOTE: You cannot type into this form until you download the pdf and save it to your computer. After you have downloaded the form, enter all the required information, save the form, and submit it to admin@thaihealingalliance.com for review.

 

To begin the application process, please download, save, and submit the Thai Study Checklist. You will be contacted when it is reviewed by the Membership Committee, and then you will have ten days to complete the application process for RTT.

 

To download the Thai Study Checklist for RTT, click the button below

 

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Instructor: Minimum requirements are 500 hours of formal study of traditional Thai massage and related Thai healing arts. At least 40% of your 500 qualifying study hours must be completed with instructors and schools within the THAI international network. No more than 30 of these 500 hours may be based on assistant teaching or apprenticeships by THAI-approved teachers and schools. As an Instructor member, you must teach all course work yourself, and may not use assistant teachers. Instructors and Schools may use their name, the title of RTT, and the THAI logo in conjunction with their marketing and advertising, and may list all the workshops they teach on the THAI website, which is available to the general public.

 

To become a THAI Instructor, you must already be a member of THAI as a Basic Member or RTT. To join THAI now as a Basic Member, click here.

 

Instructor: $300 (one-time registration fee)

 

Additional requirements for Teachers:

• You must have done a minimum of 500 hours of logged hands-on practice of traditional Thai massage.

• You must meet all the minimum requirements and guidelines for RTT Advanced, above. In addition, Teachers must have studied with at least three (3) different teachers or schools, two of which must be affiliated with THAI.

At least 40% of your qualifying study must be with teachers or schools, anywhere around the world, in the THAI network. In other words, if you are applying for Instructor membership (minimum 500 hours of study), at least 200 of those hours must be with THAI teachers and schools, and the remaining hours may be with teachers or schools that are not yet affiliated with THAI. The list of THAI approved teachers and schools appears on the THAI web site, and is updated regularly.

• No more than 15% of the required study hours may be undocumented, or based in Thai herbal studies, or other Thai or Lanna disciplines. Any study with teachers whose experience and curricula are unknown to the THAI membership committee may not exceed 25% of the required study hours.

• All study must meet the guidelines of “Valid courses” as listed above, under the section for Registered Thai Therapist (RTT).  For example, long term “programs” of study generally count only for 50% of the total hours, and “teacher-training” courses or “assistant teaching” courses are not valid at all.  Also, repeating a course that you have previously taken with the same teacher or school does not qualify.

• You must submit Curriculum Guidelines for each course and workshops you wish to be listed with THAI.

• You must have studied in Thailand at least once.

• You must have studied 20 additional hours of combined Thai cultural studies such as Thai herbal medicine, Thai element theory, Thai herbal compress therapy, SE Asian or Buddhist studies, Thai language or cooking classes, and other related cultural activities.

• Your first formal documented study of Thai massage must have taken place a minimum of 3 years before you apply as an Instructor, and your most recent study must have occurred no longer than 2 years prior to your application.

• The majority of your study must have taken place not longer than six years prior to applying as a THAI Instructor. If you began your studies before that, you must have completed additional documented study in more recent times.

 

IMPORTANT:  Before you submit an application for Instructor/Teacher, you must first download a pdf document called “THAI Study Checklist.” NOTE: You cannot type into this form until you download the pdf and save it to your computer.  Then enter all the required information, save the form, and submit it to admin@thaihealingalliance.com for review. After your THAI Study Checklist is approved, you will have ten days to complete the application process. See the button below to download and save the Thai Study Checklist.

To begin the application process for Instructor, please download and submit the Thai Study Checklist. You will be contacted when it is reviewed by the Membership Committee, and then you can download and submit the complete application for Instructor. After your THAI Study Checklist is approved, you will have ten days to complete the application process.

 

To download the Thai Study Checklist for Instructor, click here:

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Thailand Schools: Schools in Thailand that are endorsed by THAI must adhere to the following guidelines:

• The School must offer classes and workshops in a facility that is owned or rented by the main teacher (Instructor) or the school Director. The school must have at least one employee or assistant teacher.

• The school must operate within all local and national legal guidelines, and must be known and promoted as a school, not as an individual teacher.

• Thailand-based schools are admitted as honorary Thailand schools only if they are owned and operated by Thai nationals, and if the fundamental courses of study are taught by Thai citizens.

• There is no fee to be accepted as a Thailand School, however a form must be completed and submitted. For more information, please contact THAI by using the “contact” form on this website.

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