Testimonies & Reviews about
the Fine Art of Thai massage
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Madoka lshibashi from Japan 01/01/2018
Charlotte from France 04/12/2017
I wanted to say a big thank you for all you did for us, it was a really good experience for me and it remains good memories.
As you know, we used to live 1 year in Australia before to come in Thailand and it wasn't easy every day, in Australia after many months working we decided to come in Thailand with the idea to learn the Thai massage and we learned more that we thought.
We found ourself in a way that we couldn't imagine before and this experience helped us in many ways. By the massage, we learned our own limits and difficulties, it was hard sometimes but I remenber always that my father told me, the difficulty gives us the strength to move forward. And thanks to your teaching I understood things that we can claim to know without having lived.
I'm glad having meet you and Kim, and all the students, it was the opportunity to open myself to something different.
Take care about you and Kim!
Hoping to see you soon,
All the best for you,
Dora Chakroun from Switzerland 20/02/17
KOPKUNKA! I enjoyed ... I loved my stay in your school!
You are a really good teacher of thai massage but also of life.
Konstantinos Polytaridis from Greece 06/02/17
I came to the fine art of thai massage and completed levels 1,2 & 3 and really enjoyed it.The way they teach is very good, very personal experience as the classses are small. If there was anything we needed or any questions we needed answered nothing was too much trouble here. The food was great too!
See you all again next year! Thanks again for a fabulous experience!
Daniel Favarin from Brasilia 23/05/2016
Finishing the * 1 month Course of Thai Massage * with Mr. Therdchai Chumphoopong (Mac), in Thailand.
The Ancient Art of Thai Massage was created by Dr. Shivaga, Buddha's Doctor, around 600 A.C.
Also known as "yoga for lazy" or "yoga massage", the healing practice works using gentle and strong pressure on energy lines (prana or chi lines) -unblocking the energy once installed there -, also combined with stretching postures. That brings a deep relaxation to the receiver, due to the profound release of tensions found in the physical and emotional layers of the body.
- releases muscular tension;
- improves circulation;
- releases mental and emotional stress;
- boosts immune system;
- helps detoxification;
- lowers blood pressure;
- Increases flexibility;
- improves posture;
- dissolves energy blockages;
- help arthritis, back pain, headache, knee pain;
- prevents illness
- slows the aging process;
- improves emotional balance;
- improves concentration;
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"I was lucky to study with Mac for two weeks in January 2016.
I came as an absolute beginner in Thai Massage. But the way Mac teaches and how the course was structured made it possible for me, to learn a lot in these two weeks. He puts his explenations in clear and simple words so that it was easy to follow for everyone (our group was greek-american-german-mexican-mixed..)! The massaging-lessons are accompanied by a book with sketches of the poses, with enough spaces to take notes. That made it easy to remember everything on a long term and also gives a profound understanding, what exact part in the body you are working on and how one excercise is connected with another. Besides teaching the whole technique, Mac combines his lessons with sharing what he has learned in life so far. You don't only learn how to give a Massage, but also what Thai Massage spiritually means. And all of that in a very natural and down-to-earth way.
I stayed in one of the tents that are located right next to the school and enjoyed it a lot! The sunrise is incredible, and the occasional singing of the monchs in the close-by temple gave me a lot of moments of deep satisfaction. The hole property is very peaceful and especially for me, after a couple of weeks of treavelling around, the perfect place to come down and calm down.
The time I spend with Mac in his school will be a lifelong heartwarming memory and can not encourage you enough, to visit him and practice Thai Massage!
Anna la tana, 09 March 2016
I have spent 4 weeks studying Thai massage with Mac and it's been an incredible experience.
He is not only a patient teacher, but also an exceptional human being. Besides its classes, I also liked his approach and spirit: he doesn't only teach, he takes care of his students and genuinely enjoys what he's doing. He establishes real personal relationships with his students, and this is something I value a lot.
I was an absolute beginner and I was afraid I was going to be too clumsy, but he puts everyone at ease with his patience and his constant smile. He speaks good English, so the communication is smooth, and having taught massage for many years, he has a tested sequence and method.
I didn't have the chance to stay at his place, but some of the students in my class did and they were all happy with their choice. The place is beautiful and Mac always comes up with some activity.
And on top of all this, he also cooked the best meals I had in Chiang Mai!
I have fond memories of the 4 weeks I spent at the school and would go back any time
Maaike, from 30 of May to 24 of June 2016
Back in Berlin, unpacking my back full of memories of the past 5 incredible months. Thanks everyone for making this trip awe-some! And thanks especially to Therdchai for teaching me the Fine Art of Thai Massage and sharing some valuable life experiences. Feels great bringing back some of the ancient wisdom to Europe, from energy lines to herbal compresses, and of course the traditional Thai massage (aka 'lazy yoga', meaning you can lay down and I'll do the work haha) Ps. Volunteers wanted :D!
YING HSIU, 11 August 2016
I spent 3 weeks with Mac and it leaves me great memories! I am so happy to make it here:) Before coming to the school, I saw many comments from other students,and there are many things in common,such as a good time with Mac, meeting awesome people, good food..etc. Now I finished my study and I feel exact the same!!! I believe there must be some energy to bring good people here. And the most important, I left with so much knowledge and confidence to offer a Thai massage.
Before I left, I received Mac's massage and that was incredible!!! This experience makes me want to become a good massage therapist more and more! Highly recommended!!!
And did I mentioned the yummy vegetarian lunch?....
Bill, August 2015
My experience studying with Mac at the Art of Thai Massage can only be described as extraordinary.
Naomi Eomonds, starting from 2 November 2015
I can recommend The Fine Art of Thai Massage to absolutely anyone who is interested in learning or furthering their skills in Thai massage. Mac has the gift of teaching; he has a very special ability to teach students of different levels and those who require different ways of learning. The class sizes small and personal ensuring sufficient time to answer all questions in a way that is completely comprehensive. Mac makes sure all of his students understand the fundamentals and is always there to re-demonstrate postures and make corrections. He emphasizes on breathing throughout the massage and insists on finding a comfortable position (for the therapist as well as the patient) so that you can comfortably perform a one or two hour massage by the end of the third week.
I can definitely recommend staying with Mac. The school has a serene setting which you can also use to practice with other students after class hours. The classroom is always open, as is the kitchen and other facilities, making it a very comfortable living arrangement. Also, there are often bicycles to visit the village and nearby rural area, and sufficient time and space for individual mediation, yoga or napping in a hammock. Mac cooks a delicious lunch everyday for all his students, and if you stay with him, he often makes time to take you on a cultural adventure.
It's an honour to have met and learned from Mac. He continues to support his students who practice abroad and often has visitors who return to refresh their skills. Not only is he a knowledgeable and passionate teacher, but he is also a wonderful person, helping whenever and whoever he can. A big thanks to Mac and also to Kim for an unforgettable experience and for all of your support, encouragement and inspiration.
From Sam, 2014
From Elsa on her blog
From Lenny Martineau and Joal Martino's blog
I studied traditional Thai massage with Mac for a month and it was an amazing experience. I had been warned about how dangerous this form of bodywork (neck and back jerking movements) could be so I was pretty wary of learning it at first. To my surprise, the way Mac presented the massage was quite the contrary. It could actually be gentle and deep if it was done with finesse. There were non of these jerky manoevres but smooth flowing and coherent movements. Guess what, my 5 year chronic back pain (despite several acupuncture and osteopathy sessions in Europe) is actually gone with 2 healing sessions with him and the fact that I got beneficial stretches myself while doing Thai massage on others ! Surprising !
In fact, Mac puts a lot emphasis on breathing, body positioning and relaxed state of mind of the therapist. This made it actually more of an art than some brutal form of massage that one sees sometimes in the streets or when received from under an untrained person.
I learned a huge variety of techniques under his careful supervision, yet in a most relaxed, even joyful atmosphere.
Mac is funny, hilarious at times and that makes people so comfortable. He is yet highly professional and focused in his teaching, keeps his very watchful eyes on us at all times and corrects our posture in a firm but encouraging manner.The group was small so there was really maximum attention from him.
I did the right choice of renting on of his rooms and that enabled me to practise with other students after class hours. In fact his classroom was opened to us all the time ! That certainly has helped me to progress in a tremendous way.
The greatest impression I've had of Mac is his love for Thai massage and his real passion for teaching and sharing this art with people. I'd always remember what he once told me : 'In my next life, I'd choose to do Thai massage again'
All in all, I feel that I've graduated not only with an official Thai massage Diploma, but most importantly, I feel tailor made as a therapist and not a factory product if I'd continued with some big schools. I've made the right choice and I'm really lucky and grateful to have found Mac. Thank you again Mac. Your Thai massage is a dance; You live up to the name of your school : 'the FINE ART of Thai Massage'. I'm coming back to Chiang Mai with my family to see you next year. All the best, Kim from Singapore/France