Messages come through my inbox regularly and we’ve worked hard in the last ten years providing Thai massage and education in the Austin area as well as many states in the U.S. As the practice grows what I increasingly hear is, “can I take your class then train others?”
I have students sign contracts specifically preventing them from using my materials or sequences to go and teach others using my curriculum. I cannot prevent anyone teaching Thai massage as Thai massage has no legal distinction in the U.S. Anyone with a massage license can legally watch a youtube video and put Thai massage on their menu of services.
Let the buyer beware.
One of the reasons I’m branding what I do and moving slowly away from Thai massage is the lack of quality control. What I teach is not traditional. What I teach includes pain science, yoga therapy, myofascial release, self care, marketing, packaging, suspension, advanced abdominal work, sales and client care. We will hopefully soon have a registered trademark and a succinct curriculum to put students through.
I’ve been teaching for well on ten years and I’ve not even come close to finding an end to what I’m offering. So you understand regularly licensed massage therapists get a session and completely freak out after receiving work from me. They announce, “what you do isn’t Thai massage!”
When I ask they always tell me that I don’t follow a sequence. I then laugh and say, “sequences are for beginners. I just work on you.”
Thai massage will continue to be in odd murky legal waters. Regulation is a regular consistent thorn in my side. Remember massage therapists will receive my work and declare that it is not massage. When I ask if I can legally go teach the yoga community they say, “oh shit. They don’t have licenses.” I smile and conclude the session.
It is unknown at this stage whether we will offer an XYZ™ certification for Thai massage or Table Thai. We will find out in time as we work on infrastructure. Just remember many can teach you Thai massage but spend a few hours watching my youtube videos. We’ve pushed far beyond tradition.