Do you want to study Abhyanga massage in an Ayurveda school, KuNye massage in Tibet, Thai Massage in Thailand, Balinese massage in Bali, or Shiatsu in Japan, but are not sure how to choose or search for a massage school?

Here you have 10 simple tips that will help you in your research. They look basic and easy, but are of great importance. During the last 18 years of my life I have come across all types of teachers and schools, from really professional ones, to those that are lead by someone who studied two months of massage and started giving classes, and even those who invented a massage technique and sell it as a Tibetan massage course, just to give an example. I have had these experiences because I am a heavy consumer of massage courses as my job as a writer and course-creator on traditional massage is to research and to try out everything that is new to me.


For how long are you able to study massage in Asia? You do not search the same way if you are able to study a University degree, that if you are looking for a one week intensive massage course. If you are going only for one or two weeks, then I recommend you not to travel too far…For example in India in some cases it can take at least a couple of days to get to the school, so do not spend loads of your precious time on buses and trains and use that time for something better.


Is this massage course the only objective of you trip? Or do you also want to enjoy doing sightseeing? Are you travelling with someone who is not interested in massage at all,  or with a fellow massage lover? Depending on your answer you have to choose one school or another, because if you travel with someone with no interest in the subject, you cannot choose a remote school in the middle of nowhere (which is where, unfortunately, they often are located…).


How much money do you have for the entire trip? Because depending on that you will be able to choose one massage school or another, not only because of the price of the courses themselves but also due to the cost of transport, accommodation, etc. Believe me when I tell you that the most expensive are not always the best. They are normally the ones offering better commodities for foreigners and usually the ones providing fluently English speaking massage teachers o doctors, but this does not means that they have the best teachers.



If the massage technique is part of a traditional medicine that means that usually there is more information about it, more contents and more sources to study. For example, if you want to study Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage, Ayurvedic Champi massage, or massage with Herbal balls, it will always be easier to find information, than if you want to study a massage technique that, even if it originates in a traditional medicine, is not included in University studies.


Do you already know something about what you want to study? Do you consider yourself an advanced student or a beginner? This is an important question, as depending on your answer you will demand a different type of massage course. If you already know about the massage technique in question and have been studying it in a school of massage in your own country but now want to study from the original sources, then try to ask your teachers, your colleges and try to look for a first hand recommendation. If, on the other hand, you are making first contact with the massage technique and the country of origin, and you do not want to spend too much money and time, then I recommend you to do it at some of the well-known schools, as – even if they might be very touristic and not offer the best quality – for a beginner, they tend to be the easiest and most comfortable massage schools.

I hope you found these tips useful! Read about the remaining tips: How to find the massage school? Before you Go! Different cultures-different teaching methods here!

Wishing you a meaningful day ahead,

César Tejedor

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  1. These are some useful tips. Luckily in Thailand some of these issue are resolved by themselves. Practically all Thai Massage schools are located in easily accessible population centers, and it is always easy to find other interesting things to do if you travel with someone who is not into massage. However I know that in India your tips are much more relevant.

  2. Dear Mr.

    Cesar Tejedor

    I read what he posted on (10 TIPS FOR HOW TO CHOOSE A MASSAGE SCHOOL IN ASIA) are very interested
    I’m going to go to Thailand for a course THAI (THAI MASSAGE FULL) I know that the length of the course and more or less 5 / 6weeks .I am also interested in an Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage in school.
    Keep in mind that I am not a beginner, I have three years of study and practice run, I would still look into.
    I am opposed to online courses.

    Can you give me some advice and directives

    Thanks & Regards

    1. Dear Dajana,
      Of course that I can give you some advice…
      But I would need more information about your needs, your current knowledge about Thai traditional medicine and massage (your level), and the dates and intentions of your trip (if you travel only for learning or also for tourism, etc). When and were do you plan to travel to Thailand? Tell me more about it and I will gladly put you in touch with some of the best schools and masters in Thailand.
      There are many types of courses, from one week (as an introduction, mostly for tourists), until months, but as you say, for a first touch 5 weeks will be good enough.
      Lets go step by step….now lets talk about Thailand, and whenever you plan to go to India, then we can talk about that.
      About the online courses, let me tell you that in my opinion it is counterproductive to be opposed to any tool that could help you learn. It is as if I say that I am opposed to massage books. Each product has a different format, some benefits and some deficiencies…but all of them are good. As a professional I can tell you that sometimes I have learned more from a book that from 20 teachers, and other times, one teacher has taught me more than 20 books. But as the proverb says, “the theory without practice is absurd, but the practice without theory is dangerous”, so I think that the best way to go around is to use as many tools as we can, to become better professionals. Books, online courses, hands-on courses, lectures, congresses, etc. The sum of all will make you a more complete professional. My advice is to be open to all the knowledge, and to learn as much as possible, wherever the source comes from. My advice as a student (I have studied more than 200 courses in Asia), is to learn the theory in advace of your trip (books, online courses, etc). Many teachers in Asia, focus their teachings on the practical aspects (some of them because they do not speak good english, others just because they think that in 5 weeks it is impossible to explain the theory, others just follow the foreigners desires…), so my recommendation is to learn the theory in advance.
      Have a wonderful weekend,
      Warm regards,

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  5. Hi. Thanks for sharing such meaningful information . I am the beginner, i want to study massage therapy , and i only can go around Asia. My financial can not support me going far than Asia. Please give me an advice. Thank you very much.

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