Phatthana Panyathai School (Intellectual Development Institute or IDI) was established in 2004 to teach Thai traditional medicine courses in medicine, pharmacy and midwifery, as well as Thai massage training with certification. We have contributed the teaching and learning curriculum to provide knowledge and practice to those interested in Thai traditional medicine.

Our place also provide Thai massage service, therapeutic treatment, along with the use of Thai traditional herbal medicines. A good advice on exercising, adapting your habits for a better health and how to take care of yourself during the treatment will be carefully given.

During many years of professional work, we have healed many people who have got illness (most of them are non-contagious diseases, NCD - the diseases that are not caused by infection) such as diabetes, hypertension, liver, kidneys, heart diseases, especially pain, fatigue, muscle / tendon / joints problems, numbness on hands or feet, trigger fingers, paralysis, etc., Our clients feel satisfied with the healing massage and herbal treatment they received which have made an improvement to their symptoms and recovery from the diseases.

IDI Working Objectives:

1. Disseminate knowledge about Thai traditional medicine and proper usage of Thai herbal medicine information.

2. Provide health check service to assess the risk of a person’s diseases and encourage him to take care of his health to protect the possibly coming disease.

3. Help reduce health problems by "preventing" health problems, not waiting for "problem solving" after the occurrence of diseases.

4. Along with physical health care, we will introduce and demonstrate the mental care by practicing meditation to create strength within the mind. A strong mind has a willpower which must be developed in parallel to the daily lifestyle by meditation. If one has a strong mind, he can cope with problems in various situations and can go through any obstacles in life.

5. Helping people in the society to be healthy so that they can work more efficiently and be happy both physically and mentally.

Introduction & Welcome

On behalf of myself, the massage therapists, massage instructors, and staff here at IDI Thai Massage School, I would like to welcome you to our website. We are happy to offer a variety of Thai massage courses, such as Basic Thai Massage, Foot Massage, Herbal Massage, Oil Massage, and more. In addition, our experienced massage therapists are available onsite to deliver a full range of massage services, including massage for relaxation and massage for treatment of various conditions such as joint and muscular aches and pains, migraines, painful menstruation, insomnia, digestive troubles, and more.

Please look around our website to see more detailed information about our history, philosophy, massage courses and massage services. Or come by to talk to us personally. We are located just outside the moat of the old city in Chiang Mai, close to Chiang Mai Gate. See below for a map and directions, as well as how to contact us by phone or email.

Ajaan Sombat, IDI Founder, Director & Instructor

Course Options and Descriptions

At IDI, our method of instruction is one-to-one and small group. Most other massage schools and training centers in Chiang Mai have classes between 10 and 30 students, with one or two instructors for the whole group. At IDI, you will receive the benefit of individualized instruction. The instructor will demonstrate techniques and positioning on each student so that you will know the correct places to apply pressure, the correct amount of pressure, and how the massage should feel. Likewise, you will give massage to your instructor, so that he or she can give you feedback and corrections. This method of instruction will allow you to develop excellent Thai massage skills, enabling you to practice Thai massage with confidence.

Upon the completion of a course at IDI, students receive a certificate complete with their name, the name of the course, the number of hours studied, and the signature of the director and an instructor. Certificates issued for long courses (30 hours and above) will also denote that the course has been supervised by the Thai Ministry of Education.

IDI Massage School offers the following Thai Massage courses. See below for descriptions of each.

1/2 - Day Courses (3 hours) Price per person

Thai Massage 2,000 Baht

Oil Massage 3,000 Baht

Foot Massage 2,000 Baht

1-Day Courses (6 hours) Price per person

Thai Massage 3,000 Baht

Oil Massage 4,000 Baht

Foot Massage 3,000 Baht

Herbal Thai Massage 4,000 Baht (have?)

3-Day Courses (18 hours) Price per person

Thai Massage 6,500 Baht

Oil Massage 6,000 Baht

Foot Massage 5,000 Baht

Tok Sen Massage * 7,500 Baht

5-Day Courses (30 hours) Price per person

Basic Thai Massage Level 1 9,000 Baht

Basic Thai Massage Level 2 9,000 Baht

Yam Krang (fire foot) * 9,000 Baht

Therapeutic Thai Massage * 14,000 Baht

10-Day Course (60 hours) Price per person

Basic Thai Massage Levels 1-2 18,000

30-Day Course (180 hours)

Thai Massage Master Course 40,000 Baht

This course includes Basic Thai Massage Levels 1-2, Foot Massage, Oil Massage, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Tok Sen, and Yam Krang.

90-Day Course (330 hours – 3 Months)

Thai Traditional Medical Doctor Assistant _______ Baht

Course Descriptions:

10-Day (60-hour) Basic Thai Massage (Levels 1 and 2) Components:

· History, characteristics, wisdom, and application of Traditional Thai Massage.

· “Sip Sen” – the ten main energy lines that form the crux of Thai Massage, and their corresponding illnesses and diseases.

· Thai massage usefulness, contraindications and precautions.

· Step-by-step Basic Thai Massage procedure for sitting and lying positions, including massage of the back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, head, and abdomen, as well as massage for pain relief and treatment of various health conditions.

· Thai Massage to improve and maintain health and wellness.

· Precepts held by professional Thai Massage Therapists.

The 30-hour and the 60-hour course both cover all of these components. The 60-hour course goes into greater detail and includes twice as many steps and techniques.

Tok Sen Massage comes from the words “tok” (to hammer or hit) and “sen” (the energy pathways in the body). It is an ancient massage practice from Northern Thailand. The therapist uses a wooden hammer made from the bark of a tamarind tree to “hit” points along the body’s energy lines to alleviate muscular aches and pains, improve blood circulation, relieve nerve problems, relax the body, and open blocked energy pathways.

* Completion of the 60-hour Basic Thai Massage course is a pre-requisite for this course.

Yam Krang is __________________.

* Completion of the 60-hour Basic Thai Massage course is a pre-requisite for this course.

Therapeutic Thai Massage teaches techniques for treating the most common five conditions: knee pain, (sprained) ankle pain, lower-back and waist pain, scapula/upper-back pain, and shoulder pain.

* Completion of the 60-hour Basic Thai Massage course is a pre-requisite for this course.

30-Day (180-hour) Thai Massage Master Course Components:

· Basic Thai Massage Levels 1-2, Foot Massage, Oil Massage, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Tok Sen, and Yam Krang.

· Step-by-step Basic Thai Massage procedure for sitting and lying positions, including massage of the back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, head, and abdomen, as well as massage for pain relief and treatment of various health conditions.

· General knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology, including the body systems and their relation to Thai Massage.

· Human Anatomy and Physiology and their relation to Traditional Thai Philosophy, including the four Elements of Life (Earth, Water, Air, and Fire).

· Exercise and techniques for body structure realignment and rebalancing.

· “Regular” Traditional Thai Massage style.

· “Royal” Traditional Thai Massage style.

· Thai Massage to improve and maintain health and wellness.

· Ensuring patient safety.

· Precepts held by professional Thai Massage Therapists.

· Important laws pertaining to Thai Massage


Groups of five or more people will receive a 10% discount, and will have a teacher and an assistant.

If you are interested, please contact us by phone at 053-200-300 or 087-176-0161 or by email at

Payment is accepted on the first day of class and is not refundable in any case.

Course Schedule Options

Depending on the length of the course you choose, there are a variety of scheduling options available. Normally, students who choose a 30-hour course will study six hours per day (one hour for lunch break) for five consecutive days. Courses usually begin on Mondays, but other arrangements can be made if necessary. See below for the full range of scheduling options.

Regular Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.00

Morning Monday – Friday 09.00 – 12.00

Afternoon Monday – Friday 13.00 – 16.00

Evening Monday – Friday 17.00 – 20.00

Weekend Saturday – Sunday 09.00 – 16.00

Three types of Massage

Preventive Massage : Massage to stimulate blood circulation and relieve minor muscle pain. It helps to release tension and prevent toxin accumulation in some parts of your body which may cause high blood pressure, fat in blood vessels or cods; the beginning symptoms which may lead to serious diseases like heart, kidney, pancreas, urinary system diseases, diabetes, paralysis or even cancer. Therefore, this kind of massage will boost your energy and prevent you from any severe disease development.

Advisable for: Those who work hard, feel stressed, have tension in muscles, back pain, head ache, loss appetite, sleepless, constipation, inferior blood circulation. Thai Massage practitioners can diagnose some symptoms that may lead you to some illness so that you can get advised how to adjust your routine habits and treat yourself better to prevent falling ill.

Restorative Massage: Massage to release blockage and stagnation. The combination of pressing and stretching promotes the flow of energy, blood circulation, helping to restore your health both external and internal organs for better functions. Along with having organic food, local vegetables, non- chemical produce which help balance your 4 elements in the body (earth, water, fire, wind), you will feel natural energy flowing to nurture your health again. This massage is of great interest for improving elemental balance.

Advisable for: Those who recover from illness. Someone who realizes his particular parts of body need to be rehabilitated.

Therapeutic Massage: Massage to heal your chronic pains or particular symptoms: muscle/tendon/ joint pain, neck ache, backache, cramps, ankle sprain, finger lock, lower uterus, prostate, etc., in order to have the body function and nervous system recovered. It may need special techniques recommended by massage practitioners as a remedy; such as, Lymphatic draw, *Thai herbal compress, *Tub Moa Glua (hot salt-pot compress), *Tok Sen, *Yam Kang., etc.

Advisable for: Those who have chronic / acute pain or symptoms mentioned above. The Therapeutic Massage will certainly relieve your pains and brings back energy to your daily life.


*Thai Herbal Compress Massage: The remedial herbs such as turmeric, kaffir lime skin, Plai, salt, etc., are wrapped tightly in cloth, then heated so their powers can take full effect. The healer will compress it on different body parts to promote blood circulation and relax muscle stress. The herbal fragrance also helps add vitality and refresh your body.

* Tub Moa Glua (hot salt-pot compress) : Having hot salt- pot wrapped in Lily leaves placed on belly, according to Thai traditional medicine, the treatment helps rid the post-natal body of leftover amniotic fluid, so the birth canal may quickly return to its normal state after delivery. (or tighten up for elderly women). It is also effective in reducing bloating and excess fat in the belly. Tub Moa Glua technique also helps reduce waist circumference in metabolic syndrome women.

* “Tok Sen” is an ancient Northern style -massage. The healer uses the wooden small hammer to hit on some parts of your body to ease muscle tension and remove negative energy. This technique uses mechanical and sound vibration, working deeply through muscle pain& body aches to stimulate blood circulation and make the patients feel relieved.

* “Yam Khang” is a traditional Northern style massage of local wisdom. It can effectively relieve chronic muscle pains. The healer warms his foot by touching oil and rubbing on hot charcoal - palette, then press the foot on patient’s parts of body aches to transfer warmth and pressure to relieve muscle /tendon/ fascia tension. This healing technique can especially treat severe pains, stroke, Paralysis.


The IDI Massage School is located just outside the southern gate of Chiang Mai’s old city. Exiting the old city via the south gate (Chiang Mai Gate, at Chiang Mai Gate Market), make the turn-around to go west along the moat on Chang Lor Road. Pass the left turn for Wualai Road (the Saturday Silver Walking Street), then you will see the tall IDI Massage School building on the left. (The IDI building is 200 meters west of Chiang Mai Gate.)

GPS coordinates to locate our school and massage center on Google Maps or with a GPS device:

Latitude 18.780892 Longitude 98.985727 .

Contact Information

Intellectual Development Institute (IDI Massage School) (Phattana Panya Thai School)

Phone: 053-200-300, 064-9974749, 087-176-0161, 083-941-3336

(from outside of Thailand: +66 53-200-300, +66 87-176-0161, +66 83-941-3336)


For Thai Massage Course questions or reservations in English, please contact Abigail at,

Address in Thai (for taxis): __________________________________________

Mailing Address: 49 Chang Lor Road, Haiya Subdistrict, Chiang Mai City, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100

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49 Changloh Road, T.Haiya, A.Muang, Chiang Mai 50100

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Telephone : TH (+66) 53 200300 , 064-9974749

Open Daily 09.00 A.M. to 07.00 P.M.

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