Qualified teachers We are qualified teachers internationally certified and recognized. We believe in “Learning the ancient way to be healthy.” Therefore we share our knowledge in different traditional techniques for health like massage and yoga. Moreover we strive to make a better world and contribute to different charity organizations.
Manuel Luque Aguilera founder of International Training Massage School Thai Hand Amsterdam and Berlin. From Spanish origin he left his stressy corporate job as a marketing manager to dedicate his life after ‘learning the ancient way to be healthy’ to teach different traditional massage techniques to everyone interested around the world. He followed the teacher training in the best schools in Thailand (International Training Massage School Chiang Mai and Wat Po Traditional Thai Medical School) and returns every year to Thailand to teach and study more. He teaches Nuad Bo Rarn Level I, II, III and IV, Thai Foot Reflexology Massage, Medical Hot Herbal Compress Massage, Advanced Thai Physiotherapy for Health and Rue-si Dat Ton (Traditional Thai Yoga).
Nicole van Zurk founder of International Training Massage School Thai Hand Amsterdam and Berlin, experienced the benefits of traditional Thai massage while living in Asia. Instead of using pain killers her colleagues persuaded her to get therapeutic massage instead. By receiving traditional Thai massage her headaches and back pain (occurred after accidents) decreased significantly, so she decided to change her life and study these powerful ancient techniques of healing art, not well-known in the west. She followed the teacher training in International Training Massage School Chiang Mai and Wat Po Traditional Thai Medical School and teaches Nuad Bo Rarn Level I, II, III and IV, Medical Hot Herbal Compress Massage, Advanced Thai Physiotherapy for Health, Rue-si Dat Ton (Traditional Thai Yoga) and Baby Massage.
Cleo Tjitrodipo grew up with massage due to his Suriname Javanese culture. When he was a baby and just able to stand, he already walked on the backs of his grandparents. His whole family practices massage (in Javanese called Pidjed) in their daily lives, and people known for the healing effect of their hands are called Tukan Pidjed or Dukun (Shaman or Healer) in Indonesian villages. Always fascinated by the positive effects of massage for both practitioner and client, he studied 4 years at the Akademie voor Massage & Beweging in Amsterdam, practiced massage for many years and followed the teacher training in International Training Massage School Chiang Mai and Amsterdam. He teaches Nuad Bo Rarn Level I and II Rue-si Dat Ton (Traditional Thai Yoga).
Miguel Laborda Bartolomé is founder of Tutesanas, the “Traveler School”. He changed from studying Telecommunications Engineering to the world of Health, hoping to recover from chronic ailments as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, which disappeared completely once he practiced Thai Traditional Massage. In 2008, he graduated as an expert by the Spanish School of Traditional Thai Massage and continued his studies in Thailand, in schools as Wat Po, ITM, Wualai Hatthavach and Thai Traditional Medical Services Society, as well as with personal teachers in the most countryside areas of Thailand. Miguel is also a chiromasseur, personal trainer and Reiki practitioner. He teaches Nuad Bo Rarn level I and II, Tsche Loi Sak, Thai Reflexology, Ruessi Datton, Medical Hot Herbal Compress and Baby Massage.
Eduardo Zapata Prieto was looking for a more relaxed life while being very stressed from his job as a business man when he found out about traditional Thai massage courses. During the lessons he felt more relaxed and happy and therefore decided to change his life, move to the Netherlands from Spain and learn more about the ancient way to heal. He works now as a therapist of traditional Thai massage and teaches Nuad Bo Rarn Level I and II, Thai Foot Reflexology Massage, Ayurvedic Tibetan Essential Oil Massage on a Table and Level 1 Table Massage.
Beatriz Ballart Bragado experienced the benefits of traditional Thai massage during a course she took. Her chronic back pain, due to herniation in her lower back, became less and she felt more relaxed and stronger. By practising Thai yoga massage as a therapist, she felt she was actually doing yoga and therefore her muscles around her stomach, back and legs became stronger which helped her relax her back. She decided to change her life and learn more about Thai massage. She works as a therapist and teaches Level I and II Nuad Bo Rarn, Thai Foot Reflexology Massage, Ayurvedic Tibetan Essential Oil Massage on a Table and Level 1 Table Massage.
Robin Berkelmans has been teaching Tai Chi and Chi Kung for more than 10 years and is part of the internationally recognized school l’Art du Chi. His background and his professional work is in contemporary dance and physical acting. The practice of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung, as he calls ‘ancient somatic practice’, is the fundament of his life and work. As a teacher he finds great pleasure in building bridges between these internal Eastern martial arts and putting these different techniques in practice with his students in the West. For more information, go to www.artduchi.nl and www.robinberkelmans.nl
Yvonne Blonk is working as a Thai yoga massage teacher, yogateacher, massagetherapist and lifecoach in het own studio in Barendrecht near Rotterdam. She has studied various forms of yoga for more than 15 years. She developed SiSu Yoga, a yoga form characterized by a physical approach with a spiritual background. In a pleasant setting she can move people deeply. She studied psychology and she is trained as a transformation coach. She is qualified in Rue-si Dat Ton (traditional Thai Yoga) and Gusha therapy (traditional Chinese detox massage). Yvonne studied at the ITM Chiang Mai and achieved her teachers degree. At her Yoga and Massage Centre in Barendrecht you can train Thai massage level 1 (Nuad Bo Rarn). She works together with ITM Thai Hand Amsterdam and after finishing the course succesfully you will get an internationally recognized certification.
Marielle kleyn Winkel has been interested since a long time in movement and performance. Studying Physical Theatre and Contemporary Dance in Utrecht and Berlin, she got fascinated by the idea that awareness is something you could train. Being 17 and doing for the first time yoga, she felt the healing effect on her body, but was unaware of the depth of it. After 10 years studying Astanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga she feels gratefull for this endless learning possibility. She recommends everyone to practise yoga on a daily basis. Recently she experienced the benefits of Nuad Bo Rarn and is enthusiastic about the overlap between those two practices, yoga and Thai yoga massage. Besides teaching yoga she works in the field of contemporary dance and theatre in Germany and the Netherlands. In May she will study at the University for Yoga, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bengaluru.
Tessa Overmars loves to share her own positive experiences with yoga with others and to help and inspire them to discover the benefits of yoga. She wants to motivate people to integrate yoga into their daily life. Tessa received her internationally recognised yoga teacher’s certification after accomplishing the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Kerala in India. She has practiced yoga with different teachers in India. Ever since her Teacher Training she attends classes and workshops to deepen her own practice and to gain new inspiration. “To me yoga is a way of life. It’s not just about keeping your balance on the yoga mat, but even more so about finding your balance in life.”
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Louis has a deep love of teaching and nurturing students, helping them to realise their full potential. Originally from the UK, where he worked in web design, his background is in yoga which he has practiced since 1999. In 2011 he became a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, completing his training at Triyoga, London – one of Europe’s leading yoga centres. On moving to the Netherlands he discovered the benefits of traditional Thai Yoga Massage and has studied intensively at ITM Amsterdam and Chang Mai, Thailand. He now has his own garden house studio where he teaches Hatha and Restorative yoga and practices Thai Yoga Massage. These healing arts help keep him healthy, happy and balanced – all gifts that he wants to pass on to his students and clients.