136 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON
M5C 1K9

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Kate Armstrong Founder/Teacher/Senior Practitioner


I didn’t come from a background of touch. I came from a highly stressful career in Stock Broking. It was my life’s work to help small companies grow and expand. 7 years ago, after “crashing and burning” from the workload, the stress, a surgery gone horribly wrong, and the aftermath of losing my sister and soulmate to cancer, I knew that I had to find something different, something that came from the heart and ultimately fed my soul.


Years before I found my path, and when my sister was battling for her life, I used to massage her every day with what little I knew. As well as instilling a sense of calm in her, I realized it had an affect on me too. I discovered Thai Massage by chance and was immediately possessed by it, not only because of the impact it had on my clients, but for the impact it continued to have on me. As a meditative practice, it allowed me to be “present”, something I could never achieve on my own before. It catapulted me in a new direction and it is now my intention to share this with others; to make this ancient healing art affordable and accessible to everyone. To that end, I have set out to create an army of practitioners to spread this work far and wide, and to introduce it to hospitals, hospices, cancer care facilities and seniors homes across the country - just as it is in Thailand.


Although my journey started here in Toronto, I knew that in order to be “authentic” in my practice I needed to travel to Thailand and learn from the Masters themselves. There I delved into Traditional Thai massage and it’s incredibly rich history. I trained at a number of schools including ONG’s, finally settling on ITM in Chiang Mai because of their international accreditation and their outstanding teachers. I am a graduate of the Certified Advanced Practitioners Training (CAPT) which allows me to teach here in Toronto. I encourage my students to travel to Thailand to further their education as their are so many wonderful schools to choose from (8 have been already), as well as explore the many private trainings on offer.


In 2014 I founded Bahn Thai Spa and School with the mandate to bring affordable Thai massage to everyone and at the same time give my students the opportunity to grow and learn in a community and ultimately become part of our team as Apprentices. This combination is the first of it's kind in North America.


As a Spa, we offer the authentic Thai experience in a Zen-like setting. I understand the importance of work/life balance and I bring that to my guests, many of whom come from the same stressful background as I did. My Therapists and Practitioners continue to amaze me with their skills and their innate desire to heal.  


As a school, mentoring my students is paramount. We are not just selling certificates. It is important that they have the opportunity to continually practice, get sound feedback from their peers, and continue their journey uninterrupted.  

"Bahn" means "home" in Thai.  We welcome you to our home. We are ecstatic about the community of Therapists, Practitioners, Apprentices and Students that we have built. The small army is growing! We implore you to read the personal stories of all our staff and discover what brought them to this ancient healing art.


Kate Armstrong Founder/Teacher/Senior Practitioner instructs the following:
  • Introduction to Traditional Thai Massage
  • Our Traditional Thai Workshop is all you need to get started in art of compassionate kindness.  We will show you touch techniques to give a full 20-30 minute massage and we hope you will practice with your loved ones.  Who knows?  Maybe you have the gift and will want to continue your journey with us!

    Bahn Thai Spa is affiliated with ITM School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  ITM is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the land and their Professional Level courses are recognized by NHP Canada, NCBTMB, IATM and the Thai Healing Alliance. 

  • ITM Traditional Thai Massage Level 1 4 Day
  • Thursday to Sunday

    Level 1 
    • Covers Front Position (feet to face)
    • Introduces the concept of energy lines (SEN) and Yin/Yan
    • Teaches stretches, acupressure points, and proper use of body weight using thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet
    • Emphasizes deep-focused abdominal (Hara)work
    • Upon completion of Level 1 students will be able to perform an effective 90 minute Thai Massage and possess 3 hours of technique.
    Course Fees of $700 Inclusive of:
    • 20 Hours Class Time (4 days) per level
    • 5 hours assisting on a Level 1 future course (1 day)
    • 1 x 90 Minute Massage from a Practitioner (mandatory)*
    • 1 x Workbook
    • 15 x 90 Minute Case Studies with free access to Spa to practice exchanges with other students/staff (subject to mat availability and by advanced booking only) for the first 6 months from the last day of course (mandatory)*
    • 1 x 90 minute Assessment (for your final exam (mandatory)*
    Optional Extras:
    • Certification directly from ITM in Chiang Mai for 2500 Baht/$90 CDN (if you would like to continue at this school)
    • One-on-one additional practice to gain feedback from Practitioners at the Staff Rate ($1 a minute)
    • Additional massages can be booked with Practitioners at the Staff Rate during Off Peak Hours($1 a minute)
    • Opportunity to provide Student massages to the public and be paid hourly per service post Case Studies and Final Assessment-Level 1 (must hold a License from the City of Toronto)
    • Opportunity to remain on staff post-graduation
    • We pride ourselves on small, semi-private classes (maximum 6) where you will have the opportunity to work closely with the teacher.
    * If you wish to receive Certification for this course, you will be required to complete these steps. We will be happy to guide you through the application process for both your Holistic Practice Association Membership and City of Toronto License.