136 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON
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 416-594-3406


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It's not often you get to work at something you love - but our team are living proof you can! Read our personal journeys and see what brought us here and why we can't wait to massage all those aches, pains and troubles away. We have Senior Holistic Practitioners, Practitioners and Apprentices who are licensed by the City of Toronto as well as RMTs (CMTO Registered) who can fulfill your Healthcare requirements. Our Students are trained right here at our school and enjoy the benefits of being mentored by our senior staff. Once they build up confidence, we allow them to perform massages on the public. Some students choose to stay on with us as Apprentices to further their training. Have a browse at their profiles below.

Request an Appointment through our Online Concierge Service, call 416-594-3406, or send us an email.

RMTs

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) must complete 2200 hours of study in anatomy, physiology, sports medicine, pregnancy massage along with Swedish and a host of other techniques and hold an active membership with CMTO.  As the demand for Traditional Thai massage grows internationally, more and more RMTs are training in this modality to offset table fatigue and enhance the client experience. All massages are covered under your Healthcare benefits. Our highly skilled RMT's look forward to addressing your health concerns and pampering you in the process!

 

Massage has been a hobby of mine since childhood. As a kid, I enjoyed massaging family members to help ease their stress and pain. I found it very satisfying to be able to provide that happiness to others, and I became an RMT in 2012 to pursue that feeling in a more professional capacity.

As a massage therapist, I try to make my sessions relaxing while providing as much therapeutic benefit as I can. I do my best to incorporate all my western anatomical knowledge into my Thai massage practice - combining moderate to deep pressure and stretching to manipulate the body’s fascia (connective tissues).

My first experience with Thai massage actually came through Bahn Thai Spa. I was a student in the first ever class held by the Spa back in 2014 before it opened. In my time since joining the Bahn Thai Spa community, I've had the opportunity to travel to Thailand and take more courses, learning from some very talented individuals in Chiang Mai.
Being a part of this community also allows me to learn from many talented practitioners here in Toronto.

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I received my RMT certification from Kikkawa College in 2008. My training included Swedish massage with specialty in Sports and Deep Tissue massage treatment. Besides massage therapy, I am passionate about exercise and had been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor for several years.
 
I provide my clients with remedial exercises as well as to improve strength, posture and as a precaution against injury. My main goal is to focus on client satisfaction and putting maximum effort into treatment regimen.
 
I love to employ all the modalities I have learned and the art of Thai Massage has brought a whole new dimension to all of my techniques.


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Bahn means home, in Thai. The concept of home + therapeutic massage started for me at a young age. Being a recipient of numerous abdominal and leg massages, for growing pain, as a means to reduce physical discomfort and aid in relaxation and enhance quality of sleep. I had the good fortune of growing up with a mother who had skillful hands and a soothing touch.

My interest in body work developed as a child. I enjoyed walking on the back of my parents as well as applying pressure and kneading their backs with my hands every time I was given the opportunity. In later years, while snowboarding leisurely and playing rugby competitively, couples with my studies in Health Sciences, I gained more bio-mechanical awareness and knowledge. It was also at that time, when I experienced first hand, the remedial benefits of massage in athletics. Present day, I make it a part of my routine, to have Thai massage integrated into my preparation for and post running and sporting events. In my practice as an RMT, treating individuals in clinics, spas and hospital settings, I always look forward to coming home - Bahn Thai Spa with family and guests, being joyful and laughing together often and heartily.

Having gratitude, for all things, appreciating those around us and being of service to others is of value to me. At Bahn Thai Spa, practicing Thai massage allows me to combine strength and finesse, to work purposefully and blend together compassion and my heart to heal, my love of therapeutic treatments and my appreciation for dance - as a treatment can often resemble. It is a pleasure to share this art form with you. 


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Growing up with eastern influences I’ve always gravitated to hands on and natural ways to work with our bodies. When I found Bahn Thai School I knew this was a discipline that would really help the western body release tension. It’s so therapeutic while still being deeply relaxing. Working with the breath and each individual's tolerance is key to this practice. The rhythm of Thai massage slows the sympathetic nervous system calming the western “rush” while the stretching and moderate to deep pressure melts through connective tissue to release built up tension. It is truly the best of both worlds. Bahn Thai have created a space that’s dedicated to helping me craft my art while helping you find space within your body. Here I have a space that’s dedicated to helping me hone my craft, while helping you find space within your body. Namaste
 
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Originally from Thailand with a medical background, I found that Traditional Thai massage to be very effective for stress reduction and relaxation, reducing muscle tension, getting rid of muscle knots, gaining more range of movement, managing the discomforts caused by prolonged sitting and alleviating aches and pains. In the past I noticed that my shoulders and neck held a lot of tension due to working for long hours, Thai massage really helped me reduce pain and tension in those regions without the use of pain killers. Receiving several Thai massages and seeing how effective it was led me to take the Traditional Thai massage course of Wat Po traditional medical school in Thailand. I’ve been practicing Thai massage in Toronto since 2010.
 
Thai massage offers a drug-free and personal approach to wellness based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The ability to adapt my skills allows me to provide the most suitable techniques and pressure for each individual client and I believe everyone can benefit from receiving Thai massage.
 
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I have worked as an RMT since the year 2000. I have a strong interest and extensive experience in energy work and spiritual healing along with a background in competitive sports and physical rehabilitation. I draw on my knowledge to maintain optimal tissue health and help to aid the body's natural healing ability to balance, heal and contribute to the prevention of illness and injury. Additional training includes Advanced Thai Massage, Reiki, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Trigenics, Infant Massage, Pregnancy, Labour Delivery and Doula Support (Women’s College Hospital and North York General Hospital).

My years of experience owning and working in multidisciplinary clinics and in hospitals with pre/post natal care, motor vehicle accident victims, workplace injuries, athletes and sports injuries and physical rehabilitation have helped me to practice with a comfortable and knowledgeable approach to my client's care. 
 
I believe in treating the body as a whole – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually – not only in treating symptoms but also working with my clients to determine the cause of the symptoms and to achieve resolution and restore balance.  


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I have always been a hands on person so for me it seemed natural being in an environment where I can help others heal themselves and maintain a level of calm I never could in previous occupations.

During my RMT training I was introduced to Thai massage and I fell in love. I knew my path would eventually lead back to it. I'm happy to be able to incorporate a variety of styles into my treatments and to help others with their health and wellbeing goals. Some of the modalities I like to incorporate are deep tissue and sports massage.

Thai Massage allows me to treat areas, especially lower body, better than some other types of massage.  I look forward to meeting you!

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Licensed Holistic Practitioners (City of Toronto)


 

At Bahn Thai Spa we are equally as passionate about learning as we are about making Thai massage an affordable experience for everyone.  We are able to do this through a variety of different prices and services available. Should you not have Healthcare benefits, you can select a service with a Senior Practitioner (our top tier) Practitioner, Apprentice or Student, all with varying levels of practical experience. We continue to provide internal workshops to enhance their skills and move forward.  You can read the requirements for each provider category below.

Senior Practitioners

Our Senior Practitioners come from a variety of different schools of Thai massage, both here and in Thailand. They have a minimum of two years consistent practice in this modality and have taken many advanced courses to hone their craft even further.  Some have even been at it since they were children, as is customary in Thai households.

My original study was in dance at Ryerson University, although my career was cut short by a series of injuries. Determined to see this as a positive thing, I entered the world of fitness, movement, and bodywork, as a way of learning how to heal myself. I first began working as a personal trainer, helping individuals like myself who struggled with chronic pain and injuries, to become stronger and move more healthily. I was then drawn to study Thai massage as a compliment to my personal training practice, and never would have imagined that it would become such an integral part of my life and professional practice, not just an “add-on”. I practice Thai massage not only because I see the benefit it has for the receiver- reducing pain, improving movement quality, stress relief; Thai massage serves as a movement and meditation practice for myself that continues to inspire me to take care of my own body and mind so that I can continue to serve others in their own journeys to take care of themselves. My credentials include the study of Anatomy in Motion™, Functional Movement Screen, Neurokinetic Therapy™, Postural Restoration Institute: Myokinematic and Pelvis Restoration, and Thai abdominal massage/Chi Nei Tsang. 
 
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My name is Orachon which means Angel in English.  I was born and raised in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  I always liked to do Thai Massage for my family members when I was young.  It made me feel great to be able to help my parents and relieve their tension after spending a long day working on the farm.  I had a great opportunity to join Bahn Thai Spa to continue my passion doing Thai massage.  I don't just give my clients massage; I pass on my positive energy to them!
 
I am honoured to share this ancient healing art and compassionate touch with you!
 
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Exploring the body and its exceeding abilities has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  Training as a Hatha Yoga teacher connected me physically; training in Thai Massage connected me spiritually. 
 
Creating space is what I do best. Using guided breathing throughout the massage session, conscious breath techniques enable my clients to connect and create their own space, finding comfort within discomfort.
 
My practice of this ancient healing tradition began with Nuad Boran Thai Massage in 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Baan Hom Samunphrai "The House of Sweet Smelling Herbs". Immersing myself in the complimentary modalities of foot reflexology (Thai style), Thai Abdominal massage and female reproductive health along with Northern style Lanna backwalking has provided me with deeper energetic connections to facilitate healing.
 
I look forward to sharing these gifts with you.
 
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From the very first time I went to a martial arts class at University, I recognized that one needs to know how to heal one self, to recover from the strain of the workout or from being injured one way or the other. Later, while working in the Financial Services Industry in Toronto, I noted most of my colleagues were complaining of all sorts of ailments ranging from headache to shoulder problems, stiff neck, back problems and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome etc. I was always there to help if they would allow me as I had already discovered for myself the benefits of massage and acupuncture. I was often told I had “healing hands” and the comment was made "you are so good, why don't you become a healer?”.
 
I happened to be travelling to Ethiopia for a holiday, and since it seemed close at hand at this point, I thought I would fulfill the yearning to visit Thailand. A friend suggested the school SVG(Shivagokarmpaj) Massage in Chiang Mai. That was in 2010 and I have been giving massage to family and friends ever since.
 
My clients tell me I have the ability to heal and that I’m gifted. I don't know about that, but I what I can say is that as a result of practicing a few different styles of Chinese Kung Fu, Korean style Yoga Chi Gong, and now Chen and Wu Style Tai Chi, I have been able to combine all my experience into helping to effectively treat my clients. NAMASTE

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The most precious thing we have is our body because not only does it make life possible, it houses our mind and permits us to physically engage our world as individuals. Therefore, like anything we value, much care and attention is needed to create an optimally functioning experience. Despite exercising regularly, eating healthy, and sleeping well, stress may still creep up on us from an accumulation of work, family, external factors, and internal struggles. Having an amazing Thai massage is like a tune-up for our body, mind, and spirit. It is a way to consciously disconnect from the distractions of life by expanding our awareness from within through our breath and loving attention, to access our inner power and experience the deep connection we have with nature and the interconnectivity of all that is around us, and to completely surrender and release blockages that hinder our wellbeing. That is why I love Thai massage!

As a person who uses her body to the fullest, from stunt performer for film & television, an opera singer, a multidisciplinary martial artist, 
a tantric Buddhist practitioner, and a budding sculptor, I have an immense passion for the human body and its capabilities. At a young age, I discovered I learned best kinaesthetically and touch was my way to really connect and communicate with the world. Before I was consciously aware that being a bodywork At a young age, I discovered I learned best kinaesthetically and touch was my way to really connect and communicate with the world. Before I was consciously aware that being a bodywork professional was a career option for me, people would ask me to help them with their pain and discomforts through massage. As more and more of these requests came flooding in, I developed an insatiable desire and curiosity to cultivate and expand my. therapeutic repertoire to serve people better by studying different modalities such as Thai massage, Tibetan Medicine, and Neural Reset TherapyIt is my wish to provide valuable, enjoyable and beneficial experiences through Thai massage. Thereby, it is a great honour and pleasure for me to work with you to reach your health goals.
 
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Body and energy work have always called to me. It wasn't until I took my first Thai Massage class that they came together with other elements of my life. For 15 years, my work has centered in public service, providing conflict resolution in human rights, labour, and gender equity. Thai Massage has allowed me to channel that same spirit of service and empathy, with the energy healing I was trained for as a Reiki practitioner, and the strength and sense of calm I gained from my own conditioning and meditation practices. With each massage, I carry the intention of providing a healing experience using an intuitive and compassionate touch.
 
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I’m a registered physiotherapist since 2015 and noticed along the way the great healing powers of manual therapy when a therapeutic blend of massage, deep stretching and joint mobilizations are applied. Thai massage piqued my interest because not only does it utilize many healing techniques I’ve learnt from physiotherapy school, but also combines a holistic approach by deepening the connection of body and mind to further enhance relaxation.
 
In 2017 I travelled to Thailand and studied Thai Massage at the ITM school in Chiang Mai. I completed Levels ! & !! and deepened my training with the following specialty courses: Lanna Deep Stretching and Elbow and Knee Power for Thai Massage. I recently learned Lanna Backwalking. Patients know me best for my deep yoga stretches and scalp massages. Working at Bahn Thai Spa a few times a week helps me wind down from a busy week and I hope I can help do the same for you :) 

 

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I was born in South Korea, lived in Italy and spiritually forged in Canada. I was searching for a way in which my mind, body and soul could be united as a whole. I then pursued training as a yoga educator in 2011, and I started to teach yoga in studios within the GTA. Through my practice and teaching of yoga, I gained the ability to feel the layers of the body, and this ability had sharpened my intuition. The practice of these important arts of healing had elevated my spiritual being, and I thus was compelled to enter the realm of this beautiful and ancient bodywork: Thai massage.

2016, I trained and became certified in Thai massage through professional school in Toronto. In 2018, I trained in Wat Pho a traditional Thai massage school in Bangkok, Thailand where the authentic traditional and authentic ways were maintained. I believe Thai massage is an important and powerful way to make a step to initiate the self-care that we all deserve and need. Looking forward to seeing you in session.


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Practitioners

Practitioners have completed the requirements of Level 1 ITM training at Bahn Thai Spa, attended further internal Workshops or the have equivalent training from other schools. Though not as experienced as our Senior Practitioners, they won't cost as much either!  We rate them as "top notch" and hope you will too!

I was born in Bangkok,Thailand. As a young girl, my Mom showed me how to walk on her back and often told me how good it felt. She said it took all her aches and pains away and made her feel brand new. That always made me happy. When I was old enough I went to a school to study Thai massage. Now it is my dream to help others release their aches and pains and feel joy again.
 
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I initially started Yoga to improve flexibility but soon realized that yoga is much more than just a physical exercise. Yoga helped me learn learn how to manage stress and face difficult situations in life.

I had been practicing for over 10 years and am a Registered Hatha Yoga instructor when I came across Bahn Thai Spa and signed up for the Traditional Thai Massage course.

Now I can work directly with others to help them too. At the same time I am able to create a deeper connection and develop a strong inner sense of balance. 

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For the past few years, I have been introduced to a variety of "healing hands" practices. Not only is the power and mystery of the universe so exciting as a way of natural healing but now with my introduction to and subsequent Certification in the ancient healing of Thai Massage, I can say that there are no limits to healing! I am also certified in Mat Pilates and Level 2 Reiki.I have my 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate.
 
As stated and practised in Buddhist philosophy " May you be happy, may you be healthy and and may you always be peaceful"
 

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20 years of Administration desk work takes its' toll…sore back and neck, a nagging unhappiness, as well as poor health choices, sore feet, bloating and digestive issues…sound familiar? I always tried to include both yoga and massage into my weekly and monthly routines, but found I was always choosing one or the other. I also needed to resolve my stomach issues, as they were interfering with my life in ways I couldn't manage. After much research, I found the answer to all 3 in 1 amazing lineage of healing arts: Traditional Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Thai Massage) and Thai Foot Reflexology. It took me quitting my job, traveling to Thailand to study these ancient arts and starting a new career as a therapist, but I want to share a quick tip with you - you do not have to quit your job or travel to South-East Asia to find some resolution to your discomforts. Come and spend 90 minutes with me and I will share what I have learned!
 
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UPDATE: Laura is on maternity leave and we hope to have her back with us soon!
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Apprentices

Our graduates have a lot more training under their belts through some of the stand-alone Workshops we offer, but could still do with more practice, but are ready to give you all they have and from their hearts and it won't hurt your pocketbook either!

New Staff Member! Bio Coming Soon!

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Students

We pride ourselves on the quality of training we provide at our school.  Once a student has completed the required number of case studies and practice for Level 1, we assess their skills and allow them to provide massage to the public under a City of Toronto Holistic Practitioner License. Help a student on their journey to becoming a permanent member of staff and book with one today.   Check back often as we run courses throughout the year! New Students coming soon!


Our Founder

 

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.

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And Last But Not Least....

Meet our Spa Mascot, Amber!