136 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON
M5C 1K9

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Professional Foundation Courses


In Thailand there is a wonderful saying: “Same, same but different” meaning similar, but with a slight variation. With Thai massage, our approach is that whilst it is similar to all the styles taught in Thailand, both in the North (considered gentler, and more popular in North America) and South of the country (Bangkok style which is faster and can sometimes be more intense), our practitioners bring their own unique twists to it depending on where they were trained initially and all the nuances they learned along the way.

At Bahn Thai Spa we believe in sharing this knowledge. We are affiliated with ITM in Chiang Mai, Thailand and established our School here in Toronto in 2014. We are proud of the advances that both our Students and Apprentices have made since then. Our Level 1 program is 30 hours in length. We have full and part-time courses on offer and as part of the Bahn Thai community, we pride ourselves on the sharing of knowledge through onsite student practices. In this way you have an opportunity learn techniques from other teachers and practitioners.

We are the first school of Traditional Thai Massage in North America to offer paid Student Thai massages to the public as well as an Apprentice Program should you wish to join our staff permanently at the end of your studies.

ITM is accredited by the Thailand Ministry of Education, approved by the Thailand Ministry of Public Health and recognized and approved internationally by many professional colleges and associations for continuing education in the regulated healthcare field, including NHPC, NCBTMB, Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) and their courses can be used towards CEU's with CMTO under the Option A Modalities.  Visit ITM International Training Massage School

Our courses are great for Registered Massage Therapists to combat table fatigue.


About ITM School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

ITM was established in 1992 and has over 16,000 graduates representing 140 countries and many varied walks of life from a novice to the highly-trained professional. Because of the different cultures, our students have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the world and to build a lifelong friendship in all corners of the globe. We have Graduates of the school’s 390-Hour Certified Advanced Practitioners Teacher Training (CAPT) program who can help you with your new career. We also teach Advanced Courses and preparing for a Retreat to Thailand for those wishing to further their studies with ITM.  Many of our students have already embarked on the journey to Thailand to further their studies.

ITM School takes pride in its honorary achievement in having received His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Royal Award of the best vocational school in the northern Thailand. The award was honourably conferred with His Majesty's appointment by Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn.

Class Schedule

<< Jul 24 2017 - Jan 07 2018 >>

ITM Traditional Thai Massage Level 1 Weekend x 2 with Kate Armstrong Founder/Teacher/Senior Practitioner Next held on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat Aug 19, 2017 - Sun Aug 27, 2017
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Course Fees of $750 for Level 1 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 Senior Practitioner
  • 1 x Workbook
  • 15 x 90 Minute Case Studies with free access to Spa for exchanges with other students for the first 6 months*
  • 1 x 90 minute Final Assessment*

*mandatory for Certification from ITM, Chiang Mai

Optional Extras

  • Certificate from ITM in Chiang Mai for 2500 Baht/$90 CDN *
  • One-on-one practice to gain feedback from Practitioners at Staff Rate
  • Additional massages can be booked with Practitioners at Staff Rate
  • Optional full day Reviews at $50 per session
  • Opportunity to remain on staff

We pride ourselves on small, semi-private classes (maximum 6) where you will have the opportunity to work closely with the teacher. Private rates available on request (1-2 persons maximum)

* Please note that a City of Toronto License is required in order to practice Thai massage in Toronto. We will be happy to guide you through the application process.

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