Mac (Terdchai Chumphoopong)

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This week, I had the pleasure of visiting Mac at his new school.

Situated on the outskirts of East Chiang Mai, the school is in a traditional walled complex which also contains Mac’s house, a student guesthouse with its own kitchen, and tents on bamboo platforms scattered beneath the fruit trees.  The space is beautiful and peaceful, and provides a wonderful platform to immerse yourself into the practice of Thai Massage.

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IMG_0162Thai Massage is a family tradition for Mac, with his mother and grandparents practicing the healing arts of massage and herbal medicine.  Mac has been teaching massage from a young age, and opened his first school in 1999.  After some years absence from Thailand, he recently returned to put his energy towards building a school to teach his style of Thai Massage.

IMG_0161Mac teaches Thai Massage as a three week course.  All students, no matter how experienced, start learning from Mac as beginners with open minds, and he then tailors his teaching to suit the student as they progress.  After the basic three week course is completed, there is a course in Thai acupressure and herbal therapy.

There are rooms and tents available to rent.  This gives students access to practice massage in the school outside teaching hours.  It is a good time to learn from Mac as currently class sizes are small.

It is early days for Mac’s school and complex, and he has plans to add more accommodation and plant more trees.

For more information about Mac and his school, visit http://www.art-of-thai-massage.com

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