NOW SERVING THOSE practitioners in the Holistic health field is the Chetawan TTM School, the official branch of over 300-year old Chetupon Wararaam Temple (Wat Po) Thai Traditional Medical School. For the first time students in Chiangmai can study with confidence knowing the integrity of all courses at Chetawan TTM School are followed to the letter.
A brief history of Wat Po, popularly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, as well as being Thailand’s first open university under the patronage of King Rama III. Many fields of knowledge and technology that were practiced in those days were gathered here. The various fields of knowledge featured are history, religion, literature, arts, culture, medical science, physical therapy and pharmacy. Today, the well known Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School is an official Foundation located in the temple grounds. Part of the proceeds of the Foundation support the operation of the Wat Po temple. One reason for the school’s fame is the carefully preserved ancient techniques of the courses and treatments offered to Thai and foreigners.
Wat Po was created in 1836 during the reign of King Rama III by a royal decree announcing the institution of arts and sciences such as medical science and herbal pharmacology of that day. Within the school there are 60 murals depicting traditional Thai massage postures which include meridien lines and energy points on the human body, 80 statues of yoga postures each of which represent different self-massage and stretching positions with different curative effects are arranged in an outdoor garden museum. An impressive account of 1,000 formulae of recognized herbal pharmacology are documented. All those who are curious to acquire good knowledge and self health care can come to study at this convenient center. These inscriptions are published in textbook form by the Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical School. Most of the original text is still recognized by the Ministry of Public Health and the formulae are included in the official textbook. Some of the formulae have been translated into various foreign languages.
Massage is a method of treating ailments that had been used successfully for a very long time, in fact for more than two thousand years. But as society became more indoctrinated to accept western medicine, massage disappeared from many societies as a form of treatment. However, the practice of massage for treating physical ailments continues here in Thailand today. The Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School in Bangkok offers courses on Thai herbal medicines and pharmacy, Thai Traditional Medicine and Practice and Thai Traditional Massage. Students spend 1-3 years studying the first two courses before sitting for an examination for a license. Massage students spend only 30 hours learning basic practice of Thai Traditional Massage. Those who are serious to pursue working in this field should spend another 30 hours for the Massage Therapy Course.
The Chetawan TTM School is the official branch of Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical in Chiangmai. Here students can study with confidence that the integrity of the course is followed to the letter. The school is located opposite the Rajaphat Teachers’s college on Chotana Road.
Courses with instruction books on offer :
Basic Massage Course length of 5 days at 6 hours per day.
Foot Massage Course 30 hours or 5 days at 6 hours per day or 10 days at 3 hours per day.
Advanced Thai Therapeutic and Healing Massage Course length of 30 hours either 5 days, 6 days or 10 days.
Oil Massage and Aromatherapy Course 30 hours again 5 or 6 days. (This course accepts students who have mastered the Advanced Thai Therapeutic and Healing Massage Course.)
Infant and Child Massage Course 15 hours 3 days at 4 hours or 5 days at 3 hours. (This course accepts students who have mastered the Basic Thai Therapeutic and Healing Massage Course.)
At this time, Chiangmai does not offer courses on Thai herbal medicines and pharmacy. However, students are welcome to enquire and discuss with the teachers in Chiangmai.
Students receive a certificate upon the successful completion of each course they have taken.Women students can take advantage of staying in the dorm during the length of the course they are studying at a minimal fee for electricity consumption. Visit The Chetawan TTM School at 7/1-2 Soi Samood Lanna, Chotana Road, Changpuak, Chiangmai, Tel. 053-410360-1.
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