Institute of Thai Massage and Traditional Bodywork

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. If I began studying before (under Kam Thye Chow’s direction) the new Thai Yoga Massage Program policies were put in place under Sukha Wong’s direction, am I able to take courses according to the old structure?
  2. How long do I have to complete the entire Training Program and get certified?
  3. When can a student join the practitioner program?
  4. If I took a course before the new Thai Yoga Massage Training Program policies was put in place, how many documented massages must I complete?
  5. If I took a course in Thai Yoga Massage before the program’s new policy, what are the new requirements?
  6. How can I give out insurance receipts and get an insurance responsibility?
  7. If I took my training in another school or with a Lotus Palm affiliated teacher can I continue my training with Lotus Palm?
  8. How can I bring Lotus Palm to my city/country?
  9. In which language are the courses offered?
  10. If I'm coming from out of town to study at Lotus Palm are there any places close by for accommodations?
  11. Do you offer anything else besides Thai Yoga Massage courses?
  12. Do I need to buy/read the required course manual(s) in advance?
  13. Will I receive a certificate after the completion of a course?
  14. Do I need to do/send my documented massages before I start the next level?



1. If I began studying before (under Kam Thye Chow’s direction) the new Thai Yoga Massage Program policies were put in place under Sukha Wong’s direction, am I able to take courses according to the old structure?

No. Many of the associations affiliated with Lotus Palm have since changed their policies and now require more hours and training in order to become a member. Lotus Palm has also modified certain of its policies in terms of prerequisites. To ensure an easier time with your application it is best to follow our guidelines and to communicate with us for more information on new changes.



2. How long do I have to complete the entire Training Program and get certified?

There are 3 types of cases:

-The Practitioner's Training Program consists of levels 1 to 6: students have 2 years to complete the program from the time they start Thai Yoga Massage level 1. For instance, students who began their studies with Lotus Palm January 1st 2012, have until January 1st, 2014 to complete the program. This includes all supervisions, internships and documented massages that are required. Please refer to the Practitioner's Training Program PDF on our website.

-À la carte (courses taken one at the time) students have 1 year starting from the first course to complete each Certification (courses and prerequisites such as supervisions, internships, assistantships and documented massages).

-Before or after 3 years: if the student studied his program less than 3 years ago but never got certified, he will be asked to do an additional supervision in order to evaluate his level and complete the necessary prerequisites. ALTHOUGH, if the student took his courses more than 3 years ago, he will be asked to retake the courses and all the prerequisites necessary in order to get certified. Please note; students can retake Thai Yoga Massage classes they have taken in the past for $150.

For others questions concerning our programs and specific cases, please contact us.



3. When can a student join the practitioner program?

The student has until the end of level 1 to decide if he wants to join the practitioner program (6 levels) and then obtain the rebate on level 6. The student has 2 years to complete the entire training and prerequisites. For more information, consult the practitioner program available on our website.

Note that if the student, for a reason or another, cannot complete his training and wants to complete it later, he will then be charged as a à la carte course and will not get the rebate.



4. If I took a course before the new Thai Yoga Massage Training Program policies was put in place, how many documented massages must I complete?

For each level completed you are required to complete 15 documented massages, 15 hours of internship (plus 1 assistantship for your Intermediate Certification). Students should bring their own clientele for Internships.

*For students from out of town who cannot do the internships and supervisions, an additional 10 documented massages are required in place. For a total of 25 documented massages for each level.



5. If I took a course in Thai Yoga Massage before the program’s new policy, what are the new requirements?

If you live in Montreal or Toronto, for each certification, you need to do 30 documented massages of 90 minutes, a 3-hour supervision, 15 hours of internships (and one personal assistantship for the Intermediate Certification). During internships, students have to bring their own clients (at least one).

*Students living outside of the city and who do not have the possibility to do their internships or their supervisions will need to do 10 additional documented massages per level which leads to 50 documented massages of 90 minutes for each certification.



6. How can I give out insurance receipts and get an insurance responsibility?

In Québec, students have to complete their courses up to level 4 (Intermediate Certification) so that they can be able to join a massage association and so, be able to write insurance receipts and be covered by an insurance responsibility.

In Toronto, you can be recognized by the NHPCanada and then apply to the city for a Holistic Practitioner License.

For the rest of Canada and United States, you need to contact the massage association of your area to get informed on the requirements needed in order to become one of their members. Each province and state possesses different legislation and it is the student’s responsibility to make sure his training gets recognized.

If you already are a massage therapist, you should be able to add the number of hours to your basic training with the CEU (continuing educational credits).

Please consult our website under Association to know the different associations that recognize our program in Canada and in the United States.



7. If I took my training in another school or with a Lotus Palm affiliated teacher can I continue my training with Lotus Palm?

It is important to know that each school has a different flow and way of teaching. In order to avoid students getting lost during training, a supervision will need so that their level and ability can be evaluated before they can take the course and learn the routines. If the evaluation is approved, the student will be able to join the appropriate course. Please Note; that a student who has taken courses outside of Lotus Palm will not be able to join our program past the TYM 3 course.

Some of our students also take courses with affiliated teachers (teachers teaching Lotus Palm’s method but not being considered as a teacher of LP). Note that, in order to be considered as a Lotus Palm student and eventually get certified with us, students need to pay a specific fee so that they can obtain these advantages and services.

Please contact us for more details if necessary.



8. How can I bring Lotus Palm to my city/country?

If you would like to have Lotus Palm come to you, please contact us at info@lotuspalm.com and we would be happy to help set up courses in your town.

Note that some contracts can be establish under specific conditions.



9. In which language are the courses offered?

In Montreal, due to bilingualism, courses and manuals are offered in both French and English. We make sure that if the teacher does not speak both languages, there is an assistant who can translate during the course.

At our school in Toronto, courses are only offered in English. Although, note that most of our teachers are bilingual and if you have any questions, they can most likely help you.

For our On the Road courses, the language will depend on where the course is being given.



10. If I'm coming from out of town to study at Lotus Palm are there any places close by for accommodations?

Yes, there are a number of different types of accommodations available in the neighborhood. Please refer to our About Us section for more details concerning accommodations in Montreal and Toronto.

Note that Lotus Palm cannot host students at its center.



11. Do you offer anything else besides Thai Yoga Massage courses?

Yes, not only do we have the most complete Thai Yoga Massage program in North America but we also offer a series of courses which can perfectly compliment your initial training. We offer Table Thai Yoga Massage (2 levels), on Chair and Prenatal and Elderly Thai Yoga Massage, Invigorating Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Reflexology (2 levels), Ashiatsu (2 levels), Ashiatsu on Mat, Lomilomi (2 levels), Assisted Yoga with Adjustments (2 levels), Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Practitioner and Thai Practitioner, Introduction to Chakra Balancing, Thai Style Head Massage, Senashi and Couples Thai Yoga Massage courses.



12. Do I need to buy/read the required course manual(s) in advance?

You are not required to read any manual in advance. In fact, some of them are only available for purchase on the first day of the course.



13. Will I receive a certificate after the completion of a course?

You will receive an attestation letter indicating that you’ve taken the course for the corresponding number of hours but this is not an official certificate. To learn more about our certification procedures and requirements, please consult the Practitioner Certification page.



14. Do I need to do/send my documented massages before I start the next level?

You can start doing your documented massages if you want to but you don’t need to finish them before signing up the next level of training. Complete Certification requirements should be sent when you apply for certification. Detail lists for certification requirements can be found on the corresponding application forms in the Essential Guide manual.

To learn more about our certification policies, please read our policies.



For any additional question or comment, feel free to contact us:

Montreal: (514)-270-5713 or info@lotuspalm.com
Toronto: (647)-352-7256 or infotoronto@lotuspalm.com
International: toll-free number:1-855-888-5713 or info@lotuspalm.com