The Thai Institute of Healing Arts was founded by Thais and Americans as a bridge for Westerners to the traditional Thai healing arts. We focus on creating an authentic learning environment for students interested in exploring the traditional healing practices of Thailand. The Thai Institute's dedicated and passionate instructors are best prepared to teach the Thai techniques, culture, and philosophy to you. (Read more about our unique connection with Thailand through our sister school and home of our lineage, click here.)
Those interested in a career change or those looking to add new techniques to their current healing practice will be equally challenged and inspired. Each of our courses are enriched with theoretical discussions and cultural experiences to allow the western student the opportunity to gain the deepest knowledge in Thailand's ancient healing arts. This knowledge comes directly from the source, Thailand.
“Just wanted to let you know that I had a really great learning experience last week during the Basic Thai Massage course. I've been in many classrooms and I have to say that you did a phenomenal job creating a supportive and inspirational learning environment. Thank you so much! Eventually I will be back to learn more!"
Jenny H. Massage Therapist, Arlington, VA
While you are establishing a foundation of Thailand's healing knowledge you will also learn the Thai techniques. The techniques shared at the Thai Institute date back for centuries. The Thai Institute's dedicated and passionate instructors are best prepared to teach the Thai techniques, culture, and philosophy to you. It's a gift from Thailand that we are honored to be able to pass onto you.
Learn more about our courses, CLICK HERE.
Executive Director - David Roylance discusses details about our school, classes, Thai culture and our sister school in Chiang Mai, Thailand during an online interview.
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|Anatomy & Physiology (60-hours)||Basic Shiatsu (60-hours)|
|Spa Treatment (60-hours)||Basic Ayurveda (90-hours)|
|Facial Treatments (120-hours)||Basic Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (60-hours)|
|Thai Massage (75-hours)||Reiki (60-hours)|
Hot Stone Face and Body (120-hours)
Reflexology Massage (60-hours) – The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society
Traditional Thai Massage (280-hours) – KlongToey District Education Center
Traditional Thai Massage (410-hours) – The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society
Aromatherapy Massage (60-hours) – The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society
Sararut is an accomplished Certified Thai Massage Practitioner and Certified Thai Massage Instructor having been employed at many top spas throughout Thailand. She founded her own company in Thailand to provide consulting services to spas throughout the country and has trained 100's of Therapists in Thailand through her own company and her position as Training Manager at Cheraim Spa Village, known as the top spas in Thailand.
Sararut is certified by The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (Thailand), The Ministry of Public Health (Thailand), The Thai Traditional Medical Services Society and is an approved Instructor of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). She is a member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP-USA). Sararut holds professional certifications in Thailand and the USA qualifying her as a Certified Thai Massage Instructor.
Sararut has taught 1000's of students the gift and art of Thai healing. She has the ability to comfortably communicate knowledge from ancient Thailand inaccessible to western students. She has taught classes in Thai and English.
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Steve was born and grew up in and around New York City. He attended Pace University and started massage therapy training in 1986. Steve graduated as a massage therapist from one of the top schools in the nation, Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI). He is a practicing Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Washington, DC.
Steve decided he wanted to incorporate Thai massage into his therapy practice and first started learning Thai massage in 2002. Later, he developed an interest to deepen his Thai massage focus and sought out an in-depth program of study. Steve embarked on a professional and personal journey with the Thai Institute of Healing Arts enrolling in our Teacher Training Program in 2008. Steve graduated our program in 2011 with over 2000 hours of classroom and practical experience. He was officially recognized as a teacher in the Shivagakomarpaj Lineage through a traditional "Suu Kwan Bia Sii" ceremony as performed in Thailand. During his studies at the Thai Institute he focused on Buddhist meditation practices looking at understanding the bridge between Thai Buddhist traditions and Thai healing traditions.
As part of his journey, Steve decided to live along side Thai Buddhist monks at Thai Buddhist monasteries as a "Phram". Steve lived at 3 different temples learning about monastic life and detailed Buddhist teachings. His kind and gracious teacher Luang Pal Dr. Thanat Inthisan, Ph.D. provided private instruction based on Steve's personal interest. Steve shares his experiences and how they have helped him as a Thai massage practitioner in his classes. He continues his studies of Buddhist practices including meditation, through reading, classes, participating in events with the Thai community, and through maintaining a close connection to his local Thai temple - Wat Thai DC in Silver Spring, MD.
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David Roylance is the Founder and Executive Director of the Thai Institute of Healing Arts and Touch of Asia - Therapy Center guiding research center, education center, and both of our therapy centers. His journey with the healing arts started as a hobby offering Thai massage as a lone practitioner working from the living room of his apartment.
He has overseen and been directly involved in the treatment of over one hundred thousand clients while teaching 1000’s of students the art of Traditional Thai massage. He has been part of the Thai community in the USA and Thailand since 2001, where he has been exposed to a wealth of cultural knowledge largely in accessible to the average western. David has actively studied Thai massage and Thai medicine with several native Thai teachers since 2001. His teachers include Thai Shaman, Doctors of Thai Medicine, Doctors of Massage, Master Teachers of Indigenous Thai Folk Medicine, Thai Astrologers, village elders, and Master Thai Buddhist Monks. The community of Thai elders and Thai Buddhist Monks have asked him to function as a “Mo Phram”, a deep Buddhist practitioner, to perform important ceremonies like activating spirit houses, officiating Thai weddings, and leading large important Buddhist ceremonies infused with indigenous spiritual beliefs.
David is very gracious to his kind, warm and patient teachers. Luang Pal Thannat Inthisan, Phra Ajahn Rajsittimolee, Ajahn Wasan Chaichakan, Ajahn Sintorn (teach in spirit), Ajahn P'Chi, Ajahn Pichest Boonthumme, Ajahn Khomphat, Ajahn Sompot, Ajahn Rut, Ajahn Mae, and the countless other Thais that have embraced and influenced him throughout the years. All these teachers and too many others to list have shared with him unselfishly the knowledge of Thailand.
David has lived and worked among the Thais since 2001 giving him unique and in-depth exposure to the Thai culture and way of life. He has personally visited over 150 Theravada Buddhist temples in both Thailand and the USA. This has allowed him to gain an appreciation and understanding of the Thai spiritual practices which is integral to the Thai healing arts as practiced in Thailand. David currently lives in Thailand 3 months per year and speaks Thai (main language) and the northern dilect "Oo Gum Muang". In the classroom, David shares his insights and cultural experiences from continuous interaction with the vibrant culture of Thailand including knowledge of the Thai healing arts.
David has received recognition as a Certified Teacher of authentic Thai massage, Thai herbal massage, Advanced Techniques for Thai Massage, and Traditional Thai Herbal Medicine from the Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj (also known as the "Old Medicine Hospital") in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Old Medicine Hospital is one of the most prestigious and well known Thai massage and traditional Thai medical hospitals in Thailand. Following strict cultural protocols, the Old Medicine Hospital does not issue teaching certification to anyone who is a non-Thai. David has been presented this rare certification in recognition of his dedication to Thai culture and traditional medicine. (See more about our lineage here.)
David has taught 1000's of students the gift and art of Traditional Thai massage and Traditional Thai Medicine. He has even taught many native Thai students that seek out training within the USA or at our sister school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He creates a relaxing yet informative classroom environment that makes learning fun, exciting, safe, and challenging. He has a true passion for teaching that comes across in every interaction with him.
David is regularly invited to venues all over the region and internationally as a guest speaker and Thai Massage Instructor. David has always felt charitable giving is an important component to any business that benefits from indigenous knowledge of another culture. Since first founding both businesses, David has initiated several charitable projects that give back to the people of Southeast Asia - especially Thailand.
Prior to his journey with the Thai healing arts, David graduated from Salisbury State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems Management in 1997. He then started a career in the corporate world of Information Technology, progressing through the ranks of management. He always had a strong passion for helping others and found himself always looking for ways to help his employees grow in their career and gain further education.
David is a member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). He is accredited by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Certified Thai Massage Instructor. He has contributed to and published several articles on the topics of Traditional Thai Massage and Traditional Thai Medicine. David has authored two important books, "Encyclopedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure" the best selling Thai massage book on Amazon.com along with the accompanying "Thai Massage Workbook: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses".
- Around the World with DAYSPA: Thai Massage by Day Spa Magazine
- What should I look for in a Thai Massage Instructor, Teacher or School? by David L. Roylance
- Thai Massage: More than Just a Spa Treatment by David L. Roylance
- What Good is History for a Massage Therapist, Anyways? by David L. Roylance
- Have Less Stress: Get a Relaxing Massage Touch of Asia Voted Top 3 Places to Visit
by Washingtonian Magazine
- A Touch of Bliss From the Far East by Jennifer Minar
- Feel the Pull of Thai Massage - Washington Post
- Touch of Asia brings ancient massage practice to Sterling - Loudoun Times Mirror
- Get Out: Try Thai Massage - Washington Post
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The Venerable Luang Pal Dr. Thanat Inthisan, Ph.D., has been a Theravada Buddhist Monk since the age of 14. He ordained as a novice in 1977. In 1983, he was ordained at a higher level after completing extensive training and studying with master monks in the forest tradition of Thailand.
Luang Pal Dr. Thanat has studied the Pali language, the formal language of Theravada Buddhism, completed a B.A. from Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, Thailand, an M.A. in Education from Century University, New Mexico, and a second M.A. degree in Ancient Indian and Asian studies from Magadh University of Bihar State in India. In 2003, he completed his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at Magadh University focusing his dissertation on "The Problem of Self in Buddhism." Luang Pal Dr. Thanat's studies and monastic duties took him from Thailand to over fifteen countries that include such diverse places as Canada, France, Germany, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, and Taiwan to name a few. From 1992 to the present, he has served primarily as a missionary monk at Wat Thai Washington, D.C. that serves the local Thai and American communities.
While in the USA, he established the Buddhist Meditation Center of Berks (BMCB) in Reading, Pennsylvania; served as the BMCB's vipassana meditation and yoga instructor; was a visiting professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Human Value Research, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was an editor of the Thai Sangha Magazine of the Council of Thai Bhikkhus in the USA.
Since the year 2000, he has written several Buddhist books in English and in Thai. His English books include History, Scripture, and Archeology: A Brief Study Regarding Some Ancient Buddhist Sites; Walking the Path of The Buddha; and The Handbook of Buddhist Ceremonies and Celebrations. His Thai books include The Buddhist Missionary in the USA; The Holy Places in India; and The Pure Land on the Earth: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Darjeeling-Sikkim, etc.
Luang Pal Dr. Thanat Inthisan provides guidance to our Meditation Workshop held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 6:00pm - 7:45pm at the Thai Institute. Luang Pal Dr. Thanat is our lead instructor for this workshop and with occasionally join us. This learning opportunity is at no cost and open to the public.
Luang Pal Dr. Thanat Inthisan Ph.D., travels throughout the United States and all across the world as a sought-after meditation instructor for various classes and retreats. We are honored to have his guidance as our Spiritual Director at the Thai Institute. Luang Pal Dr. Thanat leads the path in all spiritual pursuits to include regular Buddhist ceremonies: Blessing Ceremonies, TTM Symposium Opening Ceremonies, Annual Wai Khru, Sangkatan Ceremonies, and a host of others. Luang Pal Dr. Thanat's advice is sought in the coordination of our charitable projects, the development of all our programs, and forward movement of all our activities. Students are invited to spend extended periods of time with him for deeper study while living at the Thai Temple.
For more information about Luang Pal Dr. Thanat Inthisan Ph.D., see the following websites: http://www.thanat.iirt.net/monktale.html, http://www.thanat.iirt.net/mylife.dwt, http://www.handytour.blogspot.com