"The House of
Sweet Smelling Herbs"
How to book a treatment & how to get here.
Among other services, we offer
Traditional Massage and
Herbal Steam Baths
in a small village 9 kms southwest of Chiang Mai.
It's better to phone ahead as we have only a few therapists --
tel. 053.817.362 or 081.885.1429.
It takes 15-20 minutes to get here by
tuk tuk or song taew --
here for a map in Thai and English which you can print out
for any driver.
A Full Massage
takes about two hours and costs 600 baht -- a Foot Massage is 300 baht
and takes about one hour.
can be combined with a Herbal Steam Bath (200 baht) which can take up
to an hour and includes dips in our cooling pool along with home-grown
herb tea. A Full Massage with Herbal Compresses takes
about 3 hours and costs 900 baht.
If you think you might benefit from a special Therapeutic Massage
(1000 baht) or Womb-lifting (1300 baht) you need to discuss your
condition with our director, Maw Hom, who can suggest a
specific course of treatment
and therapist to work with you. Indeed, you may come just for a
consultation -- there is no charge for that.
on what interests you
Traditional Thai Massage School
and Herbal Medicine Centre
as well as a sort of Thai village inn
for both students and guests.
all levels, from novice to professional, from one-on-one intensives
to a maximum of 8 students, and serious amateurs are welcome to
participate as well. We also offer various courses on
Herbs and Herbal Therapies
-- if you don't find what you want on our Training Page or
Calendar, do ask us. And if you're a guest just come and stay for as long
as you like.
is licensed by the Thai Ministry of Public Health and
recognized by The Thai Ministry of
Education. In addition, we
(up to 20
participants) for those who want to come here with their own
teachers and/or special interests--from yurts to yours truly and
possible as well --we're not right for everyone but very right for
some, and have had guests in
full or partial
for up to 6 months--writers, thinkers, bodies and minds in recovery, lives
Finally, this is the home of the poet,
Christopher Woodman, and we welcome writers, artists, musicians and indeed
anyone who is troubled by the muse!
Calendar & Events Page
lists all our Courses to
July 28th to August 9th, 2014:
This 12 day period has been
set aside as an intense refresher workshop for Homprang's
ex-students who are now working as professionals. Max
6 students -- first come first served. Students may sign up
for anywhere from 5 to 12 days of personalized study.
August 11th to the 16th, 2014:
40 Hour Foot Reflexology Workshop.
can be taken on it's own or combined with the 80 Hour Thai Massage
Course that follows -- the two courses are a logical sequence, the
foot encompassing as it does in miniature all the elements of the
to the 30th, 2014:
Thai Massage Course.
The full, 2 hour Thai Traditional
Massage, legs, arms, side, prone and sitting positions, with an
emphasis on technique.
September 1st to the 6th, 2014:
40 Hour Womblifting Workshop.
can be taken separately or combined with the Thai Massage Course
that precedes it.
September 8th to
the 13th, 2014:
Foot Reflexology Workshop.
If a student
hasn't already done so, this course forms a natural sequence with
the Thai Massage and Womblifting courses that precede it.
22nd to October 26th, 2014:
Thai Therapeutic Massage Course.
This intensive course includes the regular work on the
legs, arms, side, prone and sitting positions of Thai Traditional
Massage but adds a detailed study of the acupressure points, sen
lines, and abdominal work which are involved in traditional Thai healing
Two Month Intensive:
Students may opt to take the 150 Hour Course
following the 80 Hour Thai Massage, the Womblifting & the Foot
Reflexology -- a two month sequence like this can prepare a highly
motivated novice for
professional work, or an experienced professional to teach.
Ex-students please take note. Homprang will teach an advanced
hr Acupressure Massage Course
December 8th to January 1st,
2014. Open by
and Herbal Therapies Courses scheduled
Please go to our
Calendar & Events Page
for the exact dates.
There is always a degree of flexibility in Homprang's work, and
you should make clear to her your interests from the start. To
understand better how she organizes her classes and workshops
For notes on
how to enroll in a course
honored to have been selected by the
Authority of Thailand
2014 CREATIVE TOURISM
very much support the concept as we've always had difficulty
explaining who we are. We're not a 'Resort Hotel,' not a
'Guesthouse,' not a 'Spa,' not even a 'School' in the Western sense.
"We're none of the above," we always end up by saying, "We're
to see the TAT Brochure which will be
released in English as well in due course.
All our therapies and services are
as simple as
this open floor with its hand-glazed tiles.
Baan Hom Samunphrai is the home of
Maw Samunphrai ("Herbal Medicine
Doctor") Homprang Chaleekanha,
a specialist in
Traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran)
Thai Yoga (Rasidaton)
who also practices Thai Therapeutic Massage,
Midwifery and Herbal Medicine.'Maw Hom,' as she is called, grew up
in a small village on the Burmese border with no road or electricity, the
only 'doctor' being
her rice-farming grandmother
who doubled as the local
midwife and herbalist. Maw Hom
not only licensed by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as a Traditional
Doctor but as a Herbal Pharmacologist, a
Midwife, and a
Massage Teacher, and her school is
approved by the
Ministry of Education.
She has also travelled widely in Europe and North America,
and is fluent in English as well as Thai,
a rare facility among genuine traditional healers.
Maw Hom comparing notes with a Canadian Botanist;
enjoying her friends by the pool; working with two professional
Thai, one English; leading the Rasidaton (Thai Yoga) at 7am.
Introducing her students to Acharn Suwan, a Buddhist philosopher
& herbalist, at his garden retreat in Chiang Dao; demonstrating
'Womb-lifting' at an
International Health Exhibition; with her colleagues at The Association
of Thai Traditional Healers, Chiang
All the above roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit
have medicinal value, and Maw Hom will show you them if not in her
garden then in her community or earth market. Herbal
preparations are an important dimension in all her training
an intimate glimpse into the Baan Hom Samunphrai experience,
Just as he was leaving Baan Hom a few days
ago, a guest called Kundan Ewan handed
colorful little book called My Friend Nasruddin.
Well, we all know and love Nasruddin, and we thought -- "How
kind and uncomplicated of our new friend, Kundan Ewan -- a little
children's book to keep us safe and probably a bit more secure
in the saddle."
Well, a few hours later Christopher pulled
the book out of his pocket and started reading, and what a shock. The book
course, written by Kundan Ewan himself, and the Nasruddin tales in it
were all Kundan Ewan's very own. And everybody at Baan Hom is now
reading his stories voraciously and doing all sorts of crazy little
things as if they were saints. And Christopher says that he himself, far
from being a bit more secure
the saddle, is now wild with wisdom and couldn't care less!
You can click on
above to join The Baan Hom Samunphrai Kundan Club