Baan Hom Samunphrai A  Herbal Health Centre & School

 Chiangmai, Thailand

  

 

 

 

 

    
     
 
      Under the control of
the
 Thai Ministry of Education
     Chor Mor 04-004/2554

 

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Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362 (English)

 tel.  053-817-356 (Thai)

 fax. 053-817-362

 tel.  081.885.1429

                  (Maw Hom direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com
 


Thai Language Page

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Training Courses

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials & Licenses

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 


 

 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362 (Eng.)

 tel.  053-817-356 (Thai)

 fax. 053-817-362

 tel.  081.885.1429

                  (Maw Hom direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

 


Thai Language Page

Where We Are

Thai Herbal Medicine

Thai Traditional Massage

Herbal Steam Baths

Training Courses

Conferences & Seminars

Accommodations

Credentials & Licenses

Christopher Woodman

Calendar & Events

 


 

 

Address:

Baan Hom Samunphrai

93/2a Moo 12

Tawangtan, Saraphi,

Chiang Mai 50140,

THAILAND

 tel.  053-817-362 (Eng.)

 tel.  053-817-356 (Thai)

 fax. 053-817-362

 tel.  081.885.1429

                  (Maw Hom direct)

e-mail: baanhom@homprang.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         MEMBER OF
The  Association of Thai Tradi-
    tional Healers (Chiang Mai)


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 Under the control of the Thai
        Ministry of Education:
      Chor Mor 04-004/2554

"The House of Sweet Smelling Herbs"

GENERAL INTRODUCTION. You can click on what interests you below.

We're a Traditional Thai Massage School and Herbal Medicine Centre as well as a sort of Thai village inn with Live-in Accommodations for both students and guests.  Our school offers live-in Traditional Thai Massage Training Courses at all levels from novice to professional with classes limited to a maximum of 10. We also welcome the growing number who are interested in alternative medicine in general, but we offer complete courses only, not just brief introductions. On the other hand, we do offer short courses on Herbs, Herbal Therapies, Womblifting, Abdominal Massage and Foot Reflexology-- 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 -- you can sit in this actual chair on the porch upstairs in your house.

 

Our Director, the well-known teacher, Homprang Chaleekanha, is licensed as a Traditional Doctor, Herbal Pharmacologist, and Midwife by the Thai Ministry of Public Health, and our Certificates recognized  by The Thai Ministry of Education. In addition, we host Groups, Conferences and Seminars (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 yoga. Long Stay is possible as well --we're not right for everyone but very right for some, and have had guests in full or partial Retreat for up to 6 months--writers, thinkers, bodies and minds in recovery, lives being rebuilt. Finally, this is also the home of the poet, Christopher Woodman, and we welcome writers, artists, musicians and indeed anyone who is troubled by the muse, or whatever you call that thing buzzing around  in your bonnet.

 

DAILY TREATMENTS.  How to book a treatment & how to get here.

Among other services, we offer Thai 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 motorcycle, car, tuk tuk or song taew -- you can print out our Map in Thai and English for your driver.

A Full Massage takes about two hours and costs 600 baht -- a Foot Massage is 300 baht and takes about one hour. Either 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 (Traditional Medicine Doctor) Homprang, who can suggest a specific course of treatment and therapist to work with you. Indeed, you may come just for an informal talk about your condition -- there is no charge for that.

 (You can click here for a list of our Treatments and Charges.)

                 
                           You will walk by the moss-covered waterpot under our Bo Tree as you enter.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

Beside students and their partners, our guests include individuals of all ages, couples and whole families who come to us for a variety of reasons: the beauty of the place, the good company around our big table, the herbal steam baths, massages and other therapies, and of course the opportunity to relax, catch up, recover, or get on with some personal project. There are no coffee shops, restaurants, bars or even 7/11s around us, so you can't just walk out our door for urban refreshment. On the other hand, we have rice fields, the river, small local temples and earth-markets everywhere, and very likely you will be the only foreigner wherever you go, on foot or by bicycle. It's rough, simple, and there's an awful lot of litter, but it's also somehow more than just there, and much more than beautiful.

You can find out more about what it's like here in "Where We Are."

You can go to "Accommodations" for a description of our houses, and  here  for our Rates.

 
Baan Uii Dee with its hand-made green tiles -- always cool and  fresh under bare feet (no shoes are worn on any of our floors). You can see how the floor is used in the photo of the group preparing herbs for the steam bath at the bottom of  this page.

 

 DAILY EVENTS & PHOTOS on FACEBOOK:

  For an almost daily account of what Homprang's students, family, flowers and
  friends are doing you can go to her Baan Hom Samunphrai Facebook Page
  -- you can also click on the photo on the left to see more of what's happening
  around her right now.

  At the moment there are some very nice video clips on her Facebook Page posted
  by a young Thai Documentary film group called  'Where.Do.We.Go.' It's in a
 
competition organized by the Tourist Authority of Thailand, and you can show    
  your support by clicking on any of the YouTube URLs they provide at the end

Click on the photo to see what she's doing right now!

 

                                  CURRENT COURSES

                 The following list does not include externally organized Conferences, Seminars and
                 Workshops -- you can see a list of all our activities on our
Calendar Page.

                 Our fees will be increasing as of January 1st, 2017.  If you pay a deposit for a 2017
                 course before then you can still lock in the current, 2016 prices - a substantial saving.

1. December 5th to 17th, 2016. 80hr 'TECHNIQUE' for ADVANCED STUDENTS & PROFESSIONALS. This is a special 'Collaboration' engaging Thai Massage practitioners and professional therapists. The  course will concentrate on touch, balance & fluency for those who want to  renew and deepen  what they are already doing. Open to advanced students as well as professionals, there will be a special emphasis on how to protect yourself and lengthen your life as a therapist. The course also qualifies you to join Homprang's 150 Hour Special Therapeutic Course which is open only to ex-students.

In fact we still have some room in this course, which is unusual for us at this time of the year. On the other hand, the course is proposing something quite radical. We get enquiries all the time from professionals who want to join one of Homprang's courses, and in particular the 150 Hour 'Therapeutic,' but few are ready to join the course which has been designed specifically to prepare them for it.

Here's what it says in the introduction to 'TECHNIQUE,'  the book that goes with the course. Homprang thought this might help those who are interested to understand better what she is trying to do. And if you're here in Chiang Mai right now there's still time to join -- she would be very pleased to have you.

"This course reviews the whole of the Thai Traditional Massage sequence from beginning to end.

The object is to renew, refine and deepen the technique you learned as a student and probably continued to develop as a  professional therapist, perhaps even becoming a teacher yourself. The whole Thai Massage, every touch, stretch and movement, will be re-examined and discussed in detail in class – which is why the course is a collaboration and not just a demonstration.

Your own individual experience as a professional is extremely important at this stage of the work. For there is no standard form for Thai Traditional Massage, no definitive textbook to study or special tradition to join, just dialogue between students, colleagues and teachers who are doing it. That’s why continuing development is so important  – without it no practitioner is likely to go very far or flourish for very long.

We all have our special qualities and peculiarities, not just from our training but from our cultural background, gender, age, physical type and, of course, our particular practice – in some countries therapists get paid a lot for the work, for example, in others almost nothing. In some places practitioners are seen as doctors, in others as therapists, and in some as comforters, or even just for fun. That’s why collaboration is so important to a course like this, designed as it is for advanced students, professionals and teachers who are working in very different circumstances all over the world. And this broad, international collaboration will be the heart of what you take away from the course at Baan Hom Samunphrai -- not just a more faithful copy of an ancient art that exists somewhere else and that somebody else knows better than you.."

                                                                                                         Homprang Chaleekanha

 

2. December 19th to the 23rd, 2016. 35hr FOOT REFLEXOLOGY WORKSHOP
Restricted to 6 students in Ajarn Bang's little studio beside our lotus pond, this course requires a lot of concentration, and students often  practice long after the class finishes. Ajarn Bang has also made a training DVD so the students can take her home with them.

3. January 2nd  to 7th, 2017. 35hr WOMBLIFTING & POSTPARTUM CARE WORKSHOP. You can click on the title of the course for more information on this Workshop. Womblifting has become one of Homprang's specialties, and as far as we know, she is the only Thai teaching it.  In addition, this workshop will include a 1 day workshop on Postpartum care including massage, steam baths and diet for new mothers and babies. Men are welcome in this course as well.

4. January 9th to February 2nd, 2017. 150 Hour THAI MASSAGE COURSE
 
The first half of  this course will concentrate on the fundamental parts of the Thai Traditional Massage, the legs, arms and trunk along with the different positions.  The second part will introduce the acupressure elements (energy points and sen lines) and move on to the shoulders, head and abdomen. By the end the Full Body Massage will be covered, and there will be both a practical and a written exam. This course is recommended to students at all levels who have not yet worked with Homprang -- on the other hand, a number of the students will be doing their second course with Homprang, and two are already well-established professionals.  (This class is now full.)

5. Feb. 22nd to March 3rd, 2017.  60hr HERBAL THERAPIES w/ WOMBLIFTING &
POSTPARTUM CARE
   You can click on the title of the course for more information on Homprang's herbal work in general, though the focus in this Workshop will be on  Traditional Thai Abdominal Massage,  Womblifting & Postpartum Care. As always, the exact content of the course will be determined by the interests of the group, not by a syllabus, so let us know your interests (Herbal Balms & Sprays? the Hot-bed? Food as Medicine?)

6.) March 7th to 30th, 2017. 150 Hour SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE COURSE  This course is open only to advanced students and professionals who have already studied with Homprang in at least one full massage course. No exceptions can be made as these therapies are so new and so demanding, and from the very beginning everybody must be on the same page.

The work focuses throughout on the acupressure points and sen lines that are used to treat specific conditions, injuries and ailments that are beyond what is usually thought of as 'Thai Massage:' stroke damage, frozen limbs, migraine, intractable low back pain, numbness. Abdominal massage is explored in much greater depth as well, and the 'Royal Style' is introduced as a special aid in the the long, slow rehabilitation-type Therapeutic Massage that is so effective at healing.

7.) April 3rd to 6th, 2017.  35hr FOOT REFLEXOLOGY WORKSHOP
Restricted to 6 students in Ajarn Bang's little studio overlooking our lotus pond, this course requires a lot of concentration, and students continue to practice long after the class has finished. One of our most enduringly popular courses.

8.) May 1st to 13th, 2017. 80hr THAI TRADITIONAL MASSAGE COURSE  This course concentrates on the classic two hour Thai Massage: legs, arms, side, prone and sitting positions. Because technique with fluency is the focus,  the stomach, face, and head are not included. The modern tendency is to focus on the harder maneuvers at the expense of the simple grace, touch and flow of the whole, massage, yet the latter is far more difficult to acquire than any of the parts, and more important.

Hardworking beginners are introduced to the full Thai Massage 'set' in this course, while advanced students can improve their technique, refine their touch, and learn how to look after both themselves and their clients even better.

 

HOW TO BOOK A COURSE

Our Calendar Page lists all our Courses through April 2016

Our Course Fees are listed on the Calendar.

Click here for How to Enroll in a Course or here for Breaking News on Visas.

 

HOMPRANG CHALEEKANHA 

Baan Hom Samunphrai is the home of Maw Samunphrai ("Herbal Medicine Doctor") Homprang Chaleekanha, 56, a specialist in Traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran) and 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 -- there's more about her grandmother here. Maw Hom is now not only licensed by the Thai Ministry of Public Health as a Traditional Doctor but as a Herbal Pharmacologist, a Traditional Midwife, and a Massage Teacher, and her school is approved by the Thai 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. And finally, Homprang is very active in the local Thai community, and volunteers her time and expertise to Thai patients as well as to the growing number of Thai students coming back to their traditional medicine. Here's an inspiring example.

  

Maw Hom comparing notes with a Canadian Botanist; enjoying her friends by the pool; working with two professional colleagues, one Thai, one English; leading the Rasidaton (Thai Yoga) at 7am.

Introducing her western students to Acharn Suwan, a Buddhist philosopher & herbalist, at his simple garden retreat in Chiang Dao; demonstrating 'Womb-lifting' at an International Health Exhibition; with her colleagues at The Association of Thai Traditional Healers -- as a group they are heavily involved with teaching young Thai students old medicine!

   

All the above roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit have medicinal value, and Maw Hom will show you them if not in her own herb  garden (middle photo above) then in her community or earth market. In the final photo, Maw Hom is showing Thai children from an International School how medicines were made when she was a child.  The students all left with a little bottle of Tiger Balm made by themselves.

 

2015 MERAKI YOGA RETREAT

Here's a quick, impressionable way to explore our orchard, almost as if you were already there. This group of 10 students from Houston Texas came to Baan Hom Samunphrai just last month with their own teacher, Alexandra Merkowitsch, in what we hope will be an annual retreat.

 

Video by Aki Ohinata.

 

 

 

  MUDITA -- an appreciation by Brie Jacobs

"Thailand for me was such a beautiful, eye opening, majestic experience. I took over 4,000 photos in an effort to preserve the impressions as much as possible for when I got back home. Its something I want to relive over and over ."
                                       (May 12th to July 2nd, 2015)

    Click on Brie's porch for an inspired visual diary.
 

 

  For a glimpse through Bulgarian eyes, have a look at what Annie Pecheva says about us  here.

          

                                              THE BLOG OF ANNIE PECHEVA

 

     
     

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