Baan Hom Samunphrai A Herbal Health Centre & School
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Credentials & Licenses
Baan Hom Samunphrai
93/2a Moo 12
Chiang Mai 50140,
tel. 053-817-362 (English)
tel. 053-817-356 (Thai)
(Maw Hom direct)
Credentials & Licenses
"The House of Sweet Smelling Herbs"
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 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.
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, 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.
Our Director is licensed 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 the home of the poet, Christopher Woodman, and we welcome writers, artists, musicians and indeed anyone who is troubled by the muse!
During the month of June we will offer an 80 hour Thai Massage Course from June 3rd to June 15th followed immediately by an 80 hour Womblifting & Related Herbal Therapies Course from June 17th to June 29th. The combination is intended as an intensive course for experienced body workers who are looking for a shorter introduction to Homprang's work, but as it is likely to be very small even a motivated beginner will get the support he or she will need to keep up.
Our Calendar Page lists other Courses and Workshops through to 2014. If there is no course posted for a future period that interests you, just tell us what and when and we'll put something together if we possibly can.
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, 54, 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. 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 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
Introducing her students to Acharn Suwan, a Buddhist philosopher
& herbalist, at his garden retreat in Chiang Dao; demonstrating
All the above roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit
have medicinal value, and Maw Hom will show you them if not in her