NAMASTA and the Thai Healing Alliance (THAI)

Chapel Hill, NC – Belmont, CA

January 30, 2008 – A new partnership between NAMASTA and THAI provides business support and modern assistance to Thai Therapists, the practitioners of the ancient traditional healing art

Registered Thai Therapists may now obtain enhanced protection and support through a new partnership between the North American Studio Alliance (NAMASTA) and Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI).

Bob Haddad, Director of THAI, and Bernard Slede, President of NAMASTA, announced today the signing of an agreement between NAMASTA, the leading membership organization for mind-body professionals in the United States and Canada and THAI, the organization that sets standards of study and practice of traditional Thai massage and Thai healing arts throughout the world.

THAI sees this relationship as an important step toward the heightened awareness of traditional Thai healing arts around the world, said THAI founder Bob Haddad.”It is also a further validation of the need for basic standards for Registered Thai Therapists (RTT) and other advanced practitioners and teachers.”

Bernard Slede, President of NAMASTA, added “We are excited to build this relationship with THAI; it allows us help strengthen our support to Thai Therapists, who are a very important and growing part of the mind-body community. We both feel Thai Therapists will greatly benefit from the support that NAMASTA provides.”

Thanks to the partnership, current THAI members can now join NAMASTA at a reduced rate and access its health benefits, liability insurance, discounts on business software, and many other benefits. Likewise, there is also a special rate on THAI membership for current NAMASTA members who meet THAI’s minimum study and practice standards. If you would like to take advantage of this new benefit, log into the member section of the website or join NAMASTA today.


NAMASTA‘s mission is to give mind-body professionals the peace of mind to focus on their discipline – whether it is traditional Thai therapy, yoga, massage, Pilates, Tai Chi or other healing arts. To that end, NAMASTA offers business services such as access to low-cost professional Thai Massage liability insurance, access to a health benefits, alternative health care benefits, member rates on marketing services and free mentoring for members. To learn more about NAMASTA, visit

Thai Massage

Thai Healing Alliance is the international organization that sets basic standards for the practice of nuad boran (traditional Thai massage). The title of RTT (Registered Thai Therapist) is awarded to members who achieve study and practice goals agreed to by teachers and schools in thirteen countries around the world, including Thailand. THAI offers scholarships for study in Thailand, features a client-practitioner referral service, publishes newsletters, and maintains the largest online archive of research and printed information on traditional Thai healing arts. To learn more about THAI, visit