What is the different between Health Massage and Health Spa Businesses in Thailand? A health massage license holder cannot operate a health spa business. However, if a company holds a health spa business license, it will be able to operate health massage business as well. This is because a Spa Business License covers the health massage too. The company must obtain the license from the Ministry of Public Health.
To explain it further, a health massage business can only provide health massages, oil massages, sports massages and traditional massages, depending on what licenses the masseuses or massage therapists have.
A health spa business can provide not only all the massages a health massage business can, but also hydrotherapy services (such as Jacuzzi, Onsen, Hydrotherapy), steam and sauna room as well.
Here are the conditions for getting a license for a health massage and health spa businesses.
Health Massage Business
- The masseuse or massage therapists must have license to provide massages. This license indicates what type of massage this person can provide and also specifies which area he/she can massage (for example, a massage therapist may have the license to massage feet only because he/she had the training to do foot massages only).
- The massage shop can only offer massages depending on what licenses the masseuse or massage therapists have.
Health Spa Business
- There must be a spa operator. He/she must have a Spa Manager License from the Ministry of Public Health as well (the Ministry will open for registration once a year only).
- There must be a masseuse or a massage service provider. He/she must have a license to provide health massage services. Depending on which areas or parts the masseuse got the license for, the shop can only provide massages on such parts.
- The shop must be situated in a place where there is a good quality of water supply and proper sewage drainage. The applicant must contact the district office of that area to check whether it can be allowed to open and operate a spa business or not.