João Santos

Joao Santos - Massage Therapist


Joao Santos is an international wellness consultant and a visiting practitioner who has been consistently developing his own dry massage practice. It is a rather exquisite performance that surpasses traditional massage. It blends several schools and different techniques that Joao has been exposed to during his long career as a body therapist.
– The early beginning of his training with chair massage practice.
– The basic Thai massage diploma taken at the Chiva-Som Academy (Bangkok 2009).
– The dry massage therapy in a busy city spa in Oslo (with Tui Na masters and Shiatsu practitioners).
– His successful corporate dry massage services (on the floor) and one year practice at a medical center in Oslo.
– Other valuable cross-training and insights from the different spas/countries where Joao has worked in the past 18 years.
He has summed up all this knowledge and experience in a well balanced therapeutic performance. An intuitive holistic approach backed by a solid Anatomy & Physiology knowledge. A much dedicated therapy that reflects Joao’s unique vision, involvement within the wellness field, and his unconditional commitment to improve guests’ physical and spiritual well-being.

Joao travels the world as a visiting therapist and has collaborated with some of the most iconic hotel brands and resorts across the globe: Sha Wellness Clinic (best medical spa in the world), One&Only Reethi Rah, Waldorf Astoria, Anantara, Four Seasons, Soneva, Six Senses; in countries such as Portugal, Spain, UK, Switzerland, UAE, Qatar, Thailand, Sweden, Norway, and several locations across the Maldives, Seychelles and Greece.

Workshops by this teacher

Introduction to Dry Massage: different practices, techniques, benefits. Back and neck dry ...
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João Santos

Joao Santos - Massage Therapist
European Massage Championship 2020 | Categories

All categories can have chair

The INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY is obligatory for participants who:
Do not live in Europe and are not European
All others choose among the other categories

 - When you register you will choose 2 categories. They can be the same or different.
- All massages can be on table, futon or chair

Facial Massage (NEW)

All facial treatments

Asian Inspired

  • Ayurveda
  • MTC
  • Thai
  • Shiatsu
  • Tui-na
  • Anma
  • Chinese
  • Yumeiho
  • Cupping with or without tools
  • Asian Freestyle (Asian technique as main influence mixed with other categories)

Western Inspired

  • Californian
  • Lomi Lomi
  • Swedish
  • Connective Tissue
  • Aromatherapy
  • Cupping
  • Bodywork and Freestyle
  • Myofascial
  • Deep Tissue
  • Neuromuscular
  • Western freestyle (Western technique as main influence mixed with other categories)


  • Spa Treatments
  • Facial Treatments
  • Kobido
  • Hot-stone
  • Aesthetic
  • Lymphatic Draining
  • Wellness freestyle (Wellness technique as main influence mixed with other categories)


  • Athlete/bodybuilder/marathon runner etc. 
  • Pre-post training therapies

International Participants

🌍 There is no more separate International Category
International participants will be in the same categories with all other participants.
For the medals: the top 3 international participants – from all categories – will get 1 trophy and 3 medals.
For the final: the gold will participate for demonstration purposes, but cannot win the title of “Best European Massage”

Who is international participant? 

If you are from outside of Europe, and you do not work in Europe

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