Dr. Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND, MD(AM), DOM(P), DPHC(h.c.), RAC, SMOKH
Aachan, Dr. Anthony James was given the Instructor / Teacher and lineage holder of the Buddhai Sawan tradition by Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn, Nongkam, Thailand in 1984. Grand Master Samaii was the 36th generation Grand Master of the Buddhai Sawan School originally founded in Ayudthaya and a consultant to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the current King of Thailand. Grand Master Samaii was honored by King Bhumibol several times during his life time for service to the royal family and the kingdom. Grand Master twice in his life received awards personally from King Bhumibol, the final award received only three years before Grand Master Samaii’s passing.
Aachan, Dr. James authored the very first Thai Massage book ever published in the English language in 1981. First used as a manuscript in class for the first three years, it was formally published in 1984 after he was given teacher certification and recognition. It was used exclusively to teach privately in class until 1984 when it was released to the public and distributed world wide, beginning a tidal wave of interest which continues to the present day. This first influential book, and still one of the most often sourced and quoted books on Thai Massage, is titled “Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage” and is available at BeardedMedia.Com (“Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage”, Meta Journal Press 1984: ISBN 1-886338-03-5).
Aachan, Dr. James studied under the former grandmaster Aachan Sintorn Chaichagun at the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai Thailand from 1988 to 1995. He maintained a working relationship with his mentor in the Northern style, Grand Master Sintorn and “The Old Medicine Hospital” until Grand Master Sintorn’s passing in 2005.
Aachan James formally founded The International Thai Therapists Association 1992-2012, to fairly represent the various traditional systems of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage currently being practiced primarily in the US. In 2006, he was granted Aachan and Master Instructor status through the Anantasuk system, recognized by the Wat Po Association. He specializes in Native American Medicine, Thai medical theory, Asian history, and Theravada Buddhism.
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Dr. Anthony James is currently President of the Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda Inc., or ONACS. ONACS is an authorized branch church of the Federally Recognized Oklevueha Earth Walks Native American Church of Utah. ONACS is an incorporated Native American Church in the State of Florida. Dr. is an ONAC recognized Medicine Man and isauthorized to conduct all Native American and indegenous spirituality ritual, sacraments and ceremony to honor and respect Grandmother Earth (Matriarchal), Grandfather Sky (Patriarchal) and all of their descendants. The practicing of American Native indigenous spirituality is understood off and on Federally Recognized Indian Reservations as the Native American Church, which has been granted exclusive federal laws to recognize the spiritual ceremonies and to protect and maintain access to their sacred ceremonial grounds. American Native Spirituality has historically utilized Grandmother Earth’s minerals and plants to commune with the spirit world to assist their healing and personal empowering ceremonies. Anthony James has an extensive background and history in Native American and Indigenous Medicines.
Aachan Anthony James is Founder of the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and it’s physical school The Thai Yoga Center and the ONACS/ SMOCH/ AAPNA, NAMA Accredited school of natural and spiritually based healing arts and sciences. The Thai Yoga Center is a NCBTMB Approved Provider for Massage Therapy Continuing Education. Aachan James is currently volunteering and offering his instructional time free of charge as a public service. This past year (2012) he donated over 82 full and or substantially reduced tuition scholarships to deserving students with plans to offer scholarship training to an additional 100 professional students this year (2013). For details on the full and or reduced tuition scholarships for SCNM: Thai Yoga Certification Programs Click Here!
Dr. J, as Diplomate Doctorate in Acupuncture in cooperation with the Pan American School of Natural Medicine (Nevis, West Indies) completing the development of a 4 year Doctor of Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture Degree Program (DOM). The DOM in acupuncture will be also offered as a 2 year post graduate degree for eligible students with advanced degrees already in Natural and or Holistic Medicine etc. Dr. J is a Graduate of the Doctor of Acupuncture Diploma program and a lead Instructor in the program. Dr. J was awarded a Doctorate in Acupuncture (Physical Medicine) November 28, 2012.
Dr. J has completed Post Graduate Studies and is a Graduate of the PanAmerican School of Natural Medicine, Jade Center for Integrative Studies Doctor of Natural Medicine Degree. This formal Degree was issued by PanAmerican Regents is Houston, Texas February 2013. This will be Dr. J’s second Doctorate in Natural Medicine.
Dr. Anthony B. James is conferred Ordination, Deacon (Licentiate) • Sanctified Healer issued by the Ordern Soberana De Caballeros Medicos De San Juan De Jerusalen, Sacred medical order of The Church of Hope, December 7th. 2012 • Loma Linda, Ecuador.
Dr. Anthony B. James hold credentials as a Board Certified, Licensed Doctor of Pastoral Medicine, DM(P) issued by the PMA (Pastoral Medical Association) License # L4032147 (Full Permit).
In cooperation of mutual support of Indigenous Tribal Organizations, participated in opening the Loma Linda Primary Care Center and School of Medicine in Santo Domingo de las Tscachilas, Ecuador in October of 2011. Loma Linda is a charitable Hospital Medical Center and School of Natural Medicine operated jointly by SMOKH and the Tachilas Indian Nation of Santo Domingo.
Aachan James was a consultant on developing new standardized, bi-lingual, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage programs under direction and patronage of Mr. Aram Amaradit, Member Parliament of Surin Province, Chairman of the Committee on Public Health, President: The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry on Public Health, Thailand. Dr. James has been granted UTTS life time recognition and Teachers credentials #520121896 In the past, Aachan J, helped develop a standardized, bi-lingual, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage program under direction and patronage of Mr. Khwankeo Vajradaya, Chairman Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, Chairman Distance Learning Foundation Thailand and Grand Chamberlain to H.M. King Bhumibol.
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Study with Aachan, Dr. James in Person! http://www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com Courses developed by Aachan Anthony James are intended to take the principles of basic Thai Yoga / Thai Massage to a whole new level and understanding in the context of both traditional and modern medical ideas and techniques. With a degree in Western Medicine MD(AM), specializing in Native American, Indian Ayurveda and Alternative Medicine and Naturopath (N.D.) (ANMA), Aachan James is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between Thai and western health concepts. Aachan, Anthony James is also a Fellow of The International Alternative Medicine (FIAMA, 1999). Dr. Anthony B. James James currently holds both domestic and International medical licenses as a Doctor of Pastoral Medicine with the prestigious SMOKH/ SMOCH, ONACS. As a doctor and healer of conscience practices spiritually based natural medicine and Traditional Naturopathy. Additionally, he is available for private consultations in the Natural Wellness Solutions Clinic located in The ONACS Thai Yoga Center.
The major contribution that Aachan James brings is the clinical and applications understanding to every class and every program while at the same time emphasizing always the spiritual roots and perspectives that have endured in these Thai traditions for thousands of years. If you want to know why the work is done the way it is, if you want to know what are the origins and development of the flows and vinyaysa, if you want to understand the Ayurvedic theory behind the movements and the emphasis on the Sen or energy lines, then classes designed and taught by Aachan James are what you are looking for. If you are looking for a teacher who is an authentic representative and lineage holder in several different, major ancient schools of the Thai traditions and one who can pass the “Masters” blessing and lineage to you, then you are in the right place. Thai Yoga/Thai Massage is an ancient healing modality and part of the four year training program of a “Maw Nuad” or traditional Thai physician. In our classes, you will learn how a SomaVeda® ThaiYoga therapist assess and treats disorders by working on the sen.
You will also learn restorative postures for specific disorders and improve your understanding of body mechanics and postural alignment to allow you to get more out of your practice of Thai Yoga/Thai Massage. In this class, we will take an in-depth look at sen lines and acupressure, as well as the customization of therapeutic massage routines for specific disorders. The Thai Yoga program will also focus on Thai Yoga medical philosophy, its evolution out of Buddhist ideas, and its application in modern Thailand by folk and Ayurvedic doctors. Thai medicine is rooted in Ayurvedic tradition, but is not interchangeable with Indian medicine. It is also quite separate from Chinese medicine. This course will explore Thai medicine for the indigenous cultural heritage it is, and will open up for participants a whole new vista onto the Thai tradition. Many so called teachers and instructors talk about their credentials and background, but when asked for proof they go quite silent. That’s because the actual number of “non-Thai” practitioners and instructors who have been given the traditional titles, blessings and authorizations to pass on the ancient work from the major traditional schools…you can count on one hand! These ceremonies are never done in private and are well documented.
When Aachan James received his recognitions for more than 30 years of teaching and promotions for the Thai healing arts there were more than 3000 persons in attendance and representatives from every major school and institution were present as well as all major related branches of Thai government such as Department of Health, Education, Labor and Social Services and the Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra and the Governor General of TAT. In 2002, Dr. James was the first and only western Instructor of Traditional Thai Medicine and Massage to receive this honor. Please click here to view slides of this momentous event.
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