2019 April Sacred Sites and Healing Arts Thailand Tour

NAIC 2019 April Sacred Sites and Healing Arts Thailand Tour

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Students Share Songkran Festival In Thailand

April Thailand, NAIC Sacred Sites and Healing Arts, The White Temple

CLICK HERE for April 2019 Songkran Water Festival!

April 2019, a small group of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga students travel to Thailand with Aachan, Professor Dr. Anthony B. James for 19 days of travel and training in Traditional Thai Medicine specialties such as Nuad Boran, Jap Sen Nuad, “Tok Sen“, Reussi Dottan– Thai Reishi Yoga, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Theory and Philosophy and Traditional Thai Reflexology. Students traveled from North as Laos and Burma, to Chiangrai, Chiangmai, Phitsanolk, Sukhotai, Sri Satchanali, Ayudthaya, Thonburi & Bangkok.

Dr. Anthony B. James, Lanna School of Thai Traditional Medicine

This program was so special with “Tok Sen” and “Reussi Dottan” (Thai Reishi Yoga) training at the Lanna School of Traditional Thai Medicine and The SriPai Foundation!

The Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC) participates in and offers NAIC Member students, practitioners and Teachers to learn indigenous traditional medicine and Thai Ayurveda in traditional settings with traditional elders and teachers in Thailand.

The Thailand externship training qualifies for NCBTMB CE Hours and credits towards more advanced SomaVeda® programs at the Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, FL. For More information visit www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com and or www.ThailandStudyTours.Com

CLICK HERE for Photo’s April 2019 Songkran Water Festival!


March 2019, 164 Hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Ayurveda Certification Program

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga March CTP 2019SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Massage CTP, Practitioner Certificate training March 2019

Sacred Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Indigenous Traditional and Natural Medicine SCNM: Thai Yoga Center for Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine Photo’s March 2019 intensive Thai Yoga Therapy at The Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC): SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center located at the NAIC Sanctuary in beautiful Brooksville, Florida.

March 2019 SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Ayurveda Lifestyle, Ayurveda Health Consultant Program Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE!

Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James, Khruu Dr. Julie James,   Khruu Rob McAuley and Advanced SomaVeda® Certified Ayurveda Health Counselor Paula Marczuk co-facilitated this amazing journey in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage!

Students participated in the NAIC Seminary: SomaVeda® Indigenous Thai Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Therapy Basic Practitioner Certificate Course (CTP1). This SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® Indigenous Thai Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Practitioner Certificate Training included fifteen additional courses emphasizing Sacred Nutrition, Counseling, Emotional Mental Health Strategies, Nutrition and supplementation to enhance practice results, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Legal Guidelines for NAIC Ministers.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy programs stress practice development and marketing strategies that work!

March 2019 SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Ayurveda Lifestyle, Ayurveda Health Consultant Program Photo Gallery: CLICK HERE!

These March 2019 SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Graduates and many others are available for counseling and therapy se4rvices near you! To find the SomaVeda® Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Therapy practitioner nearest you visit our PRACTITIONER DIRECTORY.


NAIC/SCNM: Thai Yoga Center Ayurveda/ Thai Yoga/ Yoga Therapy/ Indigenous, Traditional Medicine, Thai Traditional Medicine religious therapeutics educational programs and Certification programs visit ThaiYogaCenter.Com

Learn more about the science behind SomaVeda® Thai Traditional Medicine at www.ThaiMassage.Com

SomaVeda® Indigenous Thai Yoga certification programs are under the direction of Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James and Thai Yoga Center staff teachers: Khruu Dr. Julie James.

For information on NAIC Seminary College Degree Programs visit SomaVeda.Org Thai Traditional Medicine: (Indigenous Traditional Thai Yoga: Traditional Thai Massage: Indigenous Traditional Medicine: Yoga Therapy: Ayurveda: Ayurveda Yoga Therapist: Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor: Ayurveda Health Consultant: Yoga Therapist: Learn Thai Yoga: Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine).

Schedules and Locations for NAIC Sponsored SomaVeda® Thai Yoga and Ayurveda Certification programs are posted at SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Calander.

LearnThaiYoga On-Line

Can’t get to a live SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Class in person? Want to get started, to Jump Start Your Healing Practice anyway? No worries! We have you covered. Vist our LearnThaiYoga On-line platform and for one extremely low monthly subscription you gain access to several hundreds of lesssons, lectures, instructional video’s and courses. Get started today! Then when your ready come to a live class and get that professional certification and the legal basis to practice your sacred healing arts and science!

Thai Massage Training

Foundations, Advanced & Therapeutic Thai Massage Training

Detailed and comprehensive Traditional Thai Massage training apprenticeships in Foundations, Advanced, and Therapeutic Thai Massage bring the student the most authentic and traditional style of training. Thai Massage training is intensive and teach students to think for themselves and practice Traditional Thai Ayurveda-based treatment protocols at the therapeutic level rather than learning fluffy, stretching-focused, repetitive entry-level technique.

Unlike massage or massage therapy programs, students learn a comprehensive and traditional system of indigenous conventional medicine from day one and can study one-to-one with the instructor. Learning as in a traditional Thai-style apprenticeship through watching, practicing, and immersion-style format is the most focused and intensive way of learning. Our SomaVeda® Thai Yoga programs are famous worldwide, and our program is the oldest original Traditional Thai Medical Massage program in the US, full-time since 1984! Our Florida State DOE Authorized College of Natural Medicine, Ayurveda, and the Thai Yoga Center is located in beautiful Brooksville, Florida.

Other programs claim to be traditional and stress a traditional Thai-style approach. However, the student should ask, “upon what traditional apprenticeship and authentic traditional school method is their approach based?” See verifiable references here! Our chief instructor Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James, is recognized as a master teacher and professor of Thai Traditional Medicine by The UTTS, Ministry of Thai Traditional Medicine, and is a Certified Aachan and professor in the Anantasuk School of Thai Traditional Medicine and the Wat Po Association of Thai Traditional Medical Schools.

If any instructor claiming to operate a “traditional ” apprenticeship program approaches you and can not provide similar or equal documentation… Run Away!

Our apprentice program offers over 4000 hrs. of college-level education & courses, certifications, and degrees. No other Traditional Thai Massage program provides so much. New apprentice students begin with the 164 hr. 13-day intensive training… When we say intensive training, we mean it! Typical course days run from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm.

Click here for a complete description of the pre-requisite course for new apprentices and students!

SCHOLARSHIP GRANTS FOR NEW STUDENTS. More than intensive, personal, hands-on professional training and education. As an NAIC (Native American Indigenous Church) operated seminary, we are not doing this for the money! NAIC Inc. is a Florida State Chartered, IRS Compliant 508 (c)1(A) FBO- Faith-based, religious/ Church and Federally registered Tribal Organization. This means not only are donations to NAIC Tax Deductable, but that NAIC offers the MOST Generous Tuition Grant and scholarship program in the industry. See for yourself how we can generously offer five different Tier Level Grants.

Unlike other so-called traditional schools, we represent living traditions of Ayurveda and Thai Traditional Medicine with verifiable permission and authorization. Our Aachan is recognized as an Aachan or Professor of Thai medicine and has the verifiable recognition to prove it! Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James Bio.

No one better here in the US or Thailand to teach you this traditional healing work than a Thai-recognized master teacher with 39 years of full-time teaching experience teaching Thai Medicine and traditional healing arts.

​There is more than technique involved in running a healing practice and making a living as a Traditional Thai Massage practitioner! Since our school is a complete and comprehensive natural medicine and college of Ayurveda, we can teach you everything you need to start, maintain and prosper in your Traditional Thai Massage-based healing practice.

Please note some of the adjunct coursework apprentices receive training in…

More than 27 distinctive adjunct and clinical practices are offered to every apprentice and included at NO Additional Fee!

The complete apprentice-style program will take an average student two to four years to complete (with an SCNM College Doctor of Ayurveda PhD. degree); however, the initial commitment is only 17 days! The student must practice and do the required homework between modules to assimilate and absorb all the instruction. Ajahn, Dr. Anthony James, and senior staff teachers ensure you stay on track.

Legal Guidelines!

What’s the point of being an apprentice in a traditional Thai Massage program if you are not legally practicing everything you have learned? We assure you that when you complete our program and follow our legal guidelines taught in class, you’re perfectly legal to practice in all 50 states and 100 countries outside the US! Most, if not all, programs of a study calling themselves “Thai,” regardless of how good their technique is, can not give you a legal basis to practice! We are a Federally Registered Native American Indigenous Tribal Organization, and our right to practice our religious therapeutics is established and protected under two different federal codes. Some schools try to misdirect students into enrolling in Massage Therapy programs and applying for a massage license to practice… Falsely implying that you’re legal to practice Traditional Thai Massage with a “Massage License”… This is also patently false, misleading, and unethical. These schools will not be able to offer you any assistance should a massage board or state medical board come after you! We can provide all our apprentices with a legal basis for practice upon request.

Could you not take our word for it?

Listen to first-hand Testimony from our SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Apprentice Students!

New Apprentice Start Dates: January, March, May, July, November, and June in Thailand!

Learn Traditional Thai Massage in Thailand! Join us for an authentic, genuine training and sacred tour in Thailand this June 2023!

June 2023 Thailand Study and Tour

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LearnThaiYoga Announces OnLine Learning Platform!

LearnThaiYoga On-Line
Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy also known as Thai Traditional Massage is the fastest growing and most sought after healing modality in the world today. Of course, the best way to learn is in a live class with a Master Teacher or Thai “Aachan” such as at the Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, Florida studying with Aachan Dr. Anthony B. James and or his trained and certified SomaVeda® Thai Yoga staff Khruu or Teachers.

You Asked for it! THAI YOGA ON-LINE!

However, if you can’t make it to a live SomaVeda® Thai Yoga class either because of scheduling or cost the next best thing is to learn from the Master Teacher at Home!
Now you can Learn SomaVeda® Thai Yoga at Home!
Don’t waste your time on lessons from untrained and un-certified and or non-authentic teachers?
Come to a genuine source!
Hi everyone and good day!
I am continuing my current project of bringing you new and useful information and content to empower you to Jump Start Your Healing Practice.  It’s not enough to just have a goody bag of useful “tricks” and “bits” of therapies to put together a successful healing practice. Degrees and Certifications are fine but in and of themselves do not lead one to a happy, successful and fulfilling life, a intrinsically successful, happy life.
Recent Course Releases…
Mental Health for Patients and You!
The Blind School of Thai Traditional Medicine
Your No-nonsense Guide to effective Leadership
SomaVeda® Bolster Magick
It’s in you! Developing a Healing Entrepreneurs Mindset
Solving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Thai Therapist
Increase Your Focus For Better Life and Practice
Sustainable Eating Equals Sustainable Health
Meditation for Focus and Success
The Freedom of Living in the Now
How To Get Back on The Health Track
Prosperity for healers and Health Practitioners
New Video Lessons on SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Vinyasa (Flows for various breakouts)!
And eight more included classes!
It is good that our traditions have deep and ancient roots with elders and teachers who have lived the life of healers, traditional doctors and therapist for centuries, literally. They are our role models. We do not have to reinvent the wheel of success in what we do by ourselves. Only our current life situations and perhaps cultural considerations are unique. But what we are doing in life is not new or unique. We can learn from our elders and these lessons and qualities I am recommending you cultivate don’t originate with me personally but they are passed down to us by previous generations of healers who chose to practice true medicine as a way of life for their whole life!
Please share these courses with your professional friends!
Thai Yoga Center
The ONLY On-line Thai Yoga (Traditional Thai Massage) course exclusively authored and designed by a recognized Aachan and Master Teacher of Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy!

Currently Available in the Jump Start Your Practice All Inclusive Subscription Course (New Content! Thursday, Tuesday June 25th. 2019), this All Inclusive course program includes:

Twenty (22) different professional courses.

333 Lectures-lessons

145 Educational and Demo Video’s

37 Audio Lectures and or Mp3 Files

32 Free Textbooks, Free Reports plus Handout!

Over 267 hours of professional Thai Yoga Therapy Educational Content!

2 Free NCBTMB/ FSMBT CE Courses suitable to renewal requirements for Massage Therapist National Certification Board License Renewal!

Please NOTE!  Of course, if you have already attended a LIVE SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Program then the new LearnThaiYoga on-Line School gives you new review and updates on new materials and clinical applications to keep your work fresh and practical. Expand your practice!
At the LearnThaiYoga on-Line School we are committed to bring you the very best instructional courses and support materials.
Clinical Applications: Courses cover all aspects of Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy Practice from technique to clinical applications. Dr. James is not just an AaChan and Master Teacher of Thai Traditional Ayurveda and Medicine, but he holds Doctorates in Medicine, Naturopathy, Oriental Medicine-Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Indigenous Medicine and a Masters of Science in Clinical Herbology plus other advance clinical boards and certifications… Only a Physician can give you a trusted clinical approach!
We have over 200 new lessons scheduled to be delivered over the next six months! You can expect a new courses, new video’s and or new multiple lessons to be added and or updated weekly!
The best part! How much does it cost? Only $12.00 per month!
We appreciate your support!
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Learn Thai massage in Florida Thai Massage School, Thai Massage

Learn Thai massage in Florida Thai Massage School, Thai Massage.

Florida State Board of Massage Therapy (F.S.B.M.T.) Certified Program and Program C.E. Provider #: 50-15942, (2009 to present)



N.C.B.T.M.B. Approved Provider for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

WHAT IS THAI MASSAGEWat Po, Bangkok Thailand

We offer Traditional Thai Massage/ Thai yoga certifications and Thai Yoga and Thai massage continuing education (C.E.U.s)classes /credits, often blended and called Thai yoga massage in Florida and other states. This combination of skills has become the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification program at the Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, Florida. Our education is geared toward teaching students the proper skills for a long career in healing therapies as well as helping seasoned practitioners by offering both traditional and bio-mechanically correct ways to
do their work.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is sophisticated, elegant, and at the same time, intensive practice,
however, the rewards are dramatic and enormous.

Most healing practitioners and massage professionals find this way of working based on a well-developed and ancient practice to be as healthy for themselves as their clients.

Students themselves find positive and beneficial changes happening to their bodies during and after course completion!

It is not unusual for students enrolled in SomaVeda® style traditional Thai Yoga massage courses to experience an increased range of motion, breakthroughs in dealing with emotional issues, and weight loss!

The training is intense and focused on our primary outcomes, which are to prepare you to be able to start or add a productive, profitable practice the next day after you graduate! SomaVeda® Thai Yoga programs are professional and competency-based. We take the time necessary to give you, the practitioner, the concrete foundations to be successful and safe. Unlike other programs which seem to follow the “Tourist” or non-professional model…

If you are already a healthcare professional or Massage Therapist, for example… you will be amazed at the refinements and grace this work will bring to your practice. Additionally, it will likely reduce any occupational or repetitive stress type of occupational disorders you may already be experiencing. One of the several textbooks introduced in the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification program, “Ayurveda of Thailand,” was voted the best Ayurveda textbook of 2017 and received the Veda Vasya Award! SomaVeda® system is the modern iteration of several well-established original, genuine named Thai Medical Institutions, and Dr. Anthony B. James directs our school. Dr. James holds over five doctorates and is an award-winning Ajahn, Master Thai Medicine Teacher, and Professor of Thai Traditional Medicine and Yoga Therapy.

Traditional Thai Yoga, Massage, and healing arts are classified as “Religious Therapeutics,” a form of Chirothesia Healing and indigenous conventional medicine.

Proper Clothing?

Dress ready to move! Many students opt to wear clothes suitable for either a Yoga class or similar Loose-fitting, comfortable clothing seems best.

What else do I need to bring?

Aside from yourself, of course, bring a notebook and pen. We provide you with all the necessary workbooks, textbooks, and materials in class.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certification programs are unique and offer more professional education and growth opportunities than any other similar program. The first thing to keep in mind is that we were first! Our program has taught and certified Thai Yoga and Traditional Thai Massage professionals full-time since 1984. Most Thai Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, and or Thai Massage programs currently in the U.S. were started and or operated by graduates of our original programs! As stated above, we offer more than the short TOURIST style (backrubs at the beach) type of training and certification pathway. We offer five levels of certification and five different College degrees, from Associate to Doctorate and Ph.D., based on Thai Yoga Massage as a core modality. No one else offers this.

Thai Yoga Massage: Certification programs:

  1. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification Program (Basic)
  2. SomaVeda® Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant (A.L.C.)(Intermediate)
  3. SomaVeda® Ayurveda Health Counselor (A.H.C.)(Advanced)
  4. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Ayurveda Therapist (A.Y.T.)(Advanced)
  5. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher Certification (TCP)Program

SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine Degree programs:

The college degrees incorporate Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurveda as core curriculum:

  1. Associate of Sacred Arts Degree- Major: Traditional Natural Health
  2. The Bachelor of Sacred Science Degree – Major: Natural Health/ Alternative Medicine
  3. The Bachelor of Applied Sacred Science (BASSc) Degree in Massage Therapy
  4. The Bachelor of Applied Sacred Science Degree in Yoga Therapy
  5. Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda (D.S.N.M.) and Doctor of Sacred Traditional Naturopathic Medicine (N.D. (S)) Diploma Program
  6. Doctor of Philosophy Sacred Ayurveda Medicine (Ph.D. Ayurveda) Diploma Program
  7. Doctor of Sacred Traditional and Indigenous Medicine (D.S.T.I.M.)


Where is The Thai Yoga Center?

We are located in the beautiful central Sun Coast of Florida. Brooksville is centrally situated near Springhill, Tampa, Orlando, and Ocala.
Classes are held on our beautiful dedicated 5-acre Native Sanctuary and botanical garden. We provide all of our programs in a beautiful, natural environment.

Our happy staff can also provide local listings for reasonably priced hotels within 2 miles of our training facility.

When does Brooksville/ Tampa/ Orlando Thai Massage Training happen?

To make it convenient, we hosted new student start dates five times in 2018.

Our usual calendar offerings are: January, March, May, July, and November: Class Calendar

Each of our weekend courses is at least 20 hours of C.E.U. (17
N.C.B.T.M.B. hours), so any of our methods will help a Florida-licensed massage therapist fulfill the “Live” course requirement for

Please follow the link to Florida Dept of Health – Board of Massage
Therapy for exact requirements.
.. From their website:

Generally, every massage therapist will be required to complete the following:

  • One (1) hour of continuing education for each month or
    the partial month that has elapsed since the license issuance for which renewal is sought, up to a maximum of 24 hours for the
    renewal period.
  • At least twelve (12) hours must be relevant to
    and focus on massage therapy techniques, including the
    history of massage, human anatomy & physiology, kinesiology, or pathology.
    These hours must be completed
    via live classroom instruction (including hands-on instruction
    or demonstration).
    Six of the live hours may be
    achieved via the performance of Pro Bono services under 64B7-28.0095, F.A.C.
  • Two (2) hours must
    cover instruction in professional ethics. Note – If you are a
    new licensee and this is your first renewal, you are not
    required to complete this course for renewal.
  • Two (2) hours must
    cover instruction to prevent medical errors.
  • Two (2) hours must
    cover instruction in Florida Laws and Rules (Chapter 480 and
    456, Florida Statutes and Rule Chapter 64B7, F.A.C.). Note – If
    you are a new licensee and this is your first renewal, you are
    not required to complete this course for renewal.
  • In addition to the hours required above, a study in
    HIV/AIDS is also required for renewal.

Who is the Staff at The Thai Yoga Center?

Our staff is fantastic! Most senior teachers here hold one or more doctorates! All courses must be
obtained through a Board of Massage Therapy Approved Provider.

Primary Thai Yoga Center Staff and Faculty:

  1. Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James
  2. Dr. Julie James
  3. See additional Faculty: Click Here!

Adjunct Staff: I have graduated from the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher Certification program and have been taught personally by Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James. Every adjunct teacher on staff has between one and fifteen years of in-class Thai Yoga teaching experience. We specialize in small classes and high-teacher ratios.

How Thai Massage works

We use both traditional and modern teaching methods.

The most strict traditional Asana (Therapeutic Postures) and Vinyasa (Therapeutic Sequences) are taught. We have a happy balance of didactic, lecture, demonstration, and practice to bring you to the award-winning competencies and skill levels our graduates are known for.

Dr. Anthony B. James was the first western Thai Yoga Massage teacher to incorporate the concept of FLOW as a practice methodology into his certification programs in Thailand and the U.S. in the 80s. Of course, many try to copy our “flow” concept, but after 39 years of practice and refinement, we know how to do it correctly!

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy is more than technique!

Every SomaVeda® certification program offers extensive education in Nutrition, BET/ EFT Tapping for Emotional Issues, and Specific treatment protocols for significant diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes, among others. We have treatment protocols available for over 100 top health and medical conditions.

Medically Supervised and Directed Thai Yoga Course Instruction.

When we say CLINICAL, we mean clinical! Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James personally and medically supervised all courses. This is both for your safety and to ensure the bio-mechanics of your practice are exact, safe, and healing for you and your clients.

Unique features of the SomaVeda®  program:

  • Students may study at their own pace and only need to commit on a course-by-course basis as their schedule and finances permit.
  • A small deposit can hold the student’s place in class – if requested, we have several convenient courtesy payment choices.
  • We have one of the most respected Thai massage programs
    anywhere. We have been teaching since 1984 and have taught over
    20,000 practitioners. Check out our graduates and student testimonials!
  • We currently have over 4,500 hours of Thai massage-specific coursework available. No matter your experience, we have something to offer both baby beginners and experts.
  • Our courses are supported by Dr. Anthony B. James Award-winning DVD Series, providing the student with a detailed study aid
    before and after class. Additionally, we offer over 400 educational videos on YouTube. Dr. James is a Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (U.T.T.S.) Lifetime Doctor and Professor of Thai Traditional Medicine and Awardee of the U.T.T.S. Ganesha Award 2009 for Excellence and a Friend of Thailand Award 2002, recipient in the category Traditional Thai Medicine. In 2006, Dr. James was granted Ajahn/ professor and Master Thai Traditional Medicine: Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage Teacher status through the Anantasuk system (Hua Hin Thailand), recognized by the Wat Po Association.
  • . SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified practitioners are considered the highest trained and qualified in the industry. They have highly sought after. We strongly emphasize developing excellent skills and
    body mechanics early in the student’s education. r.
  • Our program emphasizes professional development both personally and as a practice. Every class includes extensive ethical, legal, and marketing/practice-building education.
  • SomaVeda® originated the idea of “Hands-Free” Thai Yoga in 1984. Every certification program includes this and all variations on Massage Tables and Portable Massage Chairs to give you variety and portability in your work.
  • Continue your education and practice development with over 4500 hrs. of coursework available!
  • An unparalleled list of formal and traditional recognitions. See the list!
  • Our program can offer you a broad legal authority and basis to practice your full scope of practice legally in ALL 50 states! No other Thai Yoga program can make this claim.

We have hundreds of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Massage Videos!

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Training in Thailand!

Yes, we also conduct, host and personally supervise amazing live programs in Thailand! If you want to add a truly authentic experience and a layer of training and certification to your resume then the Sacred Sites & Healing Arts, Retreat, and Training Program! Special Program! Visit Exotic THAILAND in June 2023 is for you!

June 2023 Thailand Study and Tour


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Important: Please Note! N.A.I.C. Inc./ SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine/ Thai Yoga Center Cancellation and Refund Policies apply to all registrations and reservations for courses and programs. N.A.I.C./ Thai Yoga Center Programs are not public. They are offered exclusively under an expressed ecclesiastical (Church)/ private association. Accepting these Posted Refund and Cancellation Policies and RPGs is a precondition for approval and participation in any program or course of study. Click Here for the Refund and Cancellation Policy

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Current Facts about Thai Yoga and Thai Massage Certification and Licensing

NAIC Massage Legal

Current Facts about Thai Yoga and Thai Massage Certification and Licensing

  • What’s a Thai Yoga and or Traditional Thai Massage certificate?
  • Where do you get a legit “Thai Yoga” Practitioner Certification to establish a legal practice? (CLICK HERE)
  • What’s a massage license?
  • How are they different?
  • When and where do you need them?
  • How do you get them?
  • What must you know to practice Thai Healing Arts legally in the U.S.?

You will find all the answers right here! Forewarned, as the subject deserves a good solution, this post is long, and you may need to read it more than once.

Traditional Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage legal aspects

Many therapists, especially in the U.S., passionately argue for licensing. However, this article is not about opinions and preferences but strictly about facts and the legal side of massage vs. Traditional Thai Yoga Massage/ Thai Yoga/ Traditional Thai Massage and spiritual/energetically based, religious therapeutics, and healing arts in general.

Every practitioner of a religious therapeutic healing art must be precise and know the legal basis for their practice. We here at N.A.I.C. (Native American Indigenous Church Inc. Tribal Organization): Thai Yoga Center can answer the question and provide a legal basis for you to practice anywhere!

Certification versus licensing

We first need to understand that there is a difference between certification and licensing.

Certification Definition: the action or process of providing someone or something with an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement: a fundamental requirement for organic certification | the certification of teachers.an official document attesting status or level of achievement: graduates who want to gain industry-recognized credentials. – certifies all or part of the following:

  • You are qualified to practice Thai Yoga/ Traditional Thai Massage.
  • You possess the necessary understandings (knowledge) and competencies (skills)
  • You have had a certain amount of training: i.e., minimum standards apply.

Certification is only about qualification, skills, and training. It does not automatically give you the legal right to practice ANY healing art, Thai or otherwise.

Licensing Definition:a permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade (especially in alcoholic beverages): a gun license | [as modifier]: vehicle license fees.formal or official permission to do something: logging is permitted under the license from the Forest Service Medical and or Allied Medical and or Massage License etc.

Many misbelieve that you can only do healing work IF you are “Licensed” by the state!   First of all NOT TRUE! “Massage Therapists” and State Massage Boards often perpetuate this myth. The term “Massage,” in many states, is legally defined as “Rubbing for Money,” regardless of alleged benefits. According to Massage organizations and State Massage Boards, Massage is very dangerous, and practitioners must be restricted and licensed by the respective states! Please note all states have these wacky rules.

Like a state licensing board, a legal entity generally issues a license. However, this Massage Therapy practice is defined strictly and has the statutory scope of practice rules and conditions! Thus a Massage License gives you the legal right to practice massage (Rubbing for Money) IF your jurisdiction has licensing laws (not all do).

Let me reiterate that some states still do not have licensing requirements for a “massage” at all! Please note, however, they may have local jurisdictional codes or rules by county, city, etc., which may have the same effect as a massage ordinance.

Additionally, all those laws change frequently.

The Fly in the Legal Ointment!


  • Certification means you can practice massage or any indigenous traditional healing art, such as Thai Yoga or Traditional Thai Massage.
  • Licensing (if required) gives you the legal right to practice massage.

The issue is that Traditional Thai Yoga (SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy) and Traditional Thai Massage are NOT Massage or Massage Therapy as defined by law!

There are Special Rules for Thai Yoga Therapy and or Traditional Thai Massage

In the case of Thai Yoga, there are special considerations to consider. It depends on how massage and or bodywork is defined. Thai Yoga is quite different from massage and or massage therapy. It is an entirely different animal. Thai Traditional Yoga Therapy (“Ryksaa Thang Nuad Phaen Boran Thai- Reussi Dotton“) is Classical Ayurveda from Thailand. It is the manipulative discipline of Thai Traditional Medicine, Thai Ayurveda (including Thai Traditional Physical Therapy T.T.P.T./ Tok Sen/ Tit Tar/ Dhit Dha and Thai Traditional Naturopathy) (“Marmacikitsa/ Kayachikitsa“). Please read my earlier post for a deep discussion on What Thai Yoga is. What is Thai Yoga Part 1 and Thai Yoga Part 2?

Consider the State of Florida

Florida State Medical Board Exemptions

2)(f) Is a rabbi, priest, minister, or member of the clergy of any religious denomination or sect when engaging in activities that are within the scope of the performance of their regular or specialized ministerial duties and for which no separate charge is made, or when such activities are performed, with or without charge, for or under the auspices or sponsorship, individually or in conjunction with others, of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination, or sect, and when the person rendering service remains accountable to the established authority thereof.
State Medical Practice: Title XXXII chapter 458 “Medical Practice “Section 458.303 Provisions not applicable to another practitioner; exceptions, etc.  (e) Any person furnishing medical assistance in case of an emergency. (f) The domestic administration of recognized family remedies. (g) The practice of the religious tenets of any church in this state.


Consider the massage definition of the state of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Massage Law (If you want to read the entire law, click on the link)

Nothing in this section shall prevent or restrict the practice of a person who uses touch, words or directed movement to deepen awareness of patterns of movement in the body, or the affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or Qi meridians of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics, but such services shall not be designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy.

Such practices shall include, but not be limited to, the Feldenkrais Method; Reflexology; The Trager Approach; Ayurvedic Therapies, Rolf Structural Integration, Polarity or Polarity Therapy; Polarity Therapy Bodywork; Asian Bodywork Therapy that does not constitute massage as defined in this chapter; Acupressure; Jin Shin Do; Qi Gong; Tui Na; Shiatsu; Body-Mind Centering and Reiki. These exempt practitioners may use the terms” bodywork,” bodyworker,” and” bodywork therapist” in their promotional literature.

In the first example, if you’re a religious practitioner meeting the qualification required, you not only do not have to have a license, you’re expressing exempted from them!

In the Massachusetts example, under the secular rule, you can imply an exception, but it is not stated… furthermore as it is a secular law, it can be changed at any time!

Not only is this confusing, it still does not answer whether you need a license to practice Thai.

Maybe we are asking the wrong question. The question is NOT whether you need a license but under what legal basis you can practice regardless of having a permit.

The question of “Thai” comes from our community adopting Classical and traditional Ayurveda medicine of Thailand and Thai Yoga Therapy (Traditional Thai Massage) as authentic traditional, spiritually based healing methods or systems suitable for our tribal organization and members to practice. Because we are a Native Tribal and Indigenous Tribal Organization (Tribal Church- Faith Based Religious Organization) and Aboriginal community, we have been researching this issue and question for years. Many bright minds and experts have weighed in on our legal rights to practice.

We pass this wisdom on to you now!

First, if you define or call what you do Massage or Massage Therapy (rubbing on people for money), GET A LICENSE!

Once you have that license follow the ethics and scope of practice, don’t cheat, and don’t violate the restrictive scope of practice, and you’ll be fine.

A religious exemption to practice is “on the books” in every state. However, if you want to practice Thai Yoga/ Thai Massage in the U.S. legally, you don’t need a license, but legal AUTHORIZATION! Remember the Florida Code and the exemptions I listed above? Some conditions determine if you meet the criteria for exemption; however, we can show you the ins and outs of this process.

NO Loopholes! Come out into the light and develop your healing practice and career in the light. Don’t risk yourself and your family working under loopholes, “under the table,” etc.

Time to make the shift to N.A.I.C.
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Suppose you plan to continue your ability to practice Spiritually and or Energetically based Indigenous, Traditional, Natural, and or Native Healing and Wellness Services, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga, and or Thai Massage or related. In that case, you must become an active Member of N.A.I.C. according to your authorized scope of practice. Many If you practice any form of alternative, complementary, or spiritually-based healing work and either do not have a license or are practicing outside your mandated scope of practice, you are at risk! States are actively passing laws to restrict all forms of energy, indigenous, traditional, and or natural medicine, and healing. Take the new Maryland Law HB 1156 as an example:
Establish a legal Basis for healing work
This abusive and unconstitutional law is being suggested and implemented nationwide!
N.A.I.C. Inc. is not legally responsible for any former students, practitioners, and or teachers, nonmember activities for services rendered. You must have an active N.A.I.C. membership to qualify for legal protection under our authority.
Your previous training and certificates via “T.H.A.I.,” “I.T.T.A.,” Thai Yoga Center, Yoga Alliance, I.A.Y.T., A.B.M.P., A.M.T.A., Clayton School, N.A.M.A., A.A.P.N.A., etc., do not provide you with the legal protections for all the healing work you can do. However, they may qualify you for N.A.I.C. membership.
Of course, the elephant in the room is the SCOPE of Practice! Even if you have a medical or allied medical license from any particular state… Ask yourself, Does this license give me the legal right to do what I do? What I mean by this is, do you try to practice true medicine? Because if you do, you may violate many aspects of your license and be subject to citation, violation, or criminal proceedings daily! Enforcement of breaches of the scope of practice is random, and just because you have not been violated yet does not mean you are safe or immune from the citation, fines, and or criminal procedures!
Here are some common areas well-meaning but uninformed practitioners regularly run afoul of state medical and or massage boards:
Do you give health advice in your consultations or services? Food, Eating, Nutrition, Supplements, Juicing, weight loss relating to any condition or health issue of any kind?
Do you ever assess or make specific recommendations for alleviating, reducing, improving, remediating, controlling, or managing any diagnosed illness?
Do you recommend any treatments, sessions, or programs, or do any treatments, sessions, or programs hands-on for any specific and or diagnosed health or medical condition at any time?
Do you use any adjuncts, tools, mechanical aids, vibrations, light, sound, water, mechanical vibrators, or electro-acupuncture devices of any kind ever?
Do you do ANY psychological, emotional, mental health, or wellness counseling? Including Tapping, E.F.T., B.E.T., T.F.T., Energy Psychology, etc.?
Do you use or integrate ANY Native American Ritual, Sacrament, Ceremony, Herbs, or any traditional indigenous medicine recommendations into your healing, therapy, or wellness services?
Would you like to do or use any of the above now or in the future?
Here are a few more questions:
Ask yourself:
  • Were your healing and natural medicine training apprentice style?
  • Did you learn Thai Yoga or Thai Massage practice in Thailand and now want to practice legally in the U.S.?
  • Was your training in Native American and or Indigenous Medicine?
  • Do you have a current license but are having issues with your full scope of practice?
  • Do you practice Ayurveda, Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga, or Thai Massage?
  • Do you practice Reiki, Pranic healing, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Spiritual Massage, or Crystal healing?
  • Do you counsel and or advise on nutrition, food, diet, eating lifestyle, supplementation, nutrients, or other regimens to enhance wellness or address illness?
  • Do you practice detoxification programs such as Pancha Karma?
  • Do you practice emotional healing, energy psychology, traditional naturopathy, holistic psychology, or psychotherapy?
  • Want to get out of the Massage Therapy licensing/ Taxed therapy Gerbil wheel?
  • Do you use or recommend Herbs, sacraments,s and or unconventional herbal therapies for healing?
  • Need legal protection and freedom from expense liability insurance issues?
  • Do you practice Homeopathy, Radionics, Rife, or other energy-based healing?
  • Do you carry or use Native American Sacrament, Birds of Prey feathers, in your healing work for yourself or others?
  • Do you believe healing is a Human Right, as well as a constitutional right?
  • Are you concerned about laws and governmental authorities limiting you and your families access to health care?
  • Are you concerned about mandatory Vaccination issues for yourself or your children?
  • Have you been hiding your healing work? Keeping it on the “Down Low,” avoiding marketing or advertising because of fear?
If any of the above is true…
Well, you should know the answer by now! We can help you!
Time to step into the light! 
No loopholes. Loop Holes can be changed can be closed. Let us show you how to safely bring your healing work and natural medicine into the light as an N.A.I.C. Medicine Cardholder or Branch Elder.
However, To qualify for the legal protections offered under N.A.I.C. Authority and Membership or Authorized Blessed Medicine Cards Program, additional training and or N.A.I.C. Certification may be required.
To apply for N.A.I.C. Membership and or for more information, Click Here!

Training Programs that qualify for N.A.I.C. Membership: Thai Yoga Center

Five Different Blessed Authorized Memberships Levels to Serve You.
1) Blessed Authorized Participant Membership (A.P.M.)
3) Blessed Authorized Full Membership (A.F.M.)
4) Authorized Commissioned Holistic Therapist Licentiate (L.C.H.T.)
5) N.A.I.C. Independent Branch 
To be clear. Suppose you are practicing Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (C.A.M.), Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, SomaVeda®, Thai Yoga, Thai Massage, Pancha Karma, Nutritional and or Food Counseling, Detox Programs, Bio-Energetic, E.F.T., Bio-Tapping, Massage, Reiki, Herbology, Homeopathy, Flower Remedies, Aroma Therapy, Traditional Naturopathy, Kinesiology, Native American Medicine, Lomi Lomi, Acupressure, Ministerial Counseling and or Psychological services, Colon Hydro-therapy, Iridology, Flower Remedies, Acupressure and or similar without a license which includes explicitly your actual scope of practice and services rendered to the public. In that case, your procedure may be illegal. You are “at risk” and possibly subject to legal penalties, including fines, censure, and prosecutions from various local, state, and federal authorities.
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Question? What if I have a Massage, Massage Therapy, or other License? Doesn’t that protect me?


ONACS Provides Legal Basis for Healing Ministry

State and National Massage Therapy, Scope of Legal Practice, do NOT include many C.A.M. practices and therapies such as Ayurveda, Pancha Karma, Detox Programs, Assessments, Psychological and Emotional Therapies, Thai Yoga, Thai Massage, Yoga Therapy, Spiritually based Massage, Food, Eating and Supplement strategies, personal and spiritually based Psychological Counseling, etc. They may expressly prohibit you from doing them! (Read your Scope of Practice State Massage Law!) More than this, if you’re practicing outside your Legal Scope of Practice as defined in your particular state, your Liability Insurance is not covering these practices in the event of an accident or claimed injury! Most Massage Liability Insurance programs, such as A.M.T.A., A.B.M.P., etc., specifically state that in your practice outside your S.O.P., the policy is “null and void” in case of a claim!

The Federal Gov’t and all Licensing States have hired additional investigators precisely to track down, investigate and prosecute/ persecute so-called “Unlicensed” practitioners. They have every legal right and mandate to do so. We recently received reports that unlicensed, out-of-scope-of-practice healers are being prosecuted, fined, convicted, and shut down because they did not have the foresight to plan and establish a legal basis for their healing work.

Let’s repeat it… No Loop Holes! Establishing and claiming your right to practice today with an N.A.I.C. Membership is the only reasonable answer to avoid legal and liability issues.
We want to ensure all our graduates and former and current students’ rights to practice without fear or interference. If you have not applied for the appropriate N.A.I.C. Authorized Membership, do so today! Unlike other “associations, if you are an active member, there may be no renewal fees!
Come out of the “Loop Hole” shadows. Don’t put your practice, clients, or life at risk of legal jeopardy! Stop basing your future on “Maybe no one will file a complaint.”
Take immediate and positive action to create a legal basis for your healing work today!
If you are unsure if your specific practice is covered or have any questions regarding N.A.I.C. Membership or our Authorized Blessed Medicine Card Program, contact us today by email or phone.
N.A.I.C. is the only way! Every day and around our Nation, the Native American Indigenous Church, our parent organization, and its members successfully stand up for their constitutional rights under the protective umbrella of N.A.I.C. This protection is showing itself in the exchange of healing and healthcare services, protecting access to indigenous traditional and natural medicine, protecting the right to use prayer, affirmation, energy, and laying on of hands, transporting, receiving, utilizing Sacred Sacraments, and N.A.I.C. independent branches receiving relief from property taxes, etc.
The only way you can benefit is to be a member. Being a member is the only way you can share the umbrella of N.A.I.C. legal protections for your rights. The only way you can practice and express your legitimate healing and natural medicine-based medicine is to be a member. Becoming a member is the only way to guarantee your family, friends, and clients access to your practice. Join our N.A.I.C. community today!
What about schools, clinics, and or intentional healing communities?
Are you a teacher, school director, owner, Medicine Elder, wellness center, or dispensary owner and wish to protect your community, clients, members, or students under our protective legal umbrella by affirming your sincere and firmly held belief in Native American healing principles? Contact us today for information on how to form your own independent N.A.I.C. Branch.

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I welcome your questions. We here at the Thai Yoga Center have taught and issued professional certifications in Traditional Thai Yoga, Ayurveda, and Traditional Thai Massage full-time since 1984. We know how to practice Traditional Thai Yoga and Traditional Thai Massage legally!

June 2015: 200 Hour SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Thai Massage Practitioner Certificate Class

June 2015: 200 Hour SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Thai Massage Practitioner Certificate Class

NAIC/ SCNM: Thai Yoga Center for Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine Photo’s

Aachan Dr. Anthony B James teaching SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Class

June 12th. to July 8th. 2015: The Native American Indigenous Church: SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center located at the NAIC Sancturary in Brooksville, Florida. Graduates completed the NAIC Seminary: Thai Yoga Center, 200 Hr. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapist Practitioner Certificate program. Additionally, CTP 2’s completed their separate Intermediate qualifications and course work. Lead SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified Teachers were Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James, Khruu Dr. Julie James, Khruu Daniel Kram. This amazing SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®: Thai Yoga,Thai Traditional Massage, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine program was also attended by elders and medicine persons of ONACS Buckeye Farm (Tennessee).


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For information on NAIC/SCNM: Thai Yoga Center Ayurveda/ Thai Yoga/ Yoga Therapy/ Indigenous, Traditional Medicine, Thai Traditional Medicine educational programs and Certification programs visit ThaiYogaCenter.Com


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