Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Award 2023, Dr. Anthony B. James

World Massage Therapy Hall of Fame • July 18, 2023 •
Lifetime Achievement Award •
Massage Therapy World Championships,
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort • Cherokee, NC, USA

Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James Massage Therapy Hall of Fame inductee 2023

The Grand Father of Thai Massage/ Thai Yoga in the USA. In recognition of bringing Traditional Thai Medical Massage Therapy (SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® Thai Yoga) to the US in 1984. For sharing the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga system, certifications, and clinical protocols with over 20,000 students in over 32 countries, including the USA.

Visit Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James’ Bio

Anthony B. James Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Award 2023

 

The NAIC: Thai Yoga Center was also a Sponsor for the World Massage Therapy Championships. Category: FREE STYLE MASSAGE (EASTERN INSPIRED)

Thai Yoga Center Sponsor, World Massage Therapy Championships, FREE STYLE MASSAGE (EASTERN INSPIRED) July 2023

Khru Leslie Rahn, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher in Memorium 2001

Khru Leslie Rahn,

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher in Memorium 2001

SomaVeda® Thai Khruu Leslie Rahn, Thai Yoga Teacher Memorium 2001

On June 8th, 2001, Leslie passed away, apparently due to complications of breast cancer treatment. She had been working with this challenge for some time. For all those who had the privilege to know and to work with her. As one of her teachers and friends, family, friends, and students … we will miss her infectious presence. Leslie was my first “official” apprentice student and a friend for many years. She became the first certified Instructor in the system I developed (Anthony B. James), SomaVeda®, before taking a different direction. Leslie, as always, marched to her own drum! By nature, she was a fierce, loving, compassionate, passionate, uncompromising person who challenged everything in her life. Like a whirlwind, her zest was contagious and tended to sweep up those around her. She was a terrific and technically proficient teacher who always sought to get to the essence of things and communicate this vision to those around her. In her honor, effective immediately, I am setting up a scholarship fund in her name to help others who may need assistance in learning this great work that we do.

 

Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James Nominee World Massage Therapy Hall of Fame 2023

Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James Nominee World Massage Therapy Hall of Fame 2023: July 18, 2023

Dr. Anthony B. James Friend of Thailand Award

Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James Massage Therapy Hall of Fame inductee 2023

In 1984 Dr. Anthony B. James opened the first authorized Traditional Thai Medical Massage Certification program outside of Thailand in the USA, Atlanta, Georgia. Now almost 40 years later, he is given a Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the World Massage Therapy Hall of Fame!

Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James Biography

The Award Ceremony will be held during the…

World Massage Festival &
Massage Therapy Hall of Fame

July 16-20, 2023
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, NC

 

SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility

SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility

 

SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch Certification CourseSomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Coach Certification

NCBTMB Massage Board Approved Provider

(SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Approved 18 C.E. hrs. N.A.I.C.,  NCBTMB Approved Provider #: 1203) ( Suitable for Massage Therapists in the U.S.A., Florida, and or for National Certification Renewals.)

SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch with Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James

NO Massage License is required to practice Under N.A.I.C. Legal Umbrella!

A two-and-a-half-day introduction to the SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch™Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Coach approaches to health, performance, well-being, and healing.

Suppose our 164-hour Certified SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner certificate program is too long or unsuitable for you now. In that case, this is your starting point in learning SomaVeda® Thai Yoga or on the way to becoming a certified SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner.

Available Thai Fire Stretch™,  Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Certificate Classes

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To register, contact the Teacher or Specific school listed as host or provider at the links provided. Advance registration is required for all classes!

Pre-requisites: This class is open to any persons and students from any background or level of training. The SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch, Assisted Stretching, Flexibility and Mobility Coach Certificate Course for Massage Therapists and Personal Trainers, Sports Therapists, and others are based on our traditional Thai Yoga and Thai massage, which in turn are founded on the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda, “The Science of Life,” which promotes health through balanced and conscious living. A basic introduction to SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch™ (Level One), this intensive hands-on training is suitable for new students or practitioners seeking an alternative modality with proven roots in functional medicine and performance enhancement. Expect to gain tremendous insight and practical, marketable skills in your daily therapeutic practice or services.

**Course Level**: Introductory/Beginner

**Prerequisites**: None. Previous experience in Assisted Stretching is optional.

SomaVeda® Thai Fire™ Stretch Coach Certification

**Course Description**:

This course is designed for Massage and Allied Health Professionals interested in integrating Active, Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility into their professional practice. Over 18 contact hours, students will gain hands-on experience and develop proficiency in performing Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility techniques on a floor exercise, Yoga Mat, and a standard Massage Therapy Table—a 7.5 hr. The online distance learning module is included as a requirement for graduation and Coach certification in addition to the in-class primary instruction workshop.

Who is this course for?

  • Massage therapists
  • Personal trainers
  • Manual therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Chiropractors
  • Bodyworkers
  • Yoga Therapist
  • Myofascial release therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Physical Trainers
  • Sports and Performance Coaches
  • Trigger point therapists
  • Elite Athletic Therapists and Trainers (All Sports)
  • All other exercise and fitness professionals

Please note: This course is taught from a Christian/Christ-centered perspective.

The curriculum comprehensively introduces the SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility approach. Students will learn how to perform a general Active Assisted Stretching session and how to modify specific techniques to cater to different client types and needs.

By the end of the course, students will be familiar with and able to demonstrate the following procedures at an appropriate level for an introductory class:

– Warmup (preliminary exercise)
– Supine Position Protocol- Side A & B
– Side Lying Position Protocol
– Prone Position Protocol
– Stomach/Abdominal Protocol with Leg Stretching
– Seated Position Protocol

This course provides a solid foundation for professionals looking to enhance their service offerings and improve their clients’ overall well-being through Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility techniques.

Learner Objectives:
**Course Learning Objectives**:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate increased Professionalism within the health and wellness industry, focusing on stretching, flexibility, and mobility training.
2. Explain the fundamental physiology of stretching and flexibility.
3. Apply stretching exercises safely and effectively to prevent injury and maximize benefits.
4. Identify the anatomical structures involved in 20 primary and over 100 secondary stretching exercises.
5. Incorporate appropriate stretches into existing treatments to enhance their effectiveness.
6. Develop and offer Assisted Stretching as a standalone service to attract new clients and diversify service offerings.
7. Justify the increased value and potential for higher revenue when offering Assisted Stretching as a premium service.
8. Participate effectively in live, in-person training sessions conducted by a SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Certified Coach.
9. Utilize workbook material and video tutorials to supplement and reinforce live training.
10. Describe the detailed anatomy involved in over 100 stretching exercises.
11. Discuss the basic theory of anatomy and physiology concerning stretching and flexibility.
12. Determine the appropriate indications and contra-indications for applying various stretching exercises.
13. Perform 20 therapeutic postures and their application in Assisted Stretching.
14. Integrate Active Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Enhancing the Range of Accessible Motion into their professional practice.
15. Customize stretching exercises to meet specific client needs during sessions.
16. Provide a more specialized and appropriate outcome for clients using Active, Assisted, i.e., Co-facilitated Stretching and Range of Motion.
17. Adapt and modify stretching exercises based on client needs and limitations.
18. Evaluate the role of Assisted Stretching in improving overall client well-being and enhancing the effectiveness of other therapeutic modalities.

**Course Learning Outcomes**:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. **Demonstrate Professionalism**: Exhibit increased Professionalism within the health and wellness industry, specifically focusing on stretching, flexibility, and mobility training.

2. **Understand Physiology**: Explain the fundamental physiology of stretching and flexibility, demonstrating a clear understanding of the safe application of stretching exercises.

3. **Apply Knowledge of Anatomy**: Identify and describe the anatomical structures involved in 20 primaries and over 100 secondary stretching exercises—a passing grade on the A & P course content and lessons.

4. **Incorporate Stretches**: Incorporate appropriate stretches into existing treatments and offer Assisted Stretching as a standalone service, demonstrating the ability to diversify service offerings.

5. **Participate in Live Training**: Actively participate in LIVE, in-person training sessions conducted by a SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch: Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Certified Coach, showing engagement and understanding of the material.

6. **Understand Indications and Contra-indications**: Determine the appropriate indications and contra-indications for applying various stretching exercises, showing an understanding of when and how to use different techniques.

7. **Perform Therapeutic Postures**: Perform 20 therapeutic postures and their application in Assisted Stretching, demonstrating proficiency in each pose.

8. **Integrate Techniques**: Integrate Active Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Enhancing Range of Accessible Motion into their professional practice, allowing them to adapt and modify techniques based on individual client needs and limitations.

9. **Pass Practical Examination**: Complete a hands-on test/proficiency practical examination, demonstrating the ability to effectively apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the course.

10. **Pass Anatomy, Physiology, and Physiology Foundations Online Course **: Complete a proficiency practical examination, demonstrating the basic understanding of relevant Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology. A separate A & P certificate of completion is issued on passing grade.

After completing the “SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch Certification: Level One,” Can I practice Legally?

Suppose you are a Massage Therapist, Physical Trainer, or Sports Fitness professional. In that case, you can legally integrate Active, Assisted, Dynamic, and Co-facilitated techniques and protocols into your existing work or therapy. You need to be professionally trained and certified!

What if I am not a “Licensed” professional.”

The answer is still Yes! Under our ministry program, The N.A.I.C. provides an entirely legal basis for all SomaVeda® Thai Yoga students, A.F.M. Authorized practitioners, and ministers to be able to practice and minister in every State—NO MASSAGE special licensing required. Details will be furnished to all students in class.

Seeing is believing! To see photos from previous classes, Click Here!

What is included at no additional cost when I register for this course?

  • Free SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch™ Workbook, Training Manual + additional free materials to support your practice!
  • 18 Credit / C.E. Hours for Nationally Certified Massage Therapists. (N.C.B.T.M.B.)(Check with specific locations for exact hours.)
  • Free N.A.I.C. Authorized Participant Membership

After I complete this SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch, Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Certificate Course Training, are there additional classes I can take? Yes! Level One is the introductory course in our 164-hour SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate Program. If you want to become a certified and licensed health professional, CTP1 is the next step! For details on continuing or attending a 164-hour CTP1, Click Here!

The SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch, Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Certificate Course Vinyasa, flow or sequence is unique to the SomaVeda® system and was initially developed and crafted as a practice tool exclusively by Ajahn, Prof. Anthony James MSc.(Clinical Herbology), D.N.M. (C), N.D. (T), M.D. (AM), D.O.M. (Acu), D.P.H.C. (h.c.), Ph.D. (I.M.), Ph.D. (Hospitaller Medicine h.c.), D.M.M., R.A.A.P., U.T.T.S., MSGR./CHEV., Ordained Native Monsignor Native Bishop, Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church of the East in Brazil, Dean, Professor, Director of Education and Traditional Medicine and is Federally Trademarked and copyrighted to him with all included materials. See Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James’ Bio, CLICK HERE!

Upon completion, students receive the SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch, Assisted Stretching, Flexibility, and Mobility Certification and can start progressing toward Advanced SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch Practitioner recognition. The Advanced recognition requires completing the SomaVeda® Thai Fire Advanced Certification course (Thai Fire: Level Two). This class is an N.A.I.C., N.C.B.T.M.B., A.A.P.N.A., approved SomaVeda® training for Massage/ Massage Therapy C.E. Hours. (18 C.E. Hr. Practice credit available.)

Please Note: N.A.I.C./ Thai Yoga Center is NOT a Massage or Massage Therapy School. We offer C.E.s as a courtesy only to our Licensed Massage Therapy providers as a courtesy. N.C.B.T.M.B. Continuing Education Provider Approvals are listed under the “Native American Indigenous Church, Provider #1203)

Please note: many ill-trained and unscrupulous people claim to teach this course. They are not authorized to conduct if they cannot provide the documentation that all legitimate SomaVeda® teachers must have. We are not responsible for the content or injuries one might receive in unauthorized classes. Ask if the instructor is a Certified SomaVeda® Teacher with  Teacher Certification personally signed by Ajahn, Dr.  James.

Important Note! This SomaVeda® Thai Fire Stretch Coach certification class is a Sophisticated Beginner Class. Graduates at this level should never consider themselves professionals or present their practice to the public as professionals. These classes are meant for educational purposes only and do not purport to make any medical recommendations. Federal and State law regulates medical recommendations and diagnoses for any disease condition and may only be practiced by a licensed physician or other licensed health care provider. However, when practiced with all of the SomaVeda®, this class provides a substantial foundation for becoming a professional! This program is currently included as a module for our Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner (C.T.P.), Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant (A.L.C.), Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist (A.Y.T.), Certified Thai Teacher (TCP), American College of Natural Medicine (A.C.N.M.) College Degree Programs.

N.A.I.C. SomaVeda accreditation, Approvals, and Recognition

All N.A.I.C. Inc. American College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga Center seminaries, classes, programs, and donations are subject to the published N.A.I.C. Inc. Cancellation and Refund Policy.

SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®, SomaVeda® is a Federally Registered Trademark/ Servicemark and proprietary Intellectual Property, All World Rights Reserved.

Native American Indigenous Church

Native American Indigenous Church: American College of Natural Medicine & Thai Yoga Center (N.A.I.C. Inc.) operates in compliance as a degree-granting institution through exemption by the Florida State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities under Section 1005.06 (1) (f), F.L.A. Statutes. Like other states, the State does not require accreditation or theological accreditation for our religious education-based programs. N.A.I.C. is an Integrated Auxiliary of the Priory of Saving Grace. N.A.I.C. is an IRS 508(c)(1)(a) compliant FBO (Faith Based Org) Tribal Organization and Christian church.

NAIC Saving Grace Ministry

Important: Please Note! N.A.I.C. Inc./ American 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. Acceptance of these Posted Refund and Cancellation Policies and RPGs is a precondition for acceptance and participation in any program or course of study. Click Here for the Refund and Cancellation Policy

SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®, SomaVeda® is a Federally Registered Trademark/ Servicemark and proprietary Intellectual Property, All World Rights Reserved.

Monastic and Christ Centered Traditional Natural Medicine is Functional Medicine!

Christ-centered, Native American Medicine at American College of Natural medicine and The Thai Yoga Center

Jesus Heals the Sick

Jesus, “The Great Physician,” was famous for his healing ministry. We see healing ministry as genuine, spiritually-based medicine’s proper and true function.

You might not like what I am going to say. People are suffering from “bad” medicine or “medicine” which has an agenda other than curing illness or disease. I have a big question for those in the Christian community.

Does your faith-based organization, church, seminary, or church teach and practice Natural Medicine? Those “church” members or “goers.” we like to say that we follow Jesus and his example. We refer to Jesus as the “Great Healer,” the “Great Physician,” and we want to emulate his example, yes? Then why do not Christian organizations, churches, and seminaries not operate medical schools and programs teaching the type of medicine Jesus practiced?

Why do 99% of self-identifying Christians go to Allopathic, Technocratic, Collectivist, or Secular (Atheist) Corporate medical care at the first sniffle, cough, or illness of any kind? For thousands of years, 99% of health care was practiced by the “church.”The term “Hospital” was invented and coined by Christian Monastic Physicians to denote a place where healing was physically administered both in the name of and the likeness of Jesus as a role model.

These Monastic Medical institutions treated every we treat today with functional medicine for a thousand years up to the 1920s and 30s. When this function was abolished, mainly to corporations and governments. The past three years’ health, social, and medical debacles illustrate my point perfectly, as the “modern” medical establishment has not only failed but directly contributed to the failure and ongoing harm to millions.

Ask yourself the question. Why does your church, your religious organization, NOT teach the principles of Health and Health Freedom? Why are ordained ministers, not each and everyone, a minister also of Health, Medicine, curing disease, and supporting the wellness of the physical body as well as the spirit? Why do your ministers and pastors recommend you submit to corporate and social agenda-based health care for your many illnesses, and why does your church not have a medical mission or function?

Jesus, “The Great Physician,” was famous for his healing ministry. We see healing ministry as the proper and true function of genuine, spiritually-based medicine.

We can help correct this glaring absence of function. We can rectify this. We can help you, your organization, your church, and your community create a medical function and eventually an independent medical seminary and school able to prepare ministers for medical practice based on functional and biblical supported medical practice, which is moral, ethical, and in the likeness of Jesus as a role model.

NAIC Saving Grace Ministry

The American College of Natural Medicine, Thai Yoga Center provides you and your family with spiritually based natural health education.

It is one thing to be saved. It is another to be healthy and well.

Native American Indigenous Church: N.A.I.C.

I am available by phone or email to have this discussion with you, your community, or your pastor.SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine

Could you take 5 Minutes and contact us today?
Let us help you achieve your goal of becoming a source person, Therapist, Minister, or physician practicing Ethical, Moral, and Christ-Centered.
Functional Natural Medicine!

We have five professional Certificate programs to move you toward your dream career! Now with both LIVE retreats and Online Distance Learning options.

ACNM Now offers a unique Natural Medicine curriculum based on biblical, Christian, and traditional indigenous healing traditions.

Degree programs integrate Indigenous Thai Traditional Medicine, Christ-centered Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, Nature Cure or Traditional Naturopathy, and Traditional Native American Medicine. Meet your goals of becoming an expert, source person, Minister, or Physician in the Alternative, complementary, and Natural Medicine industry, able to offer functional medicine solutions based on proven healing traditions.

Bring Christ-centered functional medicine to your home, church, and community!

Practice TRUE medicine. Save your time in medical education, which only supports profits over patient care!

Work as a professional therapist practitioner while in school!

Call today to speak with an enrollment officer (706) 358-8646

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Don’t settle to be just a guide, a health coach, or a side gig practitioner, when for the same time, effort, and cost, you can become a Complimentary Medicine, Monastic Christian & Ayurveda-based Physician practicing Sacred Functional Medicine.

Thai Yoga Center, R-CYARS, a Certified Christian Yoga Association, Registered Christian Yoga Therapy School #S22-062023

Buddhai Sawan Sangha Brooksville, Florida USA

Buddhai Sawan Sanga Brooksville FLBuddhai Sawan Logo

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Learn and practice the traditional South East Asian fighting and self-perfection arts of Thailand, Burma, Philippines, and Indonesia with Master Teacher Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James.

Buddhai Sawan Sangha Krabi Krabong

CLICK HERE to see Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James Martial Arts Biography

CLICK HERE to see GM Phaa Kru Samaii Mesamarn information

All skill levels are welcome!

Arts in rotation schedule:

Buddhai Sawan (Phuuthaisawan) Krabi Krabong- Thai Sword Fighting (GM Phaa Kru Samaii Mesamarn Style)

  • The Buddhai Sawan “Tiger” Style!
  • Ranking for sash!
  • Wai Khru/ Ram Muay
  • All nine weapon systems: Sword, Stick, Knife, Spear, Shield, and more!
  • Buddhai Sawan Muay Chaiya/ Muay Boran: Muay Boran for Self-Defense Applications.
  • Buddhai Sawan Krabi Krabong Contact sparring

Pekiti Tersia Kali: Inosanto, GM Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Serrada, Greg Alland Style

  • Single Stick
  • Double Stick
  • Six Fighting Range application
  • Knife/ Close Quarter
  • Swords
  • Long Range staff and Spear.

SomaVeda® Thai Reishi Yoga

Progressive American Karate/ Combat Jiu-Jitsu (Japanese- Korean Style/ Seishin Kai-Dashik Kim Style)

School Textbook: “Krabi Krabong, The Tiger Sword of Thailand

 

Classes are held in the beautiful N.A.I.C. Tribal Organization Sanctuary. Our beautiful, diverse, well-equipped studio has indoor and outdoor training and practice areas.

SCHEDULE

Currently, we are offering scheduled practice on most Saturdays unless there is a competing course. The schedule is posted and updated on the

Brooksville Krabi Krabong Kali Meetup Group

Please join there and follow the instructions to register and access the training.

We will consider adding a weekday evening training if there is sufficient interest. Be sure to speak out if a weekday or evening training interests you!

For additional information, call or email.

 

 

 

SomaVeda® Nuad Boran-Northern Thai Massage: Level Three Brooksville Florida USA

Dr. Anthony B. James, Nuad Boran, Akha Village, 1988

August, SomaVeda® Nuad Boran-Northern Thai Massage: Level Three Brooksville Florida USA

SomaVeda® Nuad Boran Northern Style Thai Yoga Therapy: Level Three:  Approved CEU NAIC, AAPNA, NCBTMB, FSBMT, SMOKH

NAIC Sanctuary: Thai Yoga Center: Brooksville, Florida: August, Level Three:

August 11th. To August 17th. 2023 (10 am -10 pm each day, with breaks)(64 CE Hours over seven days) SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Nuad Boran: Level Three (Advanced)

NCBTMB Massage Board Approved Provider

We are continuing the work begun in SomaVeda® CTP1. A strict prerequisite on the CTP1 or higher SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification is required. This Advanced SomaVeda® Program is offered as a Seminary of the NAIC and suitable for all NAIC Authorized Ministers, Practitioners, and Teachers. During this Level Three Certification Program, we will offer NAIC Ceremony, Sacred Sweat Lodge Purification/Healing Instruction, and practice.

Explore in detail the “Lanna Thai” or Northern Style Chinese and Hill tribe influence on hands-on healing by learning the eight basic flows of the SomaVeda® Northern method. These flow (Traditional Vinyasa), although similar to those of the ITM, Old Medicine Hospital, and Mama Lek Chaiya style Traditions, are taught in a manner and context with supplemental information unique to the SomaVeda® program. Typically taught in Thailand in ten days, we have cultivated the “Express” version for Western students and presented the same and more information in only seven days! This course is an Indigenous Traditional Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy training and certification program. It is recommended for Thai Yoga Therapy Practitioner and Thai Yoga Therapy Teacher certification.

Achan Sintorn Chaichagun with Ajahn Dr. Anthony B. James, Old Medicine Hospital, Chiangmai, Thailand 1986

I have been teaching and offering professional courses in Nuad Boran, Northern or “Lanna” style Traditional Thai Medical Massage (Thai Marmachikitsa-YogaTherapy) since becoming a recognized teacher in the Northern Style under several different Lanna schools and traditions as listed above. We temporarily suspended this Nuad Boran instruction due to the pandemic. However, we are excited to offer LIVE, in-person certificate courses again. As a recognized Ajahn and Master of this regional Style of Thai Traditional Medicine, I look forward to bringing Nuad Boran, Northern Style Thai Yoga: SomaVeda® Level Three, to you and your practice and clients, friends, and family. This is an Advanced SomaVeda® Certificate course which means there are prerequisites required for attendance. Please email or call the office if you’re uncertain whether you qualify to attend.

Nuat Boran Thai Northern Style Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy

 

Understanding the Energetic Anatomy and Physiology, the Ten Principles of Sen, Nadis, and Chakras are deepened. Basic Western anatomy and physiology as it applies to the SomaVeda® Nuad Boran (Chiang Mai style) are introduced now. The role of the breath in partnership within the therapeutic encounter is discussed and practiced more intently. The course is predominately hands-on, with a thorough introduction to the underlying philosophy and energy theory. This course focuses on using Puja or intentional affirmations and mantras in healing. This course originates from the Shivago lineage; we will learn and practice the Om Namo Mantra daily. This class is “hands-on” and quite intensive. It is designed to take your SomaVeda® Thai Yoga therapy experience to a higher level.

Dr. Anthony B. James with Mama Lek Chaiya and Kruu Pikul 1991

·      During this course, the student establishes contact with a genuine lineage and learns how to facilitate the healing energy of the ancient masters through the practice of Puja, Wai Khruu, and healing affirmations.

Dr. Anthony B. James, Nuad Boran, Akha Village, 1988

·      After completing this course, students will: the student can perform the Nuad Boran beginner Vinyasa or Catalog flow with a partner. Students can incorporate the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Nuad Boran catalog into their existing SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practice.

·      Understand the essential elements and theory of Classical Thai & Classical Indian Ayurveda anatomy and physiology.

Buddhai Sawan LogoIntroduction to Martial Arts Traditions: SomaVeda® origins! We will discuss and explore the role of lineage and traditions, philosophy, and actual technical applications of the traditional martial arts, which are the birthplace of Nuad Thai and the SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® Thai Yoga system: Buddhai Sawan Krabi Krabong & Muay Boran, Inosanto Mahapolindo, Lee Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, Pekiti Tersia, Kali, Pencak Silat, Wing Chun Kung Fu and so much more!

For detailed information and a description of course content for this Level Three SomaVeda® Thai Yoga certificate course, click here! SomaVeda® Thai Yoga: Nuad Boran: Level Three

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy is based on Traditional Thai Medicine and Ayurveda. It is an indigenous traditional healing style of Yoga Therapy, bringing health and wellness to Spirit, Mind, and Body. All Certified Teachers are Authorized NAIC Tribal Organization, Indian Health Care Ministers, and Providers.

Certified Teacher: Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James, and Staff

Where?

Thai Yoga Center, Brooksville, FL

Cost? No cost of tuition if you are actively enrolled in or a graduate of  S.C.N.M. (Does not apply to D.S.T.I.M.): SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine College Degree Pathway! Not including housing and kitchen fee + $75.29 book fee.

Book Ahead to Secure: Call Admin Office at (706) 358-9705

Early registration will be on the “Sliding scale.”

 Register by: April 3rd. And April 8th.
 $450.00 *
 Register Between: April 9th and  May 9th.  $550.00 *
May 10th. to June 10th  $650.00
June 11th. To July 11th.  $775.00 *
July 12th. To August 4th.  $900.00 *
 At the door…  $1020.00 *

*does not include a textbook fee of $75.29 (The required textbooks may be purchased in advance. No extra fee if you already have the four required textbooks. Nuad Boran The Northern Style Thai Massage, Krabi Krabong, The Tiger Sword of Thailand, Recovering Health Post Covid, Amazing Thai Yoga for the Hands) All four required textbooks are to be ordered ahead of the class at BeardedMedia.Com. Don’t forget to bring the required text with you to class! The office will NOT be fulfilling book orders for attending students and teachers.

Attention! Special offer for SomaVeda® Thai Yoga TCP Graduates and Certified Teachers!

Call or contact the office directly for consideration.

Learn SomaVeda® Thai Yoga in Thailand With Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James, and Indigenous Thai Medicine Masters!

Thailand December 2023

 

 

New Book!  Paperback “Recovering Health Post SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Variant and or Vax & Booster

Recovering Health Post SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Variant and or Vax & Booster: Dealing with and Protecting from Adverse reactions to Gene Modification (mRNA)- delivery systems with Informed Healing

New Book! Paperback “Recovering Health Post SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Variant and or Vax & Booster: Dealing with and Protecting from Adverse Reactions to Gene Modification (mRNA)- delivery systems with Informed Healing, Protection, and Recovery Advice” (Update 03/02/2023)

by Anthony B. James (Author): Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James

Click Here for Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James’ Bio

This book contains updated, referenced, and well-resourced information and helpful health protocols to protect and save you, your family, and your friends from unwanted and unwarranted effects and complications from mandated medical treatments.
There are practical, functional medicine remedies for the most current health and medical challenges. Traditional Nature Cure, Indigenous or Native American Medicine is still working and as valid today as ever. Find step-by-step protocols and suggestions to assist in your recovering your whole health and wellness.
Dr. Anthony B. James, Recovering Health Paperback April 2023

Knowing and having this information will empower you to be more responsible for your health and wellness. This insightful, practical information was collected from many of today’s most knowledgeable and informed physicians collected by Dr. Anthony B. James, Dean of the American College of Natural Medicine.

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Let’s Dig Deep Into What Is Thai Yoga Therapy?

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Let’s Dig Deep Into What Is Thai Yoga Therapy?

By Anthony B. James: February 28th. 2023

What are the additional expected benefits of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Programs and Therapy?

The secondary/ incidental outcomes are of lesser importance and may or may not share characteristics similar to or common to many Western massage and massage therapy forms. Some hands-on are similar to effleurage (stroking and kneading the muscles), manipulation (manipulating or aligning osseous or skeletal parts), and pressure point or acupressure style technique (applying deep, consistent pressure to specific nerves, tendons, or ligaments and acupoints or Lom).

To balance the functions of the Four Ayurveda Dosha or body elements called thâat tháng sìi (Thai Lang.) (Lom, Fai, Din, Naam), SomaVeda® Thai Yoga incorporates elements of Prayer, Energetic and Prana Assessment, Mindfulness, Gentle Rocking, Asana Positional Release, Deep Stretching, Focused Breathing or Prana Yama, Chakra balancing, Prana Nadi or Sen Line Balancing, Dancing, Recitation of Sacred Mantra, Dancing Meditation and Dance Therapy (Flow/ Vinyasa), Movement Re-patterning and Rhythmic Compression to create a singular healing experience. It is pretty common for sessions and programs to be performed with music. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, a traditional form of Yoga practice and therapy, also incorporates Ayurvedic Medical Herbology (sacrament), Pancha Karma Detoxification, Meditation, Blessing, and healing prayers in its great toolbox of healing modalities.

Thai Yoga Ayurveda Textbooks: For more specific details, I recommend reading the reference textbooks “Ayurveda of Thailand” and “Ayurveda and Thai Yoga, Religious Therapeutics Theory and Practice.”

Where Can I Learn Thai Yoga and Traditional Thai Massage?

 1) The Native American Indigenous Church (N.A.I.C.) provides a registry of approved schools and teachers of SomaVeda® style Thai Yoga, Thai Massage, and Authorized and Approved Certified Providers.
N.A.I.C. Members are legally entitled to practice SomaVeda® Thai yoga massage in all fifty states. Of course, that means as long as what is practiced does not violate existing medical laws or the practice is under the umbrella of an ecclesiastical authority or organization. We are happy to answer any questions about the legal practice of our energetic and spiritually-based art of healing and transformation.

2) The Thai Yoga Center: In the U.S. today, the traditional lineages of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage are passed on via the in Brooksville, Florida through the Mastery and teaching of Ajahn, Dr. Anthony B. James D.N.M(.P), N.D. (T), D.O.M., Ph.D., M.D.(AM), D.P.H.C.(h.c.), M.Sc., R.A.A.P., SMOKH. Ajahn, Dr. James, Ordained Minister, Diplomat, and Licentiate Monastic physician, after 34 plus years of extensive devotion, practice, and research, brings several different and complimentary traditional lineages to life.

The Native American Indigenous Church, Inc. (N.A.I.C.) and the Thai Yoga Center represent and support authentic Traditional Thai Medicine (T.T.M.), Thai culture, and healing arts. Our member instructors have directly authorized teachers, representatives, and traditional lineage holders in several different conventional secular and Buddhist schools:
•    Buddhai Sawan Institute & Wat Buddhai Sawan Ayudthaya and Nongkam (Buddhist temple and institute famous for both martial and healing arts for 900 years)
•    Phra Wat Chetuphon (Buddhist Temple, Wat Po Traditional Thai Medical School…One of the oldest schools of traditional arts)
•    Buntautuk Hilltribes Northern Provincial Hospital and Training Institute is known as “The Old Medicine Hospital of Shivago Komarpai.”•    ITM (International Thai Massage, Chiangmai)
•    Mama Lek Chaiya
•    The Foundation for the Blind
•   Aachan Tawee:  Buddhist Temple Wat Sawankholok, School for the Blind
•   Wangklaikangwon Industrial Community & Educational College program sponsored by the late H.M. King Bhumibol, Anantasuk Traditional Thai Massage

There are several other significant lineages, teachers, and Grand Masters. Most important is the Buddhism medicine derived from the famous Saint Shivago (Jivaka). In the United States, traditional lineage and teaching are primarily passed on via the educational programs of the S.C.N.M.: SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine/ School of Ayurveda: Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, FL.

We recognize all schools formally recognized by the Royal Thai Ministries of Health and of Education and The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (U.T.T.S.) listed or not!

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There are many different traditional “schools” of Thai yoga massage. They range from the big university-driven or supported programs of Bangkok to the “family” style oral and traditional lineages of Thailand’s Northern Hill Tribe people, such as Karen, Lisu, Lahu, Mien, and Akha People. Their influence is a growing factor in the modern expression of Thai Massage, especially in the North.

Thai Yoga is an every day or geographically unique system. Modern Thai yoga “massage” synthesizes several different regional variations based on location, region, and in some cases,s the specific influence of a charismatic teacher. Traditionally there was mention of the “Seven Schools.” Of course, there were not in the past only seven schools! Considering this was the primary medicine of millions of people for over a thousand years,s it is logical to assume there were many different schools in operation at one time or another. For example, every temple teaching or practicing these healing arts could have been considered a school; there were hundred,s if not thousand,s of these over the years.

The most famous traditional school in the North is The Buntautuk Northern Hill Tribe Medical Hospital or “The Old Medicine Hospital.” Renowned schools and head Masters, such as Anantasuk Rongrian under Phaa Kruu Anantasuk and Aachan Nantipa Anantasuk, work with the King’s Rajaprajanugroh projects to thoroughly document the traditional medicine and preserve its rich heritage. Under Grand Master Aajan Sintorn Chaichagun (Transitioned November 2005), it has become a national and international phenomenon. Teaching various levels of programs to Thai and farang (foreigners) alike, Aajan Sintorn was also famous for his daily recitation of the Pali Om Namo Shivago prayer and invocation for blessing. Twice daily, he would lead the entire community in this rhythmic and beautiful traditional mantra for healing. In the North, they say, “You don’t know Thai Massage until you know this mantra!” Today the Wat Po Association of Traditional Doctors, member schools, and Ajahn’s or Master Instructors are bringing this work into the modern world.,

Northern Thailand is closer to mainland China, so more Chinese and Laotion-influenced massage techniques exist. For example, a well-known teacher and practitioner in Chiangmai, Mama Lek Chaiya, and her family teach “nûat jàp sên” (nerve-touch massage. This Chinese-style massage technique, like acupuncture, works with the body’s nerve meridians. Some plucking techniques are reminiscent of Tuina and can be pretty unpleasant. However, the ultimate aim of balancing the chi takes precedence over comfort!

It is important to remember that any applications of physical pressure are intended to convey the ProMiiwihan Sii to balance and harmonize the “thâat tháng sìi” and Tri_dosha or Three Winds, Humor or energetically based body types. Thai Yoga is a sophisticated system of exchanging love with pressure, as a hug can convey care, consideration, and love with physical force. It’s just that in Thai Yoga that loving embrace is told with great detail and sophistication.

The practice of Thai Yoga is substantially based on principles of classical Ayurveda as described in the Caraka Samhita Sutra, Susrita Samhita Sutra, Gheranda Samhita, Atharvaveda, Pradipika, and Ramayana, without most of the overt references to Hindu deities. Ayurvedic practices emphasized in Thai Yoga include Samkhya (Sanskrit= Satkhya), Creation Cosmology, Rajas, Satvas and Tamas, Dhatus, Doshas, Sen Lines (Prana Nadi), Lom (Wind Gates, Sanskrit= Marma), Pancha Karma, Asana, Prana Yama, and Mantra. The philosophies and principles of these Ayurvedic texts have also been re-interpreted in Theravada Buddhism. Two influential texts in the Theravada system are the Buddha Dharma and the Vipassana Bhavana.

The four Thai Ayurvedic elements are earth (din-solid parts of the body, including nerves, skeleton, muscles, blood vessels, tendons, and ligaments); water (náam-blood and bodily secretions); fire (fai-digestion and metabolism); and air (lom-respiration, and circulation). Borrowing from India’s Ayurvedic tradition, some practitioners employ Pali-Sanskrit terms for the four bodily elements: pathavidhatu, apodhatu, tecodhatu, and vayodhatu. The book “Lines, Wheels, Points and Specific Remedies” covers this theory in detail.

Thai Yoga Therapy and or Thai massage (Traditional Thai Massage) are systems of yoga therapy, and all aspects of Somaveda® Thai Yoga follow Ayurvedic and yogic principles.

From the Ayutthaya period until early this century, the Thai government’s Department of Health included an official massage division (phanâek mãw nûat). Under the influence of international medicine and modern hospital development, the national propagation/maintenance of temple-based Thai Ayurveda was eventually transferred to Phra Wat Chetaphon (Wat Pho) in Bangkok, where it remains today. Traditional Yoga therapy has persisted in most provinces and has recently been a resurgence in popularity throughout the country. The Wat Po system is divided into two separate and distinctive categories: the tourist massage pavilion and Tourist massage school (Rongrian Sala Thaang Nuat) and the School for Traditional Medicine for training and certification of Maw Nuad (Massage Doctors). There are considerable differences in the term and quality of movement. For example, a tourist may receive an introductory massage certificate in as little as ten days. In contrast, the whole program for Maw Nuad is twelve to fourteen semesters or four full years. In the United States, we have many different levels of recognition for Certified Thai Yoga/Massage Practitioners.

The Royal Thai Ministry of Health relies on the Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (U.T.T.S.) to formulate and maintain standards of practice and competency necessary for the formal licensing of secular, non-religious professional Traditional Thai Medicine providers in the kingdom.

Within the traditional Thai medical context, a Thai Yoga massage therapist (mãw nûat, literally, ‘massage doctor’) usually applies Thai Yoga together with pharmacological (herbal) and psycho-spiritual treatments as prescribed for a specific problem or specific imbalance of the Dosha or winds and humor of the body, mind, and spirit. It is becoming quite popular for many Thais to use traditional Thai Yoga as a relaxation and disease prevention tool rather than for a specific medical problem. However, once you leave the big city and move into the country, you will see more reliance on energy-based medicine. This includes the resurgence and growing popularity of the self-treatment regimes and Yoga practices of “Reusi Dotan” or Reishi Yoga.

Thai Yoga (Thai Massage: slang), SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy Are NOT Massage or Massage Therapy!

The term “Thai Massage” is Western slang, promoted mainly by tourists in Thailand. Although time is now standard, it is still misunderstood and misused by the misinformed. It is easy to be confused when similar words, such as “Massage,” but legally, there are distinctions and differences in definitions. Thai Yoga, Traditional Thai Yoga, and “Thai massage” is not the same as “Massage,” “Massage Therapy,” or “bodywork,” as commonly defined in so-called “Massage Laws.”

Please note: In everyday English, when we use the word “massage,e,” we do not mean it in the same context as the typical Western usage. In the West, “Massage” means something like a “rub down” for money or “Systems of activity applied to the soft tissues of the human body for therapeutic, educational, or relaxation purposes” and is primarily referring to mechanical and or manipulative systems derived from Swedish Massage and Massage Therapy. “Thai Yoga and or Thai Massage” (Phaen Boran Ráksãa Thaang Nûat) is entirely unrelated!

Legally words can have different meanings than words used in common, non-legal language. For example, “Massage and Massage Therapy” definitions are based on the practice of “Swedish massage.” “Swedish Massage” is new (less than one hundred years) in European and American culture. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “The term “massage therapy” encompasses many different techniques (see box for examples). In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the body’s muscles and other soft tissues. They often use their hands and fingers but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet”.

Compare this definition with the definition given for what is Thai Yoga at the beginning of this article “Thai Yoga is comprehensive, sophisticated spiritual, philosophical and energy-based healing arts derivative of Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, Buddhist Psychology, Theraveda Vipassana Bhavana, Classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda and Yoga Vedanta. ”

Thai yoga therapy (Thai Massage) sounds similar to Western-style massage at first glance, but what is not mentioned in the proceeding definition is that Indigenous Traditional Thai Massage (ITTM/ TTM) is a spiritual, i.e., Ayurveda-based system of healing and movement education (Yoga). It is based entirely on principles of Classical Indian/ Thai Ayurveda, energy balancing (Sen, Tri-Dosha, Lom, Chakra, etc.,) and the actual touching, contact, or soft tissue manipulation is incidental to, and not the central aim of the practice! Again, I want to emphasize this statement: “It is possible to have a Thai Yoga session with little or no actual touching.” However, touching is good! Many spiritual traditions demand believers and followers to “Lay Hands On The Sick, Lame, Blind, Deming” as a sacred duty and responsibility. This work brings fundamental elements and energy into harmony, creating wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.

Thai Ayurveda, Thai Yoga (traditional thai massage) is a spiritually based Chirothesia and or Somatic technique and profession, a modality with standards established in the Buddhist holistic centers and temples thousands of years ago. It has a documented code of ethics known as the Buddha Dharma, The Eight Fold Path, Ahimsa (non-violence), and the “Ten Rules of the Healer.” The Native American Indigenous Church has adopted this healing tradition as an Indigenous Traditional Native Medicine as it is ideally suited for both Native and non-native persons alike to share and practice. Both U.N. and International Treaties and the U.S. Federal code protect traditional Indigenous Medicine and healing practices. See N.A.I.C. Legal Compliance.

There is an established criterion for education and professional practice for services that were never intended to be “Massage” or “Massage therapy.”

Although we teach and practice SomaVeda® Thai Yoga as a spiritual healing modality, we do not require nor promote its practice as exclusive of any faith or religion. Thai Yoga is suitable as a non-sectarian practice of healing for persons of any faith or belief.

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