Learn Thai Yoga Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Thailand December 2018

December 15th. 2018 to January 2nd. 2019

Learn Thai Yoga Ayurveda- Yoga Therapy in Thailand December 2018: Sacred Sites and Healing Arts Thailand Training and eco-cultural tour. A 19 day journey to amazing Thailand to experience Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Therapy and the origins of the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Program™. We will travel to various beautiful locations significant to the practices of the indigenous Thai healing arts and Traditional Medicine. Thailand culture, traditional medicine, people, food and scenic land will warmly greet you. Join Dr. Anthony B. James, Aachan and Professor of Indigenous Medicine for this 35th. Annual winter externship training and tour of Thailand.

Includes all Hotels (2/3 Star), Ground/ Transportation, Guides, Course work and personal guidance and teaching with Dr. James and our Thai Staff. This is no ordinary “tourist” trip!

Find additional details with full description at ThailandStudyTours.Com

After leading groups in Thailand for over 35 years we know how to dig deep in the traditions and culture to give our small group the most personal and memorable experience. Practitioners, bring genuine authenticity to your existing Thai based practice. SomaVeda® and Thai Yoga teachers absolutely must go at least once! Don’t wing it… go with those who are already connected to the genuine traditions.

Expect to be deeply engaged with local and professional Thai Teachers, experts in the indigenous traditional natural medicine of Thailand. Trip will provide graduates with 100hr Completion Certificate. NCBTMB Category A Approved.

Cost: $1,995.00 (Not including airfare to start city of Chiangmai)

Only $500.00 secures your spot!

Find additional details with full description at ThailandStudyTours.Com

 

 

 

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Program

A Therapeutic Art and Science, developed for the benefit of mankind. The practical expression of loving kindness addressing the issues of pain and suffering.SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Program

SomaVeda® incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep slow stretching and rhythmic compression to create a singular healing experience.

The four principle therapies used in traditional healing are Wai Khruu (paying respect and affirmations for mental, emotional and spiritual health), Herbs and Natural Substances, Sacred Nutrition or Eating for long life/ Diet and healthy eating  and Laying On of Hands (Chirothesia/ Marma Chikitsa/ Yoga Therapy).

SomaVeda® Certified and Authorized Practitioner’s and Therapist (Medicine Persons) determine best treatment strategy after intake based on traditional Vedic and western biologic assessments. They look at the whole person assessing the body, mind and spiritual needs of the client and then lay out a multi-day program which will methodically work through and treat appropriately the needs of the client. Every individual session and or component of the SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day program is unique and different. Think of the program as not just a treatment but a journey of discovery into the possibilities of healing based on this traditional therapeutic model.

Content therapies included are based on Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Medicine of Hope™, Indigenous (clerical/ pastoral/ ministerial) Healthcare, Healing Science and Medicine (IHSM).

SomaVeda® incorporates elements of  mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep slow stretching and rhythmic compression to create a singular healing experience.

It brings fundamental elements and energy into harmony; creates wholeness of mind, body and spirit, in the client and the practitioner as well.  It is is an excellent alternative form of vibrational and energy based healing work. It is suitable for rehabilitation, pain relief, and stress reduction. Nurturing, calming, and enlivening SomaVeda® will expand your ideas of what hands on healing can be.

SomaVeda® Protocols Included:

Basic Program: Seven different sessions over a period of seven or more days. However, please note: SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day programs are designed/ tailored for the individual client and their specific needs for health and balancing. That means this protocol will vary from one client to the next and will also vary over time as to what is emphasized and what is not. Advanced Therapeutic Day Programs may be over 20 or 30 individual sessions and incorporate both the basic protocol and adjuncts as deemed appropriate and necessary.

The program will emphasize the balancing of both physiological/ structural and psychological/ emotional and the energetic/ vibrational as well including but not limited to 1) All the primary Chakra, 2) Over 700 Marma-vital points, 3) All primary energy lines i.e. Meridians and Thai Sen Lines, 4) Five Doshic Bodies, 5) Three Primary Dosha (Vatta, Pitta, Kapha), Ayurveda Pulse (Nadi Vignyam), 6) Over 300 therapeutic Yoga Asana or Postures.

SomaVeda®: Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Protocol
Seven Sessions over Seven Days
Session #1: Intake and Traditional Vedic and Naturopathic Clinical Assessments and a Short General Balancing Session
Session#2: Supine Position Intensive
Session #3: Side Lying Position Intensive
Session#4: Prone Position Intensive
Session #5: Abdominal/ Torso and Leg Stretching
Session #6: Seated Position Intensive
Session #7: Long General Session and re-assess
Total contact time average 10.5 hrs.
All program/ sessions include Assessment, Sacred Therapy, food-nutrition and supplement counseling, Mental-Emotional and Spiritual counseling by a Certified NAIC minister/ counselor. Programs may incorporate Traditional Thai Yoga Mat, Table or Chair as appropriate for session and or client.

Advanced SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapeutic Day Programs may also include:

▪ SomaVeda® Pancha Karma Detox and Vitality enhancement
▪ SomaVeda® BET/ EFT Energy Psychology- Tapping for Mental and Emotional issues.
▪ SomaVeda® Sacred Nutrition: More specific coaching, education and demonstrations on obtaining and preparing whole food nutrition to support healing and wellness.
▪ SomaVeda® Vibrational- Energy Medicine: Adjunct healing modalities such as Light (Near-Far-Infrared/ Photo-biomodulation Therapy), Bio-magnetic/ PEMF Therapy,
SomaVeda® Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
▪ Massage Therapy (If NAIC Practitioner is also a State Licensed Massage Therapist!)
▪ Reiki
▪ Homeopathy
▪ Herbology
▪ Jade Integrative Therapy
SomaVeda® Subdermal Endermatherapie

Among the many benefits of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga the following have been noted:

• Enhances the Body/Mind /Psyche connection
• Practically expresses loving kindness
• Practical extension of Divine Energy (Chirothesia)
• Lowers low-density liprotein (LDL) cholesterol (”bad” cholersterol)
• Raises high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “Good” cholesterol)
• Boosts immune system, helps increase resistance to infection
• Lowers high blood pressure
• May reduce risk of some cancers (Static Lymph and or site toxic)
• Assist in management of type 2 diabetes
• Reduces stress and enhances sense of well being
• Increase bone density by stressing connective tissue and “bending the bones”
• Reduces Risk of Heart Attacks
• Helps to Increases lean muscle mass
• Balances the Chakras, promotes the
circulation of Prana and vital energies
• Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
• Reduces chronic fatigue and related syndromes
• Increases tendon and connective tissue extensibility.
• Increases range of motion and reduces resistance to motion (PNF)
• Virtual cure for many soft tissue disorder (Fibromyalgia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
• Reduces pain and referred pain from trigger points
• Effective in reducing Migrane Headache frequency and severity
• Reduces swelling and edema
• Increases circulation of fluid and oxygen to deficient areas
• Increases range of motion and general mobility
• Effective treatment in many kinds of soft tissue related disorders
• Stress and emotional related infertility and impotence
• Removes Toxins and speeds recovery
• Reduces and or eliminates the harmful effects of negative emotions
• Effective treatment in psycho-somatic and psycho-emotional illness
• Effective treatment for Repetitive Stress Disorders
• Addresses nutritional and food issues and increase nutrient motility
• Reduces back and neck pain
• Integrates and supports proper alignment of all structural parts of the body without ballistics or force. (Osseous alignment)
• Reduces and or eliminates active / latent Trigger Points and equalizes/ reduces areas of high neurologic activity
• Effective lymphatic Drainage modality

For more extensive review of medical, clinical and anecdotal evidence for the benefits of the SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day program CLICK HERE!

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification Program: March 2018

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certificate Program : March 2018

NAIC/ SCNM: Thai Yoga Center for Indigenous Thai Yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine Photo’s. 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 2nd. to March 28th. 2018.

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This was a 200 Hr. intensive Thai Yoga Therapy at The Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC): SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center located at the NAIC Sancturary in Brooksville, Florida. Graduates completed the 200 Hr. / 27 day NAIC Seminary: SomaVeda® Indigenous Thai Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Therapy Basic Practitioner Certificate Course (CTP1), (CTP2-Ayurveda Wellness Counselor/ Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant Certificate), (CTP3- Ayurveda Health Counselor Certification) and/ or the TCP (SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher Certification Program).

This SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® Indigenous Thai Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy Practitioner Certificate Training included SomaVeda® Level One, Two, Three, Four and Five and specialized Yoga Therapy (Traditional Thai Yoga Massage) and Ayurveda course. The CTP program includes fifteen additional courses emphasizing Sacred Nutrition, Counseling, Emotional Mental Health Strategies (BET/ EFT), Sacred Nutrition and supplementation to enhance practice results, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Legal Guidelines for NAIC Ministers. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga programs stress practice development and marketing strategies that work!

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, Khruu Rachael Marshall for her assistance in class.

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 Health Counselor: Yoga Therapist: Learn Thai Yoga: Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine & Doctor of Ayurveda Medicine.

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

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, ( FSBMT) Certified Program and Program CE Provider #: 50-15942, (2009 to present)

 

 

NCBTMB 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 (CEUs)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 actually ancient practice to be as healthy for themselves as for their clients.

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

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

The training’s are 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! Unlike other programs which seem to follow the “Tourist” or non-professional model… SomaVeda® Thai Yoga programs are professional and competency based. We take the time necessary to give you the practitioner the concrete foundations necessary to be successful and safe.

If your 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 and or repetitive stress type of occupational disorders you may already be experiencing. SomaVeda® system is the modern iteration of several well established original, genuine named Thai Medical Institutions and our school is directed by Dr. Anthony B. James. Dr. James holds more than five doctorates and is an award winning Aachan, Master Thai Medicine Teacher and Professor of Thai Traditional Medicine and Yoga Therapy. One of the several textbooks introduced in the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Practitioner Certification program “Ayurveda of Thailand” was voted best Ayurveda textbook of 2017 and received the Veda Vasya Award!

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

Proper Clothing?

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

What else do I need to bring?

Aside from your self of course, bring a notebook and pen. We provide all necessary workbooks, textbooks and materials for you in class.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certification programs are unique and offer more opportunities for professional education and growth than any other similar program. The first thing to keep in mind is that we were first! Our program has been teaching and certifying Thai Yoga massage and Traditional Thai Massage professionals full time since 1984. Most Thai Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage and or Thai Massage programs currently in the US 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 different 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 (Intermediate)
  3. SomaVeda® Ayurveda Health Counselor (Advanced)
  4. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, Ayurveda Therapist (Advanced)
  5. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Teacher Certification Program

SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine Degree programs:

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

  1. Associates 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 Applied Sacred Science Degree Yoga Therapy
  5. Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda (DSNM) and /or Doctor of Sacred Traditional Naturopathic Medicine (ND(S)) Diploma Program
  6. Doctor of Philosophy Sacred Ayurveda Medicine (Ph.D. Ayurveda) Diploma Program

 

Where is The Thai Yoga Center?

We are located in the beautiful central Sun Coast of florida. Brooksville is centrally located 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 listing for reasonably priced hotels within 2 miles of our training facility.

When do Brooksville/ Tampa/ Orlando Thai Massage Training’s happen?

To make it convenient, we host new student start dates five times in 2018 and six times a year starting in 2019.

Our usual calendar offerings are : January, March, June, September and November: Class Calendar

Each of our weekend courses are at least 20 hours of CEU (17
NCBTMB hours), so any of our courses will help a Florida licensed
massage therapist fulfill the “Live” course requirement for
licensure.


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

Prior to renewal on August 31, 2009,
every massage therapist will be required to complete:

  • One (1) hour of continuing education for each month or
    partial month that has elapsed since the issuance of the license
    for which renewal is sought, up to a maximum of 24 hours for the
    renewal period.
  • At least twelve (12) of the hours must be relevant to
    and focus on massage therapy techniques, which may include the
    history of massage, human anatomy & physiology, kinesiology
    and/or pathology.
    These hours must be completed
    via live classroom instruction (including hands-on instruction
    or demonstration).
    6 of the live hours may be
    completed via performance of Pro Bono services pursuant to
    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 in the prevention of 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 course in
    HIV/AIDS is also required for renewal.
  • All courses must be
    obtained through a Board of Massage Therapy Approved Provider.

 

Who is the Staff at The Thai Yoga Center?

Our staff is amazing! Most senior teachers here hold one or more doctorates!

Primary Thai Yoga Center Staff and Faculty:

  1. Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James
  2. Dr. Julie James
  3. Dr. Arianna Coe

Adjunct Staff: 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 in-class thai yoga teaching experience. We specialize in small class and high teacher ratio’s.

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 both in Thailand and US in the 80’s. Of course many try to copy our “flow” concept but after 35 years of practice and refinement we know how to do it properly!

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy is more than technique!

Every SomaVeda® certification program offers extensive education in Nutrition, BET/ EFT Tapping for Emotional Issues, Specific treatment protocols for major 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! All courses are personally medically supervised by Aachan, Dr. Anthony B. James. This both for your saftey but also to make sure the bio-mechanics of what your practicing are exact, safe and healing both for you and for your clients.

Unique features of the SomaVeda®  program:

  • Students may study at their own pace, and only need 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 to choose from.
  • 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 our our graduates and student testimonials!
  • We currently have over 4,500 hours of Thai massage-specific
    coursework available. No matter what your experience is we have something to offer both baby beginners and experts alike.
  • Our courses are supported by Dr. Anthony B. James Award winning DVD Series, providing the student a detailed study aid
    before and after class. Additionally we offer over 100 education video’s on YouTube. Dr. James is a Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (UTTS) Lifetime Doctor and Professor of Thai Traditional Medicine and Awardee of the UTTS Ganesha Award 2009 for Excellence as well as a Friend of Thailand Award 2002, recipient in category Traditional Thai Medicine. In 2006, Dr. James was granted Aachan/ 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.
  • We place strong emphasis on developing excellent skills and
    body mechanics early in the student’s education. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Certified practitioners are consider the highest trained and qualified in the industry. They are highly sought after.
  • Our program emphasizes professional development both personally and as a practice. We include extensive education in ethical, legal and marketing/ practice building in every class.
  • SomaVeda® originated the idea of “Hands Free” Thai Yoga in 1984. Every certification program include this and all variations on Massage Table and Portable Massage Chair to give you variety and portability in your work.
  • Continue your education and practice development with over 4500 hrs. of course work available!
  • An unparalleled list of formal and traditional recognition’s. See the list!
  • Our program can offer you a comprehensive 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 Video’s!

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For SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Articles Main Page Click Here!

(Current scholarship and or reduced tuition offers Now remaining for March, June 2018 only. For start dates after June 2018, please see Late 2018 Scholarship Program Page or call office for details)

 

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Native American Indigenous Church College of Natural Medicine 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), FLA Statutes. The state, like other states, does not require accreditation or theological accreditation for our religious education based programs.

Important: Please Note! NAIC Inc./ SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine/ Thai Yoga Center Cancellation and Refund Policies apply to all registrations and or reservations for courses and programs. NAIC/ Thai Yoga Center Programs are not public and are offered exclusively under an expressed ecclesiastical (Church)/ private association and acceptance of these Posted Refund and Cancellation Policies and RPG’s are a precondition towards acceptance and participation in any program or course of study. Click Here for Refund and Cancellation Policy

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Thai Yoga Concepts: Sustainable Eating and Sustainable Health: Part 1 of 4

Thai Yoga Concepts: Sustainable Eating and Sustainable Health: Part 1 of 4

Veda Vyasa Award August 2017

By Anthony B. James DNM(P), ND(T), MD(AM), OMD, Ph.D., RAAP

(Transcribed from a live talk at the Florida Sustainable Living and Perma-culture Conference, Plant City Florida, March 26, 2011)

Welcome! I am so happy that you all have come to share this Sustainable Living and Perma-culture conference with us and explore what sustainability is. There is clearly a lot of passion in this group about what sustainability is and what a sustainable life means. I’ve been going around and talking to lots of beautiful people with really succinct, clear and dynamic visions about what they are trying to achieve. These are big goals!

I am a medical doctor (Monastic Physician), Traditional Naturopathic physician, Oriental Medical Doctor, Vidya (Classical Indian Ayurvedic Physician) and Aachan i.e. traditional master teacher/ professor of Thai Traditional Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. I am what you think of when you hear about alternative medicine or complementary medicine. What you think of when you hear about wacky medicine that actually has conscience. I am one of those people and I’m proud to be one of those people. I teach medicine, alternative medicine, holistic health, yoga, and everything to do with what it means to try and survive in this world as a healthy balanced person.

At first when I was brainstorming for this talk sustainable living I thought, “well maybe I can talk about 10 principles of health for sustainable living.” The more I thought about it the more I realized “well that’s just crap! I’m not going to be able to do that!” First of all, anybody who knows me knows that one thing I like to do is get behind the curtain and go behind the scenes to get to the real issues because I’m one of those crazy doctors that thinks that in order to balance and achieve optimal health we actually have to go to the origin of the symptoms of our dysfunction. The problem with that is that there are a lot of causes, and some of them are kind of big! There is such a thing as geo-pathic stress, there is such a thing as economic stress, there is such a thing as social stress, there is such a thing as ecological stress, interpersonal stress, toxins, poisons, bacteria, viruses, chemicals and especially radiation right now. Add to that mix of external stress the internal truth that we can be our own worst enemies. Whew!

All these things are contributing to whether or not you feel happy and well right now in this moment. How are we going to achieve that? Even more complex, how are we going to sustain it? Oh my god! That’s a complicated issue. But we have to start somewhere. I have taken some insight from some of the other presentations here and I may not be able to remember the individual names of the presenters because I was so tied up in the really beautiful messages that they speak. I want to always pay respect that I learn from other people, that’s basically how I got here. I’ve been fortunate to have really good role models for sustainable ideas about personal health, wellness and balance and that’s what I’m trying to perpetuate.

Our common survival is linked

So I am Dr. Anthony James and I live here. This is my home, this is my classroom and this is where I teach every day. I want to welcome you to share our space and to bring your energy and contributions on a personal level because I think one of the core concepts that we have to focus on in sustainability is that while we get caught up in the environment, we get caught up in ecology, we get caught up in the external landscape issues, the bottom line is that we are people and we are concerned with ourselves and each other. One of our primary motivations to try and find sustainable solutions to the questions that the world is giving us right now is so we can survive as humans, so we can survive as people! I think one of the most important ideas that we have for sustainability is that we keep reaching toward connectivity with each other and that we don’t let these issues separate us and cause us to fracture and to go off in our own little survival corners with our own little survival strategies. I think our survival as a species or as individuals is absolutely connected to us remaining connected to each other. No matter the kinds of strategies we’re working with, we’ve got to hang! Our survival is dependent on one another. No matter what else I say it’s always going to be in the context of community because the more research I do, the more I realize that I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving long term if you personally aren’t going to help me do it. It’s not going to happen! On many simultaneous levels I am completely dependent on my community for survival. No matter what our individual strategy of sustainability we have to keep bringing it back to our family, to our friends, to our community, which are all flesh and blood people. You know, “you prick at them, they doth bleed” kind of thing, that’s the core of it right there.

In this community I know we have some people in our midst that are hardcore sustainable educators and perma-culture educators. But we also have a few people here who don’t really know what the word means. They’re not really sure- What is this sustainability thing? What does that even mean? I am going to start with that and then take my marching orders and try to get through as much of what I have to talk to you about as possible. I know you’re probably not going to remember anything other than the “hello,” however, I also believe that there is such a thing as the Akashic record. I also believe that the ‘stress adaptive human biological transformational machine’ that is sitting in the chair has an absolute perfect ability to mimic, record and adapt to external environments and circumstances. If in fact I can say anything at all that has substance and resonates with any core truth within you then you will have a perfect memory for it and at some point you will recollect it in context, although you may not remember where it came from and I’m OK with that.

What are the principles of sustainable living?

Whatever it take to live a long, healthy, and happy life while respecting and caring for the community of life in which we live.

Working to improve the quality of our life, enabling human beings to realize their full potential for life expression. Building self-confidence and leading lives of dignity that are in and of themselves fulfilling.

-Living in such a way as not to be a burden by creating suffering for ourselves or others while seeking health education, a decent living, political freedom of expression, human rights, and freedom from violence. Sustainable means stepping away consciously from the origin cycle of the creation of suffering for ourselves and for others.

Some of you might recognize that last phrase. It is the last statement in the Metta Sutra Buddhist mantra that is considered to be the most perfect example of Bodhichitta or generating a perfect thought. An example of the most perfect thought a person can have in their head is, “May all beings be happy, may all beings be free from suffering.” Regardless of high, low or middle status, may they be free from suffering. The last sentence in the Metta Sutra says, “May I no longer participate in the origination cycle for the creation of suffering for myself and for other beings.” Essentially those are the principles of sustainable living!

We have the technologies, ideals and philosophies of sustainable living, but how do we get there? How do I no longer participate in the creation cycle of suffering for myself and for other beings, and then how do I explore, experience, and receive the effect of that philosophy? This is where we get into our green technologies. We get into to our democratic social imperatives, our holistic medical paradigms, and we get into our geologic viewpoint of “think global, act local.” These are technologies to actually implement the imperatives.

I am connected to the global paradigm of life

I know that I want to say no to pain, suffering, disorganization, disease, manipulation and coercive ideologies. How do I do that in real terms for myself, my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my community, my town, my county, my state, my country, my nation, my ocean, my sky, my world? How do I do that? Is there a way that I can be functional on all those hierarchies? I do believe that it is possible. Again, I’m another one of these holotropically and holographically minded people and I believe on some level that simultaneously within the context of my humanity and expression of physiology and my DNA that energetically physically, emotionally, and mentally I am connected to the global paradigm of life, I am part of the thin veil or film on the surface of mother earth that we call organic life. On some level, we all serve a function and we’re all interconnected in that way. There is a way to live within the framework of internal and external natural equilibrium’s and sustainability is the key. There is a way to conserve the earth’s vital resources and diversity while promoting our own for our selves, our friends and families, children and children’s children. As the Native Americans say, “we work for the life of seven generations.”

Not being sustainable is counter-intuitive to you own survival

The main reason to be sustainable is that it’s crazy not to be! It’s crazy! If you really understand what’s going on, it would be insane to not be. So, I don’t want to be crazy! It has been part of my path of life to move myself through whatever means was available towards a progression of sanity. I want to be more; I don’t want to be less. Not to be sustainable is counter intuitive to your survival. Thoughts, actions and deeds that are counter intuitive to your survival and those around you are freaking crazy! I don’t want to be crazy and that’s one reason I want to be sustainable.

Planetary die-off cycles of humanity?

Did anyone hear the lecture yesterday on paleo-human life here in the state of Florida? Did you hear the part about periodic human die-off? 12,000 years ago there was proliferation, anthropologically speaking there were millions of humans in our geographic region. Then they just kind of go away and there was a period of time where they weren’t here. Several thousand years later we start to see a continuation but it’s not too good. The technologies aren’t too good and it’s like they lost something. Then they kind of pick it up and they get going again and the arrowheads get a little sharper and a little more precise – and then, they go away for a couple thousand years! Then they come back again.

My understanding is that we are at the precipice of one of those cycles right now and we are arrogant to ignore that these cycles exists.  They have been repeated several times in the last 12,000 or 15,000 years! We will be subject to the consequences if we ignore our external environment and internal environment. Anthropologists say that the disappearance and resurgence of the population is a result of conflict over harvesting of food and inappropriately harvesting of food that led to massive die offs. Spreading of disease without containment strategy also led to massive die-offs. Not understanding the impending doom by noticing the changing planetary conditions led to planetary die off.

Guess what folks? We have all of these things happening right now. The only difference between us and our paleo brothers and sisters is that we have the internet so we have more of a real-time communication network that allows us to address these issues a little bit faster whereas our paleo brothers and sisters were dependent on the “telephone game” to communicate this information. “The sky is falling! The glaciers are coming!” Then a couple of thousand miles away: “I heard something about…there is some guy with snow-cones coming?” “Well I don’t even like snow-cones, so screw that!” They were subject to that problem. We have the possibility of hope because we have a greater ability to communicate. It’s not necessarily technology, but the possibility of simultaneous global communication. Continued in “Thai Yoga Concepts: Sustainable Eating and Sustainable Health Part 2“.

(Sustainable Eating Part 2, 3, 4)

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Seven Unique Characteristics of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy for Multiple Therapists

Seven Unique Characteristics of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy for Multiple Therapists

(two to six practitioners)

Thai Yoga Therapy for Multiple Therapists

The benefits of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy for Multiple Therapists and the group dynamic in therapeutic interaction are well known. I would like to bring a higher awareness of this to the SomaVeda® community, specifically, and to the wider community of Yoga and Oriental Bodywork practitioners in general. There is a dynamic quality and energy that is only available when two or more practitioners concentrate on one individual.

As individual practitioners, we are seeking to create promwihan sii, the four divine states of mind: loving kindness, compassion, vicarious joy and equanimity. With two or more practitioners working together, the element of promwihan sii is demonstrated in the atmosphere of community. The client is surrounded with love, compassion, joy, and equanimity. The practitioners also partake in this experience as partners with each other and with the client.

TIGHTENS THE FOCUS
Each practitioner brings his or her full attention to the client. The attention is focused in a more narrow way as the treatment progresses. This narrowing of the work perspective brings more attention to the particular area being worked as well as to the client as a whole.

INFLUENCES THE MATRIX BODY
One of the more subtle and beneficial processes observed in SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is seen when one subtle body or matrix body, interacts with another. The results of this interaction of the subtle energies found in the prana nadis, the meridians, chakras and morphogenic field between client and therapists are quite profound.  The subtle bodies of each person interact with and support one another, the influence of the stronger light body interfering, compounding and supporting the light body of the  weaker. As the practitioners are working in harmony and ‘outnumber’ the client, their healthy bio-energetic fields influence the weaker in a positive way. Time and time again, a client begins to experience shifts of energy and releases before any of the therapists even touch him.  The treatment really begins the moment the group decides to share their vitality and light with their patient.

Sometimes, I think this is where the profound treatment really takes place and the bodywork may well be what we do to keep busy in the meantime.  In other words, the most profound work of the session takes place in a Chi or Prana space. A Chi or Prana space is a space in which the air is vital and filled with Prana or Chi.

LAYING ON OF HANDS
For centuries, the laying on of hands has been a secret teaching in many religions. This healing method is common to many disparate religions and philosophies. There is significant power in having a group ‘lay on hands’ with the expressed intention of supporting a healing miracle. Often, even in the face of extreme odds, healing will manifest spontaneously as a result of the intention alone.  We should not discount this but be aware that particular clients may fall into this category of receptivity. It is important that we are gathered and focused together to touch.

No matter what your level of expertise, lay on with confidence. There is not now nor has there ever been a monopoly on the miracle of true healing. The existence of love and compassion as love’s practical manifestation is beyond reproach. Being available to actually touch the sick person manifests the thought of love into the practical manifestation of love, a compassionate act. This means to me that the universe’s wealth of energy and gift of healing light is not respectful of or limited to one man or class of men or women.  If the universe will work or ever did work through the hands of a man or woman to manifest healing, this opportunity or gift is available to all for the asking now. As one of my favorite teachers, Burmese Bando Grand Master, Dr. U Muang Gyi used to be fond of saying “No nation has a monopoly of the sunlight.

CREATES A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
The interaction between one practitioner and one client is special and profound. The interaction that may take place between multiple therapists and one client is special and utterly distinct. It is a function of community and may only take place with a high level of agreement between everyone involved.  This agreement is between the practitioners as a group and between the client and practitioners.

This is an opportunity for community expression of love and compassion. The result of this play between everyone involved is rewarding. What an incredible opportunity to live the responsibility we have to care for each other. Two, three, even five or six practitioners can work together to weave a web of love and support around the needy or lucky individual receiving treatment. A sense of real connectedness develops and is experienced by all.  This is healthy for client and practitioner alike.

The transmission of loving energy is not only on a vertical axis, it is distributed horizontally as well. This focused moment of care generates ever-widening circles of joy that impact and affect everyone in the vicinity and more. It is not unusual to see spontaneous healing’s occurring on the periphery of the treatment area. It is not uncommon to see healing and resolution of imbalance occurring within the members of the treatment team themselves. The unfolding of the healing encounter may continue long after the moment of being together has lapsed. This is why we say ‘to heal one is to heal all.’

HEIGHTENS INTENTIONALITY AND ACUITY DURING SESSION
When one practitioner works on the client there is a predictable ebb and flow of attention and manifested intention on the part of the practitioner.  More simply stated, sometimes the practitioner is more present with his client than at other times. Sometimes the practitioner is not present with his client at all!  I call this ‘cruise mode’ and I am arguing against ‘cruise mode.’ When real challenges call, only true presence can answer.

With several practitioners on the job, several things take place:

1. The practitioners stimulate each other.  Working together requires more attention and, like magic, more attention is there.

2. The cycle of attention and the ability to remain in a meditative, focused state is different for each practitioner. These cycles of attention and inattention will rarely coincide for all practitioners. One or more of the practitioners will be attentive at all times.

The potential result of this is a completely focused session for the client from beginning to end. The reason I say potential is that there must be a high level of trust and cooperation between the multiple practitioners for this result to take place fully.

LOWERS THE PHYSICAL DEMAND ON EACH INDIVIDUAL PRACTITIONER
With all sharing the work, there is a reduced requirement for physicality on the part of the individual healer or therapist. Each practitioner works with a greater sense of ease.  This virtually eliminates overexertion and burnout.  In fact, most practitioners report that working together in this way is stimulating and refreshing!

CREATES OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH DIFFICULT CLIENTS
I first began to research multiple practitioner bodywork while assisting World Class Power lifters at the University of Virginia in 1986.  I was working as a conditioning consultant with strength coach Bill Dunn and then World Champion Lifter John Gamble.  John was 57” across the chest and had 20” arms. He weighed in at 318 pounds with 7 to 11% body fat.

Conventional therapy was out of the question!  I could barely lift an arm much less move his whole body. I recruited some willing students and was able to treat him very nicely. Everyone worked together to move him from asana (posture) to asana, at which point I would apply the specific pressure to release or effect the key points without straining in any way.  If it worked for John, it can work for anyone!

Another example of a physically difficult is a non-ambulatory patient in a wheelchair or bed who is incapable of assisting himself. With several practitioners, there should be no difficulty at all. There are also clients with complicated pathologies or traumas that need consideration. Several caring, professional practitioners are extremely reassuring to the client.

There is a great opportunity in working with one of the most tragic segments of our population, those with AIDS. Many well-meaning therapists are afraid of or thoroughly intimidated by the thought of working with people with HIV.  Correspondingly, the people who would benefit the most from some nurturing bodywork from their community miss out.

By working together as a group of caring therapists supporting one another in the care of the HIV person, everyone benefits.  Being in a difficult place is not so scary when you have reliable support from people you know. If you are afraid of working alone with “difficult clients” for any reason, reach your hand out to someone like you or someone stronger and work together to do what is in your heart to do.  In the end you will be stronger as a therapist.

MASTER MIND THERAPY
The group mind of the group therapist can be quite insightful. The several therapists take on a new identity, that of the group master mind, sharing the qualities of all.  With practice, the group takes on the appearance and attention of a single master therapist with infinite tools available to bring about the possible healing of the client.

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga for Multiple Therapists and the group dynamic therapeutic interaction has the possibility of opening doors to healing which conventional, one on one, type of sessions can not. The experience and possibility of expanded healing are as good for the group as for the client or receiver. For example, one additional variation is for the group to rotate in, to have each member of the healing team to take turns being both a giver and or a receiver in turn!  Step up your communication and organize a partner approach to your next session and experience for your self what this wonderful SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga variation has to offer.

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What is Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy?

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What Is Traditional Thai Yoga or Traditional Thai Massage (Thai Yoga Massage)?

Thai Yoga is comprehensive, sophisticated healing arts derivative of Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, Buddhist Psychology, Theraveda Vipassana Bhavana, Classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda and Yoga Vedanta. It is not required that one become a Buddhist to practice this healing art, though it is helpful to understand Buddhist principles. It is more accurate to call this medicine by its traditional names like “ancient, anachronistic or Old Thai Way of Healing with The Hands,” but the slang form, “Thai Massage” is in use, and as long as this is so there will be some understandable confusion.

The type of traditional Thai Yoga therapy that most people will be exposed to is ráksãa thaang nûat (healing massage treatment). This is commonly known as the Nuat Thai or Nuad Boran styles of Thai Yoga therapy, spiritual massage, and healing work of Thailand.

The primary outcomes associated with the practice of Thai Yoga are called ProMiiWihan Sii ( Brahmavihara) or four divine, boundless sublime states of mind; Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. As long as these four qualities are communicated, transmitted and exemplified during a session, it is considered to be successful. For this reason it is possible to have a Thai Yoga session with little or no actual touching!

In addition to the four divine states of mind we practice and perform Pujaa ritual healing process of prayer, affirmation and acknowledgement. We acknowledge the sacred space shared by client and Yogi, we honor and acknowledge the Bodhisattvas and progenitors of our way and teaching, and we “generate the Boddichitta,” the perfected mental processes of enlightened beings through Mantra recitation of OmNamoShivago, the Metta Sutra or anything else that invokes and invites the essence and energy of love and healing to move within ourselves and our client.

This prayerful and thoughtful meditation attunes powerful energies and petitions the sacred and symbolic metaphors of deities, ancient guides, and role models that provide the basis for all further communication and expression of Promiiwihan Sii.

The secondary outcomes are of lesser importance and may or may not share characteristics common to many forms of western massage such as 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 accupoints or Lom). In order to balance the functions of the four Dosha or body elements called thâat tháng sìi (Lom, Fai, Din, Naam), Thai Yoga incorporates elements of 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 and rhythmic compression to create a singular healing experience.

Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC),The SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine (SCNM) and the Thai Yoga Center are representative of and support authentic Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), Thai culture and healing arts. Our member instructors are directly authorized teachers, representatives and traditional lineage holders in several different traditional secular and Buddhist schools:

Buddhai Sawan Institute Ayudthaya and Nongkam (famous for 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 Provencial Hospital and Training Institute also known as “The Old Medicine Hospital of Shivago Komarpai.”
-ITM (International Thai Massage, Chiangmai)
Mama Lek Chaiya
-The Foundation for the Blind
-Buddhist Temple Wat Sawankholok, School for the Blind
Wiang Klaikangwon Industrial Community & Educational College program sponsored by HM. King Bhumibol, Anantasuk Thai Massage)

There are several other significant lineages, teachers and Grand Masters. Most important is the Buddhist medicine derived from the famous Saint Shivago (Jivaka). In the United States traditional lineage and teaching is primarily passed on via the educational programs of the Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, FL. Additionally, we recognize all schools formally recognized by the Royal Thai Ministries of Health and of Education and The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (UTTS) listed or not!

There are actually quite a few different traditional “schools” of Thai yoga Therapy. 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 a colloquial or geographically distinctive system. Modern Thai yoga Therapy is a synthesis of several different regional variations based on location, region and in some cases the specific influence of a charismatic teacher. Traditionally there was mention of the “Seven Schools”. Of course there was not in the past only seven schools! Considering this was the primary medicine of millions of people for over a thousand years 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 and there were hundreds if not thousands 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.” Under the auspices of Grand Master Aajan Sintorn Chaichagun (Transitioned November 2005) it has become a national and international phenomenon. Teaching various levels of programs to Thai and falang (foreigner) alike, Aajan Sintorn was also famous for his daily recitation of the Pali Om Namo Shivago prayer and invocation for blessing. Twice each day 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 Aachans or Master Instructors are bringing this work into the modern world. Famous schools and their head Masters such as Anantasuk Rongrian under both Phaa Kruu Anantasuk and Aachan Nantipa Anantasuk work with the King’s Rajaprajanugroh projects to completely document the traditional medicine and preserve its rich heritage.

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

It is important to remember that any and all applications of physical pressure are intended to convey ProMiiwihan Sii to balance and harmonize the thâat tháng sìi and Tri_dosha or Three Winds, Humors or energetically based body types. Thai yoga is a sophisticated system of exchanging love with pressure, just as a hug can convey care, consideration and love with physical pressure. It’s just that in Thai Yoga that loving embrace is conveyed 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. The philosophies and principles of these Ayurvedic texts have also been re-interpreted in Theraveda Buddhism. Two influential texts in the Theraveda system are the Buddha Dhama and the Vipassana Bhavanna. 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.

Traditional Thai Yoga IS Yoga and has within it’s practice all of the benefits of Yoga practice. To read an outstanding article on 18 amazing benifits of Yoga, According to Science by Author Jen Miller Click Here!

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

From the Ayudthaya period until early this century, the Thai government’s Department of Health included an official massage (Marma Cikitsa) division (phanâek mãw nûat). Under the influence of international medicine and modern hospital development, the responsibility for 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 of the provinces and there has recently been a resurgence of popularity throughout the country. The Wat Po system is divided into two completely separate and distinctive categories: the tourist massage pavilion and Tourist massage school, (Ronrian Sala Thaang Nuaat) and the School for traditional Medicine for training and certification of Maw Nuad (Massage Doctors). There are huge differences in the term and quality of training. For example, a tourist may receive an introductory massage certificate in as little as ten days, where the full program for Maw Nuad is twelve to fourteen semesters or four full years. In the United States we have many different levels of recognitions for Certified Thai Yoga/Massage Practitioners.

The Royal Thai Ministry of Health relies on the Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society (UTTS) to formulate and maintain standards of practice and competency necessary for 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/or psycho-spiritual treatments as prescribed for a specific problem or specific imbalance of the Dosha or winds and humors of the body, mind, and spirit. It is becoming quite popular for many Thais to also use traditional Thai Yoga as a tool for relaxation and disease prevention, rather than for a specific medical problem. However, once you leave the big city and move into the country you begin to see more reliance on the application as energy based medicine.   This includes the resurgence and growing popularity of the self treatment regimes and Yoga practices of “Reusi Dotan” or Reishi Yoga.

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

Please note: In common English when we use the word “massage” 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 and is primarily referring to systems derived from Swedish Massage and Massage Therapy. “Thai Yoga and or Thai Massage” (Phaen Boran Ráksãa Thaang Nûat) is completely 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 muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most 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 healing arts derivative of Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, Buddhist Psychology, Theraveda Vipassana Bhavana, Classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda and Yoga Vedanta. “

Thai yoga massage sounds similar to Western-style massage at first glance, but what is not mentioned in the proceeding definition is that Thai yoga massage is a spiritually based system of healing and movement education (Yoga). It is based entirely on principles of 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! I want to emphasize this statement again “It is possible to have a Thai Yoga session with little or no actual touching”. However, touching is good! This work brings fundamental elements and energy into harmony and creates wholeness of mind, body and spirit.

Thai yoga massage is a spiritually based Somatic technique and profession, a modality with standards established in the Buddhist holistic centers and temples thousands of years ago. It has an established code of ethics known as the Buddha Dharma, The Eight Fold Path, Ahimsa (non-violence) and the “Ten Rules of the Healer.” There is an established criterion for education and professional practice for services that were never intended to be “Massage” or “Massage therapy.”

Where Can I Learn Thai Yoga and Thai Massage?

1) NAIC/ SCNM: Thai Yoga Center provides a registry of approved schools, teachers and certified practitioners of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage. Thai Yoga and Thai Massage Directory

NAIC Members are legally entitled to practice Thai yoga, Thai Yoga Therapy , Thai Massage in all fifty states with NAIC Membership and Authorization without requiring any special licensing. Of course that means as long as what is practiced is not in violation of existing medical laws or that the practice is under the umbrella of an expressive private membership association or recognized church or ecclesiastical authority or organization. We are happy to answer any questions that you have pertaining to the legal practice of our energetic and spiritually based art of healing and transformation.

2) The Thai Yoga Center: In the US today the traditional lineages of Thai Yoga Therapy and Traditional Thai Massage are passed on via the in Brooksville, Florida through the Mastery and teaching of Aachan Anthony B. James ND, MDAM. Aachan James, after 30 plus years of extensive devotion, practice and research brings several different and complimentary traditional lineages to life.

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SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is the core modality of our four Certificate and five College Degree Programs. Other elements include but are not limited to Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American and Western Nature Cure or Traditional Naturopathy (Non-Drug, Non-Surgery, Non-Radiation or any dangerous, unsafe, invasive, non-natural therapy).

The SomaVeda® Thai Yoga based Associate of Sacred Arts: Major Natural Wellness(SCNM: A.S.A) degree program qualifies graduates to sit for the ANMCB (American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board) Traditional Naturopathic National Boards. A Traditional Naturopath is considered by many to be at the top of the holistic pyramid. We have established a program to educate conscience and spirit based natural and holistic health providers and ministers of all types and levels in the traditional, spiritual based healing methods of Thai Yoga.

If this all sounds interesting to you and you would like to experience SomaVeda@ Thai Yoga on a first hand basis, then consider taking one of our certification courses or joining one of our famous Thailand Externship Programs. We have been providing quality access to Thailand, Thai yoga massage and Thai Culture for over 30 years. Our programs feature extensive hands on massage training and internationally recognized certification as well as great exposure to the country and the people through our Eco-Tour, country survey style approach. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

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SCNM: Thai Yoga Center for Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Natural Medicine Photo’s September 2017 intensive Thai Yoga Therapy at The Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC): SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center located at the NAIC Sancturary in Brooksville, Florida.

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 SomaVeda® Level One. Balance of the program was rescheduled do to mandatory evacuation for hurricane Irma!

CTP program includes 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 programs stress practice development and marketing strategies that work!

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Jurisprudence World Indigenous Medicine Conference 2017, Dr. Anthony B. James

Jurisprudence World Indigenous Medicine Conference 2017, Dr. Anthony B. James

DrJ Nevis Conference 2017
Dr. Anthony B. James (USA), AmaLia Wai Ching (Bali), Marvin S. Hausman, M.D. (USA), Nevis June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony B. James Jurisprudence/ legal presentation 10th. World Conference of Indigenous and Traditional Medicines, Nevis West Indies, June 2017. Dr. James an Aachan and Master teacher of Indigenous, Traditional Ayurveda and Thai Yoga discusses some basic principles of establishing a legal umbrella for practicing religious therapeutics. The conference was sponsored by SMOKH (Sacred Medical Order of the Church of Hope) a UN registered International ecumenical organization. www.SMOCH.org.

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Dr. James, director of the Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC) is director of the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center of Brooksville, FL. (www.SomaVeda.Org & www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com)

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