Sawa dee, Namaste, Hello,
I'm glad to be here and am looking forward to visiting from time to time. I've been a professional Thai Massage practitioner since 2002, first experienced the work and did my initial training in 2000 after taking a holiday in Thailand. I've also been teaching Thai Massage for a few years and intend to expand that part substantially.
This work has been so healing and fulfilling for me that it's almost like I feel some sort of "higher" responsibility to sharing it and getting as many people in the world as possible to practice it, whether they do it professionally or even just amongst their friends and family.
I honor my first teacher Saul David Raye and also my teacher in Thailand, Pichest. From both, I learnt so much more than technique. I also teach Yoga (teacher training was in the Anusara style). I really like AcroYoga and have incorporated much of the Therapeutic AcroYoga in my Thai Massage practice.
Shama, I think your videos and blog posts are fun and very interesting (just like all things Thai), especially for those of us in the West who don't make it to Thailand that often. I have been to Thailand several times and really enjoy the fascinating contradictions and weirdnesses of the culture. Your offerings help me understand it all a little better, making me nostalgic and certainly is inspiring me to go there more often.
Anyway, I have a website at http://www.deonthaiyoga.com where you can find out all about my practice and training program. I have some more advanced classes available that are specifically geared towards practitioners who have already undergone some Thai Massage Training and want to deepen and expand their work, but might not want to go all the way to Thailand for advanced instruction - which is hard to find there, in English, in anycase.
So I have a place in Los Angeles where I practice and teach and also a training studio in the Upper Ojai Valley, an hour and a half northwest of LA, in the countryside, where I live and teach a couple of Hatha Yoga classes per week. I also practice and teach in Wilmington, North Carolina every few months.
We have some farm animals as pets, enjoy eating fresh eggs from the chickens. Another passion I have is riding my BMW 1200GS motorcycle, on and off-road.
See you soon, in the forum or who knows maybe down the road somewhere in person.
Thanks for your informative post. You have an excellent website with lots of good information, and I hope many people will take advantage of your instructions. I have lived in Thailand for many years and my observation is that it is not so easy to get advanced Thai massage training in Thailand with a few exceptions like Pichest who was one of my earliest teachers as well.
There are quite a few western Thai massage instructors who have taken Thai massage to new levels such as yourself by integrating it with yoga and other modalities, and by individualizing and finetuning it. From all I have read about you it seems that your approach to Thai massage is very holistic and spiritually based. It resonates with me since I have a similar approach, and I am very happy to see you here in the forum.
The more exposure there is for all of us, the more we can spread the knowledge about this great healing art. Please feel free to post any of your events and classes here.