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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Thai Massage in Chiang Mai

I have been to Chiang Mai many times since my first time after joining the Thai Massage Circus in 2010.   So i often get questions on Thai massage trainings and treatments you can get there, and i used to answer with an email that i kept updating.  Now, i will just give a link to this post :D

Disclaimer #1:  i am not an official guidebook and haven't tested all the options, so this is just my little narrow report of what i experienced & what i have been told firsthand.
Disclaimer #2:  change is the only constant in this world and i haven't been back since 2015, so please let me know of any updates this post needs.

First things first, if you have time only for one school go to Sunshine Schoolin my view (and that of many) it is the most professional and reliable school, clear technique and spirituality is not fake.  It's great for beginners, and they also have advanced courses.

If you go to Sunshine School (or anyway) check out this amazing guesthouse nearby
http://www.ecoresortchiangmai.com/  (for the price you can't get such a swimming pool and park anywhere else in town)

Finally about the Sunshine network, a couple hours away, if you want more like an intensive there are the famous Lahu Village retreats.  I didn't do it myself but knowing some of the teachers and many of the participants... it's really an amazing experience.

Another famous school there is ITM, i have heard great things from some people, and mixed things from others.. well it's on the basic side, a good starting point on Thai massage and Thai teaching style.

No Chiang Mai report would be complete without legendary master
 Ajahn Pitchet,...  Usually departure by Songtao is around 8am at Chiang Mai Gate, or you go there by your own means...  first time you gotta bring offerings, put money in envelope, there are more details on the link above, and call him or ask around town for recent updates.   Do not expect a classic course, maybe it is the ancient way or just Pitchet's way... morning is dedicated to prayers, chanting, offerings, Dharma talk, maybe a demo, then veg lunch is included, then people drift to practice in pairs, you give one round, you receive one round, possibly with Pitchet himself or one of his advanced followers and so the knowledge trickles down. It's a unique experience of technical and spiritual transmission.

Then there is the Mike Tan mike@seatherapy.net+66835798772www.seatherapy.net
Originally a student of legendary master Poo and others, he developed his unique style... I had several treatments which were some of the deepest in terms of pain and benefit,.. not for the faint of heart, but i definitely recommend! I also heard from several friend that he is a great teacher, so definitely check out his schedule.

Mr Nat and Sin Chai, are two of the blind masters, ask around, definitely a must, they teach too sometimes.

My #1 recommendation of treatment to receive = the Chi Nei Tsang (deep abdominal massage) from Khun Ni, the amazing lady and funny shaman... she's ~25-45 minutes drive away (depending on traffic), call his driver who pick u up at Taipeh Gate or elsewhere and drives u back: 0818830781 or her daughter 09797464697.
Other alternatives for great Chi/Kar Nei Tsang:
www.omsala.com  Om is really good, i experienced her Chi Nei Tsang, she really is in the foot-steps of Khun Ni.. Her Thai Massage is also one of the finest.  She also teaches, though i have heard mixed reviews on that. 
www.tao-garden.com superstar Mantak Chia's center...  he gave a degree to Khun Ni to validate her, though the story goes that he mostly learned Chi Nei Tsang from her.  Anyway his center looks amazing in many ways, i still have to go there some day... would be happy to hear your report if you venture there!
- the Loi Kroh massage school, where Khun Ni's former pupil Kooki teaches and gives treatments. Some people say she's even better than Khun Ni, other people told me less favorable things about her... i haven't had a treatment with her, so please add your feedback here if you go.

At the Lek Shaiya center, now her son's, Jack Shaiya, combines nerve touch with hot herbal compresses... powerful and yummy, definitely get one if u can!

More tip on receiving treatments (which i always recommend to get a sense of the diversity of Thai massage)... there are plenty of good (and less good) parlors in town.  the blind massage are great value, pretty deep and safe.  some temples also offer interesting variations, like the Tok Sen (with a wooden hammer, but i wouldn't trust anyone) in general if i go to a new one, i get the foot massage first, safe and easy to interact, or escape :) then if i like i go back for shoulder, or right away i ask as extra, etc.. 

Finally there is even an Indian healing antenna, the Ayurvedic clinic, where you can get a wide range of treatments including yummy shirodhara, colonics, etc,..  I had amazing treatments there at very reasonable rate... Ayurveda's finest with the Thai touch.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Dolphin - an acroyoga washing machine

Discovered in 2014 with flyer Jamie Lee, and tuned up with many others since then.
Possible variation, without bow, go straight from bird on hands to seated pike, by opening legs in a quick straddle, supported by bases knees and toes.

Play with it, use spotters (or surround yourself with magic soft sand:) ... enjoy & share any variation you discover!

Link to Acropedia 

Friday, January 13, 2017


that video is an oldie but goodie... back in the days, already some funky "acroyoga" with Krishnamacharya and his daughter. I can't help but wonder if at some time in India they were doing it with adults sometimes, even if "just for adjusting" as i saw it done in an ashtanga shala a few years ago... In this video i love about the gentle & firm care of the base, he's not just tossing the kid around, but really giving the yogic experience... and i love the dismount, gotta try it with kids & adults! 

i am excited to go back to India this Spring with 2 immersions in 2 different regions of the north, 2 different types of immersions.. so they can be taken as combo:

25-29 March: Rishikesh Lunar, back to our favorite ashram, on the high Ganges shores:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1832921846978323/
15-19 April: Dharamsala Elemental, the Dalai Lama will be our neighbor in this land or pristine mountains & rivers:https://www.facebook.com/events/1525990897414233/

Thursday, November 10, 2016

AcroYoga Space Walk

I learned this skill at the Bangkok Solar Immersion 2016, from my coteacher Jason Nemer. I don't recall it had a name, so "space walk" it is for now.  Walking on each other's feet requires subtle listening and co-leading between the 2 partners, like a tango dance beyond language barriers. 

Hence the bonus story... Over 4 years ago, yes June 2012, i was teaching an AcroYoga workshop in a gorgeous eco resort in Bali, it was pretty basic level, but one girl was amazing at flying & basing, she could do everything so at the end i asked her where she did it before…. she just smiled a bit embarrassed,… because she couldn’t understand English!… and someone helped translate that it was her first time!  That's her flying on this video, Risa Nishiura one of the first certified AcroYoga teachers, it was such a joy to co-teach immersion with her in September. Now she can teach in English… and you can only imagine how amazing her acroyoga skills are growing.

Just a little reminder that AcroYoga partnership goes beyond verbal communication, when you have the wisdom to listen with heart and body <3


Friday, June 10, 2016

First (acro)Tango in Hong Kong

Marc discovers Hong Kong, as Rhiann discovers AcroYoga, here is the result!  .. and what is better than a little tango to reflect the HK glamour?
(unfortunately because of music copyright issues, it is only visible on desktop)



++ don't miss the bloopers :P


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tulayoga Bliss

A slow one for a change... So grateful for another gem from video maker Rhiann Suen, and to Joy for the trust and fancy pants. And of course to Louka and the Tulayoga community for developing and keeping this special practice evolving and deepening ˜ . ˜

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Vegemite Roll (forth... and back!)

the birth of a washing machine... we were playing with Head to Hands and flowed into what really is a "heady" version of a high Kathrin's Wheel... and since it was in Oz surrounded by Perthians, co-created with fearless flyer Victoria "Tori" McLarty.. it was named the Vegemite Roll,.. time will tell if it sticks,.. yum yum...

oh and the end is more like a dreamed "Rewind" version, we have yet to try it, 
please share any attempt!