He is an amazing teacher who explains and demonstrates each technique so that you can easily grasp the concepts and repeat them.
Salt Lake City, UT (Vocus) September 29, 2009
If you want to learn something, learn from the best. If you want to learn authentic Thai massage, hands down the top recognized master outside of Thailand is Dr. Anthony James, CMT, ND, MDAM. His professional development and certification programs have set the standards in the U.S.
Dr. James, the only western Master Instructor to be recognized by the Royal Thai government and recipient of the "Friend of Thailand" Award, has taught and certified over 6000 practitioners since 1984, including many well-known teachers established today. He is the founder of the famous SomaVeda™ Institute, a residential training facility in Florida, home to The Thai Yoga Center and the International Thai Therapists Association (ITTA), and host to the National Thai Yoga, Massage and Bodywork Certification Board (NTYMBCB) examinations. He has authored various publications, including the first Thai massage book in English. The list of Dr. James' credentials goes on.
Now, Dr. James is also the featured expert in Aesthetic VideoSource’s new four-part The Ultimate Thai Massage Video instructional DVD series that covers it all: basic and advanced techniques for the traditional mat, and basic and advanced techniques adapted for the “modern” massage table.
In each of the comprehensive Thai massage videos, Aachan ("Master") James lays the foundation for a clear understanding of Thai massage and the spiritual roots and perspectives that have endured for thousands of years. Dr. James discusses benefits and contraindications, origins of Thai massage, different styles (the southern royal method, northern style, and Buddhai Sawan school), Ayurvedic anatomy (the primary Chakras and Sen lines), client assessment, and room set-up.
In each DVD, Dr. James walks you step-by-step through the therapeutic techniques comprising a complete Thai massage training session. Throughout, he addresses balance vs. structural corrections; steps emulating energy flow; 10 key points for balance; attitudes/postures, relationship, and transition; and, breath, emphasis, and pressure.
Beginning with Puja (affirmation), Dr. James demonstrates Thai body massage and Thai yoga massage techniques in the traditional Five Attitudes/Postures: Supine, Side Lying, Prone, Abdomen and Leg Stretching, and Seated. In the Basic DVD's (Mat and Table), he shows over 19 basic asanas or therapeutic postures; in the Advanced DVD's, he shows over 50 asanas. Techniques include gentle rocking; deep stretching; striking; kneading; pinching and rolling; pulling, rotations, and rhythmic compression with thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms, knees, and feet.
“I want to show you how to take on a productive application of healing science that's been practiced for thousands of years and is completely appropriate and practical for the western world,” says Dr. James. "We can do this work in spas, hospitals, homes, anytime, anywhere."
“Dr. James's life focus is teaching Thai massage,” says Shirley Erickson Gorospe, president of Aesthetic VideoSource. “He is an amazing teacher who explains and demonstrates each technique so that you can easily grasp the concepts and repeat them.”
Aesthetic VideoSource produces and distributes detailed, comprehensive health and spa instructional DVDs, so anyone can properly perform the procedures shown. Aesthetic VideoSource is the forerunner in educational media distribution, with award-winning DVDs and an always-expanding list of offerings to meet the spa and beauty industry’s needs.
Contact Info – The Ultimate Thai Massage Video: Basic Mat Techniques (1 Hr. 48 Mins.), Advanced Mat Techniques (2 Hrs. 56 Mins.), Basic Table Techniques (1 Hr. 28 Mins.), and Advanced Table Techniques (2 Hrs. 57 Mins.) can each be ordered for $49.95 plus shipping, by calling 1-800-414-2434 or visiting http://www.VideoShelf.com . The complete set can be purchased for $160.00, at a savings of 20%.