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Meet S.N. Goenka

S.N. Goenka was a prominent Indian teacher of Vipassana meditation, a traditional form of Buddhist meditation that originated in India and has been practiced for

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Prayer: Amitabhaya

Amitabhaya is a buddha in Mahayana Buddhism who is associated with the concept of boundless light and infinite life. He is often depicted in art

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Gratitude

Our most precious blessing is to be part of this expanding worldwide community of Thai Massage practitioners: the Sangha. And it all begins, somehow, back in the 80’s with a German buddhist monk, Asokananda. He started it all. His vision was to bring together Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and Thai Massage. And he called it Thai …...Read More

Book: The Art of Traditional Thai Massage 

The Red Book of Thai Massage is a comprehensive guide to traditional Thai massage techniques and practices. It covers a wide range of topics, including the history and principles of Thai massage, the benefits and effects of massage on the body, and step-by-step instructions for various massage techniques and positions. The book also includes information …...Read More

A brief History of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient Indian spiritual discipline that involves physical, mental, and spiritual practices. It is believed to have originated in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago, and has evolved over time into a diverse and complex set of practices that are followed by millions of people around the world.   The origins of …...Read More

The Canadian College of Osteopathy

The CCO is a private, accredited institution located in Victoria, British Columbia that offers education and training in osteopathy. Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and their effects on the body’s overall health and well-being.   CCO offers a four-year full-time program in osteopathy …...Read More

History of Thai Massage

THE ART OF TRADITIONAL THAI YOGA MASSAGE by Asokananda Traditional Thai Yoga Massage can look back at a long history of therapeutic healing. If one traces the evolution of the techniques of healing-massage practiced in Thailand, one discovers the astonishing fact that the earliest roots of Thai massage lie not in Thailand but in India. …...Read More

Introduction to Embryology

Embryology is the study of the development of an embryo and fetus during pregnancy. It is a branch of developmental biology that focuses on the changes that occur during the early stages of life, from fertilization to birth. During the process of fertilization, an egg is fertilized by a sperm, resulting in the formation of …...Read More

Vipassana Meditation Guided Practice

Vipassana meditation is a type of insight meditation that involves focusing on the present moment and observing one’s thoughts and sensations without judgment. It is believed to help cultivate a clear and calm mind, as well as increase self-awareness and understanding of the impermanent nature of all things. Here is a step-by-step guide for practicing …...Read More

Introduction to William Garner Sutherland

William Garner Sutherland was an American osteopathic physician and the founder of cranial osteopathy. He was born in 1873 in Virginia and received his medical degree from the American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri in 1900.   Sutherland became interested in the relationship between the bones of the skull and the functioning of the …...Read More

Ajahn Sintorn Boonyapakdee & Suan Bua Massage School

Ajahn Sintorn Boonyapakdee is a contemporary master of Thai massage who has played a key role in the revival and popularization of traditional Thai massage techniques in recent years. He is known for his expertise in the use of traditional Thai massage techniques to treat a wide range of health conditions, including musculoskeletal disorders, stress, …...Read More

The walking muscles

There are several muscles that are important for walking. These include: The quadriceps muscles: These muscles are located at the front of the thigh and are responsible for extending the leg at the knee joint. The hamstrings: These muscles are located at the back of the thigh and are responsible for flexing the leg at …...Read More

Metta Prayer

Here is a poem on loving-kindness, or metta:   May all beings be happy and safe, May they be healthy and strong, May they live with ease, And free from all suffering.   May they be at peace, And free from all worry, May they find joy in their lives, And know only love and …...Read More

Introduction to Andrew Taylor Still

Andrew Taylor Still was an American physician who founded the field of osteopathy in the late 19th century. He was born in 1828 in Virginia and grew up on a farm in Missouri. After completing medical school, he practiced as a doctor in Kansas and Missouri, where he developed an interest in the role of …...Read More

Treating the Liver 

Osteopathic treatment for liver conditions typically involves a range of techniques, including soft tissue work, muscle energy techniques, and joint mobilization. These techniques are used to improve circulation, increase mobility and flexibility, and reduce muscle tension and inflammation in the liver and surrounding areas. Here are some specific techniques that an osteopathic practitioner might use …...Read More

Acrupressure Points

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE The role of acupressure has been paramount in traditionalChinese medicine (TCM) for more than 2000 years, and the factthat it is still in use today is a testimony to its effectiveness inthe treatment of illness and pain. Acupressure is essentially amethod of sending a signal to the body (by needle or othermeans) …...Read More

Breema Bodywork

THE ART OF BEEING PRESENT The 9 Principles of Harmony can support us to come to the present moment and live eachmoment of life more fully. Body Comfortable: take a few breaths, and experience that your body is breathing. Feelyour own weight. No Extra: we exist as a part of the whole of Existence, in …...Read More

Guided Meditation

Meditation is a practice of focusing the mind and cultivating awareness and mindfulness. There are many different meditation techniques and practices, but here is a general guide for starting a meditation practice: Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can sit or lie down. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight. You can …...Read More

Viola Frymann, a life dedicated to Osteopathy

Viola Frymann was an American osteopathic physician who is known for her contributions to the field of pediatrics and the development of pediatric osteopathy. She was born in 1921 in New York and received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1943. Frymann had a strong interest in the treatment …...Read More

The PRM

THE PRIMARY RESPIRATORY MECHANISM The study, evaluation and clinical application of the primaryrespiratory mechanism is specific to the manual practice ofosteopathy. Discovered by William Garner Sutherland in theearly 1900’s, described in Harold Magoun’s book Osteopathy inthe Cranial Field, researched by Viola Frymann, John Upledger,Roger Robitaille, D.O., and many others, the PRM is a diagnosticand therapeutic …...Read More

Studying the anatomy of the Cranium

The cranium, also known as the skull, is a bony structure that encloses and protects the brain and the other structures of the head. The cranium is made up of several bones that are joined together by sutures, which are immovable joints. The main bones of the cranium include: The frontal bone: This bone is …...Read More

Basic Concepts of Osteopathy

THE 4 PRINCIPLES OR TENENTS | BY PHILIPPE DRUELLE The study of osteopathy and its practise are based on these four concepts. Therefore, it isimportant that the osteopathic student understand each of these concepts. For studentsto learn osteopathy, they must be able to re-learn their anatomy and physiology, asexpressed by these concepts. I. THE STRUCTURE …...Read More

Rules of a good Thai Masseur

AS TAUGHT IN THE OLD MEDICINE HOSPITAL Study diligently the techniques and the practice of massage. Do not practice at public places but at a place suitable for massage. Do not hope for any gains, expect neither material profits nor glory or fame.(It is fine to gain an income but this should not be the …...Read More

Physiology of the digestive system

The process of digestion begins when food is placed in the mouth and mechanically broken down by chewing. As the food is chewed, it is mixed with saliva, which contains enzymes that help to break down carbohydrates. The chewed food then moves down the esophagus, a muscular tube that connects the mouth to the stomach, …...Read More

Introduction to Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga that involves holding seated or supine poses for several minutes at a time. It is designed to stretch and strengthen the connective tissue in the body, particularly in the lower part of the body such as the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. In a Yin yoga class, …...Read More

Guided Meditation on Metta, Loving Kindness

Here is a guided meditation on loving-kindness, or metta:   Find a comfortable seated position, with your back straight and your feet planted firmly on the ground. Take a few deep breaths, and allow yourself to relax and let go of any tension in your body.   Bring to mind someone you love and care …...Read More

Studying the bones of the hand

The hand is a complex and important part of the body that is essential for movement, grasping, and performing a wide variety of tasks. The anatomy of the hand includes several bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves that work together to provide strength, dexterity, and sensitivity.   Here is a list of all the bones …...Read More

Developing Palpation

Developing palpation skills in osteopathy and Thai massage requires practice and experience. Here are some tips for improving your palpation skills:   Practice regularly: The more you practice palpation, the better you will become at it. Make sure to set aside time to practice palpating different parts of the body and become familiar with the …...Read More

Function of the kidney

The kidneys are a pair of organs located in the abdominal cavity, just below the ribcage on each side of the spine. They are responsible for filtering waste products and excess fluids from the blood and regulating the balance of electrolytes in the body. The main functions of the kidneys include: Filtering waste products: The …...Read More

Introduction to Pranayama

Pranayama is a Sanskrit term that refers to the practice of controlling the breath in order to regulate the flow of prana, or vital energy, in the body. Pranayama is an integral part of the yogic tradition, and is considered to be a key element in the path towards physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.   …...Read More

Buddhism: An introduction

SIDDHARTHA GAUTAMA: THE BUDDHA The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, lived from 566 to 480 B.C. Son of an Indian king, Gautama led an extravagant life through early adulthood, immersed in the privileges of his social caste. But when he got bored of the indulgences of royal life, he wandered into the world in search …...Read More

Discovering the Fascia

The fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and organs in the body. It is a continuous, three-dimensional web of tissue that covers and permeates every structure in the body, including muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels. Fascia has many functions in the body, including providing support and stability …...Read More
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