Our Teachers & Facilitators

Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha Founder of Thai massage

Teachers and facilitators of Sunshine Massage School Workshops. 


We are proud of our teachers and their accomplishments. Even though they are teachers they never stop learning and strive to gain more knowledge that they can pass on to their students. Each of our teachers is highly trained and experienced not only in the art of traditional Thai massage but also in the art of teaching. They know how to create a friendly and comfortable atmosphere in the class room so that students are given the best environment in which to learn and develop their own skills and practice. 


David Lutt

David is a French licensed osteopath, and combines his expertise and love of osteopathy with Thai massage. He lives in Asia immersing himself in yoga, shiatsu, Vipassana meditation and Thai massage. In Thailand, he studied mainly under Ajahn Chaiyuth and Asokananda. 
David is the co-founder of the College Osteo Thai in France and runs Thai massage and Osteo Thai courses all over the world. His has a love of movement, rhythm and fluidity and enjoys capoeira, swimming in the sea and… football!

www.osteothai.com

Doris Kolling

Doris first came to Chiang Mai more than 15 years ago and started her study of Thai massage. She stayed on at an old medicine hospital for 6 months to assist in teaching and then moved to ITM for the next five years, first to study and then help teach and give treatments (afternoons only) until she felt ready to work for herself.

She started studying Chi Nei Tsang after receiving a few treatments at Tao Garden and she really likes the way it supports the healing process. She has been facilitating the Chi Nei Tsang course at Sunshine Massage School since 2006 and has recently added a second level to the course for this year after repeated requests from her students.

Today Doris feels she has moved from Thai massage to doing structural therapy integrating Chi Nei Tsang and she has seen very positive results based on this integration. Doris currently lives in Dharamsala, India, for 8 months of the year studying Buddhist philosophy and practising meditation on a daily basis as well as doing a yearly retreat on her own. Doris feels blessed to help the local community by giving treatments to dharma friends, some former Tibetan political prisoners and some of her teachers as well....


Kam Thye Chow

Kam Thye pioneered the art of Thai Yoga Massage in North America. He was groomed in Asian healing and martial arts since the age of 13. A resident of Thailand for many years, he follows the teachings of his good friend and master, Asokananda, himself a pupil of two outstanding Thai masters, Chaiyuth Priyasith and Piched Boonthumme.

In 1995, he founded the Lotus Palm School based in Montreal. He has since passed on the art to some of the most prominent teachers in North-America and Europe. His best-selling books, including Thai Yoga Therapy for Your Body Type and Thai Yoga Massage, published by Inner Traditions, have been translated into many languages and continue to be standard texts for the art of Thai Yoga Massage.

Since giving up ownership of Lotus Palm in 2011, he now spends most of his time with his two children and caring for his health through a dedicated yoga practice. He continues to teach around the world and advise at the Lotus Palm Schools in Montreal, New York City and Toronto.  After 18 years of absence, he has finally come back full circle to his roots and teaches at the Sunshine School in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

For more information, please please click this link:

www.kamintouch.com


Mike Tan

Mike studied with Ajahn Poo (Ancient Healing Massage) in Chiang Mai in 2005 and stayed on as his apprentice from 2006 - 2008. During this time, Mike found his passion for the ancient Khmer SEN lines and learned to give treatments that create lasting benefit in both the physical and energetic bodies. Prior to his time with Ajahn Poo, Mike received his Massage Therapy license from IPSB (Los Angeles) in 2003, studied Asokananda’s style of Thai Massage with Saul David Raye from 2003-2004, and explored Traditional Thai Massage with various teachers in Chiang Mai and at Wat Po in 2005.

In 2009, Mike began teaching his own style of bodywork called Structural Energy Awakening (SEA), based on the ancient Khmer SEN lines and integrated with Mike’s background in Western massage and martial arts. Today, Mike specializes in treating orthopedic-related conditions using SEA, and has helped many people avoid surgeries and regain mobility and function following serious injuries.

Mike also teaches courses on Body Assessment, Treatment, and Rebalancing. The focus of these courses is assessing the relationships between the sources and symptoms of pain, accuracy in giving bodywork treatments, and body rebalancing via myofascial release, mobility, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

www.seatherapy.net


Oliver Chamorro

(Oliver Chamorro Moreno)

Oliver is a certified teacher of AcroYoga, along with yoga and Thai massage, and has been learning and sharing classes, retreats and workshops in these practices since 2007 in countries such as Spain, Sweden, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Greece, Thailand, India, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon ...
He studied Chinese Medicine, Social Work, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Physiotherapy and Tai Chi.
His passion is connecting with people, that's why he likes to do family AcroYoga, Yoga for children and the development of projects such as the Circle Up
In his workshops you can enjoy the playful, sensitive and therapeutic approach. Try to develop the values of people to make this world a better place.

http://www.circleuptour.blogspot.com


Roni Gilboa

I am a Shiatsu and Thai Massage therapist by training. Through the years I have incorporated other techniques such as OsteoThai and Fascia work into my toolbox.

Between 2007 and 2016 I was involved with The Yuri Shtern Holistic Care Center for People Dealing with Cancer in Jerusalem, as a therapist and as the managing director of the charity.

During that time I developed the Center's training program for therapists who practice various disciplines and have been teaching Thai Massage and touch therapy techniques for more than eight years.

I am also a sailor, I love exploring, hiking, I enjoy music and watching Roger Federer play Tennis.

Thank you:

Roey Tzuk; Noam Tyroler; David Lutt, Tomer Bashan; Chris Mcalister; Pichest Boonthumme;

Sharon Azran; Adi Karmil; my patients and students who teach me humility.


Sharon Ruckdäschel

Sharon is a certified teacher for yoga, acroyoga and yoga for kids. In her work she tries to transmit joy and love for others, and the opportunity to share, feel, experience, and heal. She shares her passion for nature through workshops and adventure sports such as hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. She has studied Chinese medicine, reflexology, acupuncture, and herbal medicine.


Sitie Djarkasi

Sitie is an experienced Thai Yoga and deep tissue massage therapist and Esalen® Massage practitioner. She has many years experience training bodyworkers and movement therapists.

She worked as a head teacher and co-director of Amsterdam’s biggest bodywork institute, the Academy for Massage and Movement.


Currently, she works as a holistic coach and bodyworker, living with her partner and their son in Amsterdam.


Her workshops are deep and moving, yet also infused by a gentle and joyful spirit, combining her passion for movement, meditation and bodywork.

Sitie’s website is www.sitiedjarkasi.com


Sukha Wong

Sukha is a Certified Massage Therapist and Instructor. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Montreal, Canada, her East meets West upbringing truly brought a special balance to her work and has had many influences in her teachings. Her extensive travels and studies internationally has given her the opportunity to expand and offer new and exciting workshops bringing a friendly sense of balance and inner peace to bodywork. As a martial artist (3rd degree black belt in TaeKwonDo) she brings both discipline and body awareness to her teachings.

In 2011 she became owner of the Lotus Palm Institute. She has since expanded to Toronto and New York and continues to spread the beautiful healing art form of Thai Massage. It is an honor for her to continue and evolve the Lotus Palm legacy that Kam Thye Chow created. www.lotuspalm.com

Thierry Bienfaisant

Thierry is a passionate teacher and practitioner, with over 15 years experience.  Originally from Belgium - his on-going journey for Alternative Therapies bridging western and eastern knowledge led him in 2002 to Thai Massage.

His training includes Shiatsu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy, and highly inspired by OsteoThai since 2009. Website:  www.therapythaimassage.com