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!


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....

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.


Noam Tyroler

In 1989, Noam took his first Thai massage course in the school of the Old Traditional Hospital in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. After several years of training, including five additional courses in Thailand, he became a Thai massage practitioner in 1992. Three years later, he opened the Thai massage department at the Reidman international college. This is the largest college for holistic medicine in Israel and one of the largest in the world. 


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.

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