for advanced Thai Massage practitioners
July 12-22, 2007
Earthdance Retreat Center
Jason is an NCBTMB Certified Massage Therapist, having trained in Western-style massage at the Natural Health Institute of Nashville, Tennessee. He earned his Thai Ministry of Education 300-hour teacher training certificate from the TMC school in Chiang Mai, and studied at Wat Po, the ancient home of Thai healing arts. Most significantly, Jason has pursued advanced studies with Mama Nit (eight months), Master Ong Dam Poo (eight months), the late Master Chaiyuth Priyasith (two months), and Master Pichest (more than eight months). Since 1999 Jason has spent considerable time teaching with and assisting Mama Nit, Master Poo and Master Pichest.
When not in Thailand, Jason resides in Berkeley, California. He enjoys meditation practice, yoga, and dancing.
Nozomu “Noji” Okada (Japan)
Noji had a busy and stressful life in Tokyo, Japan, when he had his first Thai Massage session—and it changed his life completely! In January of 2004 he began training for this work, exploring the many levels of Thai Healing Arts in Japan. After mastering his training at the Loi Kroh Thai Massage School in Tokyo, together with Jakuseki reflexology, Noji became a sub manager at Loi Kroh salon in Ginza.
Although giving massages to clients and teaching fellow therapists gave him great satisfaction, at the same time it made him realize how much more there was to learn in this healing work. In 2005, Noji spent ten consecutive months in Thailand to study Thai healing arts with Master Pichest Boonthamme in Chiang Mai. He later assisted classes with Master Pichest for five months.
Now back in Tokyo, Noji has a private practice and teaches Thai Massage to professional therapists, both in Tokyo and occasionally in other parts of the world.
Testimony from Noji’s clients: some shed tears of joy, saying "I feel happy", "I feel free," while others comment that even "my long term neck hernia has been cured", "I can hear clearly now", "I can stand up without support", and "the ringing in my ears is gone!”
View a creative multimedia Thai massage demonstration by Noji:
www.mecha.ne.jp/~beck/green_black.wmv (requires Windows Media Player)