Institute of Thai Massage and Traditional Bodywork

Sunshine School (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Lotus Palm in Montreal and Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai have strong common roots: Thailand and a friendship between two remarkable men.

Asokananda (Harald Brust, born in 1955 in West Germany) studied community development. From 1978 onwards, he spent most of his time in Asia, where he was involved in the research and teaching of yoga, Buddhist meditation, and traditional Thai yoga massage.

Around 1990, Kam Thye Chow, the founder of Lotus Palm, studied extensively under Asokananda in the Lahu Village in Northern Thailand. This close mentorship allowed Kam Thye to immerse himself deeply in the authentic lineage and traditions of Thai massage. They became best friends.

To better understand the impact of this period on the way we teach Thai Traditional Massage today, it’s important to note that Asokananda’s book, “The Art of Traditional Thai Massage,” was the first publication on that subject in any Western language.

Kam Thye then went on to establish Lotus Palm as the first educational institution of its kind in North America, bringing the teachings of Thai yoga massage to a wider international audience. As his following developed organically through his students and official teachers, Asokananda built what is known as the Sunshine Network. In 2004, Max Sheuermeier, a good friend of Asokananda, opened Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai, faithfully following Asokananda’s spirit. Asokananda passed away in June 2005.

A few years later, on the other side of the world, Kam entrusted the destiny of the Lotus Palm School to Sukha Wong in 2011. In January 2013, Kam was welcomed at Sunshine Massage School to teach the classic beginners course. He then returned every year for several months to teach other curricula and contribute to Sunshine as he could. On March 27, 2018, Kam Thye passed away. His family, many teachers, students, and prominent figures from our massage community gathered on a boat to scatter his ashes in the Ping River in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Today, Sunshine Massage School continues to attract serious students by offering high-quality training programs in Thailand. The school maintains its commitment to preserving the authentic traditions and techniques of Thai massage. Sukha Wong, the current Director of Lotus Palm, also regularly teaches at Sunshine.

The strong connection between Lotus Palm and the Sunshine Massage School in Chiang Mai demonstrates the deep roots of Lotus Palm’s Thai lineage and its dedication to upholding the authentic practice of this ancient healing art.

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