Traditional Healing Panel: Native Bodywork from Around the World

Massage is the original healing art and every culture around the world has its own tradition of bodywork. In these short TED-type presentations you’ll discover a few ancient bodywork traditions, some of which you’ve probably heard of and others that you didn’t know existed. 
Exploring Lomilomi with Leslie (Suzi) Ko
Lomilomi as presented from the majority of massage therapy instructors either comes from Auntie Margaret Machado or Kahu Abraham Kawehi'i. Some massage therapist are not even aware that there are other styles lomilomi. Discover the various forms of lomilomi find out about  the traditional rituals and protocols along with their historical basis.
Healing Through Vibration with Tok Sen with Joel Sheposh
You’ve probably heard of Thai Yoga Massage, but chances are that you haven’t heard of the ancient Thai tradition of Tok Sen in which the practitioner uses a wooden hammer to rhythmically tap a wooden stick along energy lines (Sen) and on Sen points. The vibration caused by the tapping clears blocked energy and the hypnotic effect from the constant and steady tapping relaxes the body and mind.  
The Art of Indian Head Massage with Debbie Boehlen
The art of Indian Head Massage, also known as Champissage, originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. Indian Head Massage  is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms which are important energy centers within the body.  Because this form of massage is done over the clothing in a seated position it can be done anywhere and at any time, making easily available just about anywhere.
How to Enhance Your Massage Skills with Thai Massage with Sukha Wong
The massage you see performed on the beaches of Thailand today combines acupressure style techniques with stretching and is an ancient technique that is thousands of years old. In this introduction to traditional Thai Yoga Massage you'll learn about the history and benefits of the technique and see a hands on demonstration. 
Leslie (Suzi) Ko
Leslie serves as the ED, Chairman and an instructor for the Holistic Honu Wellness Center. She carries on the healing traditions of her Native Hawaiian grandfather as a traditional Native Hawaiian healer. Leslie is a National Board Certified and a licensed California, Florida and Colorado massage therapist and continuing education approved provider. Leslie also serves as a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) where she serves a Section Counselor of the APHA Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Section and is one of the leaders of the APHA American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian caucus.

Joel Sheposh

Joel has been a licensed massage therapist since 1993, working at spas, resorts, medical clinics and private practices in San Diego and Phoenix. Since 2000, he has been travelling yearly to Thailand to study and practice all aspects of the Thai Healing Arts, including Thai Massage, Thai Herbal Massage, Reusi Dat Ton (Thai Yoga) and Tok Sen. He is an NCBTMB Approved Provider, the founder and owner of Table Thai, an Executive Committee member of Thai Healing Alliance International and is the author of Reusi Dat Ton and The Art of Tok Sen.


Debbie Boehlen
Debbie Boehlen is owner and founder of the Canadian Centre of Indian Head Massage and teaches across Canada. She completed her original Indian Head Massage (Champissage) Training in 2002 through the London Centre of Indian Champissage International and became a certified instructor in 2003. Ms Boehlen is a Reiki Master and is certified in multiple energy healing modalities including Axiatonal alignment, Lahochi, and several Reiki variations including Usui and Karuna. She is a certified practitioner of Chair Massage, Foot and Hand Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Rejuvenating Face Massage and Ayurvedic Foot Massage.

Sukha Wong
Born in Hong Kong, Sukha was raised in a traditional Chinese household where the art of massage was always a big part of her life. Her earliest memories of practicing massage on her mother, food, dragon dances, fireworks and many celebrations and customs still remain close to her heart. Raised in Montreal, Canada in a multicultural society, her east meets west upbringing truly brought a special balance to her work. She is a certified massage therapist and instructor and owner of the Lotus Palm School where she teaches the beautiful healing art form of Thai Yoga Massage.

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