Institute of Thai Massage and Traditional Bodywork

Our Teachers

Sukha Wong

Sukha Wong

Sukha is the owner and director of Lotus Palm. Growing up in a traditional Chinese household, massage has been part of her entire life. She is an accomplished certified massage therapist and instructor who has been developing courses for number of years. She believes Thai Yoga Massage is a deep and meaningful philosophy that washes away the stresses and strains of everyday living. Sukha’s ongoing commitment to the integration of body and spirit compels her to inspire others through her teachings. She brings a friendly sense of balance and inner peace to stretching, compressing and energy work.

Kam Thye Chow

Kam Thye Chow

Native of Malaysia, Kam Thye was raised in the tradition of Asian arts and healing customs. After his arrival in Canada, he founded the Lotus Palm School in Montreal, which became the first educational institution of its type on the continent. He has since published extensively, enjoys a practice in the visual arts and is a proud Canadian. Kam Thye continues at Lotus Palm as both a consultant and teacher.

Mirabai

Marianna Mosca- Mirabai

Mirabai was raised in a Sivananda Yoga family and has been committed to yoga all of her life. She began her Thai Yoga Massage practice in 2007 and became a Lotus Palm teacher two years later under Kam Thye Chow's tutelage. Coupled with her extensive knowledge of Yoga, Mirabai holds a degree in Psychology, lending her grace and depth as she communicates her passion for both Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage.

Éléonore Piquet

Éléonore Piquet

Originally from France, Eleonore arrived in Quebec in 2000. Her interest for yoga brought her to a teacher training in 2007 where she started to meditate. Teaching Thai Yoga Massage allows her to pass on all those meaningful aspects of her life: loving-kindness touch, transmission, and observing the present moment. This is through her travels that she finds inspiration for new projects and challenges.

Melaine Lecesne

Melaine Lecesne

Melaine spent 5 years working in physical rehabilitation before making the jump across the pond to Quebec. In 2006 she discovered the therapeutic approach of Thai Yoga Massage taught by Kam Thye Chow. She quickly fell in love with this discipline which allowed her to understand the movement of the body is a different way and decided to take on the teacher training. In her teaching, she shares her joy of living with her love of touch. For her, to learn to give and to receive in a space shared by all is a true connection of the heart.

Tony Eng

Tony Eng

Tony Eng is a certified massage therapist that specializes in an osteopathic approach, using techniques such as Cranio sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, somato-emotional release while incorporating Thai yoga massage. He has an extensive teaching background in several modalities including Thai yoga massage. Tony is able to share his knowledge and teachings of the importance of intuitive touch and bio-mechanics of the body. He believes the body is a sacred place and it deserves the upmost metta!

Nayana

Nancy Proulx- Nayana

Over the last few years, Nayana has been following a passion for yoga and Ayuveda. This included teaching regularly at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas, where she met Kam Thye Chow and was first introduced to Thai Yoga Massage. The practice seemed like a natural extension of her two interests and she embraced the art form whole-heartedly. Today, Nayana shares her insight of all three practices with her students at Lotus Palm and prides herself on being a knowledgeable and compassionate teacher.

Estelle

Estelle Fèvre

My first encounter with thai yoga massage three years ago was a discovery that changed my life. It was through my experience with yoga and working with energies I came to discover and love this healing art which is as exhilarating to give as to receive. My involvement with Lotus Palm has not stopped growing since 2010, where I have been able to develop both personally and spiritually, and I am overjoyed to share this ancient healing art with you.

Tracey Currie

Tracey Currie

Tracey has been a Teacher and senior Practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage for over 10 years. Tracey's approach and teaching style have been greatly influenced by one guiding principle of Thai Yoga Massage - the spirit of metta.  As she has worked to cultivate this principle into her own life, it has also enabled Tracey to guide, communicate and connect with many students over the years.  Tracey is also a Certified Yoga Teacher having now practised yoga regularly for 16 years and has been teaching in the City of Toronto for over 11 years.

Valérie Marquis

Valérie Marquis

Valérie underwent her Yoga teacher training in India and she approaches yoga as a comprehensive whole, according as much importance to pranayama and meditation as to asanas practice. She is a massage therapist, a yoga instructor and she is also committed to an ongoing meditation training under the guidance of a Tibetan Buddhist master.

Jasmine de Jager

Jasmine de Jager

Jasmine, originally from Holland, was inspired by her travels to Thailand to learn the art of massage. She studied the Lotus Palm Practitioners Program and other modalities including Lomilomi, Reflexology and Head Massage. Jasmine has been practising as a therapist at Lotus Palm two and a half years and took her teacher training with Sukha. As part of the Lotus Palm family Jasmine is dedicated to helping others by continuing to learn more skills and modalities and by teaching others her massage skills.

Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner

Originally from the foothills of Alberta, now based in Toronto, Ian is a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, woodworker, and musician who brings his love of nature and healing to everything he does. Ian has been practicing yoga for twelve years and became a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner with the Lotus Palm School in 2002. He recently completed his 200-hour teacher training at the Octopus Garden Yoga Studio where he also works as a practitioner in the clinic as well as assisting group classes as a therapist.

Robert Tam

Robert Tam

Robert received a Certificate of Journalism from Concordia, and a BA from McGill. Prior to learning Thai Yoga Massage, he worked for more than seven years as a technical writer in the aerospace industry yet he felt there was more to life than just sitting in front of computer. It was after he attended a Lotus Palm Open House event, he started the transition to thai yoga massage in 2008. He finds Thai Yoga massage as an ideal way to connect with and help people. Robert has a strong interest in energy work and enjoys discovering new ways to relieve pain and obtain optimum health.

Renee Rice

Renee Rice

Renee Rice is a certified Thai Yoga Bodywork teacher and practitioner in the New York City and San Francisco Bay Area. With extensive studies in anatomy and physiology from the Medical College of Ohio, along with her lifelong training in ballet and martial arts, she bridges her unique passions into the creative artistry of Thai Yoga Massage. It was while traveling in Thailand that she first experienced this amazing healing art that left her energized, restored and overflowing with bliss. This inspired her to seek the tutelage under Kam Thye Chow, founder of the Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage. Trained in the spirit of Metta (loving kindness) her passion is to bring the compassionate touch of Thai Yoga Massage to every day life.

Ruth Jaggi

Ruth Jaggi

Of Swiss Origin, Ruth changed the direction of her career to focus on interpersonal relationships. In 1993, she obtained a certification in massage therapy and has continued to develop her skills with various professional training ever since. Among her many skills are: lymphatic drainage, reflexology, interpersonal relationships, yoga, cranial sacral therapy and intuitive dance. She began her career as a trainer in the 2000’s. Ruth embodies kindness and authenticity and has respect for those around her. She is calm, curious, creative with a desire for personal evolution and a hunger for learning.

Geneviève Rolland

Geneviève Rolland

Geneviève has a profound interest in all things related to human relations and communications. She has a double bachelor and has completed multidisciplinary training in sexology (UQAM), massage therapy (École conscience globale de l'être/massage Californien [ Agnès Lacasse ]) and dramatic arts (UQAM) where she obtained her teaching certification. Geneviève uses many different approaches in her teachings ranging from the artistic, holistic and scholastic. She considers the body as an important language communication tool and has developed her own method she calls “8 shaped movement”. This valuable method can be used in both personal and professional life. These different approaches are used in the core courses of Massage therapy schools across the province as well as in drama classes in primary schools.

Shelley Yamashita

Shelley Yamashita

Shelley is a yoga teacher/therapist and a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner. As a certified life coach and a life "enthusiast," she believes in facilitating lightness, integrity, kindness, generosity, and laughter into her love of teaching and daily life. Shelley's practice of Thai Yoga Massage is motivated and encouraged not only by its healing attributes, but its overall cultivation of mindfulness, relaxation, loving-kindness and well-being. She is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, and has been teaching in diverse areas of personal development for more than 25 years. Shelley feels privileged to be guided under the tutelage of Sukha to teach the Lotus Palm methodology of Thai Yoga Massage.