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from a photography session with my Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khachenniam

23 Feb


before I left Chiang Mai I took some photographs for my Thai Massage Teachers Somwang Khachenniam & Kea Metawarin Kap. This is one of my favourites from the few closeups that I shot that day.

Incredible teachers & thai massage practitioners.


about my teacher Somwang Khachenniam

31 Jan

This morning I learnt that Somwang Khachenniam and Kea Meta Kap together with a team are opening their own Thai Massage Spa & hopefully school below the South-East corner of the Chiang Mai old city moat.

I will share with you a google map address as soon as I have it confirmed.

In the meantime if you are looking for my incredible teacher then please get in touch with me and I will help you find this outstanding team! I do not make recommendations lightly: these are some of the very best teachers and very best practitioners of Thai Massage that you will ever find.




ajarn (teacher) Kea Meta Kap – Chiang Mai, Thailand

my incredible Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khaccenniam

14 Sep

my first and primary Thai Massage teacher Somwang Khaccenniam is soon opening a school and massage business in Sendai, Japan. Absolutely worth travelling to this location, all the more so because she is going into business with the authentic Thai restaurant owner who owns the entire building and makes delicious thai food.

If you are sincerely interested in reaching out to Somwang for training or classes then I can put you in touch. Somwang’s English is fluent but direct. She is lovely but will keep your focus tightly on your practice. You would expect nothing less from a person who has worked for the massage school Wat Po for 15 years without taking a holiday! For at least the last 10 years she was the head teacher of the Chiang Mai Chetawan Wat Po school. Under her strong leadership the school flourished into a superior learning environment.

A photograph that I took for my Thai Massage Teacher Somwang Khachenniam who is opening school in Japan! Can you believe how amazing this is for her!!!

A photograph that I took for my Thai Massage Teacher Somwang Khachenniam who is opening school in Japan! Can you believe how amazing this is for her!!! (model: Jason Stropko, who also studied with Somwang)

The current team of teacher as well as the new head teacher (left behind after Somwang’s departure) are fantastic and incredible in their own right. You would be very well advised to entrust yourself into their care.

I am certain to return to Chiang Mai to study with Nuy, who stays on at the Chetawan Chiang Mai Wat Po school, who knows so much about herbal thai medicines, about balm making, about thai element theory (and more), the other senior and supporting teachers are fabulous and some became good friends to me. I will always return to Chiang Mai to spend time with these wonderful teachers.

And simultaneously it is time for me to start saving to visit Somwang Khacceniam in Sendai, Japan and add a new teacher to my list. Nephyr Jacobsen, who runs the Naga Center School for Thai massage in Portland, Oregon. I already had the amazing opportunity to take a 10 week Theory course with her (which I hope to repeat this year, if she has space for me, as it was THAT good) and would love to deepen my practice and learn how she approaches Thai Massage.

Continuing studies, starting the year fresh

23 Jan

I am in Thailand continuing my Thai Massage Training as well as the online Theory Program with the Nephyr, director of the Naga Massage School in Portland Oregon. Like as if that wasn’t plenty I stumbled on a Mysore Ashtanga Teacher and am finding my way back into the fold of the Ashtanga family. I missed this!

All of this is only possible really because I stay in a small studio apartment where the rent is just over $100 per month (3500 Baht)… there is more to this, I’ll explain in another post.

So for the past week my days started at 5.45am and I was reasonably busy until about 6pm, by the time I had dinner it was closing in on bed time.

To try and see if I can change my life a bit this year I am beginning with working on my night owl habits.. For the past week I managed to go to sleep most nights by 9pm. If I don’t go to sleep this early then I won’t be able to get up early to make it to Yoga class. And It all just feels so incredibly healthy and why wouldn’t I got to sleep when it means I can make my way to the yoga studio and feel my fragile body wake up and remember how to move?

It has been astonishing to see how much fear I hold and how much this keeps me from living a full life. Finding myself stand on the yoga mat means facing some of those fears and finding out that yes: I have some physical limitations but the rest of me is fine and wants to move, get strong and feel that amazing feeling that you can only feel when you have done a yoga practice, with as much concentration as you can manage and with sincerity. It is too easy to make excuses.

I keep remembering that we have only one life. So if maybe I need a hip operation one day then that is ok, but the remainder of my body still needs the endorphins that come with moving it.

At this point I don’t know how long I will be able to keep up my early morning routine. I hope I can cement it into my system and start a new life.

The Thai Massage practice plans are also changing. I am finding myself very reluctant to spend money at a new School with teachers who may or may not be as outstanding as my current ones. It is quite a hurdle when you don’t have much money. You have to make your choices so much more carefully.

So my current updated thoughts are: to continue refreshing my memory with my old teachers before moving on to any other ones. The idea is that it ought to be better to be good at one style of massage, really good rather than muddle my way through several?? Well I am still having longings for practice in the Northern style, too.

It is bed time. I will ponder these thoughts again tomorrow.