Anthony James Education Info

Anthony B. James Education

Aachan, Anthony B. James, DM(P), ND(T), MD(AM), DPHC(hc), PhD, RAC, SMOKH was given the Instructor / Teacher and lineage holder of the Buddhai Sawan tradition by Grand Master Phaa Khruu Samaii Mesamarn, Nongkam, Thailand in 1984. Grand Master Samaii was the 36th generation Grand Master of the Buddhai Sawan School originally founded in Ayudthaya and a consultant to H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the current King of Thailand. Grand Master Samaii was honored by King Bhumibol several times during his life time for service to the royal family and the kingdom. Grand Master twice in his life received awards personally from King Bhumibol, the final award received only three years before Grand Master Samaii’s passing.

Aachan Anthony James authored the very first Thai Massage book ever published in the English language in 1981. First used as a manuscript in class for the first three years, it was formally published in 1984 after he was given teacher certification and recognition. It was used exclusively to teach privately in class until 1984 when it was released to the public and distributed world wide, beginning a tidal wave of interest which continues to the present day. This first influential book, and still one of the most often sourced and quoted books on Thai Massage, is titled “Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage” and is available at BeardedMedia.Com (“Nuat Thai, Traditional Thai Medical Massage”, Meta Journal Press 1984: ISBN 1-886338-03-5).

In addition to the Buddhai Sawan Institute, Aachan James studied under the former grandmaster Aacharn Sintorn Chaichagun at the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai Thailand from 1988 to 1995. He maintained a working relationship with his mentor in the Northern style, Grand Master Sintorn and “The Old Medicine Hospital” until Grand Master Sintorn’s passing in 2005. Aacharn James formally founded The International Thai Therapists Association in 1992 to fairly represent the various traditional systems of Thai Yoga and Thai Massage currently being practiced primarily in the US. In 2006, he was granted Aachan and Master Instructor status through the Anantasuk system (Apprenticed under Phaa Khruu Anantasuk, Aachan Nantipa Anantasuk) The Anantasuk school is under the Wiangklangkangwan Industrial College of Hua Hin and recognized by both the UTTS and Wat Po Association. He specializes in Thai medical theory, Asian history, and Theravada Buddhism.

Current Projects

Recieved recognition and title “Grand Chirothesia General and appointment to Soverign Council of SMOKH • Supervision and regulation for SMOCH Vocational Lincesure for Licensed Practitioners of Chirothesa • Nevis West Indies • March 2012

Therpeutae Minister • Therpeutae Ministry • Nevis, West Indies

Received the recognition and title “Monsignor, Chaplain of Holiness” from the Order Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Oriente presented by Mons. Mar Basilius Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brasil. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011
Awardee • “Fraternidad y Derechos Humanos” from the Order Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Oriente presented by Mons. Mar Basilius Adao Pereira, Grand Master Brasil.• Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Awardee • “Doctor of Pastoral Humanitarian Care, Honoris Causa” from Pontifice Instituto de Ciencias Humanas y Religiosas (Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, Ecuador) School Presidente: Dr. Aloao Pereira de Siba. • Loma Linda, Santo Domingo, Ecuador • October 2011

Dr. J holds Diplomatic Office and Post: Honorable Knight Cultural Attache: ORDEN MEDICA SAGRADA DE CABALLEROS DE ESPERANZA, Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope (SMOKH).

Aachan James is Founder of the famous The Thai Yoga Center and The SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine: Thai Yoga and Thai Massage, The Thai Yoga Center is a AAPNA and NAMA Registered College of Ayurveda as well an NCBTMB Approved Provider for Massage Therapy Continuing Education. Aachan James is currently volunteering and offering his instructional time free of charge as a public service. This past year (09) he donated over 100 full tuition scholarships to deserving students with plans to offer free training to an additional 100 professional students in the coming year (2016). For details on the free tuition Thai Yoga Certification Program go to: http://www.ThaiYogaCenter.Com/pages/ctp/free_ctp.html

Since September of 2008, Aachan J has taught the full SomaVeda, 200 hour, Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner program as a gift of service and for no compensation forty five times!

Aachan James (2005- 2008) consulted on developing new standardized, bi-lingual, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage programs under direction and patronage of Mr. Aram Amaradit, Member Parliament of Surin Province, Chairman of the Committee on Public Health, President: The Union of Thai Traditional Medicine Society, Ministry on Public Health, Thailand. Dr. James has been granted UTTS life time recognition and Teachers credentials #520121896

Dr. Anthony James, helped develop a standardized, bi-lingual, Thai Yoga and Thai Massage program under direction and patronage of Mr. Khwankeo Vajradaya, Chairman Rajaprajanugroh Foundation, Chairman Distance Learning Foundation Thailand and Grand Chamberlain to H.M. King Bhumibol.

Study with Aachan, Dr. Anthony James


Courses developed by Aachan James are intended to take the principles of basic Ayurveda/ Thai Yoga / Thai Massage to a whole new level and understanding in the context of both traditional and modern medical ideas and techniques. With a degrees in Natural Medicine (DNM(P)), Western Medicine (MD(AM)), specializing Indian Ayurveda and Sacred Alternative Medicine and Naturopath (N.D.) (ANMA) as well as a Doctorate in Pastoral Humanitarian Care (DPHC. h.c), Aachan James is uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between Thai and western health concepts.

Aachan, Dr. J is a Fellow of The International Alternative Medicine (FIAMA, 1999).

Aachan, Dr. James is a reverend and Ordained/ Licensed Clergy who holds the title of “Revmo. Mons.” (Monsignor) “Chaplain of Holiness” bestowed by the Catholic Orthodox Soberana Orden De Santiago Apostol and “Fraternidad y Derrechos Humanos” (Priest) in the Orden Honorifica De La Santa Cruz Del Oriente. These titles are issued by the Brasilian Order registered in Cuidad de Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, Ecuador by Mons. Basilius Addao Pereira.As a Clergy and pastoral counselor Dr. J brings this healing insight into every class and session.

Dr. J currently holds a Clerical medical licentiate from the Sacred Medical Order of the Church of Hope (SMOCH), as well as an International Medical License from the IGO/ NGO Sacred Medical Order of the Knights of Hope (SMOKH) and as an healer of conscience practices spiritually based healing, offering services to communicants in a Private Health Membership Association.

Anthony B. James is currently Chairman of the Oklevueha Native American Church SomaVeda/ ONACS INC a Federally registered Indigenous, Tribal Organization and UN WHO DESA Registered Indigenous Peoples Organization.

The major contribution that Aachan James brings is the clinical and applications understanding to every class and every program while at the same time emphasizing always the spiritual roots and perspectives that have endured in these Thai and primarily south asian traditions for thousands of years. If you want to know why the work is done the way it is, if you want to know what are the origins and development of the flows and vinyaysa, if you want to understand the Ayurvedic theory behind the movements and the emphasis on the Sen or energy lines, then classes designed and taught by Aachan James are what you are looking for.


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