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Deanna Villa DNM

Doctorate of Natural Medicine®

Master Thai Massage Teacher
Master Practitioner
Yoga & Meditation Teacher

 


  • Founded Thai Massage Toronto in 1998
  • Teaches internationally
  • Authored 10 Thai Massage instructional manuals
  • Recorded 6 instructional DVD’s: Thai Massage and Table Thai Massage
  • Developed Thai 4 Yoga Series
  • Recorded a Mindful Meditation CD.
  • Featured on City TV and Rogers TV
  • Articles published in national newspapers and magazines

The pioneer of Thai Massage in Toronto, leading our industry, Deanna is a bright light with healing hands and an open heart, generously sharing her wisdom.  Deanna Villa began her practice in 1998 and teaching in 2002. As the founder of Thai Massage Toronto (TMT) School & Massage Centre, she is an active and experienced Master Teacher / Practitioner and mentor with over 50 000 hands on hours in the treatment room & classroom.  Deanna has expanded, transformed and developed her practice evolving into our TMT Method.

As an accomplished Master Teacher of Thai Massage & Meditation, Deanna has authored ten Thai Massage Manuals on the mat & massage table, beginner to advanced, recorded six instructional Thai massage DVD’s and an audio Mediation CD to accompany the Thai Massage Toronto Certification Training. Deanna’s extensive experience and expertise has led to media coverage, including interviews with City TV and Rogers TV, as well as national newspapers and magazines.

As an experienced Master Teacher of Thai Massage for the past 18 years, Deanna focuses on overall proficiency, a strong sense of body awareness, quality instruction, deep knowing, intention and an understanding of subtle body rhythms. Students will benefit from her easy and accurate conveyance of correct postures, subtle stances and peaceful movement.

Deanna’s masterful approach to teaching transformational Thai Massage techniques instills confidence and compassion in her students.  Providing precise teaching and meticulous instruction, Deanna does not hold back and openly shares information and hands on skills with her students.  Through the teaching of the physical application of metta (loving kindness), students leave Deanna’s classes ready to transform themselves and others.

Actively spreading the word about Thai Massage itself and working towards accreditation, Deanna has been actively involved with a number of boards, committees and faculty at Massage and  Yoga Conferences, including:  Natural Health Practitioner of Canada (NHPC): Professional Development Committee & Presenter,  Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS): Stakeholders Committee, Canadian Practitioners Association of Canada (CPAC): Board member, Toronto Yoga Conference: Faculty/Presenter.

Lineage of Teachers: Old Medicine Hospital,  Chiang Mai, Thailand
1998-2000  Dr. Anthony James
2002-2004 Kam Thye Chow
2004-2005 Pichest Boonthumme



Juan Villa

Teacher / Master Practitioner

Throughout his life, Juan has found himself in the role of trainer or guide.  As a natural teacher, he was drawn to the healing arts and became a Thai Massage Practitioner in 2002.  To further his healing path, Juan deepened his practice by traveling to Thailand for advanced training in 2004 and 2005.  As a Reiki Master and Craniosacral Therapist, he has broadened his practice with these complementary modalities.

An intuitive Thai Massage Teacher, Juan takes a very hands-on approach with his students.  The TMT method has a strong focus on the sensing aspect of Thai Massage, giving students the skills to customize their practice for individual client needs.  Juan believes this knowledge can only be imparted through hands-on teachings – this is the essence of his instruction.  In his teaching role at TMT, Juan gives individualized attention and guidance for every student. Students benefit and learn from his sensitive and straight-forward approach.

Lineage of Teaches: Old Medicine Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2002-2004 – Deanna Villa
2004-2005 Pichest Boonthumme
Teacher training:
2008-2010- Deanna Villa

 

Dr. Blake Martin  PhD, Thai Massage, Movement

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Blake Martin holds a PhD in Kinesiology and a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience from York University, a B.F.A. and M.A. in dance, and a bachelor of education. His doctoral research was in neural mechanisms of attention when trying to perform more than one movement at a time.

Blake has danced with Kaeja d’Dance and Motus O Dance Theatre and is a founding board member of the Pulse Ontario Dance Conference, a province wide initiative uniting secondary dance educators and students with professional dance artists.

Dr. Martin is a Defence Scientist in the Learning and Training Group at DRDC and teaches in York University’s Dance Science Certificate program, as well as speaking provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to yoga and the brain, arts and the brain, anatomy, and classroom management.  He was formerly a senior teacher with the Lotus Palm School of Thai Massage, and has practiced the art for nearly 15 years, is a long distance runner, and a martial artist for more 30 years. If it moves and thinks, he likes it.

Evaluator

During one-on-one evaluation sessions, our Evaluating Instructor provides mentor ship for students through meticulous, constructive feedback and adjustments.   Providing students with massage treatments, they have the opportunity to experience Thai Massage from a skilled and experienced TMT Evaluator / Advanced Senior Practitioner.


Ajna (Diana)  Evaluator / Advanced Senior Practitioner