Meet our Teachers

Meet the Team

Shai Plonski
Over the past fifteen years Shai has taught Thai Massage at some of the largest yoga centers in Toronto and the world including the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute. He has authored or co-authored 15 manuals and books on the practice of Thai Massage, trained over 3300 practitioners and 100 teachers in this healing art. As the founder of the Still Light Centre he brings a passionate and calm approach to his teaching that can bring out the Thai master in anyone. He believes that compassionate touch is our birthright.
George Justus

George discovered Thai Massage in 2011 after 20 years of studying T’ai Chi, Yoga and Meditation and very quickly fell in love with it, deciding to set himself on track not only to practice the art but to teach it as well. Coming from a background of professional teaching and disabled care, he feels that Thai Massage is not only about the nicest thing you can do for another person, but becoming a practitioner is also one of the nicest things you can do for yourself, providing a grounding in peace and harmony through deliberate, meditative action.George is excited to promoting this ancient and gentle practice to both professional and household practitioners seeking to enhance the happiness and health in their worlds.

Joanne Pettit-Myers

emilyJoanne has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, teaching for 11 years, running yoga alliance registered teacher training programs for 4 years and practicing Thai Massage for 4 years. Joanne currently owns and operates Bend Yoga Studio in North Bay Ontario. She stumbled onto Thai Massage in 2012 and this next journey into teaching others the practice of Thai Massage is just another example of following the flow of transition and growth.

Blake Martin (PhD)
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. His current interests include understanding how the body gives rise to consciousness, as well as how thinking is offloaded to the environment and other people. Blake has danced with Kaeja Dance and Motus O Dance Theatre and is a founding board member of the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference, a province wide initiative uniting secondary dance educators and students with professional dance artists. Blake is a Research Scientist with the Individual Training and Education group, and teaches in York University’s Dance Science Diploma program, as well as speaking provincially, nationally and internationally on issues related to yoga and the brain, arts and the brain, creativity and the brain, anatomy, and classroom management. He is a respected teacher in Traditional Thai Massage, a long distance runner, and a martial artist for more 30 years. If it moves and thinks, he likes it.
Albert Lee
Albert Lee has been involved in spiritual pursuits and the healing arts and since 1999 when he discovered the profound healing power of Buddhist meditation and practices. Since then he has trained extensively in Yoga and Ayurveda at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts and the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico. In 2006 he began his training in Thai Yoga Massage which led him to Montreal to study at Lotus Palm, where he eventually worked and taught for two years. Drawing inspiration from world renowned spiritual teachers and months spent in silent meditation retreats, his workshops are infused with awareness and loving kindness.Albert currently maintains a private massage practice in the Montreal’s Mile End and teaches Ayurveda and Thai Massage workshops for the Still Light Centre in Toronto. To contact Albert directly: 514.553.8360 or
Duane Utech

Duane first discovered Thai Yoga Massage in 2010 when he met his teacher Shai Plonski, a pupil of the great Kam Thye Chow, at the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts. Since meeting Shai, Duane has spent countless hours diligently perfecting both his own Thai Massage skills, and spreading the bliss of Thai Yoga Massage therapy through regular Thai Yoga Massage training programs in conjunction with Still Light Centre, as well as through “Thai Based” workshops and regular yin classes at UpDog yoga.“Baba G’s” fun, compassionate, patient and therapeutic approach will allow students to become fully immersed in this ancient healing art.

Emily Delea

emilyEmily Delea wants to help people change their lives. Her clients include athletes, accident victims, and octogenarians. She is successful because she adapts her treatments to her client’s individual needs while respecting the foundations of the modalities she employs.In 2005 Emily was introduced to fascia after working as a trainer and yoga teacher for six years. It was a paradigm shift.She studied at the Stretch to Win institute in Arizona and was the first Level 3 Fascial Stretch Therapist in Ontario. Currently, she is studying Thai Massage at the Still Light Centre and Thomas Myers’ Kinesis Myofascial Integration, while maintaining her full-time professional practice.

Tiiu Gennert

tiiuTiiu Gennert is the Owner/Director of Studio 11 in Tremont (established in 2005) offering Yoga, Pilates & Thai Yoga Massage. She has been practicing the healing art of Thai Yoga Massage since 2004 and training students in Thai Yoga Massage techniques since 2009. Tiiu is fascinated with how Thai Yoga Massage combines yoga postures and breathing practices, Ayurveda, and meditation with mindfulness and metta. When receiving Thai Yoga Massage one receives the benefits of the practice of yoga, including: stretching and toning the muscles; improving circulation; relieving muscle tension; helping regulate metabolism; boosting the immune system; balancing the body energetically; increasing mental poise and calm; and cultivating compassion and loving kindness. Additionally, Tiiu is certified as a Sivananda Hatha Yoga Instructor (Yoga Acharya, Master of Yoga, M.Y.) and a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 Hour Level. She is also trained and certified in methods of deep relaxation, meditation, and adapting yoga to life threatening illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

Ariela Grodner
Ariela Grodner began her teaching career in 1992 in the jungles of southern India. She taught classical Hatha Yoga in tribal villages and prisons. After years of cultivating knowledge in the arts of Vippassana meditation, contact dance, and massage therapy, Ariela discovered Thai Massage as the perfect fusion and natural extension of these practices and skills. She is a teacher at the Florida School of Massage, author of numerous books on this subject, and travels world wide offering workshops to professionals and laymen alike.
Karl Cleveland Schwarz
KC Elbow Dance
Karl Cleveland Schwarz (KC) is at once a teacher, a dreamer, a seeker and an open-hearted scholar. Formerly a PADI scuba diving instructor in Phuket, KC dreamed of  bringing the ancient yet practical art of Thai Yoga Massage back to Halifax. He sought professional training in the city of Chiang Mai and is now a 5 year member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada. From 2009 to 2011 KC underwent a 430-hour Thai Massage Therapist training in Montreal, with additional teacher training from Kam Thye Chow and Shai Plonski. KC asserts that Thai Massage has the capacity to revive our bodies but also our relationships and even our social order, through the use of empathic touch – the ability to sense what the other person feels. KC offers his clients an exceptional experience that is relaxing and inspiring.
    • Our Story
    • Still Light Centre was established in Toronto in 2011 by Shai Plonski and Megan Shane after a decade of teaching Thai massage at some of the largest yoga centers and spas in the world including the Kripalu Center, Omega Institute, Ritz Carlton, and Mandarin Oriental Hotels.
    • Our passion is to provide innovative courses and outstanding experiences in the healing arts, guided by professionals at the top of their field.

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