Meet our Teachers

Meet the Team

Shai Plonski

Shai Plonski Is the best-selling author of The Joy of Giving Massage. Over the past 17 years Shai has taught Thai Massage at some of the largest yoga centers in the world including the Kripalu Center and Omega Institute.

He has authored or co-authored 16 manuals and books on the practice of Thai Massage, trained over 5300 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 www.thaimassagemontreal.com
Eric Sirois

A Maine native, Eric moved back to his home state following a career in the Arts in New York City. Along with his partner, Terry Lacy, he created Om Land Yoga (with locations in Bangor, Portland, Brewer, and Orono), as well as becoming a licensed massage therapist through Waldoboro’s Downeast School of Massage and opening Om Land Massage.

To help bring the benefits of massage out into the community, Eric has worked with a number of organizations including Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai and Ovo, the American Folk Festival, Pittsfield Rehab and Nursing, and Eastern Maine AIDS Network. An active member of the Maine Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, Eric has volunteered as part of the AMTA Maine Sport Massage Team working on athletes participating in events such at Mount Desert Island Marathon, Beach to Beacon, Tour de Cure, and Lobsterman Triathlon. Always looking to expand his knowledge in bodywork, Eric became a certified Thai Massage Therapist through Shai Plonski’s Still Light Centre in Toronto and has taken many continuing education workshops on such topics as myofascial release, Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains, trigger point therapy, and Kinesiotaping.

At Om Land Yoga, in addition to being Co-Owner and an ERYT-200, Eric teaches Anatomy and Asana Technique for the Om Land Yoga Teacher Training program, along with studio classes (Yin Yoga and as a certified Aerial Yoga instructor).

 
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.