About the Author
Master Mantak Chia is also the author of Awaken Healing Energy through the Tao (co-author Michael Winn), Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy, Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality, Chi Self-Massage, Iron Shirt Chi Kung I, Healing Love through the Tao: Cultivating Female Sexual Energy (co-author Maneewan Chia), and Bone Marrow Nei Kung (co-author Maneewan Chia). Master Mantak Chia is the creator of the Healing Tao System and Director of the Healing Tao Center in New York. Since childhood he has been studying the Taoist approach to life as well as other approaches. Born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944, he was first taught at age six by Buddhist monks how to sit and "still the mind." While he was in grammar school, he first learned traditional Thai boxing, and was then taught Tai Chi Chuan by Master Lu. When he was a student in Hong Kong, he began his studies of the Taoist way of life with Master Yi Eng, who authorized him to teach and heal. He later studied Taoist Yoga and the Buddhist Palm with Master Meugi in Singapore, and studied the Shao-Lin Method of Internal Power with Master Cheng Yao-Lun, who combined Taoist, Buddhist, and Zen teachings in his system of Thai boxing and Kung Fu. To understand the mechanisms behind healing energy better, Master Chia studied Western medical science and anatmoy for two years. After training a network of teachers in the Healing Tao system, he established the Natural Healing Center in Thailand, before moving to New York to open the Healing Tao Center in 1979. Maneewan Chia was born and raised in Hong Kong, moving with her parents to Thailand where she received a B.S. degree in Medical Technology. Since childhood, she has been very interested in nutrition and Chinese health food cooking. She assists Mantak Chia in teaching classes, including Taoist Five Element Nutrition, and managing the Healing Tao Center.