International Yoga Teacher since 1979 in over 40 countries and first yoga teacher of Sting, Madonna, Paul Simon, Eddie Vedder, Chris Botti, Bob Weir Donna Karan, John McEnroe and countless others.
Shai Plonski has created a wonderful, multi-dimensional book on the art and practice of healing bodywork, specifically Traditional Thai Massage. This book is not simply a 'how to' guide, although the direct instructions in Thai Massage are clear and precise. Shai is reaching to share a much more basic and profound aspect of touch that can be applied to all forms of massage; compassionate touch. Expounding on the ancient teachings of Metta (Loving Kindness), from the Buddhist traditions, Shai brings to life the intention and application of Metta in healing work and daily life. He accomplishes this with clear insight, humor and personal anecdotes.
I highly recommend this book to both the experienced massage practitioner and anyone new to the field.
~ Dr. Richard Gold Author: 'Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique" first published in 1998, President & Executive Producer of Metta Mindfulness Music
Shai has written a beautiful book reminding us how important it is to touch each other, not just with our hands, but with our hearts. It's a very personal story of a man's journey towards a deeper connection with himself, his family and the world. Through the ancient practice of Thai massage, Shai compassionately and skillfully invites us to do one simple thing, to remind each other that we are loved.
Thank you Shai, your message is a healing salve, and I know it will bring light to many lives
Author of The Yin YogaKit, Co-author of The TherapeuticYoga Kit
In his wonderful new book, author and teacher Shai Plonski, offers powerful personal truths, poetry and wisdom gleaned from 15+ years of sharing of Compassionate Touch all around the world. A fantastic easy to follow guide on how to give an incredible, healing massage guided by Metta (Loving Kindness& Compassion) - it bravely goes beyond the physical aspects and explores how Compassionate Touch can also be a spiritual missing link that allows you to move from your head to your heart. To not just experience your own health, healing & happiness - but if you're willing, also your holiness."
Writer, Speaker & Founder of Fearless Flow Mentoring
We live in a world where people feel disconnected from one another and at times,even disconnected from their own selves. Filtered exchanges through social media often replace opportunities for real connection, and sadly this can lead to a distance of sorts when real social situations occur.
Shai has touched on a topic that is critically important, not just for those who offer massage. To truly connect with oneself and in so doing, be able to connect with others, there needs to be a shift from the head to the heart. This healing shift occurs in a most profound way, when we allow ourselves to give and receive through the power of compassionate touch.
In teaching a yoga class, anyone can learn the postures. What makes a class moving and profound is the compassionate presence that the teacher brings to the room, the ability to empathize deeply and feel what the students are feeling. The same is true for massage therapists and a plethora of similar professions. This is not to say that this book is solely for massage therapists and yoga teachers!
Shai has presented something special here that I feel is of benefit to anyone desiring to enter into authentic relationship with themselves and others and it may very well be the missing component that is often left out of training programs. This is an excellent read and is written with just enough vulnerability and personal reflection that I feel the reader will find it is relatable and heartwarming.
Creator of Mandorla Yoga, Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Yoga Therapist, B.A., RMT, C-IAYT, E-RYT